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Using Capillary Zone Electrophoresis (CZE) to create world changing technology within the security, defence, pharmaceutical and medical industries.

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WHO WE ARE

GreyScan Australia Pty Ltd is the inventor and manufacturer of Australian trace detection technology. Established in 2015 to develop and commercialise the ETD-100 inorganic explosive trace detector, GreyScan established its home in Port Melbourne in 2018, where it continues to develop and manufacture ground-breaking screening tools for global demand. Since the initial award-winning R&D undertaken in conjunction with the University of Tasmania (GreyScan was awarded the 2019 Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia), GreyScan has invested $35M to grow its manufacturing facilities in Australia. GreyScan’s ETD-100 has been developed over a number of years and with significant private and government investment to be fast, accurate, portable and easy to use. The ETD-100 is in use by global Government agencies including the Australian Federal Police and German Federal Police, as a valuable tool in the detection of explosives.
The ETD-100 is now in full series production in Port Melbourne and is generating sales revenue locally and through exports to global Government customers, the result of which, was a 2020 Export Achievement Award from the Victorian Government. GreyScan is now seeking to expedite the manufacture and commercialisation of its innovative screening platform to produce the TVD-1 & TVD-2; two products, which are capable of detecting viruses including SARS-COV-2. These ground-breaking products will enable the local and global economies to open quickly and safely by identifying sources of outbreaks, whilst providing fast, accurate and portable screening, that removes intrusive and time-consuming sampling, and result phase offered by current capability. Whilst the nation and the world are rolling out vaccines, the ability to assess the likelihood of getting sick or being infectious is not yet being measured. Whether an individual remains vaccinated or not, continues to be a critical capability gap.
Current testing solutions which involve taking an intrusive swab from the throat or nose are not able to determine whether the SARS-COV-2 is active, infective, or a risk to others. These tests also require long lead times.
Workplaces, schools, transport hubs, events, sports and leisure activities, border crossing stations, and aged care facilities, amongst many others, will use the TVD system for fast accurate mass screening for infectivity. As the TVD has digital networking capabilities, the aggregated data can be utilised to provide regional, national, and global trends, and early warning systems on virus patterns on SARS-COV-2, its variants and any future virus threats.

People

Board of Directors

Susan Johnson
CHAIR
MBA, MPM, CIPM
Mo McGowan
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Jonathan Li
NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
LLB (HONS) BCOM
Ross Blair-Holt
NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
FELLOW CPA
William McGann
NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
PHD, PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY
Jefferson Harcourt
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
BENG (HONS) GAICD
Paul MacLeman
NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
MBA, DVM, GRAD DIP ENG,
GRAD CERT ENG, FAICD

Executive Team

Effie Sofronidis
HEAD OF QUALITY
Aydin Dogan
HEAD OF MANUFACTURING
Andrew Avenell
HEAD OF GLOBAL SERVICES
LL.B (HONS) GDLP

Global Advisory Board

James P. Schear

SENIOR ADVISOR

Kelly C. Hoggan

CEO H4SOLUTIONS

FORMER SENIOR EXECUTIVE TSA

DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL

Douglas W. Freitag
CONSULTANT MARKET EMERGING
TECHNOLOGIES
MSC MECHANICAL
ENGINEERING
Dr Susan Hallowell
FORMER DIRECTOR OF
TECHNOLOGY
TRANSPORTATION SECURITY
LABORATORY
PH.D.
Prof Michael Breadmore
SCIENTIFIC ADVISER
UNIVERSITY OF TASMANIA,
DIRECTOR OF ACROSS
Prof Bruce Thompson
CLINICAL ADVISER
B.APP.SCI, CRFS, FANZSRS,
FTHORSOC, FAPSR, PH.D.
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Susan Johnson
MBA, MPM, CIPM
As a former senior executive in the U.S. government, and current executive in the private sector, Susan brings more than two decades of experience leading public and private teams to successful mission fulfillment. Susan serves as CEO of TrafficLand, Inc., the United States’ largest authorized aggregator and redistributor of real-time traffic video imagery. As Managing Principal of TAG Holdings, Susan has been involved in assisting the firm’s corporate clients in matters of corporate governance, corporate compliance and monitorship, and due diligence. Her expertise has delivered great value to clients including world-leading defence contractors and industry-leading medical device manufacturers. Susan’s previous roles included Chief of Staff to Vice Admiral Thad Allen, Chief of Staff for Management of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s, Senior Advisor to the U.S. Attorney General and Department of Justice White House Liaison.
Mo McGowan
Senior Adviser Homeland Security
Mo has a long and distinguished career as a local law enforcement officer, corporate security manager and senior Federal leader. Most recently, Mr McGowan served as Assistant Administrator for the Office of Security Operations at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), where he was responsible for securing all transportation modes with emphasis on the aviation sector. He is noted for his role as an architect of the evolutionary program that changed the culture and security posture of TSA’s uniformed officers.
Jonathan Li
LLB (Hons) Bcom
Jonathan is an executive director of Metamor Capital Partners, a specialist credit funds manager. Jonathan has over 20 years experience in law and investment banking in Australia, Europe and Asia, having advised on over $50b of corporate transactions globally. Prior to co-founding Metamor in 2014, he was a corporate partner at a major national law firm, a founding director of a technology company and an executive at an investment bank.
Ross Blair-Holt
Fellow CPA
Ross is a Director of the Bruce Mathieson Group having led its senior management team for over 28 years. He has significant financial, investment, and operational experience. Ross was, until recently, a senior executive of Woolworths Limited in his role as the Chief Operating Officer of the ALH Group, where he still remains a Director.
William McGann
PhD, Physical Chemistry
Bill is the COO/CTO of Quantum Computing Inc., a new innovative quantum SW solutions company. Prior to joining Quantum Computing, Bill served as CTO at Leidos Security and Detection, where he led a team focused on the design and development of state-of-the-art security detection systems for aviation, ports and borders and commercial infrastructure markets.
Bill has a demonstrable track record and deep domain expertise in numerous areas of technology development and has held many executive roles since 1990. Bill was Co-founder and Research and Development Director of Ion Track Instruments from 1990 to 2002, and Chief Technology Officer for GE Security, following the acquisition of Ion Track from 2002 to 2010. Bill was also Vice President of Engineering for UTC Global Fire and Security, CEO of Implant Sciences, CTO at L3 Harris Technologies – Security and Detection Systems and CTO at Leidos – Security, Detection and Automation
Jefferson Harcourt
BEng (Hons) GAICD
Jefferson has over two decades of experience in the development and commercialisation of cutting edge technology and the creation and operation of technology companies. He has established commercial operations in Australia, US, Asia and Europe, building both R&D and sales businesses in these jurisdictions.
Jefferson sits on a number of company boards, both listed and private, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He also sits on the Victorian Government Innovation Taskforce and helps government shape policy around the technology and advanced manufacturing sector.
Paul MacLeman
MBA, DVM, Grad Dip Eng, Grad Cert Eng, FAICD
Paul has over 25 years’ experience across all phases of the life sciences sector. With a career-spanning veterinary practice, pharmaceutical development and manufacturing, biotechnology, diagnostics and finance, Paul has expertise in capital raising, business development, technology commercialisation and sales & marketing globally. Paul has launched products using both in-house and outsourced sales staff in Australia and the US. He has founded life sciences start-ups in the biologics area and worked in investment banking focusing on the analysis and financing of technology companies. Paul has previously served as Chairman, Director or Managing Director/CEO of several VC funded, ASX, NASDAQ, CSE and TSX listed companies. Paul is currently Executive Chairman of Island Pharmaceuticals Ltd (ILA.ASX), is Chairman of AdAlta Limited (1AD:ASX) and Supertrans Medical Pty Ltd and Non-Executive Director of Upkara Pty Limited. Paul Chairs the Industry Review Committee for the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing National Training Package for the AISC. He is an expert advisor to PharmaVentures (Oxford, UK) and Mind Medicine. Paul also serves on a number of other NFP and government advisory groups.
Effie Sofronidis
Effie has over 20 years’ experience in various Quality-based roles in highly regulated industries, predominantly in therapeutic goods such as pharmaceutical manufacturing and blood products, but has also worked as a senior Quality Manager in the food industry. Effie has extensive experience in TGA/FDA/EMA regulations, NATA/ISO, GFSI and FSANZ. With a degree in Chemistry, Effie has also managed large scale Quality Control and Research & Development laboratories in fast-paced and demanding pharmaceutical manufacturing environments.
Aydin Dogan
Aydin has been with GreyScan for over four years and held multiple positions throughout the business, predominately within Operations. Prior to that, his experience has been in the Automotive manufacturing industry, namely Toyota and Tesla. Aydin was key to launching the Toyota 513W Camry in 2010 and the Tesla Model 3 in 2017. Aydin brings his wealth of knowledge in Lean and the Toyota Production System which will assist GreyScan in transforming its manufacturing systems into best practice operations.
Andrew Avenell
LL.B (Hons) GDLP
Andrew has over 20 years of experience in engineering technical services, sales and operations, comprising more than 15 years spent in the Trace detection security field. He has extensive experience enhancing the customer experience in a diverse ranges of markets including defence, critical infrastructure, law enforcement, aviation, and ports and borders.
Andrew has worked for various leading global security organisations including Rapiscan Systems, Morpho Detection, GE Homeland Protection, as well as the Royal Australian Navy. Also qualified as a lawyer, Andrew brings a vast amount of commercial and technical experience and expertise to GreyScan.

James P. Schear

Senior Advisor

Rear Admiral James P. Schear has served at the highest levels of the security community for almost forty years. He has led a successful career in private industry as well as with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) since the agency’s inception. Admiral Schear is retired from the TSA, where he held a succession of high-level positions as a member of the Senior Executive Service. He was appointed Deputy Assistant Administrator for Aviation Operations at the very outset of the agency and was appointed the Federal Security Director for three major airports. In the private sector, Admiral Schear was the Vice-President for Restructuring and Corporate Security for US Airways, Inc. and is recognized for his involvement in the successful bankruptcy and subsequent restructuring of the airline’s complete enterprise including security. He was also an internationally qualified commercial airline Captain, holding numerous leadership roles within the US Airways pilot community. Admiral Schear served in the Navy and Naval Reserve for 33 years as a Naval Aviator, with three combat tours and selection as squadron Commanding Officer before his promotion to Rear Admiral. In that capacity, he served as Vice Commander in Chief of the Atlantic Fleet and Military Assistant to the Commander – US Strategic Command.

Kelly C. Hoggan

CEO H4Solutions

Former Senior Executive TSA

Domestic and International

Kelly Hoggan is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of H4 Solutions, a consultancy that advises clients in the transportation sector, especially those needing exceptional expertise in aviation security and aviation operations. Mr. Hoggan draws on three decades of leadership experience in aviation security and aviation operations with several airlines as well as at the Transportation Security Administration to provide a vast array of value-added services to clients around the globe. Since founding H4 Solutions in June 2016, he has provided security solutions for clients in locations as far-flung as South Africa; India; the United Kingdom; the Middle East; Mexico; Barbados and other locations in the Caribbean and every place in between, including all over the United States, where he has helped his clients improve every aspect of their aviation security operations. Mr. Hoggan has also served as an intermediary between clients and those security agencies whenever the need arose, helping them understand his clients’ aviation security operations. He has also helped his clients redesign key programs related to their aviation security work and activities. He also writes on a wide variety of security subjects, including rail transportation security in addition to cruise line and airline security topics.
Before founding H4 Solutions, Mr. Hoggan served as Assistant Administrator for Screening Operations at TSA, just one of a decade’s worth of Senior Executive Service-level positions at the agency he held. During his three-year tenure as Assistant Administrator he was the chief management official responsible for TSA’s security operations, a $4.1 billion annual effort that included 55,000 TSA employees who worked to screen nearly 2 million passengers daily across 450 US airports. In his role at TSA, Mr. Hoggan managed all security programs related to those airports and served as TSA’s chief technical expert on airport operations, programs, activities, and screening technologies. While at TSA he also served as the Senior US Aviation Security Expert at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a specialized air transportation oversight agency of the United Nations.
In 2004, Mr. Hoggan brought to TSA — which was at the time a young and inexperienced organization — 18-plus years of airline industry experience which included senior management positions in airport operations, planning and process improvement at Air Canada. During his 14 years at United Airlines, he served in a wide variety of management positions.
Mr. Hoggan has earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Strayer University and is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB) and was one of the original Master Black Belts at Air Canada. He also holds certificates from the Federal Executive Institute, Senior Executive Service, the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, and the University of Southern California’s Center for Organizational Effectiveness.

Douglas W. Freitag
MSc Mechanical Engineering
Doug provides consulting services to industry and academia seeking to market emerging technologies to the US Government for the purpose of attracting non-dilutive financing during research and development, identifying acquisition opportunities where mission needs exist and effecting regulatory and policy change to increase market opportunities. Mr. Freitag established Bayside Materials Technology (BMT) in 1993 after a successful career in various management and engineering roles while employed by Lockheed Martin, Honeywell, and Ford Motor Company. Through this experience he has developed, and continues to maintain, an awareness of the priorities, needs and interests of the US government and industry, the processes used for creating and executing US government programs, and the decision makers responsible for creating and acquiring new capabilities. Principal customers in the US Government include DoD, DOE, DHS, DHHS, DOC, DOS, NASA, DOJ, DOT, and NSF. Mr. Freitag has a technical background with a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. He has published and presented over seventy papers in advanced technologies and their commercialization, issued several patents, organized and chaired numerous technical sessions at national meetings, and participated in various government panels. He currently serves as the Technical Director for the US Advanced Ceramics Association and holds a Secret level DOD clearance.
Dr Susan Hallowell
Ph.D.
Dr. Susan F. Hallowell is a development leader of explosives detection by identifying and aiding the development of next generation detection technology with enhanced capabilities. She worked in key technical and executive positions throughout her 40-year career in the US government including a dozen years as the Director or the Director of Technology of the Transportation Security Laboratory. In these roles, she was responsible for the development, test and evaluation or certification of the 1.5 billion dollars’ worth of security equipment current in US airports, including x-ray based and trace explosive detection equipment, liquid bottle scanners, and whole-body imagers. Dr. Hallowell has collected an in-depth knowledge of the science of detection and the terrorism threat. Prior to working for DHS, she worked for the FAA developing security screening technology, specializing in trace detection of explosives and performing a pivotal role in developing detection standards for explosives detection by studying contamination footprints resulting from bomb building exercises while also overseeing developmental programs to develop technically and operationally suitable trace explosive detection technology. She holds a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Delaware and is a fellow of the J.F.K. School of Government, Harvard University.
Prof Michael Breadmore
University of Tasmania, Director of Across
A professor at the Australian Centre for Research on Separation Science (ACROSS) and the University of Tasmania, Michael was recently recognised in the inaugural Top 40 Under 40 Power List of the global publication Analytical Scientist for his pioneering new research in the development and application of ultra-sensitive capillary and microchip electrophoresis for the trace analysis of environmental, clinical and forensic samples, as well as in methods for the low-cost fabrication of microfluidic devices. Michael provides support to continually improve on the existing GreyScan technology solution.
Prof Bruce Thompson
B.App.Sci, CRFS, FANZSRS, FThorSoc, FAPSR, Ph.D.
Prof Thompson is the Dean of the School of Health Sciences at Swinburne University of Technology, the President of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand. Bruce is GreyScan’s clinical adviser on the TVD-2 Breathalyser to detect virus infectivity in people testing for coronavirus.