Veratin is a start-up company focused on the transformation of raw waste wool, which is unsuitable for the textiles industry and generally discarded into high end value products. We anticipate that Veratin could have a favourable impact on the sheep farming industry in Australia, where selling wool is becoming less profitable. Veratin will provide an alternative avenue for manufacturing products from wool waste and hence address environmental landfill issues at the same time.
“The idea came to me one evening when I shaved my head and went to work the next day with a bag full of hair excited to explore the possibilities of using a waste material as a renewable source. A few months later our work was accepted for publication and that was very cool.”
Board of Directors
Managing Director – Dr Ramiz Boulos, PhD GAICD
Dr Ramiz Boulos is the founder of Veratin Pty Ltd. During the last year few years, Dr Boulos has worked on keratinaceous protein materials including human hair and sheep wool. Dr Boulos graduated from the University of Western Australia in 2011 with a PhD in Chemistry and worked initially as a postdoc there before moving to Flinders University in South Australia and continuing his postdoctoral appointment. In 2016, he returned to Perth where he founded Veratin Pty Ltd. Dr Boulos is also the Chief Executive Officer of Boulos & Cooper Pharmaceuticals and one of its founding Directors. He is a Tall Poppy (SA) award winner, and a member of the Australian Society of Antimicrobials the Australian Nanotechnology Network. He has published over 30 papers and over 6 patents.
General Manager – Mr Chris Fairman FCPA FGIA F. Fin CTA
Chris has significant senior management experience with various industries including the commercialisation of disruptive startups, resources, manufacturing, financial services, aviation, education and property. He has served on the boards of various companies, as well as having gained valuable international experience working in China and Singapore.
Entrepreneurial in outlook, Chris is an exceptional communicator with strong interpersonal and presentation skills with demonstrated expertise in leadership & management, finance, strategy, product development, formulating business models, preparation of strategic plans, brand creation, marketing initiatives, negotiating strategic alliances with various stakeholders, implementing all back-office procedures and CRM systems.
Board of Advisors
Dr Natasha Ayers, PhD
Tash is part of a WA farming family and spent 8 years as an agricultural researcher and lecturer at the University of Western Australia, University of Glasgow, University of Southern California and University of Sydney. She is an experienced trainer and facilitator, and has spent the last 6 years leading strategic research and innovation projects in WA. Tash founded iPREP WA in 2014, a unique program involving researchers from all 5 WA universities undertaking projects in industry, which won the 2017 Australian Council of Graduate Research award for industry engagement and was a finalist in the Premier’s Science awards in 2016. She was also Chief Examiner for the Plant Productions ATAR exam for 5 years. She has been a WA Innovator of the Year awards judge since 2016, and was on the judging panel for the Agriculture and Aquaculture Entrepreneurship awards in 2018. She has a PhD in Plant Biology and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (1st Class Hons), and has qualifications in university teaching, research commercialisation and leadership. Tash is a co-founder and managing director of AgriStart, which helps the food industry grow through skills development, engagement and innovation.
Mr Peter Fitzpatrick AO, AM (Mil), JP
Peter Fitzpatrick is widely respected and recognized for the outstanding contributions made during his professional life at the helm of two peak bodies as the Chief Executive Officer for the legal profession and the motor industry. Prior to this Peter had a distinguished 20 year military career, including service with the elite Special Air Service (SASR) Regiment as an Australian Army Officer, taking early retirement with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. In 1997 he was a strategic adviser to the then Prime Minister, John Howard.
For five years he was a coach and mentor of a group of 18 high performing CEOs committed to leading profitable and effective companies. He is currently a director on eight Boards, chairing five. The boards are a mix of for profit and not for profit organizations. He chairs a large private company board, a significant charitable agency, a consortium of 10 organisations operating in the youth at risk area and is a director and chair of the audit and risk committee of REMCo the gas regulator for Western Australia. He has also recently finished a four year Term as the Chair of the Ministerial council for Suicide Prevention He also Chairs the Bravery Trust that provides support and financial assistance to veterans from the Afghanistan and Gulf Wars and the widows and children of deceased veterans. He is the Chairman of the National SAS Association and is an adviser and Patron to a number of other veteran and mental health organizations and provides training for the indigenous community.
He facilitates four modules on the Company Directors’ Course, as well as modules for local government and for not for profit and registered organizations on Governance, Board Performance Finance, Strategy, Risk and Leadership. He is a graduate of the company directors Course and has an advanced diploma in Company Directorship having completed the Mastery of the Boardroom qualification.
He was appointed a member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia in June 1984 and an Officer (AO) in the General Division Of The Order Of Australia in 2018. He was a state finalist for Australian of the Year in 2009.
As a highly experienced Chairman, board member and facilitator for industry and the community, Peter’s philosophy and insights include his strong view that leaders need to be visionaries and change agents who help to define the culture of organizations and are committed to action not just status or position.
Professor Michael Jones
Michael Jones is Professor of Agricultural Biotechnology and Foundation Director of the WA State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre (SABC).
He specialises in plant biotechnology, biosecurity, genetically modified plants and the molecular basis of interactions between plants and plant pathogens. He heads the Plant Biotechnology Research Group with about 15 researchers.
His expertise includes molecular diagnostics and marker-assisted breeding, with current major contributions in plant virology and host-pathogen interactions of plant parasitic nematodes. In recent work his group has used new ‘short read’ nucleic acid sequencing technologies coupled with sequence assembly and analysis to identify 50 plant viruses either new to Australia or to science. In the plant nematology, his group has sequenced the transcriptomes of three plant parasitic nematodes, and used this information to develop GM plants with novel resistance to economically important nematodes.
He has published over 230 research articles, including co-authoring two books. As a member of the Commonwealth Government ‘Australian Biotechnology Advisory Council’ (ABAC, 2003-2008)), he contributed to advising government ministers on national biotechnology policy. He has also participated in many debates on GM crops.
Mr Greg Riebe
Greg works with business leaders to achieve breakthrough results by innovating for growth, securing required capital and executing to increase enterprise value.
Since 2001, Greg has been owner and CEO of his own Investment Management business focussed on emerging technology-based businesses incorporating investment identification, deal structuring, capitalisation, business development, and exit management.
Greg’s extensive experience in corporates, SMEs and start-ups, has honed a unique set of skills that recognises where enabling technologies combined with highly-scalable business models can result in fundable high performance operating businesses regardless of size and maturity.
Greg is presently a Non-Executive Director/Chairman of a number of Australia technology businesses, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a founding member of the Perth Angel Investors, a Member of the Advisory Board for Western Australian Leaders and a founding member of the eGroup Association supporting online entrepreneurs.
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