Our Team

Dr Simon Preston

Director Clinical Research

Dr Simon Preston serves as the Director Clinical Research at BCAL Diagnostics where he has responsibility for the design and management of all global clinical trials, clinical  research outputs and intellectual property management for the Company. In addition, Dr Preston provides capital raising support, R&D leadership and competitive business analytics to the BCAL Science teams and executive functions. He has over 15 years of experience in R&D, across both diagnostics and therapeutics, and a proven track record of making important translational discoveries across the life science areas of oncology, inflammation and infectious diseases.

Previously, Simon managed a portfolio of biotech companies for life science venture capital fund SYNthesis BioVentures that focussed on novel therapeutics for oncology and inflammatory diseases. Responsibilities included operations and R&D management in areas including intellectual property, finance, contracts, new company formation, capital raising activities and assessing new investments opportunities at the preclinical and clinical stages. Dr Preston also led late preclinical research programs for portfolio company Anaxis Pharma.

Dr Preston holds a PhD in biomedical science from The University of Melbourne and completed post-doctoral studies at Australia’s  leading medical research institute, WEHI, with fellowship support from the Cancer Council Victoria. Dr Preston has co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed publications and has received the Australian Museum Eureka prize twice for infectious disease research.

Meet the rest of our team
Board of Directors
Executive Team
Scientific Advisors
Clinical Studies Team
Other Key Members

Dr David Darling

Non-Executive Director

Mark Burrows AO

Independent Non-Executive Director

Jayne Shaw

Co-Founder and Executive Chair

The Hon Ron Phillips (AO)


Jonathan Trollip

Independent Non-Executive Director

Dr John Hurrell

Non-Executive Director and Consultant

Shane Ryan

Chief Executive Officer

Kathy Koskiris

Director of Clinical Laboratory Services

Guy Robertson

Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary

Dr Simon Preston

Director Clinical Research

Dr Amani Baterseh

Chief Scientific Officer

Dr Ameline Lim

Senior Clinical Scientist and Product Development Lead

Dr Desmond Li

Senior Research Scientist

Kalpesh Shah

Medical Laboratory Scientist

Kerry Heffernen

Senior Research Assistant

Dr David Peak, PhD

USA Scientific Lead, Technology Transfer

Dr Simon Preston

Director Clinical Research

Rebecca Ilewelyn

Study Coordinator

Rania Faraz

Study Coordinator

Lisa Ren

Clinical Research Lead

Hardik Patel

Quality Co-Ordinator

Sorcha Donnelly

Study Coordinator

Tim Huang

Data Analyst

Annabelle Ward

Study Coordinator

Alison Cook (Mew), MSc 

Quality and Regulatory Advisor

Bianca Hall

Marketing and Communications

Alexandra Feetham

Makayla Hughes

Executive Assistant to Executive Chair & CEO
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