Dr. George Syrmalis, MD PhD

Group Chief Executive Officer

Our Founder

A qualified nuclear medicine physician with more than 20 years’ experience in bioscience research and innovation, Dr George Syrmalis knew that to create the medicines of tomorrow, he had to design a new kind of enterprise. 

In 2010, Dr. Syrmalis founded The iQ Group Global to converge investment banking, scientific discovery, corporate advisory and commercialization to bring medical innovations to the world.

As CEO, Dr. Syrmalis creates the vision and the pathway to strengthen the long-term sustainability of our company, and accelerate our company’s growth at higher rates than that of the global market. He empowers The Group’s team of experts to take risks and look at the same challenge through their own divergent perspectives.

Dr. Syrmalis is a fellow of the American Academy of Pharmaceutical Physicians, the American College of Nuclear Physicians, the American College of Nuclear Medicine and the New York Academy of Sciences.

Our TEAM

Monika Pawel

Chief of Staff

Monika Pawel

Chief of Staff

BSc (Hons), MSc (Medical Science), MBA, MSc (Oxon)

As Chief of Staff, Monika works closely with the CEO to translate enterprise-wide strategy into implementation. In her career, Monika has worked in research and development, sales and medical marketing in organisations in Japan, Germany and in the UK. Through her diverse professional experience, Monika believes that people are the foundations of an organisation and should be considered assets to be invested in and nurtured.
 
Monika holds degrees from Monash University, UNSW, Melbourne University and The University of Oxford. In 2019, Monika embarks upon a Doctorate of Philosophy, inspired by her time here at The iQ Group Global.
 
One word to describe iQGG – Ithaca

Dr. Jonathan Arambula

Vice President of Research, OncoTEX Inc.

Dr. Jonathan Arambula

Vice President of Research, OncoTEX Inc.

PhD

Dr. Jonathan Arambula is the Vice President of Research at OncoTEX Inc. and the co-inventor of TEX Core, a novel oncology platform that is able to develop range of well-tolerated, MRI-detectable cancer therapeutics that target drug-sensitive and drug-resistant solid tumors. The first cancer therapy in development is OxaliTEX, indicated for ovarian cancer.

Dr. Arambula brings decades of experience in oncology research and therapeutics to The iQ Group Global team. He joins The iQ Group Global from the  University of Texas at Austin, where he served as a Research Associate and Lecturer focused on the discovery of novel cancer therapeutics in the Department of Chemistry. Prior to that, Dr. Arambula was an assistant professor of Biochemistry at Georgia Southern University. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and served as an American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow at both the University of Texas at Austin and MD Anderson Cancer Center.
 
One word to describe iQGG – Innovative

Keith Bliss

Managing Partner and CEO, iQ Capital

Keith Bliss

Managing Partner and CEO, iQ Capital

Keith Bliss is a seasoned senior level financial services executive with more than 30 years experience in commercial lending, private banking, equity sales and trading, fintech, and investment banking.

Beginning his career with Citicorp and working with market leaders across the financial services industry, he was most recently appointed as the Managing Partner and CEO for iQ Capital (USA) LLC, the U.S. based broker-dealer subsidiary of The iQ Group Global. During Keith’s career, he has been involved in transactions – both trading and capital creation – in the major global money centers of New York, London, Hong Kong, and many others. He has led transactions both as the lead investment banker as well as acting in a capital markets distribution capacity.

An experienced commentator on the global economy and global financial markets, Keith appears on financial news outlets such as CNBC, Bloomberg, Fox Business, Fox News, and Yahoo! Finance to offer his insight and assessment.

One word to describe iQGG – Dynamic

Harry Simeonidis

CEO and President of GBS Inc.

Harry Simeonidis

CEO and President of GBS Inc.

Harry has more than 25 years’ experience in global executive management roles in healthcare, pharmaceutical and life sciences businesses. His previous roles include CEO of Australia and New Zealand at GE Healthcare and, more recently, General Manager for Surgery Asia Pacific at GE Healthcare.
 
Harry serves as CEO and President of GBS Inc., and Director of the Board for GBS Inc.
 
One word to describe iQGG – Edge

Spiro Sakiris

GBS Inc. Chief Financial Officer and iQGG Special Projects Lead

Spiro Sakiris

GBS Inc. Chief Financial Officer and iQGG Special Projects Lead

B.Bus, Dip Law, CA

With more than 30 years’ experience in accounting and taxation, IPOs, capital raising, and business system designs including the application of IFRS and US GAAP for the life science industry, Spiro serves as Chief Financial Officer at GBS Inc. and leads the financial team as Special Projects Lead for The iQ Group Global.
 
Spiro is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand, a registered Series 28 principal with iQ Capital (USA) LLC and a registered broker-dealer with FINRA. 
 
One word to describe iQGG – Determined

Athena Kolivos

Chief Scientific Officer, CRC & FarmaForce

Athena Kolivos

Chief Scientific Officer, CRC & FarmaForce

MA, MPH, MCom, BPharm

As Chief Scientific Officer, Athena leads the Clinical Research Corporation (CRC) technical team to develop and implement medical affairs solutions for life science companies. Athena manages the delivery of a diverse range of projects for clients on a daily basis, including evidence generation to show therapy value, market research, product safety monitoring, marketing and medical science liaison to support therapy uptake.
 
A practising pharmacist with Master Degrees in Public Health, Commerce and Communications, Athena has 25 years’ healthcare industry experience developing and implementing medical-marketing strategies, delivering outcomes that maximise business growth.
 
One word to describe iQGG – Avant-garde

Laura Platts

Group Director, Learning and Development

Laura Platts

Group Director, Learning and Development

BSc, MSc

For Laura, helping people to reach their full potential is her privilege.  As Group Director of Learning and Development, Laura builds the infrastructure, thought leadership and learning content to help people to continually develop and perform at their best.
 
Laura brings together adult learning principles and performance consulting with a deep knowledge of sales methodology and skills to design and deliver learning experiences which are engaging and inspire behavioural change.  
 
Building on her MSc, Laura led sales teams in financial services before joining the community of practice of learning and development.

One word to describe iQGG – Energized

Laura Sheridan Mouton

Group Director, Legal & Commercial Affairs

Laura Sheridan Mouton

Group Director, Legal & Commercial Affairs

BA, JD, GAICD, FGIA

In her role as Group Director, Legal & Commercial Affairs, Laura leads the Group’s in-house legal and commercial team and is responsible for providing strategic and transactional advice and developing considered, commercial solutions in support of the Group’s strategic objectives.
 
As a senior legal professional with more than 17 years’ experience gained in practice leadership roles at preeminent global law firms in New York and Sydney, Laura is a commercial problem solver with a track record of delivering strategically significant project outcomes.  Laura utilises her deep capital markets and finance expertise in structuring strategic capital solutions supporting the identification, development and commercialisation of life-changing medical innovations.  A diversity champion and mentor, Laura has a keen focus on organisational culture and is passionate about developing and empowering teams.

Laura obtained her Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center and is admitted to practice in New York and New South Wales.  She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia. 

One word to describe iQGG – Paradigm-shifting

Unico Lan

Group Director, APAC

Unico Lan

Group Director, APAC

Adv Dip. FP, BCom, MIntBus

With more than 15 years’ experience in managing growth in financial markets, Unico has developed excellent relationship management skills with affluent clients, referral partners, investment teams, product teams, treasury and compliance. Unico ensures strong growth and meaningful outcomes – analyzing and identifying risk, as well as ensuring compliance.
 
Prior in joining The iQ Group Global, Unico held senior leadership roles with various highly reputable wealth management organizations both in Australia and China, including within Citibank Australia.
 
One word to describe iQGG – Futurist

Lei Xu

Director, Corporate Finance and Advisory

Lei Xu

Director, Corporate Finance and Advisory

BSc(Acc), MSc(Mgt), FCCA, MAB(Exec)

As Director, Corporate Finance and Advisory, Lei leads a team of financial professionals to provide investment banking services for biotech companies to find, fund, corporatize and capitalise on early stage biotech assets. Lei is also responsible for structure and create financial instruments for funding the development of novel biotech assets.

Lei holds an MBA from AGSM and is a Fellow Member of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Lei previously serviced as Director, APAC and Director, Structured Investment Products, for The iQ Group Global.

One word to describe iQGG – Intelligence

Manuel Kostandas

Finance Director

Manuel Kostandas

Finance Director

B.Bus, CPA, F.Fin

With a broad background in accounting, IPOs, capital and debt raising, and business system designs, Manual has extensive experience in finance across a diverse industry base. As a CPA with more than 25 years’ commercial experience in accounting, finance and banking, Manuel is passionate about the invention and development of life saving biopharmaceuticals becoming a commercial reality.

At The iQ Group Global, Manuel is responsible for overseeing the financial management of the organisation, from the execution of commercial transactions to financial reporting.

One word to describe iQGG – Unique

Ghay Haidar

Sales Director, FarmaForce

Ghay Haidar

Sales Director, FarmaForce

BSc, Hons Biochem

A founding member of the FarmaForce team, Ghay Haidar has worked in healthcare sales since 2001 and is a respected sales leader with an enviable record of success. He has highly-tuned business acumen and a focus on results.
 
Six times and across different organisations, Ghay has led teams that have been awarded the coveted PRIME Awards’ Sales Team of the Year. He emphasises talent spotting and acquisition, developing sales mastery within his teams and driving a responsive field force that delivers results.
 
One word to describe iQGG – Grit

Gemma Garkut

Acting Director, Marketing, Media and Communications

Gemma Garkut

Acting Director, Marketing, Media and Communications

BComms

Gemma is a passionate journalist and content strategist with ten years’ experience in media. In her diverse editorial career, Gemma has led the coverage of major national and international news events, written for best-selling magazines, managed multidisciplined content teams and rolled out district-wide communications strategies at major hospitals.

Backed by well-trained newsroom rigour, Gemma collaborates closely with The iQ Group Global’s collective of scientific and financial experts to create compelling written and video content that distils what we do, and inspires audiences to join our journey.
 
One word to describe iQGG – Bold

Joseph Barry

General Manager, Capital Labs

Joseph Barry

General Manager, Capital Labs

B.A.(Hons)

As General Manager for The iQ Group Global’s equity crowd-sourced funding platform Capital Labs, Joseph connects innovative businesses with investors to fund and launch technologies with impact.
 
A trusted business partner with more than 10 years’ experience in global marketing across London and Sydney, Joseph has spent his career driving creative lead-generation strategies that accelerate business growth, most recently for one of Australia’s leading private wealth management groups.
 
At Capital Labs, Joseph combines his passion for innovations that make a difference with an incisive knowledge of financial sector marketing to design strategic capital raising campaigns for clients.

One word to describe iQGG – Electric

Brent Stadus

Chief Investor Relationship Officer, Ethical Bioscience Investments

Brent Stadus

Chief Investor Relationship Officer, Ethical Bioscience Investments

With 15 years’ experience extending across business development and relationship management, Brent Stadus conducts business with an entrepreneurial mindset and work ethic.

As an avid investor in financial markets, Mr. Stadus is particularly passionate about ethical impact investing. He has attained a wealth of experience in managerial roles spanning across industries from financial services and advisory, equities and brokerage to luxury automotive. He additionally has an abundance of knowledge from his experience as a successful business owner and operator in the high-end retail market.

One word to describe iQGG – Ingenious

Natalie Urner

Head, Commercial Partnerships

Natalie Urner

Head, Commercial Partnerships

Natalie is a founding employee of Farmaforce and has been instrumental in forging and growing valued partnerships with businesses through her in-depth knowledge. With more than 25 years’ experience in the consumer health sector, she has a deep understanding of the Australian pharmaceutical industry and is passionate about driving successful sales teams to deliver on client expectations and metrics.
 
One word to describe iQGG – Innovative

Anthony Letmon

Head of Corporate Advisory

Anthony Letmon

Head of Corporate Advisory

Anthony has more than 15 years of debt and equity capital markets experience. As Head of Corporate Advisory, Anthony provides strategic advice to life science companies. In his role, Anthony manages cross-border transactions, ranging from mergers and acquisitions to equity capital markets, including early stage funding and IPO.
 
Prior to joining The iQ Group Global, Anthony worked in Structured Asset Finance with The Royal Bank of Scotland in the UK, arranging in excess of $1bn in debt facilities across renewable and traditional energy, infrastructure, transport and manufacturing sectors. He began his career within the Global Equity Derivatives Team at Merrill Lynch International, based in London. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Business and Finance and is a qualified Investment Manager, and Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

One word to describe iQGG – Prescient

Rodrigo Jabur

Head, Information and Communication Technology

Rodrigo Jabur

Head, Information and Communication Technology

B.Comms & Tech, Microsoft Cert. Administrator

As Head of Information and Communication Technology, Rodrigo is responsible for all tech-based demands and provides a first point of contact for all communication and IT needs across The iQ Group Global.
 
After several years as an outsourced vendor partner, Rodrigo has joined the group full time in the IT and communications sector. His passion and vast experience in the IT industry contribute to maximising the technology progression of the business and to ensure that the group is consistently developing and advancing in the technology space.
 
One word to describe iQGG – Empower

Karen Appleby

Head of Human Capital

Karen Appleby

Head of Human Capital

MBA, PG Dip HR (Hons), B.A. Psych

With postgraduate qualifications and more than 20 years’ international and domestic experience, Karen is a commercial and strategic HR leader dedicated to improving business performance and creating great places to work. 

An innovative problem solver, Karen is passionate about Transformation, Diversity, Learning & Development and Engagement, and believes in galvanizing people to deliver results in complex and challenging environments. 
 
One word to describe iQGG – Diverse

Ken McElroy

Head of Talent Acquisition

Ken McElroy

Head of Talent Acquisition

As Head of Talent Acquisition, Ken is passionate about recruiting the highest quality expert talent for The iQ Group Global. With 20 years’ experience in executive and specialised recruitment, Ken and his team have hired more than 90 people in 12 months as The Group’s growth accelerates.
 
On a daily basis, Ken can be found passionately telling future employees about the unique story of The iQ Group Global and our exciting culture of innovation.
 
One word to describe iQGG – Stealth

Clare Sheffle

Head of Business Operations

Clare Sheffle

Head of Business Operations

B.A.(Hons)

As leader of Business Operations for The iQ Group Global, Clare and her team ensure The Group’s premises and diverse set of operational processes run efficiently on a daily basis. Holding a degree in Business, Clare is passionate about bringing best practices to life to activate organisations to their full potential.
 
A founding member of staff at The iQ Group Global, Clare continually works toward finding new solutions to better The Group’s unique operating environment as it grows to new heights.
 
One word to describe iQGG – Motivated

Alan Wong

Head Private Wealth Relationship Manager, APAC

Alan Wong

Head Private Wealth Relationship Manager, APAC

B.Ec.

With 9 years’ experience in the wealth management sector, particularly in the finance and biotech industry, Alan has developed professional management skills with qualified individuals. Alans’ background in equity, fixed income, hybrid securities, managed and structured investment and foreign exchange markets, gives him the tools to market a number of financial products to current and existing investors.
 
As the Head of Relationship Management in the APAC private wealth team, Alan is responsible for providing investment strategies and solutions to qualified individuals within the APAC region.

One word to describe iQGG – Breakthrough

Rafael Da Luz

Regulatory Affairs Program Lead

Rafael Da Luz

Regulatory Affairs Program Lead

B.BusMan, MBA

As Regulatory Affairs Program Lead, Rafael provides strategic planning and leadership to the Regulatory Affairs function within our Life Science Biosensor Diagnostics unit to ensure innovations developed from our Biosensor Platform meet all regulatory requirements in their relevant global jurisdictions. With his robust experience in regulatory affairs, Rafael ensures the correct measures and procedures are taken to bring our technologies through the most appropriate regulatory pathways.

With more than 14 years’ experience in the industry, Rafael is passionate about being part of a business that brings safe and efficacious medical devices to patients globally.

One word to describe iQGG – Innovative

Parisa Hesami

Scientific Advisor

Parisa Hesami

Scientific Advisor

PhD, DVM

As The iQ Group Global’s scientific and life sciences expert, Parisa leads the analysis and reporting for The Group’s scientific and medical communications.
 
With more than 10 years’ experience in the life science sector in biotech and medical devices, Parisa uses her commercial and academic expertise to demystify and educate audiences about our world-class technologies, and provide clinical insight for all audiences of The Group.
 
Parisa is particularly passionate about bridging the gap between science and business through educating investors about the drug development lifecycle, and the essential role early stage biotechnology plays in creating the medicines of tomorrow.

Parisa holds a PhD in Biotechnology from the Queensland University of Technology, and completed a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and a post graduate diploma in Marketing and Management in Iran.
 
One word to describe iQGG – Passionate

Daniel Pointing

Biosensor Development Manager

Daniel Pointing

Biosensor Development Manager

B. BiomedSc, MPubHlth, MDataSc
 
In his role as Biosensor Development Manager, Daniel manages the execution and documentation of cross functional activities within our Biosensor Platform development programs.

Prior to joining The iQ Group Global, Daniel implemented and managed research and clinical trials with a focus on medical device development and the investigation of new genitourinary oncology treatments. His experience in the clinical research setting positions Daniel with the key skills needed in point-of-care diagnostics and medical device development, to drive the accelerated commercialisation of our Biosensor Platform.
 
One word to describe iQGG – Electric

Cindy Tan

Growth Marketing Manager

Cindy Tan

Growth Marketing Manager

B. Bus (Int. MNGT & MKTG Comms), Cert. Human Security & Int. Law. 

Cindy is an award-winning Growth Marketer with more than 8 years’ experience across wealth management, retail banking, travel, education and technology in both domestic and international markets. Cindy leads The Group’s digital media planning and activations by leveraging strategic data integrations and customer segmentation. Cindy also designs and executes bespoke capital raising campaigns for Capital Labs’ clients. As a qualified UX professional, Cindy brings a customer-centric lens to all executions.
 
Cindy is passionate about the world of impacting investment and also leads her own development projects in Uganda, Africa including the building of water infrastructure as well as schools.
 
One word to describe iQGG – Transformative

Ozel Djemal

Investor Engagement Manager

Ozel Djemal

Investor Engagement Manager

At The iQ Group Global, Ozel is responsible for engaging and managing the relationship with potential and existing investors who are looking for new and innovative opportunities in the biotechnology investment market.
 
With 18 years’ experience in relationship management, Ozel is passionate about building long term relationships with qualified individuals and is a dedicated professional focusing on customer engagement and relationship management. Having previously worked in the luxury automotive and technology industries, Ozel’s unique experience has led him to mastering skills in high-end competitive sales and elite management positions.

One word to describe iQGG – Innovative

Samuel Boctor

Private Wealth Relationship Manager, Capital Access

Samuel Boctor

Private Wealth Relationship Manager, Capital Access

B.Com

With eight years’ experience in investor relationship management and financial markets, Samuel is passionate about unique investment tools that add value to investor portfolios. Having previously held an executive role at an asset management firm, Samuel’s knowledge extends across a diverse range of financial products.
 
At The iQ Group Global, Samuel is responsible for connecting and building long-term relationships with qualified investors who are excited about investment opportunities in the biotechnology market.
 
One word to describe iQGG – Novel

Mindy Wang

Private Wealth Relationship Manager, APAC

Mindy Wang

Private Wealth Relationship Manager, APAC

B.FinLaw, M.Com

Prior to joining The iQ Group Global, Mindy held a PR management position in a large international Asian Business Professional Platform. In this role, she used the knowledge she gained from her Bachelor’s degree in Financial Law and her Master’s degree in Commerce Marketing to further her investor relationship management skills and create an extensive community database of qualified individuals.
 
With a strong background in the luxury travel industry, Mindy connects individuals from her network in financial services, real estate and the biotech industry to initiate widespread investor engagement and access, to deliver our mission to a greater audience.

One word to describe iQGG – Pioneering

Amy Xu

Private Wealth Relationship Manager, APAC

Amy Xu

Private Wealth Relationship Manager, APAC

Amy is an entrepreneur who has a wealth of experience with healthcare product development from concept to shelf, involving managing formulation, manufacturing, regulation, marketing and distribution.
 
Prior to joining, Amy served in public office for four years and has lead a PR consultancy which effectively assists clients with branding and sales via tailored campaigns. Amy also serves honorary positions in a number of business associations and holds a Bachelor of Arts, Media and Culture Studies from Macquarie University.
 
At The iQ Group Global, Amy is responsible for managing capital access within the APAC region and working alongside the APAC Investor Relations Team to develop strategies to enhance the interaction and communication between The Group and the APAC region.

One word to describe iQGG – Disruptive

Aysha Hollingdale

Compliance Associate

Aysha Hollingdale

Compliance Associate

LLM,LLB(Hons),GDLP,Dip.HDPE,Dip.Bus
 
As an experienced healthcare practitioner and admitted lawyer, Ms. Hollingdale brings considerable expertise and knowledge to life science investments. As a compliance officer for The Group, she is able to understand the proposed investments at their heart and build a financial services regulatory compliance framework that meets governing guidelines, enabling The Group to deliver a high scientific level of communications to potential investors. 
 
Ms. Hollingdale ensures the Group’s Australian financial services licence obligations are met to the highest standards, and that its authorised representatives are always in compliance within these standards, both legally and ethically.
 
Ms. Hollingdale holds a Masters and Bachelor of Law from Bond University. She is admitted to the Supreme Court and is a Full Member of the Australian College of Audiology.

One word to describe iQGG – Pioneering

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