Veronica has a BSc in Reproductive Anatomy and Structural Biology and a Masters in Science Communication. She pulls academic research into alignment with market needs and translates technical outcomes into business strategy. Veronica sits on the Return on Science Momentum Investment Committee and is a Judge for KiwiNet's Science Commercialisation Awards. [LinkedIn]
CEO, Founder and Executive Director
Dr. Ryan Graves
Ryan has a PhD in Neuroscience, with foundations in molecular biology. He has worked in a variety of lab environments, including academic science and the pharmaceutical industry in NZ and the UK. He is also co-founder of a biotech startup where he oversaw pre-clinical studies, IP development, clinical trial development and translated technical data for capital raising and regulatory approvals. He has also worked in government as a science investment manager, and in the University sector as a commercialisation manager. [LinkedIn]
Julia brings over 20 years of executive and director-level experience in the technology sector, including extensive biopharmaceutical and medical technology industry coverage. With her background in business development, strategy, and capital raising in bioscience, she helps high-growth technology companies and innovative businesses thrive on the global stage. [LinkedIn]
Chair of the Board
Dr. Andrew West
With his PhD in Ecology, plus extensive training and experience in business administration and governance, Andrew is a scientist turned entrepreneur. Since 2015, he has co-founded and led five science-based and high-tech companies. He has special expertise in food and environmental industries. Having been a public servant, he also has special insight into working with elected officials and governmental departments to promote science and effect change.
Henry has over 25 years of biopharmaceutical development experience. Most recently, he served as COO at Aldevron where he was responsible for strategy and execution to rapidly expand the company to 750+ employees and manufacturing capacity to nearly 250,000 sq.ft. (23,000 sq.m.) within three years, resulting in a pending US$9.6 Billion acquisition by Danaher Corporation. Henry holds a BS degree in Zoology and an MBA from Texas A&M University. He has been awarded multiple patents and dozens of his writings have been published in industry journals. [LinkedIn]
Lauren has nearly 20 years experience in project management, governance and business analysis in companies ranging from global financial institutions to tech startups. Lauren has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Diploma in Project Management and is passionate about operational excellence and the successful delivery of business transformation and outcomes. [LinkedIn]
Dr. Anusree Anil
Anu joined the Humble Bee team in 2021 after completing her PhD research in recombinant protein engineering and purification at the University of Auckland. In her PhD, Anu designed functional protein-based nanomaterials using unnatural amino acid mutagenesis.