Directors and Management
Dr Peter D. Jonson BCom, MA, PhD
Chairman, Non-Executive Director
Dr Jonson has worked as a professional company director for the past fifteen years. Following a 16 year career with the Reserve Bank of Australia including 7 years as Head of Research, Peter held senior management positions at James Capel Australia, Norwich Union Financial Services, and ANZ Funds Management. He has since served on the boards of a number of innovative ventures, including as Chairman of Bionomics Ltd (2005 to 2009). He was a Director of Village Roadshow Ltd (2001 – 2015), founding Chair of the Australian Institute for Commercialisation Ltd (2002-2007) and past Chair of the Cooperative Research Centre Committee (2005-2010). Peter was elected a Fellow of the ASSA in 1989 and was named as an inaugural ‘Distinguished Friend of the Cooperative Research Program’ in 2013.
Professor David M. de Kretser AC MBBS, MD, HonLLD
Chief Scientist, Non-Executive Director
Professor de Kretser has a long and distinguished career in medical research and has received wide international recognition for his contributions to the fields of andrology and reproductive science. David currently holds the position of Sir John Monash Distinguished Professor at Monash University. He was the founding director of the Institute of Reproduction and Development now known as the Monash Institute of Medical Research. David was Governor of the State of Victoria from April 2006 to April 2011. He is also a recipient of Australia’s highest civilian honour, a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC). David is a co-inventor of the patent applications acquired by Paranta in December 2010.
Dr John W. Raff Dip. AgSci, BSc, PhD
Dr Raff has successfully invested in and managed a wide range of innovation-based agricultural and pharmaceutical companies. He was the founding CEO and was until June 2011 the Deputy Chairman of ASX listed Starpharma Holdings Ltd. John is also the Chairman and major shareholder of HealthFarm Fine Foods Pty Ltd, an integrated manufacturer of sesame and nut based products for domestic and international markets. He was previously the General Manager of the Biomolecular Research Institute and a past Chairman of The BioMelbourne Network.
Mr Ross Barrow BSc(Hons), MBA
Chief Executive Officer, Director
Mr Barrow is a senior executive with over 13 years experience in the development and commercialization of clinical and biotechnology products. This includes 10 years as COO and a Director of Vision BioSystems Limited, during which time the company became a leader in the global histopathology market. Prior to Vision, Ross spent 11 years with BHP. Ross joined Paranta Biosciences in January 2011. From April 2012 to February 2015, he was a non-executive director of Acrux Limited (ASX:ACR).
Austin S.E. Miller BSc, LLB, MBA
Mr Miller holds degrees in Science and Law from the University of New South Wales and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Melbourne. He has held senior investment banking positions with Merrill Lynch and HSBC James Capel and most recently was Executive General Manager Investment and Strategy at Oil Search Limited. In this role, Mr Miller also took on broad responsibility for business and commercial development in addition to managing the execution of a number of significant capital raisings. More recently his career has focused on the corporate side of the business including capital markets, M&A and strategy development and implementation.
Mr Brendan E. Brown BBus, CA
Mr Brown is a Chartered Accountant and partner of MPR Group Pty Ltd. Brendan has over 15 years experience in the industry.
Dr Badia M. Kita BSc, MSc, PhD
Director – Development
Dr Kita joined Paranta in January 2013. Badia has a PhD from Monash University where she studied the biology of activins and follistatin in reproduction and subsequently took on a post-doctoral position at the Monash Institute of Medical Research in cancer research. Prior to doing her PhD, Badia worked for Memtec Limited in their R&D department developing a glucose biosensor and also has a Master of Science Degree in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology from University of Melbourne.