• Alan Tribe
  • Robert Hayes, PhD
  • Bernard Hockings, RFD, MD, MBBS, FRACP, FCSANZ, GAICD
  • Sahm Nasseri, BChemEng (Hons), MBA


Alan Tribe | Chairman

Mr Tribe has a background in the accounting profession both in the UK and Australia. Moving into industry he became the Managing Director of a group of companies with interests in natural resources in Australia and overseas. The group also included a technology company which grew through both successful product development and acquisitions.

He was closely involved in establishing subsidiary operations in the USA, UK and Singapore to access markets worldwide.

Most recently he was the catalyst for the development for large retail operations in Western and South Australia.

Mr Tribe will contribute his broad experience in successfully commercialising technology internationally. He represents a large shareholding in Phylogica.

Robert Hayes, PhD | Executive Director

Dr Hayes was previously Head of Biologics at multinational biopharmaceutical company Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN), responsible for the leadership, strategic direction and operational management of the company’s biologics preclinical discovery and biotherapeutics pipeline. This included bioreagent generation, large molecule lead identification, biologics optimization, and the transition to upstream process development and manufacturing.

Prior to Amgen, Dr Hayes spent seven years as Vice President & Venture Leader of a biotech company within Janssen R&D that focused on developing and exploiting small alternative scaffold proteins. He was also a Senior Director of Protein Engineering at Johnson and Johnson, one of the worlds’ largest healthcare companies, for over three years.

With over 20 years’ experience in biotech start-ups and large pharmaceutical companies, Dr Hayes has a proven track record in building teams around new scientific ideas and technologies. He also has significant experience in forming partnerships between biotech companies and university partners to advance the development and application of novel therapeutic platforms.

Dr Hayes holds a Ph.D. from the Imperial College London, where he was the Royal College of Science Scholar and a Royal Society University Research Fellow. He also completed postdoctoral research at Imperial and University California at Berkeley.

Bernard Hockings RFD, MD, MBBS, FRACP, FCSANZ, GAICD | Non-Executive Director

Dr Hockings was previously an interventional cardiologist and Clinical Associate Professor in Medicine at the University of Western Australia. Past appointments have included Director of the Coronary Care Unit at Royal Perth Hospital, Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee Mount Hospital, Director of the Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory St John of God Hospital Bunbury and Director of Health Reserves (WA) for the Royal Australian Air Force. Dr Hockings has previously served on the board of the WA branch of the National Heart Foundation.

Dr Hockings has a lifelong interest in medical research. His doctoral thesis concerned vasodilator therapy in the treatment of heart failure.

Dr Hockings is a major shareholder in Phylogica.

Sahm Nasseri, BChemEng (Hons), MBA | Non-Executive Director

Mr Nasseri is currently a Director in Global Strategy and marketing of HPV Vaccines at Merck &Co based in New York, USA. He started at Merck in the Australian subsidiary where he was Strategy and Business  Development lead, reporting to the Managing Director and sitting on the local country leadership team.

Prior to joining Merck, Sahm was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company based in the Sydney office. During his 4 years at McKinsey, Sahm was involved in leading Strategy and Operations programs across several clients in healthcare, pharma, telecommunications, retail and mining. He has broad strategy, marketing, commercial deal-making and policy experience in the healthcare space across Asia Pacific and the US.

Sahm holds an MBA through a combined program at Columbia University in New York and the London Business School and has a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering (Hons) from the University of New South Wales.