Management

Wayne Paterson

Chief Executive Officer

Wayne has held numerous, senior positions in multi-national companies. Throughout his career, he has been responsible for building businesses throughout the world, as well as mergers and major restructures.

From 2007 to 2013, he held senior positions at Merck Serono. In his most recent position as President of Europe, Canada and Australia, he managed over $3 billion in sales with an operational budget of $500 million. Wayne also held the position of Global Head of Cardio Metabolic Care and General Medicine, with revenue responsibility of $1.5 billion, and was responsible for all aspects of company strategy, including manufacturing strategies, commercial operations and budgets.

Between 2010 and 2012, he was Head of Emerging Markets including Russia, China, India and Brazil, and was a member of the Executive Board. As President during 2007 until 2010 in Japan, Wayne created Merck Serono Japan and successfully managed all company divisions, launching several major products.

Between 1994 and 2005, he was employed by Roche Pharmaceuticals. As Marketing Director in Shanghai, China, he launched eight products during this time, including cardiovascular products. Wayne is an Australian national and has resided overseas since 1999, having lived in China, Singapore, Korea, Japan, Switzerland and the US. He now lives in Switzerland, where he is CEO and co-founder of a software company that provides solutions to the global pharmaceutical industry.

Wayne is also a Non-Executive Director of Cepheid (NASDAQ: CHPD), a molecular diagnostics company based in California. Wayne holds an MBA from the University of Southern Queensland, and a degree in business studies from the Queensland University of Technology. He has also studied business courses at North Western University (Kellog School of Management) in Chicago, IMD Business School in Switzerland, INSEAD in France and Hong Kong University of Technology.

David St Denis

Chief Operating Officer

David St. Denis is an accomplished senior healthcare leader with a systematic and metrics-driven approach spanning 20 years of proven business results at the regional and global levels within the life sciences and pharmaceutical sectors.

Most recently at Merck in Germany, he headed commercial operations for Europe and Canada. He has an extensive track record in charge of complex cross-functional and multi-cultural teams that have achieved impressive business objectives in both mature markets (US, Europe, Japan) and developing markets (China, India, Brazil, Russia, Mexico).

His core competencies include operations management, strategy development, marketing and sales, new product introduction and launch excellence, market access and pricing. He has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Connecticut, a Masters of Arts from Boston University and an MBA in Global Management and International Marketing from Babson College – Franklin W. Olin Graduate School of Business.

Mark Ziirsen

Chief Financial Officer

Mark is a highly credentialed CFO and business partner with a strong track record of delivering growth and significant operational improvements across a wide variety of industries (medtech, FMCG, technology and consulting) and geographies (New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, United States and Europe).

His strong capabilities and experience in financial and business performance management are complimented by extensive corporate finance, M&A, financial control, investment decision making, risk management, strategy development and IT skills gained at leading global organisations including Cochlear, Aristocrat Leisure, Coca-Cola Amatil and Goodman Fielder.

A collaborative leader and influencer skilled in stakeholder management and effectively partnering businesses and their management teams to deliver sustainable results. Above all, Mark is known for providing rigorous and insightful advice and commercial recommendations, and respected for his preparedness to challenge the status quo. Mark’s qualifications include a bachelor of commerce, CPA designation and an MBA majoring in international business.

Ben Jensen

Chief Human Resources and Technology Officer

Ben Jensen has been with Admedus since 2014 and is an experienced Human Resources professional with a background in manufacturing, supply chain, resources and engineering industries. His experience in business planning and change management within HR teams in North and South America, Europe, India and Asia Pacific has equipped him with broad strategic capabilities.

Over 20 years he has gained his credentials in industrial relations, occupational health and safety, organisational and leadership development programs, performance management, engagement and retention strategies, remuneration and benefits planning. Ben has worked with Queensland University of Technology on both undergraduate and post graduate programs including the Project Management Academy. He has accreditations in psychometric and ability assessment tools and specialised in global recruitment, talent management and employer branding initiatives.

Ben has a Business Management degree, a Masters of Employment Law and is a member of the Australian Institution of Company Directors.