Jamal Rushdy, Chief Executive Officer
Jamal brings over 20 years of experience in the medical device industry in successful entrepreneurial and high growth public companies. Jamal has extensive commercial and operational leadership experience including leading global orthopedic and biologics product marketing teams at DJO and Tornier (now Wright Medical), as well as a successful track record of building shareholder value through business development transactions. He has helped achieve successful exits for private equity and angel investors as a founding member or senior executive of four medical device companies. Jamal earned an MBA from U.C. Irvine and a BSME from U.C. San Diego.
Gill Black, Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary
Gill Black brings her extensive, board-level financial experience to Collagen Solutions, having been financial director and company secretary at A&E Russell, where she was instrumental in their expansion before taking them through a subsequent acquisition by Bunzl in 2008. After spending two years as head of finance at AKP Scotland, she became head of finance and company secretary of GVA James Barr, a privately owned property consultancy business which merged in 2013 with top-5 UK independent, GVA Grimley. Previously, Gill was a senior manager at KPMG, Glasgow where she led a team advising many high-growth businesses. Gill holds an MA in accountancy and economics from the University of Dundee and is a Chartered Accountant and ICAS member.
Stewart White, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Stewart White was CEO of Collbio and has recent and direct board experience of an AIM quoted company. Stewart has international experience in operations, business and product development, and 'Good Manufacturing Practices' (GMP) compliant manufacturing of collagen medical devices, advanced biologics and Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients in both Small to Medium Enterprises as well as global pharmaceutical companies. Stewart is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde and holds a First Class degree in Applied Microbiology, a PhD in Fermentation Technology and Bioprocessing and an MBA.
Tom Hyland, Chief Operating Officer
Tom has a wealth of experience in the field of collagen chemistry and the development, manufacturing, validation and engineering requirements of collagen-based medical devices. He is a recognised expert in the field as a six sigma black belt, and has played a major role in bringing a number of highly successful collagen-based products to market. Tom has worked with an impressive list of global life science companies, including Johnson and Johnson Wound Management where he was involved in the identification and commercialisation of a series of products which now have global sales exceeding £50m per annum. He was also employed at Microsulis, Intercell, Alere and Invitrogen, in a range of senior operational roles in the areas of Drugs, Diagnostics & Interventional Devices, manufacture scale up and production technology.
Kevin Darling, GM New Zealand
Kevin brings extensive experience in operational management to Collagen Solutions, having previously held the General Manager (NZ) and Group General Manager (Australia and NZ) positions for Gribbles Veterinary Pathology Ltd over a period of seven years. Gribbles Veterinary is the leading veterinary pathology service provider in New Zealand, with multiple laboratory sites, each catering to a unique set of regional needs and challenges. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science in Zoology with a focus on Medical and Veterinary Entomology from the University of Aberdeen. In addition to his educational background and expertise in operational management, Kevin also brings extensive global sales and marketing experience from his tenures at 3M, Mars Confectionery and the BOC Group.
John Higgins, PhD, Director of Science and Technology
Dr. John Higgins is a biochemical engineer and life science start-up enthusiast, with a focus on R+D and strategy development and execution. John has been integral to the success of Southern Lights Biomaterials (SLB). He has particular expertise in understanding the performance characteristics of proteins and polymers in the manufacturing process and system characterisation. He developed SLB's Type I collagen process and the pericardium preservation process. John holds a PhD in Biotechnology and a B. Tech (Biotech) from Massey University and an M.E. (Chem) from the University of Canterbury.
Diane Mitchell, Vice-President Commercial Development
Diane has over 10 years of sales and marketing experience in collagen and medical devices and has significant experience managing a diverse customer base which includes blue-chip companies, academic collaborators and start-ups. During her career Diane has also established distribution networks for both biomaterials and electronics devices through multi-channel programs. Diane holds a Bachelors in Business and an MBA from the University of Phoenix and is responsible for marketing materials, trade shows, distribution and developing sales and marketing strategies for Collagen Solutions.