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Otago Innovation technology transfer team

Hon Pete Hodgson - Chief Executive                                 Hon. Pete Hodgson

Expertise: Pete holds a Bachelor Veterinary Science and Master of Public Policy with Distinction. He was a Senior Cabinet Minister within the New Zealand Government from 1999 –2008. His experience in government includes: Planning and Environment, Commerce, Justice and Law Reform, Education and Science and Electoral Law Reform. He also held cabinet portfolios covering Climate Change Policy, Commerce, Economic Development, Education (tertiary), Energy, Fishing, Forestry, Land Information, Health, Science and Innovation and Transport. Post his Parliamentary experience, Pete has held positions as Otago Innovation Ltd (OIL) Director on the Board, Chair of Otago Innovation Advisory Committee, NZ independent chair (Australia and New Zealand) in the Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching (ANZCCART) as well as various other trusts and associateships.
Joined Otago Innovation: 2014
Years of Commercial Experience: 20+
Tel +64 3 479 3872
LinkedIn: Pete Hodgson on Linkedin 

David Christensen - General Manager                    

Expertise: David leads the commercialisation team. Mr David Christensen
Joined Otago Innovation: 2007
Years of Commercial Experience: 20+
Tel +64 3 479 8781
Mob +64 212798781
LinkedIn: David Christensen on Linkedin

Tomas Ribeiro - Patent Attorney & Intellectual Property Manager 

Expertise: Registered patent attorney with experience particularly in Life Sciences. Immediately prior to joining Otago Innovation Ltd Tomas was a patent attorney withtomas-ribeiro1 Baldwins in Auckland and also has experience with large and small pharmaceutical companies and government entities in England and Scotland. Prior to that, Tomas started his career in IP as a patent examiner at the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand.

Tel +64 3 479 5748
Mob +64 221530376

Dr Alex Tickle - Commercialisation Manager

Dr Alex TickleExpertise: Life Sciences (including drug discovery and development, diagnostics, medical devices); Chemistry (academia and industry); Pharmaceutical and Biotech Industry;
Business Development
Joined Otago Innovation: 2003
Years of Commercial Experience: 17
Tel +64 3 479 4145
Mob +64 274 392954
LinkedIn: Dr Alex Tickle on Linkedin

Dr Tracey Smith - Commercialisation Manager                             Dr Tracey Smith

Expertise: Biotechnology, Life Sciences, Health IT, Agriculture
Joined Otago Innovation: 2012
Years of commercial experience: 10
Tel +64 3 479 9970
Mob +64 21 389 970
LinkedIn: Dr Tracey Smith on Linkedin

Dr Graham Strong - Commercialisation Manager                                          Dr Graham Strong

Expertise: Technology; Mobile Apps; Software; Life Science; Start-Ups; Maori Business Development
Joined Otago Innovation: 2012
Years of commercial experience: 11
Tel +64 3 479 4170
Mob +64 21 279 4170
LinkedIn: Dr Graham Strong on Linkedin

Dr Stephen Sowerby - Commercialisation Manager

Expertise: Technology innovator, parasite diagnostics, biochemistry, molecular biology, physical chemistry, surface science, intellectual property & knowledge management, science commercialisation. Dr Stephen Sowerby
Joined Otago Innovation: 2016
Years of commercial experience: 15
Tel: +64 3 479 7143
Mob: +64 22 3066536
LinkedIn: Dr Stephen Sowerby on Linkedin