OneVentures is managed by a team of former successful entrepreneurs and business builders: Dr Michelle Deaker; Dr Paul Kelly and Anne-Marie Birkill. The firm has offices in Sydney and Brisbane, Australia and Boston, USA.
Deaker founded two IT companies, the second company, E Com Industries, survived the Tech crash in 2000, and went on to become a leading Australian gift card and store value provider that was acquired in December 2005 by UK Retail Decisions for over $30m in cash.
She has subsequently mentored, invested in, raised capital for and provided investment management services to a number of young companies including AdGent 007 (San Francisco), BuzzNumbers (Sydney), Datacastle (Seattle) and Mi-Pay (London).
Kelly left a career in medicine at Sydney's Garvan Institute to co-found Gemini Genomics in 1997, which is still the largest biotech listing on Nasdaq. He lead the company as CEO through to its listing and subsequent merger with Sequenom at which point the company was valued at more than $US250m.
He then co-founded a number of companies including Agamatrix, a medical devices company (Boston) and Mears Technologies, a smart silicon company (Boston), before returning to head Orchid Cellmark which he took from a market cap of $US30m to over $US300m in 18 months. He was most recently CEO of Medcentre Holdings, a Latin American pharmaceutical marketing company.
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