Professor Jason Smythe

Dr Jason Smythe has over 25 years research and management experience in the biotechnology sector in Australia and USA. He holds a BSc(Hons) degree in Immunology from Monash University, a PhD from The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research, and performed his postdoctoral studies as an NHMRC C.J. Martin Fellow at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda (USA). 

Jason has held senior positions at Johnson & Johnson; the Children’s Medical Research Institute; CSIRO; the Australian Tissue Engineering Centre Limited; and most recently as CSO of Benitec Limited. He has published over 30 manuscripts, been granted 4 patents and awarded 3 International Fellowships. He is an Editor of the journal Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy, a Member of the last two NHMRC Development Grants Review Panels, and a Member of the Federal Governments Gene Technology Technical Advisory Committee.  

Jason also holds a Graduate Certificate in Change Management from the AGSM and a Company Directors’ Diploma from The Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management

Dr Nick Samaras

Dr Samaras has over 20 years’ experience in the global life sciences industry. During his career he has been involved in a diverse range of roles within the industry including senior management, marketing, sales, business development and research.