CHAIRMAIN OF THE BOARD
CHAIRMAIN OF THE BOARD
Werner van der Merwe
EXECUTIVE MANAGER - CSIRO
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Dr. Oliver Hutt is based at Boron Molecular’s manufacturing operation in Noble Park, Melbourne, Australia. Dr Hutt completed his doctoral studies at the Australian National University in 2005 and then two post-doctoral stints in the School of Pharmacy at The University of Kansas and The University of Minnesota. Dr Hutt worked at Australia’s national applied research agency, CSIRO, from 2009-2019 and then joined Boron Molecular in 2019 with a view to develop and commercialise Boron Molecular’s growing technology portfolio. With a demonstrated collaborative track record of successful technology transfer across businesses, from bench to market, his role spans people, project, business and market development.
Dr. Sadegh Shabani is based at Boron Molecular’s manufacturing operation in Noble Park, Melbourne, Australia. He worked as a process manager at Zarshouran Factory for hydrometallurgical extraction of gold and silver, before completing his PhD studies at The University of Melbourne in 2020. His PhD thesis was awarded the Lew Mander Best PhD Thesis in Organic Chemistry Award in Australia from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. Dr. Shabani completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at The University of Melbourne, before moving to CSIRO manufacturing where he was working on the development of next-generation lipid nanoparticles for mRNA delivery. Dr. Shabani joined Boron Molecular in 2023 to oversee manufacturing, logistics and commercial functions by managing and growing the business relationships with our clients across the globe.
SALES AND QUALITY MANAGER
Mark Russell, Quality Manager, is based at Boron Molecular’s manufacturing operation in Noble Park, Melbourne, Australia. Mr. Russell holds an MSc. in Chemistry from the University of Canterbury, NZ. Mr. Russell joined Boron Molecular in 2014 as a Production Chemist. In 2017, Mr. Russell began to develop Boron Molecular’s logistics network, with a particular focus on quality management and streamlining raw material acquisitions. In 2019, Mr. Russell was promoted to Sales and Quality Control Manager supervising the sales of outgoing products and quality management of all incoming and outgoing materials. Mr. Russell is a consummate logistic professional and now manages all material flow through Boron Molecular’s manufacturing facility, including conformance to Boron Molecular’s quality system.
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Dr. Michael Scott, Research and Development Manager, is based at Boron Molecular's manufacturing operation in Noble Park, Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Scott completed his PhD at The Australian National University, followed by a post-doctoral stint at the University of Sydney, before moving to the UK where he worked in the pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Scott joined Boron Molecular in 2020 as an Industrial Post-doc helping further develop Boron Molecular's flow chemistry capabilities before being promoted in 2022 to Research and Development Manager where he looks after the development of new products and processes at Boron Molecular.
Daniel Leong, Production Manager, is based at Boron Molecular's manufacturing operation in Noble Park, Melbourne, Australia. Mr. Leong completed his Bachelor of Engineering studies from the Royal Melbourne Institue of Technology in 2020, specializing in chemical engineering. Mr. Leong joined Boron Molecular in 2021 as a production engineer, helping in the manufacturing process of our products before being promoted in 2022 to Production Manager where he manages the production and processes of the products at Boron Molecular.
Dr Kristine Barlow, Polymer Lead, is based at Boron Molecular’s manufacturing operation in Noble Park, Melbourne, Australia. Dr Barlow completed her doctoral studies at the University of Melbourne in 2010 and then post-doctoral stints in the Texas A&M University, CSIRO and Deakin University covering a diverse range of polymer science, including stimuli-responsive polymers, RAFT polymer monoliths, and ionic liquid block copolymers as solid polymer electrolytes. Dr Barlow joined Boron Molecular in 2019 and leads the commercialisation and development of Boron Molecular’s polymer portfolio.
CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER
Nurul Quazi, Chief Technical Officer, is based at Boron Molecular’s manufacturing operation in Noble Park, Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Quazi holds a BSc (Hons) and MSc. in Chemistry from Jahangirnagar University and completed his Ph.D. in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from the LaTrobe University in 1995. Before he joined Boron Molecular in 2002 he spent six years with CRC for Diagnostic Technologies where he worked on Fluorescent dye chemistry for biological applications. Dr. Quazi is an experienced scientist with 25 years of industrial/academic research experience. As Product Development manager for Boron Molecular, Dr. Quazi has personally been responsible for the development of over 550 new products. He is also an author on 33 publications, including inventor on 3 issued patents.
Dr Peter Karellas is a Senior Research Scientist at Boron Molecular. Dr Karellas gained his BSc (Hons) from The University of Melbourne and Ph.D. from Monash University. He has extensive experience in developing the analytical and quality control methodology to support Boron Molecular's quality management system. He also has deep expertise in the technology transfer from bench to full scale production.