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Mr Jim Kalokerinos
Jim has over thirty five years’ experience in business development and sales and marketing, for scientific distribution, in-vitro diagnostics and medical devices companies. He cofounded three successful companies: Techlab Enterprises, Pacific Diagnostics (sold to Baxter International), and Panbio Ltd (sold to Inverness Medical Innovations).  Jim has been involved in company merger and acquisitions and various capital raisings including an IPO with Panbio.  He is presently a director of five companies and is also an advisor to and an active angel investor in others. He has been involved in a diversity of sectors including: manufacturing, medical technology, advanced materials, retail and horticulture.


Mr Geoff Thomas
In his role as Principal at Axant Corporate Advisory, Geoff focusses on assisting emerging businesses and their owners to expand, source funding and maximise business value. He has extensive experience in funds management and investing in private companies. He served as Managing Director of Paragon Private Equity (a buyout fund) and Chief Executive of Playford Capital (a start-up technology fund).  Prior to this he was a Senior Executive at Vision Abell, a top ten high technology Defence company in Australia. Geoff has been a director of many public and private companies, and has broad experience in negotiation of contracts in the US, Europe and the Middle East. Geoff is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds multiple qualifications in business, science and engineering.

Mr Nigel Hall

Nigel is a Venture Partner at Southmore Capital and focussed on business transactions through two businesses, BuyGrowSell and BBFS. In these business he oversaw 36 transactions in FY2020. Prior to this he has worked in several start-up roles as interim CEO, as well as managing a business incubator in Queensland, attracting and developing growth-oriented start-up companies.  Nigel has spent more than thirty years working with start-ups and investors in executive and advisory roles. After college Nigel joined Athur Young in Munich and was involved in six transactions across a variety of industries.  After Arthur Young, Nigel joined  Biosym Technologies Inc, a 3D molecular design software provider, which was purchased by Corning, Inc. He then focussed on the telecoms sector – co-founding Xpedite Systems Germany GmbH and selling it to Premiere Technologies Inc, then founding HighwayOne AG, which was sold to Telefonica SA. Nigel was Managing Director of Equator Investments in Cape Town, South Africa, prior to moving to Australia. Nigel is also an active angel investor. 

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