Flinders Partners

About us

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Flinders Partners is the sole commercialisation agent for Flinders University’s academic research and intellectual property. We act as an innovation catalyst, providing the crucial link between researchers, businesses and investors, connecting problems with solutions and creating opportunities with benefit and value for all.

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Our Vision

To be global leaders in University innovation and entrepreneurship, partnering great minds, converting novel ideas into valuable benefits and making a lasting contribution to global advancement.

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Our Mission

Our mission is to maximise the global impact and benefit of university research by connecting it to real-world problems and opportunities and bringing valuable, innovative solutions to market.

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Our approach

The journey begins with a hypothesis – an idea or invention that could be beneficial or a problem that is worth solving. Together with our commercial partners and academic researchers we set out to convert it into a viable opportunity that creates value for everyone.

Our team

We are a diverse and entrepreneurial bunch of individuals who share a passion for innovation and are committed to making a difference by helping bring ground-breaking research and novel ideas to market.

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Mark Bruce
Opportunity Development Director
Call +61 (0)8 8201 5804

Mark is our resident futurist and technophile. A pragmatic business developer, Mark helps manage and drive a wide range of commercialisation opportunities for new technologies and industrial partners.

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Sinead O’Connell
Licencing Director
Call +61 (0)8 8201 7716

Sinead is the Licencing Director; She loves all things life sciences and licensing. She combines her research and spin-out background to identify great partners and negotiate deals that work for all parties.

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Louise Mostyn
Associate – Finance
Call +61 (0)8 8201 7737

Louise is Flinders Partner’s finance superstar; she goes above and beyond to make sure all FP financial needs are taken care of in a timely matter. Louise is known to be everyone’s best friend (every fortnight).

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 Mick O’Neill
Senior Advisor
Call +61 (0)8 8201 7745

Mick is our connector to local businesses, drawing on his extensive experience and networks from many years in business and government.  He loves joining the dots, linking ideas and people to create value for businesses and researchers.

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Atif Majeed
Commercial Associate
Call +61 (0)8 8201 7708

Atif’s role is mainly to overview our projects and gives curious yet precautious, analytic yet optimistic feedback. He believes that in order to make innovation happen, you should know how to convert it into invoices.

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Rebecca Perry
Commercial Associate
Call +61 (0)8 8201 7739

Rececca supports research groups to commercialise their work, assisting in those tasks on your “things to do once I have completed that revision/grant/marketing” list. she is passionate about selling the great work of Flinders University researchers to the world (which is why she carries her passport and toothbrush in her handbag!)

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 Tony Kyriacou
Defence Partnerships Director
Call +61 (0)8 8201 5615

Tony works closely with Flinders University researchers to develop and grow partnerships between the university and the defence industry. Tony is willing to go the extra mile (or two) to meet with industy, having visiting France, England, Scotland, Spain, Italy and Woomera in his first two months with us.

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Natalie Burgan
Executive Officer
Call +61 (0)8 8201 7589

Natalie is the backbone of Flinders Partners. She is the office coordinator, executive officer and PA to the Managing Director. There’s almost nothing Nat doesn’t do within Flinders Partners. Not only can she dance, but often her role is a fine balancing act performed with a smile.

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Belinda Grant
Corporate and Commercial Counsel
Call +61 (0)8 8201 7748

Belinda is our legal eagle. She finds solutions to help us do what we do and makes sure things happen as they should.

Our Board

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Peggy Lau-Flux MBA
Director


Mrs Lau-Flux is a Council Member of Flinders University, and a Director of Flinders Partners. She is also the Chairperson of the Finance and Investment Committee. Educated in both Hong Kong and Canada, she enjoyed a successful career in international banking before settling in Australia. Her key areas of expertise are finance and marketing in the international corporate banking sector, dealing with multinationals in the Asia Pacific Region, and corporate governance in the health and education sectors.

Over the course of her career she worked as a Corporate Banker for Citibank and Standard Chartered Bank in Hong Kong, and led noteworthy initiatives such as the installation of the first electronic banking system in China and the determination of risk asset weighting.

Since her arrival in Australia in 1992, she has served on boards at both State and Federal levels, including the Royal Adelaide Hospital, the Council of International Trade and Commerce of SA, National Multicultural Advisory Council, the Australia China Council, and was the President of the Asia Pacific Business Council for Women and the Chairperson of the Joanna Briggs Institute.

Mrs Lau-Flux is a true global citizen, having lived and worked in Hong Kong, Canada and Australia as well as having travelled extensively. She is bilingual in English and Chinese with significant local, national, and international networks.

Daniel Maung
Director


Daniel Maung has held numerous marketing and sales roles within Oracle Corporation working across Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East and is currently the Marketing Director for Asia Pacific and Japan for Oracle’s Global ISV/OEM business. Daniel is excited and has a real interest in helping the best start-ups and most innovative companies on the planet get their products and solutions to market. He is a biased supporter of everything South Australian and Australian and eager for companies from this region to flourish on the international stage.      

Oracle’s Global ISV/OEM business is at the forefront of innovation and assisting companies at the leading edge of the technology revolution move their solutions from a concept to reality.

Prior to joining Oracle Corporation Daniel worked in London for US technology company TimesTen where he developed and implemented their European marketing strategy. While in London he also established a company that specialised in the distribution of Australian products to the UK market called Planet Blue Distribution which was sold in 2010 to a privately held UK company. In addition to his position at Flinders Partners he is currently a board member of Thereitis.com, OzTech Traders Australia and the Cambridge Group of Companies.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Flinders University (SA), a Master of Business Administration from Southern Cross University (NSW), and is a Graduate of Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program (Boston).

Professor Robert Saint
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research)
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Robert Saint is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Flinders University. He gained his undergraduate, honours and PhD degrees from the University of Adelaide, studying gene structure and expression in the earliest days of recombinant DNA technology. As a Flinders Partners Board member, he is keen to ensure that the IP generated by Flinders University researchers is commercialised to the benefit of the community, especially through the attraction of investment, creation of employment and economic growth in South Australia in particular and Australia in general.

He was a Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University and NHMRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Walter and Eliza Hall Inst.

He then worked at the CSIRO before moving to the University of Adelaide in 1989, where he pioneered research into cell cycle control during animal development.

In 1994 he was appointed Professor of Genetics at the University of Adelaide and from 2000-2008 he was Director of the Australian Research Council Special Research Centre for the Molecular Genetics of Development, which began at the University of Adelaide before expanding into the ANU following Professor Saint’s move there in 2002 to take up the position of Professor of Molecular Genetics and Evolution.

In 2009 he was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Melbourne. He was elected a Member of the Asia-Pacific International Molecular Biology Network and has been awarded the Julian Wells Medal of the Lorne Genome Conference, the MJD White lectureship of the Genetics Society of Australia and the President’s medal of the Aust. New Zealand Society for Cell and Developmental Biology.

He has been a member of the Australian Research Council College of Experts, served on NHMRC Grant Review Panels and the Human Frontier Science Program Grant Review Panel.

From 2012 to 2014 he was a standing member of the Prime Minister’s Science Engineering and Innovation Council.

His research focuses on the genetic and molecular regulation of cell behaviour during animal development.

Dr Roger Sexton AM
Director

B.Ec (Hons), M.Ec. Ph.D (Econ), FAICD, FAIM, S.FFin, KSJ, C.P Mgr, C.Univ


Dr Sexton is a leading investment banker and company director with extensive professional experience in the Asia Pacific region. He has served as a Chief Executive of a number of large organisations in the finance, funds management and investment banking industries and has served on the Boards of a number of public companies and organisations in Australia and overseas.

Roger is currently Chairman of ASX listed company IOOF Holdings Ltd (based in Melbourne), Chairman of Beston Global Food Company Ltd, and Chairman of KeyInvest Limited (based in Adelaide). He is also Chairman of the Beston Pacific Group of Companies and a Director of IBISWorld Pty Ltd.

Roger studied economics and business at Flinders University and NCSU in the United States, winning the University Medal for economics at Flinders and the American Agricultural Economics Society Award for the top doctoral graduate in the US in 1976.

After spending the first 14 years of his career in high level public service roles in both the Commonwealth Government of Australia and the South Australian State Government, Roger then trained as a merchant banker with Morgan Grenfell in the UK.

He founded the Beston Pacific Group in 1992 which has spawned a number of significant and highly successful investment trusts.

Roger was appointed by the SA Government to play a key role in turning around the economic fortunes of South Australia after the collapse of the State Bank in the early nineties. As Chairman of the Asset Management Task Force, he was responsible for directing and managing the sale of over $5 Billion in public sector assets including the State Bank, State Government Insurance Corporation, Pipelines Authority of SA and the Adelaide Casino.

Roger is a Board member and/or Patron of a number of charities and not for profit organisations in Australia.

He is a Fellow and SA President of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia. He has also served as a member of the Australian Accounting Standards Board.

Roger was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2011 Queens Birthday Honours.

Flinders University

Our University

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Established in 1966, Flinders University has earned a well-deserved reputation for high-quality education, excellence in innovative research and strong engagement with external communities and stakeholders.

As an institution, Flinders University has never been content with the status quo and is constantly striving for ways to make the world a better place by making a positive difference. In the words of its namesake, Matthew Flinders, it is “not content to rest unnoticed in the middle order” and is committed to excellence, innovation, outward engagement and impact in order to remain relevant into the future.

Excellence in research is an integral and defining element of Flinders University and it supports a vibrant and constantly evolving research community. Currently, research disciplines are broadly housed under five strategic research themes, each with a number of clusters, institutes, centres and, importantly, world-leading elite strategic research professors. These themes are:


Biomedical and clinical sciences
Culture, policy and society
Health and human behaviour
Molecular science and technology
Water and environment


 

A key priority for the University is to develop and strengthen major research collaborations locally, nationally and internationally, with a strong emphasis on building research collaborations with industry partners.

Visit the Flinders University website to learn more.

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