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About Servatus

Servatus

Servatus was established in 2012 and began operations in 2013. Servatus is an unlisted public company with headquarters in Queensland.

Servatus and an international joint-venture partner are building a state-of-the-art production and research facility at Coolum, Queensland to produce medical-grade biopharmaceuticals. The first stage of the facility was completed in 2019, and clinical trials are now underway.

The company derives its name from Saint Servatus, a churchman and diplomat in the 4th century AD, who became Bishop of Tongeren, a municipality now in modern-day Belgium. Servatus was invoked as a patron saint, with healing powers for a range of ailments, including rheumatism.

Servatus Board

Dr. Wayne Finlayson
Dr. Wayne Finlayson — BSc (hons)., Ph.D.
Executive Director & CEO
Dr. Wayne Finlayson
Dr. Wayne Finlayson — BSc (hons)., Ph.D.
Executive Director & CEO

Wayne has wide-ranging scientific and commercial corporate experience in the biopharmaceutical and biotechnology sector, stretching over 30 years. His sound knowledge and understanding of the sector internationally include regulatory structures and requirements. During his career, Wayne developed strong skills and experience in the commercialisation of technology and the practical application of science for the creation of sustainable commercial enterprises. He progressed from initial roles focusing on pure science to management positions, including General Manager and Managing Director/CEO.

Positions held include that of Executive Director of Infergene (listed on NASDAQ), with specific responsibility for technology. In 1990, Wayne founded Progen Pharmaceuticals and was Managing Director and CEO. After leaving Progen Pharmaceuticals, he acted as a consultant until 2009, providing technology investment advice to clients. During this period, he also held various contract positions for clients (including large investment firms in the USA), with responsibility for ensuring readiness of investee companies for public listing or other investment.

Wayne holds a BSc (Hons) and a PhD in Organic Chemistry from La Trobe University. After completing his doctorate, he was a post-doctoral Research Fellow for three years at the University of California, Berkeley, in the USA.

Mark Williams
Mark Williams — BComm., LLB (hons).
Executive Director and CFO
Mark Williams
Mark Williams — BComm., LLB (hons).
Executive Director and CFO

Mark joined the Servatus board as a Non-Executive Director in February 2018 and became an Executive Director (Chief Financial Officer) in July 2018. Mark has had a long career in investment banking, having spent nearly 20 years with Macquarie Bank in Sydney, London and South America. Mark’s broad banking and commercial career includes significant experience in risk, structured lending, governance, commodities & equities markets, and management.

In 2001, Mark set up Macquarie’s off-shore risk function in London. From 2004 to 2014, Mark was based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, initially in charge of the bank’s structured commodity lending and later as office and local country head. Mark, as an Executive Director, was responsible for Macquarie’s Brazilian commodity platform, including management of a number of the bank’s largest global commodity clients.

Mark holds a BComm/LLB (Hons) from The Australian National University.

Prof. Uwe Buecheler
Prof. Uwe Buecheler — PhD. MSc. BSc.
Board Member
Prof. Uwe Buecheler
Prof. Uwe Buecheler — PhD. MSc. BSc.
Board Member

Dr. Uwe Buecheler has more than 30 years experience in the biopharmaceutical industry. He is Senior Advisor in Biopharmaceuticals to the Board of Managing Directors at Boehringer Ingelheim, and Senior Vice President of the Biopharma Business Unit at Boehringer Ingelheim. He has held a variety of senior roles, including across regulatory affairs, CMC/GMP development, biosafety, quality, and as site head. He led an expansion of Boehringer Ingelheim’s Global Operations Network in the US and China, pioneered 1st Biologics MAH approval in Shanghai, and has led/contributed to major expansion projects in aseptic processing, microbial manufacturing and large-scale mammalian cell culture operations. Throughout his career, he has overseen more than 30 biologics launches, including more than five Top-20 global biopharmaceuticals.

Uwe Buecheler joined Boehringer Ingelheim in 1991. For several years he led the quality unit, as well as process science for biopharmaceuticals. In 2006, he was appointed site head for the Boehringer Ingelheim site in Biberach, Germany, and was a member of the board of the German subsidiary responsible for the mammalian cell culture business at the Biberach site. In October 2010, he was responsible for global biopharmaceuticals operations, including sites in Germany, Austria and US. Since May 2014, he has been responsible for the entire biopharma business unit as Senior Vice President.

Uwe Buecheler has a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Heidelberg and the Cancer research Center in Heidelberg. Prior to joining Boehringer Ingelheim he also worked at Roche (former Boehringer Mannheim site in Penzberg). He was awarded Professor h.c. at the University of Ulm, and is member of Advisory boards of University´s and the Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM). He is Chairman of the Biopharma Cluster South Germany and is Member of several (Bio-) Pharmaceutical Industry Associations including the international leadership forum of ISPE.

Hugh Alsop
Hugh Alsop — MBA, BSc.
Board Member
Hugh Alsop
Hugh Alsop — MBA, BSc.
Board Member

Hugh is an accomplished biotech executive with over 22 years of experience in drug development for global markets, pharmaceutical commercialization, international business development and partnering, general management and profit accountability experience. Hugh’s current focus is the founding CEO of Kinoxis Therapeutics Pty Ltd, a new company formed at the beginning of 2018 as spin out from the University of Sydney to develop a range of novel therapeutics for the treatment of substance use disorders and other central nervous system disorders.

More recently, Hugh has been CEO of Hatchtech Pty Ltd, an Australian company developing a novel technology for the control of invertebrate pests. The Company’s lead product is Xeglyze™ Lotion, a next generation prescription head lice product in development that aims to overcome the frustrating, costly and inconvenient cycles of retreatment for head lice infestation currently experienced by children and their parents. In 2015, the company signed a multi-country commercialization agreement for Xeglyze™ with integrated pharmaceutical company Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories (NYSE: RDY). Xeglyze™ has completed clinical development, and a New Drug Application has been filed with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Hugh has worked in executive positions for a wide spectrum of pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, including Acrux Limited, Phosphagencis Ltd, Sigma Pharmaceuticals, Mayne Pharma, and Faulding Pharmaceuticals. Whilst at Acrux, Hugh was Director Business Development when in 2010, the company licensed their testosterone product Axiron to Eli Lilly for AUD$335 million in milestones plus royalties.

Hugh has a Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Chemistry from the University of Melbourne and an MBA from the Melbourne Business School.

Company Secretary

Hamish George
Hamish George — BCom, CA, GIA(Cert)
Company Secretary
Hamish George
Hamish George — BCom, CA, GIA(Cert)
Company Secretary

Hamish is a Chartered Accountant and has extensive experience in providing financial advice, company secretarial and CFO services to life science businesses ranging from ASX listed entities to Not-for-Profit organisations. Hamish is CFO and Company Secretary for a number of ASX listed companies and is CFO and Company Secretary for MTPConnect, Australia’s Growth Centre for the medical technologies, biotechnologies and pharmaceuticals sector. Hamish holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne, a Diploma in Financial Planning from Kaplan Professional, a Masters Degree in Professional Accounting from RMIT and a Certificate in Governance Practice from the Governance Institute of Australia.

Co-Founder

Dr. Wolf Hanisch
VALE
Dr. Wolf Hanisch — BSc., Ph.D.
Co-Founder and Former Director
Dr. Wolf Hanisch
VALE Dr. Wolf Hanisch — BSc., Ph.D.
Co-Founder and Former Director
VALE Jan 1953 - Sep 2019

Doctor of philosophy - PhD

University College London

Full Scholarship under the Royal Commission of Exhibition of 1851 Presented at Buckingham Palace by Prince Phillip

Full Member of the New York Academy of Science

Life Member of the American institute of Chemical Engineers

Fellow of The Australian Institute of Company Directors

Servatus Managerial Team

Dr. Samantha Coulson
Dr. Samantha Coulson — BHlthSc., Ph.D.
Clinical Team Manager / Head of Clinical Research
Dr. Samantha Coulson
Dr. Samantha Coulson — BHlthSc., Ph.D.
Clinical Team Manager / Head of Clinical Research

Samantha joined Servatus in 2018 to head the Clinical Research Department and manage regulatory scientific affairs. Samantha has a diverse background in both academia and industry. She has extensive experience in designing, leading and collaborating on multidisciplinary research projects; managing product research, innovation and development programs for natural bioactive compounds; and probiotics. She also has extensive experience in designing and conducting human clinical trials; establishing research collaborations with medical specialists and academics; and negotiating research sponsorship with industry partners.

Kylie Ralston
Kylie Ralston — BSc (hons)
Cell Biology Team Manager / Head of Cell Biology
Kylie Ralston
Kylie Ralston — BSc (hons)
Cell Biology Team Manager / Head of Cell Biology

Kylie joined Servatus in 2018, she is a cell biologist with more than 20 years’ experience across the academic, biotechnology and biopharmaceutical sectors. Before joining Servatus, Kylie worked at Terragen Biotech, an agricultural biotechnology company, co-leading Research and Development.

In 2013, Kylie joined Patheon Biologics (formerly DSM biologics and now part of Thermo Fisher Scientific). She worked in downstream bioprocessing and quality control. In 2007, Kylie joined an early-stage biotechnology company, developing biotherapeutics for autoimmune conditions, working on the lead candidate molecule and expanding its intellectual property coverage.

Previously, Kylie worked for 10 years in research at the University of Newcastle on a variety of projects, including cancer research, inflammation and atherosclerosis.

Kylie holds a BSc (Hons) in biological sciences from the University of Newcastle. She is author and co-author of numerous peer-reviewed publications.

Nicolas Pichon
Nicolas Pichon — BSc., MSc.
Production Team Manager / Head of Bioprocessing & Production
Nicolas Pichon
Nicolas Pichon — BSc., MSc.
Production Team Manager / Head of Bioprocessing & Production

Nicolas joined Servatus in 2018, as a bioprocess engineer. Nicolas’s background is in bioprocess engineering and Research and Development in the biotechnology industry in both Australia and France.

Previously, Nicolas worked as a Downstream Bioprocess Scientist at Patheon Biologics (part of Thermo Fisher Scientific) in Australia. Nicolas is experienced in both fermentation bioprocessing management. He was instrumental in developing an APVMA accredited bacterial laboratory-based and production platform for the development and manufacture of probiotics and enzymes for the feedstock industry.

Nicolas has strong technical knowledge of both the biotechnology industry and the latest bioprocessing technologies.

Nicolas completed a Bioengineering degree at the Sup'Biotech Paris, France in 2012. More recently, Nicolas submitted a PhD in biotechnology at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology within the University of Queensland.

Teresa Walker
Teresa Walker — BSc (hons) CHEM
Quality Team Manager / Head of Quality and Regulatory Affairs
Teresa Walker
Teresa Walker — BSc (hons) CHEM
Quality Team Manager / Head of Quality and Regulatory Affairs

Teresa joined Servatus in 2020 and brings over 20 years’ pharmaceutical manufacturing experience in quality control, quality assurance, and regulatory affairs. She has a 1st class (hons) degree in Chemistry (BSc) from the University of Nottingham, UK, and in 2001 moved to Australia to take a position at Mayne Pharma, where she developed and validated scientific methodology for injectable oncology and oncology support drugs such as antibiotics and opioid pain relief pharmaceuticals. She then went on to lead a team of senior scientists in R&D method development and validation at Sigma Healthcare, before joining the Quality Assurance team at TSI Pharmaceuticals, and finally Medifarm Pty. As Quality Manager at Medifarm, Teresa was instrumental in obtaining one of the first Office of Drug Control licenses in the country for the production of medicinal cannabis. She is highly experienced in establishing pharmaceutical quality management systems and regulatory licensing for new and emerging biotechnology/pharmaceutical industries. She is also highly experienced in managing import/export licencing compliance, quality risk management and product registrations for pharmaceutical products.

Clinical Trial Principal Investigators

Prof. Gerald Holtman
Prof. Gerald Holtman — MD, PHD, MBA, FRACP, FRCP, FAHMS.
Principal Investigator (Ulcerative Colitis; Helicobacter pylori; IBS-C)
Prof. Gerald Holtman
Prof. Gerald Holtman — MD, PHD, MBA, FRACP, FRCP, FAHMS.
Principal Investigator (Ulcerative Colitis; Helicobacter pylori; IBS-C)

Gerald Holtmann is an Academic Gastroenterologist with substantial managerial and leadership experience inside and outside the academic sector.

He is Director of Gastroenterology & Hepatology at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Queensland and Associate Dean Clinical for the Faculty of Health & Behavioral Sciences and for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Queensland. In addition, he also serves as Director on the Boards of the West Moreton Hospital and Health Service and the Gallipoli Foundation. Prior to relocation to Brisbane, he completed a 3-year term as CEO and Medical Director of the University Hospital Essen, Germany and has served several years on the Board of this organisation with an annual budget of over $1b. Before that he was Director of the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and General Medicine at the Royal Adelaide Hospital with a joint appointment as Professor of Medicine at the University of Adelaide.

Prof Holtmann has completed his Clinical Training in Medicine and Gastroenterology at the University Hospital Essen, Germany with a fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London), the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. In addition to his training in Medicine and Gastroenterology he completed a Master of Business Administration at the University of South Australia and is certified by the German Board of Physicians in Medical Informatics and Biostatistics.

His research in the field of Gastroenterology with a focus on Neurogastroenterology has been published in leading journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, Gut and Gastroenterology and has attracted more than 20,000 citations.

Dr Peter Nash
Dr Peter Nash — MD., FRACP., MBBS
Principal Investigator (Rheumatoid arthritis)
Dr Peter Nash
Dr Peter Nash — MD., FRACP., MBBS
Principal Investigator (Rheumatoid arthritis)

School of Medicine
Griffith University
Director
Rheumatology Research Unit
Sunshine Coast

He Serves on the Scientific Advisory Board and the ASMPOC, Australian Rheumatology Association, Steering Committee of GRAPPA and the editorial board of Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases and RMD Open.

Published more than 200 per reviewed articles and 5 book chapters.

Dr Peter Nash is Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Queensland, at the school of Medicine, Griffith University, and a Director of the Rheumatology Research Unit on the Sunshine Coast. Dr Nash has Chaired the Professional Affairs Committee and the Therapeutics Committee , and serves on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Australian Rheumatology Association. He is a former member of the Therapeutics Committee of the Australia and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society.

Dr Nash and his group at the Rheumatology Research Unit have been involved with pivotal registration clinical trials for all modern targeted biologic therapies and osteoporosis therapies. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers and 5 book chapters. He is on the Scientific Advisory Board and the ASMPOC, Australian Rheumatology Association, Steering Committee of GRAPPA and the editorial board of Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases and RMD Open.

His special interests include metabolic bone disease and novel therapeutics.

Dr Michael Freeman
Dr Michael Freeman — MD., MBBS.
Principal Investigator (Dermatological conditions)
Dr Michael Freeman
Dr Michael Freeman — MD., MBBS.
Principal Investigator (Dermatological conditions)

Dr Michael Freeman is the principal Dermatologist at The Skin Centre, specialising in Cosmetic and Laser Dermatology. Originally graduating from The University of Queensland in 1979, he has more than 30 years’ experience in the medical field. In addition to his position at The Skin Centre, Dr Freeman is the Director of Dermatology at the Gold Coast Hospital and is an Associate Professor of Dermatology at Bond University.

While a Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists, he is also a member of the Skin and Cancer Foundation of Queensland and an international member of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Dr Freeman holds several more credits to his name, including lead investigator in more than a dozen clinical trials, and educator for other Dermatologists in the use of specialised lasers.

Dr. Jessica Allegretti
Dr. Jessica Allegretti — M.D., M.P.H., FACG. Associate Prof. (Harvard Medical School); Director Clinical Research.
Principal Investigator (IBD, Crohns, Ulcerative colitis)
Dr. Jessica Allegretti
Dr. Jessica Allegretti — M.D., M.P.H., FACG. Associate Prof. (Harvard Medical School); Director Clinical Research.
Principal Investigator (IBD, Crohns, Ulcerative colitis)

Dr. Jessica Allegretti currently serves as the Associate Director of the Crohn’s and Colitis Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, USA, where she built and leads the Clinical Trials Program. She also founded the hospital’s Fecal Microbiota Transplantation Program and continues to serve as the Program’s Director. She also now serves as the Director of Clinical Research for the Division of Gastroenterology.

Dr. Allegretti is a gastroenterologist and physician-scientist dedicated to discovering and developing innovative microbiome therapeutics and novel treatments for inflammatory bowel disease. She was awarded the IBD Rising Star Award by the New Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation her first year on staff. She serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for OpenBiome, the largest not-for-profit stool bank, and is the Clinical Development Lead for the Massachusetts-Host Microbiome Center. She has authored over 100 abstracts and peer-reviewed publications in leading journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet and Gastroenterology, and was recently appointed as an Associate Editor for the Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Journal as well as the American Journal of Gastroenterology

Dr. Allegretti has led multiple prospective microbiome therapeutic studies, including the first trials in primary sclerosing cholangitis and obesity. She has received funding from the NIH, the American College of Gastroenterology and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. Dr. Allegretti has been featured on HBO, BBC, Netflix, the New York Times and numerous other media outlets. In 2020, Dr. Allegretti received the Sherman Emerging Leader Prize for Excellence in Crohn’s and Colitis and Healio Gastroenterology’s Clinical Innovation Award for her work on microbial therapeutics.

Business Advisory Team

Dr. Joy Cavagnaro
Dr. Joy Cavagnaro — PhD, DABT, ATS, RAC, FRAPS
FDA & Regulatory Consultant
Dr. Joy Cavagnaro
Dr. Joy Cavagnaro — PhD, DABT, ATS, RAC, FRAPS
FDA & Regulatory Consultant

Dr Cavagnaro is the President of Access BIO where she consults on science-based preclinical development strategies for novel drug, biologics and device combinations. With a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, her career spans academia, the CRO and biotechnology industries, and government. During her tenure at CBER/FDA she was appointed to the SBRS and served as FDA’s safety topic lead and rapporteur for “ICH S6.” She was the first to advocate the “case-by-case” rational science-based approach to preclinical safety evaluation. In 2011 she received SOT’s Biotechnology Specialty Section First Career Achievement Award and in 2019 the Society’s Arnold J. Lehman Award recognizing individuals who have made significant contributions to risk assessment and/or the regulation of chemical agents, including pharmaceuticals. She is Founder and Past Chair of the leadership committee of BioSafe, an expert preclinical science committee within BIO. She is a Past Chair of the Clinical and Regulatory Affairs Committee and Translational Science & Product Development Committee of the ASGCT. She was a member of the NTP Scientific Advisory Committee on Alternative Toxicological Methods and is an advisor and member of the Grants Working Group of the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine. Dr Cavagnaro also serves on multiple SAB’s, including Odylia Therapeutics a non-profit corporation devoted to moving ultra-rare inherited retinal diseases ‘from science to humans’, and consults and lectures internationally on translation and risk assessment of novel therapies. She is a past chair of CRRI, an independent investigational review board and is currently a member of Advarra IRB. She has co-authored numerous white papers, articles and book chapters related to various aspects of preclinical safety assessment. The book she edited “Preclinical Safety Evaluation of Biopharmaceuticals A Science-Based Approach to Facilitating Clinical Trials” published by John Wiley & Sons, NJ, 2008, is commonly referred to as the “BioBible”. The sequel has just published “Translational Medicine: Optimizing Preclinical Safety Evaluation of Biopharmaceuticals- Joy A. Cavagnaro and Mary Ellen Cosenza, eds., CRC Press, 1st Edition, 2021.

Paul Field
Paul Field — BA (Hons), MA, FAICD
Business Development Consultant
Paul Field
Paul Field — BA (Hons), MA, FAICD
Business Development Consultant

Paul Field is supporting Servatus to engage with potential partners for its SVT-IC469 Helicobacter pylori program. He has over 25 years of business development experience across a range of therapeutic areas, and a deep network in the global biopharmaceutical industry. His current roles include corporate advisory positions at Imunexus, Alsonex, Marinova, and the Global Antibiotic R&D Partnership (GARDP) headquartered in Geneva. He was previously the life sciences specialist at Austrade, the Australian Government’s investment promotion agency, where he facilitated foreign direct investment into Australian research in infectious diseases, autoimmune diseases, cancer and other therapeutic areas. Paul has served on a number of Boards, and he is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD).

Dr. Patricia Williams
Dr. Patricia Williams — BSc, MSc, PhD, CEO of IND Directions
FDA Consultant
Dr. Patricia Williams
Dr. Patricia Williams — BSc, MSc, PhD, CEO of IND Directions
FDA Consultant

Patricia Williams, PhD, is a pharmaceutical executive with over 35 years of experience in drug discovery and development in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and contract service industries. Dr. Williams is currently the President & CEO of IND Directions, LLC, a drug development consulting and service company located in Northern Virginia. Dr. Williams was the founder, co-owner and Chief Operating Officer of Summit Drug Development Services, LLC, a drug development service company in Rockville, Maryland for five years. She has established a number of innovative safety assessment and drug development programs in her career and has held various management positions at Bristol-Myers Company, Eli Lilly, American Cyanamid, BioChem Therapeutic, Inc., Glycomed, Inc./Ligand Pharmaceuticals, TherImmune Research/Gene Logic Corp and SRA Life Sciences. Dr. Williams has authored over 50 manuscripts and review articles in toxicology and pharmacology. She received a B.S. in Physiology from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan (1974), an M.S. in Physiology from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona (1977), and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the State University of New York (SUNY)/Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York (1981).

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DIRECTORS
Dr Wayne Finlayson, Executive Director
Dr Michael Vitale, Non-Executive Chairman
Hugh Alsop, Non-Executive Director
Mr Mark Williams, Executive Director

FORMER DIRECTORS
Dr Wolf Hanisch, Co-Founder
vale Jan 1953 - Sep 2019

PATENT ATTORNEY
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