ADVISORY COUNCIL

NuPlant extends the scope of experience available to it with a team of world-class experts in diverse areas of expertise who can be called upon to provide independent objective guidance.

Malcolm Binks

Malcolm had a career of over twenty years in investment banking prior to retiring from Merrill Lynch late in 1998. He was Managing Director of the Investment Banking Division, working principally on Australasian and Asia Pacific business. He resided in Asia from 1991 to 1995 as head of investment banking for the Asia Pacific Region. Malcolm also participated in the establishment of an emerging markets fund for Merrill Lynch, and remains a director of one of the portfolio investment companies in China. In 2000 he established Malcolm Binks Associates LLC in the USA. This company provides investment-banking services in the Asia-Pacific Region. Clients have included the Korean Securities Dealers Association and the CSIRO. He is also Chairman of Melbourne Venture Partners Pty Ltd. Mr Binks is qualified as a Barrister-at-Law, is Chairman of the American Australian Association and a director of The United States-New Zealand Council and India-America Chamber of Commerce (New York). He is also an advisor to the Korea Economic Institute in Washington DC. Malcolm has been advising NuPlant on its business and financing strategy and corporate governance.

Ronald Sederoff

Ronald Sederoff has been considered to be one of the world’s foremost forest biotechnologists, and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1995. He has served on many national advisory committees for the USDA, Department of Energy, and the National Research Council. At NCSU he is currently a Distinguished University Professor of Forestry, the Edwin F. Conger Professor of Forestry and for 22years has been the Director or co-Director of the Forest Biotechnology Group and its associated Forest Biotechnology Industrial Research Consortium. Ron will assist NuPlant ensuring that its research is at the forefront of world developments in this area of science.

Scott Tingey

Dr Tingey has extensive experience in plant molecular breeding, having pioneered key developments in this field, and led major programs applying high-throughput diagnostic systems to improvement of maize, soybean and other crops. More recently, at DuPont, Scott has led one of the world’s major plant genomics programs that generated approximately 2 million ESTs, overlaid with a strong bio-informatics capability that integrates structural and functional genomics. This is one of the most productive facilities worldwide. Scott is well positioned to assist NuPlant to remain abreast of lead developments and most appropriately apply available technology to its target species.

Peter Langridge

Peter Langridge is currently CEO of the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics, which has just been established through funding from the Australian Research Council, the Grains Research and Development Corporation, and the South Australian Government. The new Centre will focus on new approaches to breeding for tolerance to environmental stresses in barley and wheat. Until 2002 Professor Langridge was the Research Director for the CRC for Molecular Plant Breeding. His research has focused on development and application of molecular biology to crop improvement. For this work he received an Australian Technology Award in 1998. He is currently Chair of the Biotechnology Biological Sciences Expert Advisory Committee of the Australian Research Council, and a member of the Technology Technical Advisory Committee of the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator. He is also closely involved in international collaborations on genomics research in wheat and barley. Peter provides considerable expertise in advanced molecular breeding of particular relevance to NuPlant's breeding programs.

Graham Jones

Professor Jones has over thirty years of extensive experience in advanced biological chemistry, and is widely acknowledged as a leading Australian expert in wine chemistry, in flavour and aroma chemistry, and plant natural products generally. He is currently scientific leader of the Wine Science Laboratory at the University of Adelaide, Waite Campus, as well as leader of the Aroma and Flavour facility. Professor Jones is well positioned to advise NuPlant on potential for improving plant value through enhancing or diminishing their specific chemical components.

SmartClone™ - Tougher plantlets faster

SmartClone™ changes the tissue culture paradigm. NuPlant’s key technology allows conditions to be customized for each growth phase for more robust plantlets, grading for uniformity, robotic handling for laboratory efficiency, easy soil transfer, and a head start for accelerated nursery growth.