- Silvio Tiziani (Chief Executive Officer)
- Chih Wei Teng (Chief Operations Officer)
- Erick Villaceran (Project Officer)
- Heather Marriott (Events Coordinator and Executive Assistant)
CEO, CCRM Australia
Silvio Tiziani played a key role in the establishment of CCRM Australia after securing funding from Monash University, MTP Connect, CSIRO and The Victorian Government. Silvio’s skills focus on the specialised role of leading the strategic alliance with the Centre of Commercialisation of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM) and being Director of ARMI’s external engagement, strategic planning and communications. Silvio’s extensive knowledge of the research landscape is well utilised with his networks within industry, international organisations and the state and federal government.
Silvio has extensive experience in private and public organisations, with a focus on laboratory-based organisations in the academic, health and healthcare systems.
In addition to qualifications that include a Bachelor of Science from Swinburne University and a Masters of Business Administration from Monash University, Silvio is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and a Certified Professional with the Australia Human Resources Institute (CAHRI). Silvio has extensive experience in financial analysis and budget management, business development, strategic planning and corporate governance along with the interpersonal skills to lead staff.
Silvio also chairs the Ausbiotech Regenerative Medicine Advisory Group, comprising leading representatives from Australian industry and academia to provide specialist advice to Ausbiotech, Australia’s member based biotechnology organisation that promotes the global growth of Australian biotechnology.
Chih Wei Teng
COO, CCRM Australia
Chih Wei is the Chief Operations Officer at CCRM Australia, responsible for the development and operationalisation of CCRM Australia’s 5 Year strategy. In addition to his administrative role, Chih Wei actively works with biotechnology companies and academics to translate their innovation.
Chih Wei has completed a doctoral degree, researching how the translation of regenerative medicine can be improved with open collaborative innovation. His research showed that interdisciplinary collaboration result in new capabilities that not only improve translation outcomes but also support the development of competitive business models. Chih Wei has a MBA and a diploma thesis on business models of public versus private cord blood banking.
Prior to CCRM Australia, Chih Wei has worked worked for IBM for seven years where he handled portfolios of Energy and Utilities, Industrial Manufacturing as well as Healthcare and Life Sciences industries. In addition to his role at CCRM Australia, Chih Wei is also a Research Fellow at the Department of Management at Monash University where he works with industry on implementing Sustainable Procurement and research on the growth of SMEs.
Project Officer, CCRM Australia
As Project Officer for CCRM Australia, Erick leads the training and development programs and facilitates initiatives delivered by CCRM Australia. In 2018 he coordinated the International Workshop Placement and the IMNIS International Mentor collaboration (as well as the various communication materials for CCRM Australia programs). He is continuously helping to develop the CCRM Australia initiative by adapting the commercialisation model based off CCRM Canada and being involved within outreach to the sector.
With a background in science, Erick has focused his studies to acquire the business acumen indispensable to the science industry. Graduating at Monash with a Bachelor of Science/Arts and Master of Business (Science and Technology), Erick has the foundations to assist the innovative space of Regenerative Medicine with his learned knowledge of commercialisation, entrepreneurship and innovation management.
Erick also holds an appointment with Monash University as a Partnerships Development Officer, helping to commercialise research at the Monash Institute of Medical Engineering (MIME) in their seed program, SPARK Monash and other research grant initiatives (through Industry Partnerships within the Deputy Vice Chancellor Office for Enterprise).
Events Coordinator and Executive Assistant, CCRM Australia
Heather Marriott is the joint Events Coordinator and Executive Assistant for CCRM Australia and the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute.
Before commencing her role at CCRM Australia and ARMI, Heather spent over five years in Guest Relation and Group Coordinator roles for prominent five-star hotel companies in Canada and Australia.
Heather holds a Diploma in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Niagara College, Canada and a Bachelor of Business, with a major in Real Estate and Property Development, from Griffith University, Australia.