Scientific Advisory Board

Dr Leigh Farrell

Associate Professor, Leigh Farrell is the former Vice President of Business Development at Biota Pharmaceuticals (now Vaxart).

He brings extensive operational and advisory experience in antiviral drug development including for the military.

He was formerly Chief Operating Officer, d3 Medicine, General Manager then CEO, GeneShears Pty Ltd: Research Manager Johnson & Johnson Research Pty Ltd; Associate Director, GBS Venture Partners.

He is a member of the Australian Research Advisory Council and the Victorian Biotechnology Advisory Council.

Prof Stephen Thomas MD

Professor Stephen Thomas, MD has an international leadership role as Lead Principal Investigator for Pfizer/BioNTech global Phase III COVID-19 vaccine trial now being deployed globally.

Prof. Thomas is a world-renowned virologist and vaccinologist and has authored numerous papers and articles on dengue fever, Zika and many other infectious diseases.

Chief, Division Of Infectious Diseases, New York Upstate Medical University; Professor of Medicine, Professor of Microbiology & Immunology, and Infectious Diseases physician-scientist from the State University of New York (SUNY), Upstate Medical University; Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases and Director, Institute for Global Health and Translational Science (IGHTS.)

He had twenty years in the U.S. Army Medical Corps serving at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR.)

Dr Simon Tucker

Dr Simon Tucker was formerly Vice President of Research at Biota Pharmaceuticals (now Vaxart), where he was responsible for their entire intellectual property and research portfolio and oversaw the development of the now FDA approved influenza drug Relenza, one of only three anti-virals for influenza.

He brings decades of experience in pharmaceutical research and development and management as CEO of both Jumpstart Fertility Inc. and Continuum Biosciences Inc.

He previously worked at GD Searle, USA, helping make key discoveries leading to the development of a treatment for HIV infection.