Leadership and Key staff

Moving your product successfully towards market hinges on the talents of those developing it. Our scientist and professionals are among the top in the industry. We combine our experience and expertise to become an extension of your company, helping to overcome challenges and develop solutions to provide the most effective path towards success for your product.

Les Tillack 

Les Tillack is a Brisbane-based Biotech Expert and Entrepreneur whose perseverance, innovation, and ambition have all earned him the reputation as a seasoned industry leader. Over the course of two decades, he has garnered extensive experience in the biopharmaceutical sector.

Starting out, Les began working in the clinical pathology field for Dr. Sullivan and Nicolaides Pathologists and facilitated multiple notable research projects for the Department of Primary Industries and the University of Queensland. After 11 years, he started working as the Director of Operations at Progen Pharmaceuticals for another decade, where he spearheaded Progen’s anti-cancer drug PI-88’s progression from the preclinical stage to phase three manufacturing.

Currently, Les Tillack serves as the CEO and Managing Director of Luina Bio (formerly known as PharmaSynth and previously affiliated with Progen), which is Australia’s frontrunner in the biopharmaceutical contract manufacturing space. At Luina Bio, he plays an integral role in both the tech transfer and manufacturing of various client products for clinical applications and marketed products. In 2017, the company won the Queensland Export Award for Health & Biotechnology. It was also around that time when Les and numerous investors bought out Progen’s entire manufacturing operation for a staggering 2.2 million dollars.

Ultimately, Les strives to provide strategic advocacy to the biotechnology industry through new drug development for the greater good of humanity as a whole.

Furthermore, Les Tillack obtained a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in Microbiology and a Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Queensland.

Robbie White
Chief Financial Officer
Luina Group Pty Ltd

Robbie White is a self-driven Accountant with over a decade of industry experience.

After holding multiple leadership roles, Robbie is now the CFO / Company Secretary at Luina Bio in Brisbane, Australia. His chief aim is to provide sound strategic advice across all levels of the company.

In addition to his CPA designation, Robbie White holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting from Deakin University.


Graeme Harland
Operations Manager

Graeme joined Luina Bio in 2005 (then Progen) as Quality Assurance Manager/Director Quality, with responsibility for all quality assurance and quality control functions. During this time he was responsible for the development and validation of procedures supporting the phase III manufacture of PI-88. In 2015 Graeme moved into the role of Operations Manager, overseeing the internal operations of Luina Bio including production, warehousing and logistics, and facility management.

Prior to working for Luina Bio, Graeme was Site Manager for a large analytical services company, managing 3 laboratories.Previous to this, Graeme spent 15 years as Quality Assurance Manager for 2 medium to large pharmaceutical companies, both producing in excess of 100 batches of product per month. In these roles he was responsible for all quality assurance, quality control and regulatory issues.

Graeme has nearly 40 years pharmaceutical industry experience. He holds a BAppSc (Hons) in chemistry from the New South Wales Institute of Technology.


Tina Christensen-Ram
Quality Manager

Tina joined Luina Bio in November 2016 as Quality Manager, with responsibilities for Quality Control and Quality Assurance. Our Quality Management System is designed to ensure compliance standards meets the high expectations of regulators and clients, and is undergoing continuous improvements to ensure it meets new and emerging trends. Tina has previously held Quality Manager positions with several Australian and Multinational Pharmaceutical GMP manufacturers.

Prior to joining Luina Bio, Tina was QA Manager at Patheon Biologics (previously DSM Biologics) for >4 years, playing an instrumental role in the start-up team for the new Brisbane state-of-the art facility, and successful grant of the GMP Licence in early 2014 for manufacture of drug substances in mammalian cell cultures.

Her experience also includes being QA Manager at local Brisbane based GMP manufacturing facilities for >6 years.

Her experience covers a wide range of solid and liquid dosage forms, and includes clinical as well as commercial manufacturing and biotechnology. Prior to emigrating to Australia, Tina was a Qualified Person (QP) in a large multinational pharmaceutical company in Denmark. Tina has a Ms.Sc in Pharmacy.


Max Rossetto
Head, Business Development

Max Rossetto is a multilingual Business Development Manager who has spent the last two decades honing his multifaceted skill set as well as garnering in-depth experience in the biotechnology field. Throughout most of that time, he has spearheaded an array of lucrative companies, and now has his sights set on expanding Luinabio as the Head of Business Development.
When he isn’t engrossed in the company, Max is a voracious reader with an avid interest in watching soccer, listening to music, and hiking. However, most of his free-time, he dedicates to his family.

Additionally, Max Rossetto received four degrees, including his MBA in International Business from NIMBAS, Bradford – Graduate School of Management, and an M.Sc. in Biotechnology from The University of Western Australia. He is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Mr Anthony Jay
Production Supervisor

Anthony has been with LuinaBio since the company’s commencement in 2008. Prior to moving into the Production Supervisor role in 2015 he held roles as Facility Supervisor and Scientist, overseeing technology transfer and manufacturing in both upstream and downstream processing on a variety of projects.

He has been responsible for producing API for local and international clients for applications from preclinical use to phase 3 clinical trials. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Biology and a Masters in Environmental Economics.

Anthony holds a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Biology and a Masters in Environmental Economics.


Dr Timothy Evans
Project Manager

Tim is Project Manager at Luinabio and is a member of the senior management team. Tim has six years of innovation commercialization experience from roles at university technology transfer companies, UniQuest (The University of Queensland) and QUT bluebox (Queensland University of Technology). At QUT bluebox and Uniquest, Tim combined his technical expertise and project management skills to facilitate the commercialisation of university research from a broad range of disciplines. Tim has over 15 years of research experience in the disciplines of molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry and cell biology. Tim holds a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours from the School of Biochemistry at UQ, and a PhD in Biochemistry and Cell Biology at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience (The University of Queensland). After his PhD, Tim was a post-doctoral research scholar at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and was the recipient of the Arthritis Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. In addition to university research experience, Tim has industry research and development experience from his time at Progen Pharmaceuticals (Brisbane Australia). Tim is also a member of the Australian Institute for Company Directors.

Dr Bin Wang
Senior Bioprocessing

Scientist Dr Bin Wang has been a senior Bioprocessing scientist for 20 years. Bin’s field of expertise is in fermentation process and during this time, he has been responsible for the aerobic and anaerobic fermentations of a wide variety of organisms. These have included recombinant E.coli, Pichia, Pseudomonas, Serratia, Streptomyces and many others.

Bin has skills in bioreactions from small scale development in shake flasks or small fermenters through to large scale production fermenters. Bin has a Bachelor of Food and Fermentation Engineering from the Tianjin Institute of Light Industry, and a Master of Microbiology from the Beijing Agriculture University. In 1993, He was awarded a Ph.D in Biotechnology from the University of New South Wales, Sydney.


Dr. Jason Ryan
Senior Bioprocessing Scientist

Dr Jason Ryan is a Senior Bioprocessing scientist at LuinaBio joining in 2016. Previously Jason was a Principal Scientist at Callaghan Innovation, New Zealand. His field of expertise is in fermentation and has been responsible for the development and optimization of fermentation systems for recombinant E.coli, fungi, yeasts, marine microorganisms, extremophiles, bacteriophage and anaerobes.Jason has over 20 peer reviewed publications on design of experiment, scale up and metabolite production optimization.

Jason has a Bachelor of Science in biotechnology from Griffith university, a Master of Philosophy in Biotechnology from Massey University. In 2012, he was awarded a Ph.D in Chemical and Process Engineering from Canterbury University, New Zealand


Dr. Nicolas Paquet
Senior Bioprocessing Scientist

Dr. Nicolas Paquet holds a Senior downstream bioprocessing scientist role in our production team. Building upon his career in medical research, Nicolas has skills in protein expression and chromatography, ranging from early development to large scale production, in addition, his expertise encompasses molecular biology as well as biophysics (Surface Plasmon Resonance, MultiAngleLight Scattering, Circular Dichroism Spectrophotometry).

Nicolas obtained his PhD from the Paris XI University, France, before pursuing his post-doctoral training in Biochemistry at the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University, USA.As part of his role, Nicolas managed the department’s core facility for protein purification, providing state-of-the-art technical support and training in protein expression and purification, biophysical and biochemical characterization of proteins for various projects across the Yale medical school. Following his relocation to Brisbane, Nicolas continued his academic work on the role of DNA repair proteins in cancer development, before joining LuinaBio in 2016.


Janet Bennett
Quality Control Manager

Janet BennettJanet is currently the Quality Control Manager at LuinaBio joining the company in 2017.

Janet has 20 years’ experience in Analytical Chemistry, working in Human and Animal Multinational Pharmaceutical GMP Manufacturers in various positions within the UK and Australia where she immigrated to 7 years ago. She has extensive experience in Quality Control and Compliance in a number of dosage forms including Sterile and Topical Products, Raw Materials and Packaging Materials. She has a Yellow Belt Certificate in Lean Sigma principles, specifically looking at Laboratory efficiency and has been involved in a significant amount of Continuous Improvement activities.

Her roles include QC Supervisor and more recently Data Integrity Officer, where she was involved with the design and implementation of the Data Integrity Program at Patheon Biologics. Janet has also gained experience from 3.5 years as an auditor with National Association of Testing Authorities. Janet holds a BSc (HONS) Chemical and Pharmaceutical Science from the University of Sunderland, UK and a SAC Dip in Ecology from Stonebridge Associated Colleges.