Leadership Team

Richard Treagus

Dr Richard Treagus, BScMed, MBChB, MPharmMed, MBA
Executive Chairman

Richard joined the Neuren Board as Executive Chairman in January 2013. He is a medical doctor and entrepreneur, with more than 20 years experience in all aspects of the international biopharmaceutical industry. He has held senior executive roles with pharmaceutical organisations in South Africa and Australia and over the years has successfully established numerous pharmaceutical business partnerships in the US, Europe and Asia. Richard served as Chief Executive of ASX-listed company Acrux Limited from 2006 to 2012. Under his leadership Acrux gained FDA approval for three drug products, concluded a product licensing transaction with Eli Lilly worth US$335m plus royalties and became profitable. In 2010 Richard was awarded the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur-of-the-Year (Southern Region) in the Listed Company Category and in subsequent years has served on the judging panel.

Trevor Scott

Dr Trevor Scott, MNZM, LLD(Hon), BCom, FCA, FNZIM, DF Inst D
Non-Executive Director

Tevor joined the Neuren Board in 2002. He is the founder of T.D. Scott and Co., an accountancy and consulting firm, which he formed in 1988. He is an experienced advisor to companies across a variety of industries. Trevor serves on numerous corporate boards and is chairman of several. He chairs Neuren's Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee.

Larry Glass

Larry Glass, BA (Biology)
Executive Director and Chief Science Officer

Larry joined Neuren in 2004 and has been an Executive Director since 2012. He has more than 30 years' experience in the life sciences industry, including clinical trials, basic and applied research, epidemiologic studies, diagnostics and pharmaceutical product development. Before he joined Neuren, he worked as an independent consultant for a number of biotech companies in the US and internationally provided management, strategic and business development services. Prior to that, he was CEO of a contract research organisation that provided preclinical research and clinical trials support for major pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and the US government. For a number of years, the CRO operated as a subsidiary of a NYSE-listed company and was subsequently sold to a European biopharmaceutical enterprise which was then acquired by Johnson & Johnson. Larry is a biologist with additional graduate training in epidemiology and biostatistics.

Dianne Angus, BSc (Hons), Master of Biotechnology, IPTA
Non-Executive Director 

Dianne joined the Neuren Board in 2018. She has worked as a senior executive and non-executive director within the biotechnology, biopharmaceutical and agritech industries for over twenty-five years. She has created numerous global industry partnerships which include Prana Biotechnology, Gerolymatos International, Florigene, Suntory & Monsanto to yield novel and competitive medical, pharmaceutical and agricultural products. Dianne has successfully forged strong partnerships with key medical opinion leaders to create innovative clinical research programs and driven the development path for novel neurological pre-clinical agents to late-stage clinical assets before the FDA and European regulators. With over fifteen years’ experience in an ASX and NASDAQ listed company, she has expertise in business development, capital raising, investor relations, regulatory affairs and intellectual property, together with corporate governance and compliance capabilities. Dianne holds a Masters degree in biotechnology and is a registered patent attorney.

Patrick Davies, B EC, MBA
Non-Executive Director 

Patrick joined the Neuren Board in 2018. He has held executive management roles in the Australian and New Zealand healthcare industry for over twenty five years having performed successfully in senior roles across many industry sectors including pharmacy, primary care, pharmaceutical and consumer products. During his ten year period as Chief Executive Officer of EBOS Group Limited (and previously Symbion), the enterprise value of the group achieved compound annual growth in enterprise value of +20% (from circa $450M to in excess of $3.1B). He is a director on other corporate boards and provides strategic advice to a range of healthcare businesses and investors.

Dr Jenny Harry, BSc (Hons), PhD
Non-Executive Director 

Jenny joined the Neuren Board in 2018. She has 20 years’ experience in executive management of companies in the biotechnology and biopharmaceutical sectors. She is currently the Managing Director of Ondek Pty Ltd, an Australian biopharmaceutical company developing new treatments for paediatric allergy. In her previous role, as CEO and Managing Director of Tyrian Diagnostics, Jenny transformed the company from an R&D business to a diagnostics company and oversaw development of the company’s first products through to commercialisation and early revenue generation. She is a graduate of the Harvard Business School General Manager Program and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Jenny is currently Chair of QUT Enterprise Holdings and a non-executive director on the boards of QUTbluebox and Creative Enterprise Australia.

Jon Pilcher

Jon Pilcher, BSc (Hons), ACA
Chief Financial Officer

Jon joined Neuren in August 2013 from Acrux (ASX: ACR) where, as CFO & Company Secretary, he was a member of the leadership team for eleven years. That period included Acrux's IPO and listing on the ASX, the development and FDA approval of three novel pharmaceutical products and a transforming licensing deal with Eli Lilly in 2010. Jon is a Chartered Accountant and holds a degree in Biotechnology from the University of Reading in the UK. He formerly spent seven years in a series of senior financial positions in the R&D and corporate functions of international pharmaceutical groups Medeva and Celltech (now part of UCB).

James Shaw

James Shaw, BSc (Hons), MBA
Vice President, Clinical Operations

James joined Neuren in August 2013 and brings twenty years of development and commercialisation experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry, having worked for both large Pharma and Clinical Research Organisations. Before joining Neuren, he was CEO of a Clinical Research and Site Management Organisation providing full service clinical trial support in ANZ. Prior to that he spent 7 years with Quintiles in Sydney and Singapore working across Business Development and Operational leadership roles. James brings a global focus to drug development, having led product teams from Phase II through to FDA submission and commercialisation during six years with AstraZeneca at their Global HQ in the UK.

Dr. Nancy Jones, PhD
Vice President, Clinical Development

Prior to joining Neuren in January 2013, Nancy held a senior position at Autism Speaks, the largest science and advocacy organization in the US focused on autism spectrum and related disorders. She was at Autism Speaks for 6 years, directing the overall operations of the Autism Treatment Network, a network of hospitals and medical centers dedicated to improving access to comprehensive, coordinated medical care for individuals with ASD. She also oversaw the Autism Clinical Trials Network, a network developed to promote and expedite clinical trials in ASD, and played a lead role in an initiative to enhance the development of syndrome-specific outcome measures for treatment trials in ASD. Nancy received her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from the University of California, Los Angeles where she focused on the neurobiology of language and developmental disorders.
 
Clive Blower

Clive Blower, BSc (Hons), PhD
Vice President, Product Development and Technical Affairs

Clive joined Neuren in August 2014 from Acrux, bringing over twenty years of global drug development experience. Clive was at Acrux for seven years as Director of Product Development and Technical Affairs and then Chief Operating Officer. During this period he led the CMC (Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls) development of the company’s lead product through Phase 3 clinical trials, FDA approval and commercial launch. Clive formerly served in senior management positions at Hospira Inc. (previously Faulding Pharmaceuticals, then Mayne Pharma), including leading the Injectable Drug Development Group. He earned a Doctorate in Chemistry from Monash University in 1992 and has experience in all stages of drug development, from concept to commercialisation, having contributed to the development and launch of more than 25 pharmaceutical products.