People

Mr Ranjit Ahl – Chief Executive Officer B.A. Economics, MCSE, MCDBA

Mr. Ahl’s 28 years of global executive experience include 8 years in the USA, 10 years in Asia and 10 years across Oceania. He spent a considerable time in Europe, Germany before heading the Evonik AG Global Industrial Business as vice president based in NewJersey USA. He was the Vice President of the CPS Colour Finland’s Asia Pacific region based in Singapore. He was the General Manager of Asian Paints ranked among the world’s most innovative companies in a list currently topped by Tesla based across South East Asia and French Polynesia. He also developed the Henkel AG Health & Nutrition segments including their bio technology business based in New Zealand. In addition to his extensive global multinational specialty chemical experience he has seven years of innovative start up small business executive experience as vice president and partner across a silicon-valley USA based information Technology Company; a Princeton USA based wealth management firm and a Christchurch, New Zealand based company in next generation way finding systems. A dual Australian and New Zealand citizen his leadership goals are to build a global company with sustainable technologies that reinvigorates our Environment.

Mr Raffaele (Alfie) Germano – Chief Innovation Officer DFDTS

Mr Germano is a creative achiever who strives for the balance of art and science in product and process. He is a 30 year veteran in the global textile industry sector. Alfie obtained his Fashion Design and Textile Science Diploma from the Bentley College of Technical and Further Education in Perth, WA. After working for his family garment manufacturing company, he moved to Hong Kong where he spent the past 24 years in the garment industry as a leader of large-scale global product development, sourcing and retail operations. He held Vice President and Director positions at GAP Inc, VF Corporation, Liz Claiborne Inc, Fila Inc and Carter’s Inc. Alfie has travelled the world extensively with postings in the USA, Japan and China. Alfie relocated his family to Perth in 2016 and is enjoying the “green-change” in Australia. He is passionate about sustainability, strategy, performance, metrics, process and product.

Directors:

Mr Gary Cass – BSc

Gary is a creative scientist who has been a key collaborator with numerous international arts and sciences projects; including Micro’be’ fermented fashion, the first dress in the world made from wine. Cass’ collaborative projects have been exhibited around the world including; a fringe event at the Venice Biennale and Documenta Germany; Trinity College Science Gallery, Ireland; Signature Art Prize in Singapore; and ArtStays Slovenia. Micro’be’ fermented fashion has recently gained media coverage with AOL.com and appeared in the 2014 Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

Dr Wayne Best – Non-Executive Director BSc (Hons), PhD, DIC, FRACI, GAICD

Wayne has 30 years experience in organic chemistry both in academia, government and industry. Wayne obtained his BSc (Hons) and PhD in Organic Chemistry from The University of Western Australia. He then spent two years at Imperial College in the UK where he obtained a DIC, followed by a year at the Australian National University in Canberra. He then took up a position with ICI Australia’s Research Group in Melbourne for four and a half years which included a secondment to ICI Agrochemicals’ in the UK. Following ICI, Wayne returned to Western Australia and spent ten years at the Chemistry Centre (WA) where he was responsible for the formation and running of the Medicinal & Biological Chemistry Section which undertook collaborative R&D into drug discovery and contract synthesis for the drug discovery and pharmaceutical industries. He then founded Epichem Pty Ltd, a construct drug discovery company, where he is currently the Managing Director. Wayne is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and has held appointments as an Adjunct Associate Professor at both Murdoch University and The University of Western Australia. He is also a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has served as a Director for several listed and unlisted biotechnology companies.

Mr Winton Willesee – Non-Executive Director and Company Secretary BBus., DipEd., PGDipBus., MCom., FFin, CPA, MAICD, ACIS/ACSA

Mr Willesee is an experienced company director. Winton brings a broad range of skills and experience in strategy, company development, corporate governance, company public listings, merger and acquisition transactions and corporate finance. Mr Willesee has considerable experience with ASX listed and other companies over a broad range of industries having been involved with many successful ventures from early stage through to large capital development projects. Winton has fulfilled the role of chairman and/or director of a number of listed companies. Mr Willesee holds formal qualifications in economics, finance, accounting, education and governance. He is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Member of CPA Australia and a Chartered Secretary.

 

Scientific Advisory Committee:

Dr John Moursounidis BSc (Hons), PhD (Shareholder)

John has over 28 years experience in product development and commercialization focused in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) categories. He obtained his PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Western Australia and completed a postdoctoral appointment at Indiana University; USA prior to joining the R&D division of Procter and Gamble. At P&G John was variously responsible for concept development, formulation chemistry, prototyping, clinical and consumer proofing, manufacturing and distribution, regulatory affairs and product launch in multiple markets  – predominantly US, Australia/NZ, Japan and China. A move to Boots Healthcare (now Reckitt Benckiser) as Director of Scientific Affairs for Australia/NZ had John focusing on prescription and OTC drugs and medical devices culminating in a move into various biotechnology enterprises as R&D Manager, Operations Director and CEO. John is a Member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and currently consults with a number of companies in the biotechnology / pharmaceutical / FMCG space.

Dr Vito Ferro BSc (Hons), PhD

After completing my undergraduate and PhD studies at the University of Western Australia, I held postdoctoral fellowships at the Carlsberg Laboratory in Denmark (1992-94) and then at the University of British Columbia in Canada (1994-96). I then returned to Australia and spent 12 years in the biotechnology industry with Progen Pharmaceuticals Ltd where I held various positions including Director of Drug Discovery. In 2008 I moved to Queensland University of Technology as a Principal Research Fellow and Deputy Program Leader in the CRC for Polymers before joining The University of Queensland in 2010. My research interests are in carbohydrate chemistry and medicinal chemistry, with a focus on the synthesis of compounds to probe and/or inhibit carbohydrate-protein interactions involved in disease processes.

Mr Jason MacLaurin LLB (Hons) UWA (Shareholder)

Jason is a barrister at Francis Burt Chambers having practiced as a lawyer for more than 20 years, and more than 9 years as a barrister.  He has worked for the Crown Law Department (now State Solicitors’ Office), Bennett & Co and Clayton Utz, before joining the bar.  He has extensive experience in commercial and civil law and practices in the area of Arbitrations, Building and Construction, Consumer and Competition Law, Corporations Law, Defamation and Media Law, Intellectual Property, and general commercial and civil litigation.  He is admitted to practice in the Courts of Western Australia, the High Court and Federal Courts of Australia and was admitted to practice as a solicitor in England and Wales. He has been an Adjunct Associate Professor of Notre Dame Law School and has also lectured at the University of Western Australia Law School and Murdoch University.

 

Fashion Design Team:

Dr Donna Franklin Fashion Designer

Donna is a practicing artist, designer and academic coordinating the Masters of Visual Arts program and lecturing in cultural theory at the School of Arts and Humanities, Edith Cowan University (ECU) where she completed her PhD (2014) as well as a Masters of Visual Arts (2004). From the inaugural collaborative Micro ‘be’ Project Cass and Franklin have presented garments nationally and internationally in exhibitions such as Futurotextiles Mix (2016), Textifood (2015), Technothreads (2007) Science Gallery, Dublin. She has produced works that advocate environmental mindfulness and empathy and deal with the ethics of manipulating living material since her residency at SymbioticA: Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts, University of Western Australia and research undertaken initially through her Master’s program. Donna has exhibited her practice of biological arts and fashion nationally and internationally, most significantly ARS Electronica07, PICA, RMIT, Zeche Zollverein, Germany. In addition to exhibiting and curating, she also conducts art-science wet laboratory sessions for festivals and secondary schools.

Ms Jasmine Nielsen Design assistant

Currently a 3rd year fashion design student at Curtin University, Perth Western Australia. Jasmine shares a passion in all areas of the creative arts and is an advocate to sustainable textile design and production. One of her aims is to promote as stronger link between high fashion and sustainable thinking. Exhibitions include; St George’s Art exhibition and enex100 fashion exhibition.