SpeeDx | Executive Team

Team

Founded in 2009, SpeeDx is an Australian-based private company with offices in London and the US, and distributors across Europe. Supported by strong equity base, we are a rapidly growing company with a dynamic portfolio of technology at the
cutting edge of molecular diagnostics.

Directors

Jonathan O. Clark | Chairman

Mr. Clark currently serves as an Advisor to Northpond Ventures. Northpond Ventures is a multi-billion-dollar science-driven venture capital firm based in Cambridge, MA; San Francisco, CA; and Bethesda, MD.  Northpond has consistently been named one of the most active lead life science investors by both Crunchbase and Silicon Valley Bank.  It is deeply engaged in the academic ecosystem, having founded The Laboratory for Bioengineering Research and Innovation at Harvard’s Wyss Institute; launched the MIT-Northpond Program – Advancing Life Science & Engineering Innovation; and sponsored a prize for women entrepreneurs at MIT.  It has led or co-led over 60 financings over the past several years and sits on the board of the vast majority of these businesses.

 

Mr. Clark joined Northpond Ventures in 2022 and advises across a broad range of operational and strategic challenges faced by Northpond Ventures’ portfolio companies. In 2023, Mr. Clark was appointed to serve as Chairman of the Board of SpeeDx, one of Northpond Ventures’ portfolio companies.

 

Mr. Clark comes to Northpond Ventures after a diverse career of over 35 years in global operational roles across a broad base of industries and regions. Mr. Clark spent 19 years at Danaher Corporation in expanding operational and executive roles. He most recently reported to the CEO as the Senior Vice President of High Growth Markets where he was responsible for Australia, Asia- including China, Africa and Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Central and South America.

 

Mr. Clark brings a range of public, private, and non-profit board experiences which include serving as a board member of TOA DKK, a leading Japanese instrumentation company; Envista- a leading publicly-traded dental technology company; and H2O Care, a private equity-backed platform of water solution providers. Mr. Clark also serves as an Executive Advisor to the largest charter school in New York, New York. On a personal level, Mr Clark and his wife have founded a not-for-profit foundation- Education for Hope, which sponsors young adults in Kaberamaido, Uganda who are pursing their dream to become a nurse or midwife. Mr. Clark serves as a board member as well as the treasurer and secretary to the foundation.

 

Throughout his career, Mr. Clark and his family have worked and resided in the United Kingdom; Shanghai, China; Dubai, UAE, as well as the USA. Mr. Clark earned his B.A from the University of Buffalo majoring in Business Administration.

Bianca Ogden

Bianca Ogden | Non Executive Director

MBio PhD

After spending some time at Swiss pharmaceuticals company Novartis researching new HIV drugs (one of which has been approved and is in use today), Dr. Ogden went on to complete a PhD at University College London, investigating Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus. She then migrated to Australia and joined Johnson & Johnson as a molecular biologist, researching new drug targets in oncology.

Dr. Ogden embarked on a career change in 2003 and joined Platinum as an investment analyst. Her rich knowledge base in molecular biology and first-hand insights into the pharmaceutical and biotech industry give her a unique ability to delve deeply into the fundamentals of healthcare companies.
At Platinum Bianca manages the Platinum International Health Care Fund and leads the healthcare sector team.

Michael P. Rubin | Non Executive Director

MD PhD

Michael P. Rubin is the Founder and CEO of Northpond Ventures. Previously, Mike was the Co-founder and Managing Partner of Sands Capital Ventures, a global cross-industry venture capital business and affiliate of Sands Capital Management.

Under his leadership, Sands Capital Ventures invested in a plethora of leading businesses in multiple industries and geographies. Investments in biotechnology, life sciences, and diagnostics included: Acessa Health Inc.; Agilis Biotherapeutics, LLC (sold to PTC Therapeutics); Avitide, Inc.; Complete Genomics, Inc. (IPO; sold to BGI Genomics); Day Zero Diagnostics, Inc.; Dova Pharmaceuticals (IPO); Firefly BioWorks (sold to Abcam); Genometry, Inc.; Mitra Biotech; NanoView Biosciences; Quad Technologies (sold to Bio-Techne Corporation); and QVella Corporation.

Information technology investments included: Anaplan (IPO); AppDynamics (sold to Cisco); DocuSign (IPO); Health Catalyst (IPO); Kit Check, Inc.; Modernizing Medicine, Inc.; Mulesoft, LLC (sold to Salesforce); Scopely, Inc.; and Teckro, Inc. Investments in financial technology included: Funding Circle (IPO); LendingClub (IPO); Upgrade, Inc.; Neptune Financial Inc.; and Paydiant, Inc. (sold to PayPal).

Global internet franchises included: BigBasket; Blackbuck; and Souq (sold to Amazon).

Prior to joining Sands Capital Ventures, Mike became a board-certified physician and surgeon, completing his fellowship training at Harvard Medical School. Mike holds an MBA from University of Massachusetts Amherst; earned his medical doctorate at The University of Chicago; and holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from University of California, Los Angeles, Samueli School of Engineering, where he was the student graduation speaker. Mike is also a CFA charterholder.

Adam Wieschhaus | Non Executive Director

PhD

Adam Wieschhaus is a Director at Northpond Ventures and leads the firm’s work in life science R&D solutions, molecular diagnostics, and environmental sciences. Previously, Adam was a Vice President at Cowen and Company, where he covered the life science tools and diagnostics space for six years.

Prior to Cowen, he conducted his postdoctoral studies at Tufts Medical School, where he developed and refined drug candidates across several therapeutic areas. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois College of Medicine, a B.S. in biochemistry and molecular biology from University of Georgia, and is a CFA charterholder.

Executives

Founded in 2009, SpeeDx is an Australian-based private company with offices in London and the US, and distributors across Europe. SpeeDx employs a growing number of team members across our three offices in Sydney, Austin, and London. Follow us on LinkedIn for more information about SpeeDx careers.

Colin Denver

Colin Denver | Chief Executive Officer

Colin Denver is an experienced sales professional with nearly 20  years sales experience working in the Life Science and Diagnostic fields. He has experience in establishing new organisations having set up Bioline in Australia in 2004. Colin enjoyed continued growth while at Bioline with quarter on quarter growth achieved since inception. Colin went on to manage sales in Asia/Pacific for Meridian Bioscience (post Bioline acquisition) and drove consistent growth within the territory.

Colin started as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for SpeeDx, responsible for the promotion of all SpeeDx branded products as well as acquisition of new licensing and commercial agreements. He now holds the role of CEO, overseeing the expansion of SpeeDx as products are launched across Europe, United States and Australia/New Zealand. Colin holds a Bachelor of Science from Pepperdine University and a Post Graduate Diploma of Management from MGSM.

Elisa Mokany

Elisa Mokany | Chief Technology Officer

PhD

Elisa Mokany is a co-founder and the Chief Technology Officer at SpeeDx. In this role she leads the development of innovative diagnostic technologies and commercialization of infectious disease and antibiotic resistance tests. Elisa has over 20 years’ experience in medical research, she has worked for St Vincent’s hospital developing tests for the diagnosis of colorectal cancer and later at Johnson & Johnson Research (JJR) where she developed diagnostic tests for leukemia and was involved in the commercialisation of proprietary technology known as DzyNA PCR.

While at JJR, Elisa undertook studies towards her PhD, which involved co-invention of the novel nucleic acid technology, PlexZymes . Elisa is an inventor on 8 patents/patent applications involving nucleic acid analysis including the novel PlexPrime technology which has multiple applications in the in vitro diagnostic field. Elisa studied at the University of NSW, obtaining a BSc (Hons 1st Class) and later completed her PhD at JJR in conjunction with the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Science at the University of New South Wales.

Bhavin Raval

Bhavin Raval | Chief Financial Officer

Bhavin Raval has nearly 30 years of financial leadership experience across a broad range of industries including the last 18 years with Life Science and Biotech companies. He brings financial and executive leadership experience to SpeeDx in the areas of business operations, fiscal management and strategy, commercial partnering, M&A and integration activities, and private equity fundraising. His previous employers include Johnson & Johnson Research Pty Limited, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and Calimmune Inc. He was a part of the senior management team of Calimmune Inc. that was acquired by CSL for a value of up to USD 416 M in August 2017. Bhavin is a Fellow Member of CPA Australia as well as a Fellow Member of the Governance Institute of Australia.

Alison Todd

Alison Todd | Chief Scientific Officer

PhD, FTSE

Adj/Professor Alison Todd co-founded SpeeDx in 2009 and is its Chief Scientific Officer. She is an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering; and along with Dr Elisa Mokany, was the recipient of academy’s Clunies Ross Innovation Award in 2020 for “discovery, development, and adoption of a technology that has significantly improved societal or industry capabilities”.

Alison is a serial inventor with a portfolio of 18 patent families that comprises over 85 granted patents which protect SpeeDx ‘s IP including PlexZyme and PlexPrime. She is a pioneer in the field of personalised medicine, having pursued a career which has focused on developing  and commercialising diagnostic tests for the tailoring and monitoring of therapy for patients with cancer or infectious diseases.

Prior to founding SpeeDx, Alison was a Senior Research Director at Johnson and Johnson Research Pty Limited, Sydney.  She spent nearly 20 years within the pharmaceutical industry and was internationally recognised  with the Johnson & Johnson Philip B. Hofmann Research Scientist Award for outstanding achievement in R&D.

Alison studied at the University of Sydney, obtaining a BSc (Hons 1st Class) before completing a PhD through the Faculty of Medicine in conjunction with Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Alison maintains an active involvement within the academic community and is an  Adjunct Professor at the University of New South Wales.

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