Senior Management Profiles

Craig Newton

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Craig Newton has over 30 years' experience in senior business and operational roles in the medical device, pharmaceutical and biotech sectors, among large companies and small start-ups, with activity in Australasia, Asia and Europe.

His experience encompasses leadership, marketing, operations and project management across diverse therapeutic areas, including oncology, haematology, cell therapies, fertility and cardiovascular disease. Craig has worked at VivaZome Therapeutics, CSL, Serono UK, Bio Nova International, AVAX Australia and Cryptome Pharmaceuticals, in roles such as Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer, Sales and Marketing Director and Business Unit Manager. Prior to his appointment as MD, and CEO, Craig was the Chief Operating Officer at Invion from April 2018 to October 2019. Craig has a Science degree and post-graduate qualifications in Management and in Marketing. 

Melanie Farris (GIA) BComn GradDip ACG

CFO and Company Secretary

Melanie is an experienced operations, communications and governance professional, with a strong track record in the planning, management and delivery of strategic corporate projects across industries such as life sciences, investment, agriculture, not-for-profit and music marketing.

Melanie's key experience includes project management of confidential and complex business activities, overall company reporting and compliance with regulatory authorities, restructures, IPOs, M&A and shareholder activities, along with corporate policy development for ASX-listed entities.

Melanie's previous roles include positions in the Office of HRH the Prince of Wales, Global Asset Management, Imperial Cancer Research Fund and The Prince's Foundation. Melanie holds a Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations), and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance. She is an Associate of the Governance Institute of Australia and an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries (UK).