Drawing upon team's experience of team's experience of over 20 years of developing minimally invasive, functional skin based medical devises, WearOptimo is working on next generation wearable devices for continuous monitoring in precision health.
Established in 2018 by Professor Mark Kendall, WearOptimo has already achived impressive milestones:
filed strong patent suite
awarded two grants from the Australian Government (>$1.8m) under the MTP Connect Biomedical Technology Horizons Grants program
opened our Brisbane offices and laboratory supported by the Queensland Government
established a world leading interdisciplinary team from the world's top universities including the Australian National University, University of Oxford, University of Cambridge and Stanford University
successful validation of core Microwearable™ technology
operational prototype of Microwearable™ device
Prof. Stephen Wilson
Chief Technology Officer
(MBBS, M Biomed E, PhD): Steve has over 30 years of experience as a Medical Practitioner and Biomedical Engineer. He has developed commercial MRI medical devices for most of his career. He has 15 patents, all of which have commercial interest and direct industrial applications. He was the Director of Biomedical Engineering at UQ. Steve has also worked as a medical officer in private practice and public hospital appointments.
Dr Anthony Brewer
Head of R&D
(MPhys, PhD): Anthony has more than 10 years experience in leading roles in industry, start-ups, academia and medical device R&D in the UK, France and Australia. Anthony completed his PhD in physics from the University of Cambridge, led a team in Professor Kendall's spin out company (Vaxxas), and founded a start-up (agAlytics). He was awarded a Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Entrepreneur grant in 2016.
Chief Financial Officer
Renet is a commercially focused senior finance executive, with over 25 years’ experience. She is a qualified chartered accountant, with a broad range of experience that includes start-up, privately held and multinational publicly traded companies. Previously, Renet was a Director with PwC and has experience in the Assurance and Private Client’s practice, specialising in external audit, technical accounting advice, business combinations and acquisition accounting, and preparation of financial statements.
Prof. Mark Kendall
CEO & Founder
(BE PhD FRSA FTSE): Mark is a world-leading expert and leader in R&D, project management and commercialisation of skin-based medical devices for global impact. While a Lecturer at Oxford University and Associate Director of the PowderJect Research Centre, Mark advanced biolistics technology, spun out to PowderJect (sold for $1.2 billion in 2003) and PowderMed (sold for $400 million in 2006). Then, in Australia as a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at The University of Queensland, he invented the Nanopatch and drove it forward – founding Vaxxas in 2011, securing $40 million of investment. In 2018 Mark became an ANU Vice-Chancellor’s Entrepreneurial Professor and established WearOptimo.
Through his career Mark has built commercial healthtech enterprises with combined valuation of approximately $2 billion, an inventor on more than 130 medtech patents, secured seven major licensing deals for his patents including with big pharma and authored over 300 publications. In recognition of his science, innovation and enterprise, Mark has received numerous awards and accolades including elected Fellow of The Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (2017); in 2017 elected Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) (2017); CSL Young Florey Medal (2016); elected into the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Innovation Entrepreneurship (2016-2018); a 2015 World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer and a 2012 Rolex Laureate award for Enterprise.
Mark serves as the co-chair of the $150 million Australia Stem Cell Therapies Mission, reporting directly to Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt. Mark is also serving on the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Biotechnology.
Based in beautiful Brisbane, Australia our team comprises of exceptional talent from all over the world. We take our science and business seriously but we enjoy the social side too!
WearOptimo's premises in Brisbane, Australia - we really do work out of a (converted) garage!
The Australian National University is one of the world's leading universities with a focus on excellence in research and education ensuring its graduates are in demand the world-over and well-prepared to address complex contemporary challenges.
The ANU is a foundation supporter of WearOptimo - providing seed financial support and institutional strength.
The WearOptimo- ANU partnership is a ground breaking initiative to commercialise Australian intellectual property and ultimately build a national asset of which all Australians will be proud.