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.
Kristen Houston
Operations Manager
Kristen Houston received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacology from the University of Western Australia and has spent the last few years working in the commercialisation space. Working with John Beech & Associates and The Executive Connection, Kristen created the website and online store for consulting company Guided Innovation. Kristen is involved in the communications, events and general operations of Accelerating Australia and is also on the faculty for Accelerating Australia's Perth Biodesign course.
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.
Matthew Oldakowski
Perth Biodesign - Course Director
Dr Matt Oldakowski is a biomedical engineering researcher, inventor and entrepreneur. Matt is the co-founder and CTO of two medtech companies, REX Ortho and Cervical ChinUp. Matt is the Co-Director of Perth Biodesign where he educates and incubates multidisciplinary medtech innovation teams and also the Co-Director of Biodesign Australia that brings together Biodesign programs from around Australia to share resources and best practice. Matt was previously a Global Fellow at Stanford Biodesign and an Endeavour Executive Fellow.
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 trained at Stanford University, helping at Otoinnovation Lab and observing the Stanford Biodesign Innovation classes, before returning to be Perth Biodesign's co-Course Director.
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.
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.
Evrim Kilic
SPARK Monash - Project Officer
Evrim is a data scientist with a degree in applied mathematics. He worked as a data analyst in web content optimisation, whilst completing a master’s degree in business information systems. He then completed Master of Business program at Monash University, specialising in commercialisation. He is currently a part of research that aims to examine the effect of social networks on innovation pathways in biotechnology, using longitudinal data and statistical methods. Evrim is the Project Officer of SPARK Monash and primarily assists the coordination of events and programs both at Monash University and Victorian node.

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