Our Team

Our core Team works with researchers, businesses and industry leaders to provide the best pathway to commercialise cutting-edge research.

Peter Devine

CEO

Peter Devine became CEO of Uniseed in 2006, transitioning from his initial role as Uniseed Investment Director.  Peter has extensive experience at board and executive management levels in the commercialisation of early stage technologies, having held senior R&D, business development and commercialisation positions in a number of Australian companies and Australian universities.  Before joining Uniseed, Peter was Vice President of Business Development at Progen Industries Ltd.  He was Research, Development and Commercialisation Manager at Brisbane-based PanBio Pty Ltd from 1996 to 2000 and also worked in business development at UniQuest Pty Ltd.

Peter holds a PhD from the University of Queensland and received the Dean’s Prize for his MBA Studies at the Australian Graduate School of Management.  He received a Centenary Medal in 2003 for outstanding contribution to the business of biotechnology.  He is a Graduate and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Markets) and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance from Kaplan Professional. In 2011 & 2012, Peter was named on the Kaplan High Achievers Honour Roll.

Natasha Rawlings

Investment Manager, Sydney

Natasha Rawlings has joined Uniseed as an Investment Manager in Sydney.  Natasha is a tech entrepreneur who has led, founded and mentored early and mid-stage tech start-ups, with a particular focus on creating revenue through sales and marketing. Prior to this, Natasha had a successful career as a marketer holding top management positions in Australian and UK companies.

Natasha brings her strong commercial acumen to the Uniseed team, where she has rich experience in new product development and building revenues through new routes to market. Natasha’s previous roles include CEO and Founder of StreetHawk, a mobile relationship management platform, and CEO of Heads Over Heels – an organisation that helps women entrepreneurs with scalable businesses grow.

Natasha’s corporate experience includes Marketing Director of International Masters Publishers (publishing) and Guthy-Renker (cosmetics and fitness), and as a Senior Manager in corporate innovation and new revenue streams at News Corporation in the UK.

Natasha holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology, Sydney.

John Kurek

Investment Manager, Melbourne

John joined Uniseed as an Investment Manager in Melbourne. He is responsible for working closely with Melbourne Ventures Limited, the University of Melbourne’s commercialisation group, in identifying new investment opportunities, and also covers Uniseed’s overall biotechnology opportunities.

John brings extensive industry experience as a Biotechnology Manager with a focus on the strategic design and implementation of drug development programs. John’s previous roles have included Pharmaceutical Development Manager at BioDiem Ltd, where he was responsible for managing the preclinical, clinical and regulatory aspects of BioDiem’s drug development programs, and Preclinical Development Manager at Amrad Corporation Ltd where he was responsible for the management of preclinical drug development projects. His experience extends from drug discovery, to the phase I-II clinical phases of drug development. John has a PhD in Neuroscience and a Post Graduate Diploma in Drug Evaluation and Pharmaceutical Science, both from the University of Melbourne and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Brighid Pappin

Investment Analyst, Brisbane

Brighid has joined Uniseed as an Investment Analyst in Brisbane. She will undertake technical market due diligence on a range of prospective investments. Prior to this role Brighid worked as an intern at the commercialisation office of University of Queensland, Uniquest Pty Ltd and as a Medicinal Chemist for an industry led research project looking to solve industrial processing issues in the Agricultural sector. Brighid has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Chemistry and a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry.

Anthony Musumeci

Investment Manager, Brisbane

Anthony Musumeci is Uniseed’s Investment Manager located at UQ. Anthony was formerly Innovation Investment Manager at boutique investment fund Black Sheep Capital in Brisbane, where he was responsible for management of the Black Sheep Capital early stage innovation investment portfolio, which includes; identification new investment opportunities, due diligence processes, investment negotiation and growing the Black Sheep investment networks and relationships. Prior to that, Anthony worked as a Commercial Manager and Technology Commercialisation Analyst at two technology transfer offices – BlueBox at QUT and UniQuest at UQ.

Over the last 10 years Anthony has worked with a wide range of new innovations predominantly in the science, engineering and information technology fields. Anthony has experience in commercialisation strategy, intellectual property, technology licensing, grant and capital raising from these roles. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Hons) – Chemistry, an Executive MBA and a PhD in materials science/chemistry. He also has a Graduate Certificate in Research Commercialisation and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Rhiannon Black

Personal Assistant to the CEO

Rhiannon Black is the Personal Assistant to the CEO of Uniseed, and has been part of the team since 2012.

Rhiannon also provides Administrative Support to our three Investment Managers. Rhiannon has extensive history in administrative support roles, in both government and private sectors.

Richard Symons

Chief Financial Officer

Richard is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years experience in public practice and commercial roles for both listed and unlisted entities. Richard has acted as either CFO or financial controller in businesses spanning a wide range of industries including funds management and investment, research and development, consulting, media, retailing, manufacturing, and agriculture.

John Green

Company Secretary

John Green is the Company Secretary of Uniseed Pty Ltd. John has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce degree, is a Certified Practicing Accountant, Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors. In 1994 John was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship to undertake post-graduate studies at the National University of Singapore. John is a former International President of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and Chairman of the Institute’s Professional Standards Committee.

John has more than twenty five years general management and company secretarial experience, mostly at a senior management level, in both government and private sectors. He has held a number of Board appointments and was Group Company Secretary of ANL Ltd from 1989 to 1994. John also conducted a very successful international business consultancy prior to taking up his present appointment as the Group Company Secretary of Melbourne Enterprises International Ltd.

John has combined his general management roles with an active academic career. He has more than twenty years academic experience in the university sector as a part-time law lecturer, faculty member, course advisory committee member and academic consultant. John was one of the foundation lecturers and course designers for the Centre of Research and Development at the Australian Graduate School of Management at the University of New South Wales. Recently John has been a consultant to the Asian Centre for Professional Development and the Central Law Training (UK) involved with the preparation and presentation of professional seminars in South East Asia.