Directors


Mr. Harry Simeonidis

CEO, President and Director
Harry Simeonidis has more than 25 years’ experience in global executive management roles in healthcare, pharmaceutical and life sciences businesses. His previous roles include CEO of Australia and New Zealand at GE Healthcare and, more recently, General Manager for Surgery Asia Pacific at GE Healthcare.

Mr. Spiro Sakiris

B.Bus, Dip Law, CA
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Sakiris has 32 years’ experience in advising businesses in accounting and taxation, business advisory, IPOs and capital raising, business risks identification and management, and business system designs across many industries, including the application of IFRS and U.S. GAAP for the life science industry.

Mr. Sakiris is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accounts of Australia & New Zealand, a registered Series 28 principal with iQ Capital (USA) LLC and is registered with FINRA. He also serves as Special Projects Lead at The iQ Group Global.


Dr. Steven Boyages

M.D., MB, BS, Ph.D
Chairman of the Board
A practicing clinician in endocrinology with more than 30 years’ experience in medicine, including multiple executive positions, Dr Steven Boyages serves as Chairman of the Board of GBS Inc. 
 
Dr Boyages previously held the position of Chief Executive of the Sydney West Area  Health Service (SWAHS), which is now known as Western Sydney Local Health District. Covering a population of 1.2 million people, SWAHS employed more than 15,000 staff and had a gross operating budget of $2 billion, managing $1.6 billion worth of assets. Dr Steven Boyageshas also served as Medical Director for eHealth New South Wales, and was the foundation  Chief  Executive  of  the  Clinical Education and Training Institute (CETI)  New South Wales, Australia, set up to ensure  the  development  and the  delivery  of clinical education and training across the NSW public health system. Previous to this, Dr Boyages was the Director of Diabetes  and  Endocrinology  at  Westmead Hospital, from  1990 to 1999.  During this time, Dr Boyages’ major achievements were to define the pathophysiology of thyroid hormone deficiency on brain development secondary to iodine deficiency; to develop prevention strategies in iodine deficient communities in China, India, Indonesia and Northern Italy; to define the impact of Growth Hormone excess and deficiency in adults and to develop innovative population health models  of care  for people with diabetes. Dr Boyages continues an active research career in a range of fields, but mostly in the pursuit of better models of chronic disease prevention  and management. 
 
Following this position, Dr Boyages  was the foundation director of the Centre for Research and Clinical Policy in NSW Health in 1999, during which he established the Priority Health Programs  (receiving  $15  million in funding per annum), doubled  the Research Infrastructure Grants Program, established the Quality Branch of NSW Health and was appointed as Clinical Advisor to the Director General to implement the Government Action Plan  for  Health  Reform.  Additionally, Dr Boyages was instrumental  in  establishing  and  securing funding for the NSW biotechnology strategy, BioFirst, a $150 million investment. 

Mr. Leon Kempler

AM
Director
Mr. Kempler has been a member of our Board of Directors since October 2019. His business career involved large scale projects in the IT, communication and software industry involving large tier one companies in Australia. For more than five years, he has owned and managed a portfolio of investment companies that invest in property and the stock market. He also holds several honorary roles, including: Chairman of the advisory council of the National Science and Technology Centre – Questacon since 2003; National Chairman of the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce since 1987; and Director of Wonderment Walk Victoria, International. In 1998, Mr. Kempler received a Medal of the Order of Australia from the Governor General of his tireless efforts and contribution for furthering Australia-Israel bi-lateral trade and relations. In 2018, Mr. Kempler was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia, or “AM,” from the Governor General for his significant services to the community through contributions to national cultural institutions, charitable, education and children’s medical foundations. Mr. Kempler holds an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Deakin University and fellowships from Monash University, Technion Institute of Science and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
 
We believe that Mr. Kempler is well-qualified to serve on our Board of Directors due to his extensive experience as a business leader and his reputation in the Asia Pacific business community.


Professor Jonathan Sessler

Ph.D.
Director
Prof. Sessler has been a member of the Board of Directors since November 2019. As a chemistry scientist, Prof. Sessler is well known for his ground-breaking work on expanded porphyrins and their applications to biology and medicine. Obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with Highest Honors from The University of California, Berkeley, Prof. Sessler went on to complete his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry at Stanford University in 1982. Since 1984, Prof. Sessler has been a Professor of Chemistry at The University of Texas Austin, one of the world’s leading basic and applied research facilities, and currently holds The Doherty-Welch Chair. He has received many awards and recognitions throughout his career. In 1991 he co-founded Pharmacyclics, a pharmaceutical research company previously listed on Nasdaq.
 
We believe that Prof. Sessler is well qualified to serve on our Board of Directors due to his expertise in chemistry and experience with public companies.

Dr. George Margelis

MBBS
Director
Dr. Margelis has been a member of our Board of Directors since June 2019. He is a medical practitioner who has been deeply involved in technology for the last 30 years. In 2019, he was appointed independent chair of the Aged Care Industry Information Technology Council in Australia. Since November 2013, he also has been a board member and the medical advisor of Multicultural Care, an aged care provider in Sydney. In June 2013, he was appointed an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Western Sydney with the TeleHealth Research & Innovation Laboratory. From July 2013 to August 2018, he served as a member of Ignition Labs, a start-up incubator in the health space, where he acted as a mentor and adviser to selected start-ups, assisting them in developing their initial products and taking a small initial investment. From 2005 to 2011, he was Health Industry Lead ANZ at Intel, and then General Manager Asia-Pacific at Intel-GE Innovations as it spun off in 2011. In 2014, he returned to Intel serving as its Health & Life Sciences Lead until 2016. During this time he also acted as senior adviser to HIMSS, the international peak body for health technology, and as Asia Pacific chair of the Continua Alliance, an industry consortium for developing interoperability standards for health technology products that was later renamed the Personal Connected Health Alliance. From 2002 to 2005, he was Chief Information Officer of Macquarie Health Corporation, a private hospital group, and also managed an innovative software development team at Macquarie that produced a number of online health applications. In 2014 he was appointed to the IT in Aged Care Hall of Fame for his work in the use of technology in aged care. Dr. Margelis originally trained as an optometrist with a Master’s degree from the University of New South Wales, Australia and later graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.
 
We believe that Dr. Margelis is well-qualified to serve on our Board of Directors due to his medical expertise and his extensive experience with information technology systems in the healthcare sector.


Mr. Jonathan Hurd

CAMS
Director
Mr. Hurd has been a member of our Board of Directors since April 2018. He previously served as our Chairman of the Board from August 2018 to November 2019. Mr. Hurd has expertise in broker-dealer and investment advisory regulations and is well versed in FINRA and SEC rules and regulations. Mr. Hurd has served as Founder and CEO at Asgard Regulatory Group, or “Asgard,” since founding the firm in 2008. Asgard provides broker-dealer and investment adviser compliance consulting services to clients both domestically and abroad. Prior to starting Asgard, Mr. Hurd was the Chief Compliance Officer for several financial institutions. His experience involved full-service broker-dealers, investment advisory firms, bank-broker-dealers and mortgage-backed securities. Mr. Hurd also served on the Board of Directors for many of these companies. Prior to working at these financial institutions, Mr. Hurd was a Supervisor of Examiners at FINRA, previously NASD, in the New York District Office. While with FINRA, he supervised routine examinations of FINRA member firms, and conducted large-scale enforcement cases jointly with the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigations. Mr. Hurd also assisted the District Office with its ongoing training of new examiners. In addition, from 2005 to 2011, Mr. Hurd was a Senior Adjunct Professor in the Townsend School of Business at Dowling College, where he instructed MBA students in matters relating to the United States securities markets and financial institutions. He was responsible for introducing students to the subjects of financial derivatives, foreign stock exchange, hedge transactions and risk management. Mr. Hurd is also a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and holds the Series 7, 24, 27, 53, 55, 63, 66, 79 and 99 licenses as well as his NYS Life and Health Insurance licenses.
 
We believe Mr. Hurd is well-qualified to serve on our Board of Directors due to his substantial experience in corporate finance, his expertise in the regulation and functioning of securities markets and his widespread relationships in the financial industry.


Dr. George Syrmalis

M.D., Ph.D, FACNP, MAAPP
Scientific Board Member
Dr. Syrmalis is trained in Nuclear Medicine-radiation immunology and established The iQ Group Global Ltd. (formerly iQnovate) in 2011. Previously, Dr. Syrmalis founded and led as CEO and Chairman The Bionuclear Group SA, (1995-2005) incorporating Antisoma SA, Bionuclear Institute of Diagnosis and Therapy SA, Bionuclear Research and Development SA and Vitalcheck SA. He developed a business model by addressing unmet clinical needs and leveraging on synergies between Bionuclear Group companies.

• Antisoma SA: focused on development of novel biologic compounds both radio diagnostic and radio therapeutic in the area of oncology.

• Bionuclear Institute for Diagnosis and Therapy SA: expanded into medical centers-renal dialysis clinics and the development of Europe’s most prominent reference pathology service.

• Bionuclear Research and Development SA: novel and generic radiopharmaceutical production.

• Vitalcheck SA: Research, development and commercialization of point of care tests for professional and layman use. From 2005 onwards George continued his career as advisor to the Biopharmaceutical industry, advising on translational clinical trials, biomarkers and strategy to commercialize novel biologic entities in the areas of oncology, epilepsy and autoimmune diseases.

Professor Paul Dastoor

Ph.D, B.A. (Hons)
Scientific Board Member
Dr. Dastoor is a Professor in Physics in the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences and the director of the Centre for Organic Electronics at the University of Newcastle in Australia. He received his B.A. degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge in 1990 and his Ph.D. in Surface Physics, also from the University of Cambridge, in 1995.
 
After completing his doctorate, he joined the Surface Chemistry Department at British Steel in 1994 before taking up his present appointment at the University of Newcastle in 1995. He was an EPSRC Visiting Research Fellow at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, UK in 2002 and a Centre for the Central Laboratory Research Councils Visiting Research Fellow at the Daresbury Laboratory, Cheshire, UK from 2004 to 2005.
 
His expertise covers surface analysis, electron spectroscopy, thin film growth, organic electronics, organosilane chemistry, polymer films, atom beam optics and microscopy and medical devices. His research can be grouped in three main areas: (1) Helium Atom Microscopy, (2) Polymer Adsorption on Metal Surfaces and (3) Organic Electronic Devices. Helium Atom Microscopy Atomic scattering from surfaces has matured into a unique analytical technique for the study of formation of thin film structures.

Lawrence Fisher

Member, Audit Committee
A securities lawyer in New York City for more than 40 years, Lawrence is a graduate of Columbia College and Columbia University Law School, and a Research Fellow of the London School of Economics. Lawrence has extensive experience representing public companies and investment banking firms in connection with Initial Public Offerings. During his career, Lawrence was a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe law firm for 11 years and at Kelley, Drye & Warren lawfirm for 10 years, and Parker, Chapin & Flattau, serving on all firms’ Executive Committees. Lawrence has held various Board positions, including Financial Federal Corporation (NYSE), National Bank of New York City and Viking Energy Group. Lawrence brings to the Board his vast experience as a lawyer in the field of capital markets and will assist with understanding the legal and compliance issues publicly listed companies.

Dr. Tom Parmakellis

MBBS
Director
Dr. Parmakellis has been a member of our Board of Directors since July 2019. He has been a Family Physician since 1994 and a Cosmetic Physician since 1996. Dr. Parmakellis started his early career at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney. He has a wealth of experience gained over the last 25 years as a medical practitioner, including 10 years as a rural medical practitioner where timely diagnosis and point of care testing is of essence. Dr. Parmakellis has a wealth of business experience running and organizing both his family practice and cosmetic practice. He also has business interests and experience in negotiating exclusive distribution rights for internationally recognized medical lasers into the Australian market.  Dr. Parmakellis introduced Laser Hair removal into the Australian market in 1996 and founded Lookfresh Cosmetic Medicine in 2009. In September 2017, Dr. Parmakellis founded SkinLift Ultherapy which offers Ultherapy, a non-surgical face lift. Dr. Parmakellis holds a MBBS from the University of Sydney. Dr. Parmakellis is a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP) and a fellow of the Cosmetic Physicians College Australasia (FCPCA). He also trains and educates Australian Registered Medical Practitioners in the Cosmetic Medical Field.
 
We believe that Dr. Parmakellis is well-qualified to serve on our Board of Directors due to his medical expertise and his extensive experience in providing medical services.

Ms. Victoria Gavrilenko

Operations Manager and Director
Ms. Gavrilenko has been a member of our Board of Directors since July 2018. She also has served as our Operations Manager since July 2018. From July 2016 until August 2018, Ms. Gavrilenko was the Office Manager at the New York City offices of IQ Capital, which is an affiliate of ours. iQ Capital, a member of The iQ Group Global, is an investment banking business at its initial development stage. It is dedicated to the healthcare sector with services including mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt advisory and strategic advisory. From July 2014 until June 2016, Ms. Gavrilenko was a real estate agent at Centric New York, a boutique agency. From 2010 to 2013 she was an executive assistant to the Chief Executive Officer at John Carris Investments, LLC, a boutique investment banking firm providing financial advisory services. From 2007 to 2009, Ms. Gavrilenko was an executive assistant and contractor liaison at Southern California Steel Inc., a steel fabricator.
 
We believe Ms. Gavrilenko is well-qualified to serve on our Board of Directors due to her operational experience.

Christopher Towers

BSc, CPA
Chair, Audit Committee
A Certified Public Accountant With 12 years’ experience in auditing, accounting, and financial reporting in previous roles held at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Pall Corporation, Christopher chairs the Audit Committee for GBS Inc. Christopher Towers is EVP, Chief Accounting Officer and Principal Financial Officer of Newtek Business Services Corp (NASDAQ:NEWT). His expertise includes auditing, SEC reporting, US GAAP, experience in leading equity & debt raisings, due diligence on business mergers & acquisitions, SOX compliance, FP&A, treasury, and tax. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Hofstra University and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Christopher brings to the Board expertise in financial reporting to capital markets and an understanding of compliance and the audit process.

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