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.

Findlay Andrews

Findlay Andrews has had a long association with a wide variety of small and large agricultural pursuits in Australia, covering the supply chain from farming, chemical supply, and equipment manufacture, to food processing, as well as management experience with a major global agribusiness company. He currently has interests in food manufacturing enterprises, including Prepared Foods Australia and Mariani Foods. He is also the majority shareholder and Chairman of Cox Industries Australia Pty Ltd, Australia’s largest manufacturer of ride-on mowers. Findlay has a reputation for identifying businesses with potential upside and helping to fully realize this. He brings a wealth of business experience to NuPlant.

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 former 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 was the 2017 recipient of the Marcus Wallenburg Prize, considered the Nobel prize for forestry. 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 was one of the most productive facilities worldwide. Scott has retired and 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 founded and was CEO of the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics, which was established through funding from the Australian Research Council, the Grains Research and Development Corporation, and the South Australian Government. The Centre focuses 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 has served as Chair of the Biotechnology Biological Sciences Expert Advisory Committee of the Australian Research Council, and as a member of the Technology Technical Advisory Committee of the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator. He has been closely involved in international collaborations on genomics research in wheat and barley. Peter is now formally retired but remains active in the field and provides considerable expertise in advanced molecular breeding.

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 now retired but was 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.