Maud Eijkenboom
Executive Officer
Dr Eijkenboom is an R&D and commercialisation executive with 20 years multinational, ASX-listed, private, start-up, incubator, spin-out and consulting experience in the life sciences industry. She has invented and/or developed a wide range of technologies, including drugs, devices, biologics, veterinary, complementary medicines, cosmetics, nutraceuticals and agrochemicals. She was Chief Scientific Officer for ASX-Listed entities and R&D executive for Bayer HealthCare in Germany. Maud is passionate about creating flow between universities, the healthcare system, industry and the community to improve quality of life. Maud has scientific qualifications in preclinical neuropsychology and neurobiology. She is an Expert in the Commercialisation Australia Expert Network and previously an advisor to the Innovation Centre of WA.
Ruth Seeber
Senior Project Officer
Ruth Seeber is a molecular pharmacologist with over 15 years experience working at the University of Western Australia and Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. She is an assay technology co-inventor and has extensive experience in managing projects at the academic-industry interface. Ruth therefore brings key insights into how researchers can work effectively on this boundary.
Kristen Houston
Project Officer
Kristen Houston received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacology from the University of Western Australia. She has a diverse range of experience across a number of industries and most recently worked for John Beech and The Executive Connection where she created the website for consulting company Guided Innovation. Kristen is involved in the communications, events and general support of Accelerating Australia
Matthew Oldakowski
Perth Biodesign - Course Director
Matt is a biomedical engineering researcher and medical device entrepreneur with a mechanical engineering degree from The University of Western Australia. In his PhD studies at Curtin University he co-developed an expandable orthopaedic screw which spun-out into REX Ortho. He is also a co-inventor and co-founder of Cervical ChinUp. Matt is currently at Stanford University as a Global Faculty in Training Fellow at the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign, as well as being an Endeavour Executive Fellow. Later this year, he will work across Curtin University and St John of God Hospital to establish bioengineering capability, in addition to being Perth Biodesign’s co-Course Director.
Intan Oldakowska
Perth Biodesign - Course Director
Intan is a biomedical engineer and entrepreneur focused on developing medical devices. A graduate of the University of Western Australia in Mechanical Engineering and Commerce, she is a Research Associate at Curtin University where her PhD studies have focused on developing a novel expandable orthopaedic screw, which has spun-out into REX Ortho. She is also the co-founder and CEO of Cervical ChinUp. A SPARK Co-Lab Design Course 2016 alumnus, Intan is currently at Stanford University, helping at Otoinnovation Lab and observing the Stanford Biodesign Innovation classes, before returning to be Perth Biodesign's co-Course Director.
Jane Harries
Perth Biodesign - Lead Team Coach
As Principal of Jane Harries & Associates, Jane has 25 years of Human Resources experience internationally across a range of organisations and sectors including manufacturing, energy, retail and hospitality. She has held senior executive roles and has extensive experience in business integration, mergers and acquisitions. Jane has a particular interest in aligning individual, network and organisational performance to achieve outcomes through a focus on people and strategy development.
Amanda Lee
Adelaide Biodesign - Course Co-ordinator
Amanda Lee is the Office Manager, Adelaide Enterprise, the technology transfer and commercialisation arm of the University of Adelaide. A finalist in the South Australian Young Business Leaders Program 2013, Amanda’s skillset lies in the organisation of people, programs and projects. With multidisciplinary experience at the University of Adelaide since 2012, she is enthusiastic about contributing to the positive impact that is had by taking South Australian research and ideas to their full potential. Responsible for the facilitation of Adelaide Biodesign, Amanda is the first point of contact for any course enquiries you may have.
Erick Villaceran
Project Officer
Erick is the partnerships development officer at Monash University, having previously graduated from Monash with a Master's degree in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Along with Premila, Erick is involved in overseeing the set up of Accelerating Australia supported programs in Melbourne.
Premila Paiva
Senior Project Officer Innovation
Premila is a senior research fellow in Women's Health Research at Monash University with a successful publication and competitive track record in fund sourcing, engagement with key opinion leaders and stakeholders in clinical and allied health and organisation of professional development events for early career researchers and advocate for science in the community. Premila is a committee member of the Australian Society for Medical Research Victorian Chapter and University of Melbourne Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, Early Career Research Academic Network. As part of Accelerating Australia, Premila is the node contact for Victoria and manages the coordination of programs run in Melbourne.
Samira Aili
SPARK Sydney Coordinator
Samira has recently completed a PhD in toxicology at the University of Technology Sydney. Her project involved characterising the venom of ants and identifying potential therapeutic and insecticidal leads. She also attended the SPARK Global Course in Taiwan, where her group were awarded first prize. As part of Accelerating Australia, Samira is coordinating the SPARK Sydney program. She is also employed as a casual academic at UTS, teaching into several subjects such as Biochemistry and Pharmacology.

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