David Christensen - Chief Executive Officer
Expertise: David has 20+ years of commercial experience, working in the broad area of University technology commercialisation since 2004. David joined Otago Innovation in 2007, his roles in that time have included Senior commercialisation manager and General Manager (2016 – 2018) while continuing his work with operational management, diagnostic biomarkers, physical medical devices, ICT opportunities and drug development.
Specialising in early identification of commercially valuable IP.
Tel +64 3 479 8781
Mob +64 212798781
LinkedIn: David Christensen on Linkedin
Tomas Ribeiro - Patent Attorney & Intellectual Property Manager
Expertise: A registered patent attorney, Tomas has many years’ experience particularly in Life Sciences. Previously a patent attorney with Baldwins in Auckland, he has experience with pharmaceutical companies and government entities in England and Scotland. Tomas started his career in IP as a patent examiner at the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand. Joined Otago Innovation in 2017.
Tel +64 3 479 5748
Mob +64 221530376
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Dr Alex Tickle - Commercialisation Manager
Expertise: Life sciences (including drug discovery and development, diagnostics, medical devices), Chemistry (academia and industry), Pharmaceutical and biotech industry and business development. Alex’s area of research is in organic chemistry. Before joining Otago Innovation, Alex was a product and marketing manager for Neuraxpharm in Germany. Joined Otago Innovation in 2003.
Tel +64 3 479 4145
Mob +64 274 392954
LinkedIn: Dr Alex Tickle on Linkedin
Dr Tracey Smith - Commercialisation Manager
Expertise: Biotechnology, life sciences, health IT and agriculture. Tracey’s area of research is in Orthopaedics, she has a BSc in Microbiology. Having research experience in the veterinary, biomedical and biotechnology sectors within NZ and UK. Joined Otago Innovation in 2012.
Tel +64 3 479 9970
Mob +64 21 389 970
LinkedIn: Dr Tracey Smith on LinkedIn
Dr Graham Strong - Commercialisation Manager
Expertise: Technology, software, life science, start-ups, Indigenous business development and nutraceuticals. Graham’s area of research is in plant sciences. Previously worked at Dunedin City Council - Economic development unit, where Graham developed the research support fund. He designed, implemented and developed the Dunedin Internship programme, developed in conjunction with the University of Otago the International Research Pilot. Graham assists in accessing grant funding and developing licensing/business opportunities for technologies. He joined Otago Innovation in 2012.
Tel +64 3 479 4170
Mob +64 21 279 4170
LinkedIn: Dr Graham Strong on Linkedin
Dr Stephen Sowerby - Commercialisation Manager
Expertise: Technology innovator, molecular biology, physical chemistry, diagnostic technology development, parasite diagnostics, biochemistry and science commercialisation. Stephen invented and facilitated the commercialisation of Tunable Resistive Pulse Sensing and the innovative fluidics inside the FECPAKG2 point of care parasite diagnostic technology being used globally in agricultural and clinical settings. Stephen’s area of research is in Biochemistry. He joined Otago Innovation in 2016.
Tel: +64 3 479 7143
Mob: +64 22 3066536