Our Team

Dr Andrew Leech | CEO

Andrew has over fifteen years of experience in technology transfer and commercialisation from the university sector. He has successfully driven technology development and commercial transactions in a variety of industries, including: animal health, agriculture, aquaculture, bioremediation, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and medical devices. He has extensive experience in preclinical and early stage clinical development of therapeutics, medical device development, regulatory and quality management systems, licensing and startup management.

Andrew has previously run the commercialisation office for James Cook University, held an executive management position with the Heart Research Institute, and held commercialisation roles with UniQuest and UoM Commercial. He has also been acting CEO for SMART Arm Pty Ltd, where he managed the redesign of a medical device to meet regulatory standards under an ISO 13485 QMS.

Andrew has a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Queensland, a Masters of Industrial Property law from the University of Technology Sydney, and is a registered Patent and Trademark attorney. For several years Andrew has sat as a Commercial Assessor on the NHMRC Development Grant panel, and has an excellent record of working with researchers to win commercial and industry grant funding.

Phone: +617-3138-9430

Email: a.leech@qutbluebox.com.au

Brent Watts | Director Ventures and Investment

Brent has over 20 years of experience spanning tech, startups and investment in Australia, Europe and the United States. He specializes in developing ecosystems to support innovation, new venture creation and early stage investment, and in guiding management teams as a company director, advisor and/or investor in a range of high growth, globally focused startups.

As the Director of Ventures & Investment at QUT bluebox, Brent leads the QUT Venture Fund and a range of entrepreneur programs including the QUT Accelerator, QUT Foundry and QUT Innovation Challenge. He mentors a portfolio of startup companies ranging from sports and health technology to social media analytics, and is an international ambassador for Silicon Valley based hardware accelerator Highway1 / PCH and robotics startup initiative Robot Launch / RoboHub / Silicon Valley Robotics.

Brent was formerly the Director of Innovation and Engagement at QUT bluebox and was also a US Tech Commercialisation Fellow at Boston University. He has also held roles in engineering, investment banking, management consulting and government funding in organisations including Queensland Investment Corporation, AusIndustry, RWTH Europe, Burchill VDM, John Wilson & Partners (now WorleyParsons), and Golding Contractors.

Brent holds a Master of Business Administration, Master of Engineering Science, Bachelor of Engineering (first class honors), and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the International Business Innovation Association Institute. He is also completing a Venture Capital Executive Program at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

Phone: +617-3138-9431

Email: b.watts@qutbluebox.com.au

Fiona Ashmore | Finance Manager

Fiona is responsible for managing the daily administrative and financial activities of the company. She has 23 years' experience in finance, governance and HR functions. After 12 years in public practice she moved to the Not-for-profit sector and has worked across a large range of organisations and disciplines providing experience in RTOs, Australian Financial Services Licences, and auditing requirements.

Phone: +617-3138-9429

Email: f.ashmore@qutbluebox.com.au

Dr Patrick Dwyer | Senior Commercial Manager

Patrick has a research background spanning molecular biology, epigenetics, cancer genetics, immunology, proteomics, genotyping, diagnostics, plant and animal physiology and crop science. Prior to joining QUT bluebox in 2015, Patrick also spent over four years in contracts and business development at QIMR Berghofer and the Baker IDI.

Patrick holds an Honours degree in Botany and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Otago. He is also a registered patent attorney, having worked in two patent law firms in Australia over four years providing intellectual property services to local companies and large multinationals across a range of technologies.

Patrick is a Commercial Manager at bluebox and is responsible for providing commercialisation support for researchers, mainly within the faculty of Science and Technology but also across a broad range of disciplines. Patrick also works with innovative start-up teams, providing mentorship and advisory panel support to entrepreneurs and start-ups in the QUT community.

Phone: +617-3138-9411

Email: p.dwyer@qutbluebox.com.au

Callum Hickey | Commercial Manager

Callum is an early career chemical engineer with professional experience as an engineer and analyst in process development and techno-economics. He has worked on technical and commercial projects within a large multi-national engineering company and the university sector, experiencing technology transfer from a variety of situations. He has first-hand start up experience having worked on two university spin-offs, one of which he was a key contributor and investor, Callum appreciates the challenges researchers can face in commercialising their technology.

At QUT bluebox, Callum is a Commercial Manager. As a member of the broader QUT bluebox commercial team he provides advice on commercialisation matters for researchers as well as innovation and start up processes for early stage start-ups from students and staff across a range of areas within QUT.

Phone: +617-3138-0742

Email: c.hickey@qutbluebox.com.au

Dr Priscilla Hong | Commercial Associate

Priscilla has six years of scientific research skills and four years of experience in technology commercialisation, project management and clinical trials. Her research background is in life sciences and biotechnology. Priscilla previously worked as a Start-Up Operations Associate at a medical device company. She had prior experience in an international collaboration technology transfer project to develop a commercial diagnostic kit in a small biotech company. Her clinical trial experience stems from her time working as a lab technician (pharmacodynamics) in a pharma-sponsored phase I clinical trial. Priscilla holds a PhD in Medical Science from University of Queensland and a Masters in Biotechnology from Northumbria University, UK and has recently completed the Bridge Program 2017. She has international work experience and global professional networks, especially in Australia, UK and Malaysia. .

Phone: +617-3138-9426

Email: p.hong@qutbluebox.com.au

Yotam Rosenbaum | ICT Entrepreneur in Residence

Yotam is a seasoned entrepreneur and business leader. He is the co-founder of Earbits Radio, a music startup funded by top silicon valley investors, including Y-Combinator, Wordpress founder Matt Mullenweg, Charles River Ventures, and more. Four years after its inception, Earbits was acquired by a private company based in Atlanta.

With a background in music, Yotam graduated Magna Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music, in Boston. Later he relocated to Los Angeles where he worked as a composer, drummer, and band leader. He composed award winning music for film, TV, and commercials. Through his experience as a band leader Yotam and his band mate, Joey Flores, identified a huge need for better music marketing solutions. The first-time founder duo founded Earbits in 2010, empowering bands and record labels to bid for airtime and monetize the radio audience. By 2014, the company boasted more than 15,000 bands and 700 record labels, streaming 2 million songs per month to more than 300,000 registered users. The mobile apps, rated an average of 4+ stars, received more than 500,000 downloads. Following Earbits' acquisition, Yotam led the opening of the parent company's west coast office and managed all of west coast operations.

In 2017, Yotam took a role as COO with Answerky, another Y-Combinator company. Answerky was awarded the Hot DesQ grant from the Queensland Government, and as a result, relocated to Brisbane, Australia. Later that year Yotam joined QUT Bluebox as ICT Entrepreneur in Residence. Yotam and his wife are big fans of Brisbane and plan on have quickly made it their new home.

Email: y.rosenbaum@qutbluebox.com.au

Liliana Campos | Marketing and Communications Manager

Liliana has over 10 years of experience in marketing and communication. She is QUT Alumni (International Journalism & Mass Media Comms) and is currently completing Masters at UQ.

Liliana has experience working in industry working as a comms consultant across various projects at SKM (now Jacobs). She is experienced in working within university environment having worked with UQ Science Faculty (International recruitment and Marketing) and Sustainable Minerals Institute (Marketing & Communications) and with a the International Energy Centre – a centre made up of a consortium of universities and industry ( UQ, UWA, Newcastle, and Glencore).

Core competencies is digital communication and traditional communications such as advertising and marketing, media and strategic planning. She has an interest in start-ups and new forms of business, in 2015 she was selected for a Telstra program in digital leadership and entrepreneurship.

Phone: +617-3138-9413

Email: l.campos@qutbluebox.com.au

Lucinda Hunter | Events and Marketing Officer

Lucinda is a details focused, high energy professional with a passion for the events industry. As QUT Creative Industries alumni with a background in Communications, Events and Administration, Lucinda has developed professional working experience within the Brisbane community delivering full communication processes and event management from start to finish. She has worked for non-profits, small businesses and is now further honing her skills in creative thinking and event management with QUT bluebox. Lucinda holds high standards both in work ethic and quality and takes every opportunity to grow and improve her skills.

Phone: +617-3138-9412

Email: l.hunter@qutbluebox.com.au

Doxia Nicholls | IP Administrator

At QUT bluebox, Doxia is responsible for administrative support across our operations team, finance and intellectual property. Doxia has over 20 years of administrative and finance experience spanning across the Oil and Gas Industries where she has worked with companies BP and Saunders. Prior to joining QUT bluebox, Doxia managed the front of office in an administrative role with Walz Group. Doxia brings to this role extensive administrative practice in office processes and systems.

Phone: +617-3138-9420

Email: d.nicholls@qutbluebox.com.au

Lisa Siganto | ImpaQt powered by QUT bluebox | Chair

Lisa Siganto is currently a board director of QUT bluebox, and QLD College of Teachers. Ms Siganto has her own business, Shorebirds, which supports partnerships to create social impact. Her experience is across both corporate and non-government organisations in a range of roles including chair, director, CEO, project manager and consultant. As the QLD director of Social Ventures Australia she was responsible for connecting social investors and philanthropists to social ventures in QLD. Formerly, Lisa has been a partner in consulting at Deloitte and a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. Lisa has served on many corporate and not-for-profit boards since the mid-1990s. She has an MBA from Harvard University and an engineering degree from The University of Queensland.

Phone: +617-3138-9420

Email: lisa.siganto@qut.edu.au

Jemima Welsh | ImpaQt powered by QUT bluebox | Analyst

Jemima Welsh has experience working in Indigenous affairs, international relations and social impact consultancy across the non-profit, corporate diplomacy and for-purpose sectors. She has a Masters in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics and a degree in International Relations from The University of Queensland.

Phone: +617-3138-9420

Email: jemima.Welsh@qut.edu.au