The Board

Dr Peter French


Dr Peter French is a leader in the Australian biotechnology industry with more than 40 years’ experience in both academic and commercial executive roles in the life sciences industry. Peter is also Chair of Innlaz Ltd (ASX:INL) and was the 2022 Entrepreneur-in-Residence, UNSW 10X Founders. He has founded or co-founded many companies and successfully listed Benitec Biopharma Ltd on the US stock exchange (NASDAQ:BNTC).

Mr Peter Wong

Director of Beroni Group

Mr Peter Wong is a Chartered Accountant with more than 30 years’ financial services' experience in the UK, Hong Kong, Malaysia, China and Australia. Peter started his professional career with Deloitte England and PWC Hong Kong, and later held senior positions in Citibank, HK Stock Exchange, HK Telecom, Hong Leong Group (Malaysia) and Shanghai Pudong Development Bank. He has served as a director or CFO of several listed companies in Australia.

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Lisa Nelson

UNSW Director

Lisa Nelson has over 35 years of experience within both academia and the pharmaceutical industry. A leader in her field, Lisa is the CEO of Scientia Clinical Research: the first purpose built, early phase clinical trial facility in NSW. Integral to this success is Lisa’s knowledge and experience in setting up and managing globally recognised Phase I units in other states, creating new business opportunities, developing key client relationships and keeping abreast of developments in early phase drug and device research. The US and China are a prime focus. Lisa has a very broad and insightful perspective on what is happening in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology world today.

Mr Jacky Zhang

CEO of Beroni Group

Mr Jacky Zhang is the Founder, Chair and MD of Beroni Group. Jacky’s expertise includes Head of Human Resources, R&D Project Manager, CEO Asia Pacific, and Executive Director for companies based in China and the UK. He has a special interest in collaborating with global research institutions on bioscience and clinical R&D, as well as technology transfer and new product development. He has been instrumental in developing Beroni since its inception and has helped Beroni win many accolades and recognition awards from the Chinese government.

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Mr Hai Huang

Director of Beroni Group

Mr Hai Huang founded Tianjin Beroni Biotechnology Co. Ltd. Hai has worked for global top 500 companies for 15 years and has been responsible for commodity import and export, and international and domestic trade business. He has extensive international trade experience and more than 10 years’ experience in business franchising and e-commerce planning, implementation and team-building.

Dr Stephen Palmer

UNSW Director

Dr Stephen Palmer is engaged in the development of collaborative innovation and industry engagement opportunities for the Randwick Health & Innovation Precinct (RHIP), including all prospective partnerships involving health-related translational research, biotechnology commercialisation and industry collaboration. Steve has extensive experience in molecular biology and biochemistry, preclinical drug development strategies, IP management and technology transfer.

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Mr Vincent Ruffles


Mr Vincent Ruffles has over 25 years’ international clinical operations and product development experience living and working in Australia, the UK, and Switzerland. His background includes positions within multinational and start-up biotechnology companies as well as for CROs, working across a multitude of therapeutic areas, managing all aspects of the drug development life cycle, and leading cross-functional teams.

Mr Guy Robertson


Mr Guy Robertson has extensive experience as a finance executive in Australia and Asia across a broad range of industries. Following a career with the Jardine Matheson group as a senior executive in insurance, commercial real estate and retail industries, Guy established Integrated CFO Solutions providing Director, Company Secretarial and Accounting Services to SME’s.

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Prof. Phil Hogg

Prof. Phil Hogg

PENAO Chief Scientific Officer

Prof Phil Hogg is the biochemist who co-created PENAO. His post-doctoral training was in the USA and Sweden followed by fellowships at Harvard and Oxford universities.

Prof Hogg is a renowned expert in making novel small molecules that target a mitochondrial protein that links glycolysis, oxidative phosphorylation and mitochondrial-mediated apoptosis in cancer cells.

Prof Hogg has also invented an agent for non-invasive imaging of dying and dead cells. The technology was licensed to Covidien, now part of Medtronic (NYSE:MDT).