Meet The Team
Founder, Director & CEO
Professor Anthony Phillips BSc MBChB PhD
Anthony is a professor at the University of Auckland with a focus on applying science to surgical medicine. He has long term experience in the biotech industry with previous roles in a range of start-up biotech and surgical device companies including Protemix Corporation, CoDa Therapeutics Inc, Ocunexus and Apercure Surgical Ltd.
Anthony has the role of coordinating the company and its many facets.
Founder, Director, CMO
Professor John Windsor BSc MBChB MD FRACS FACS FRCSEd FRSNZ
John A Windsor holds a personal chair in Surgery, University of Auckland and is Yeoh Ghim Sen Professor, National University of Singapore. He is a Fellow of the ANZ, American and Edinburgh Colleges, American Surgical Association, James IV Association of Surgeons and Royal Society of New Zealand. He is an HBP/Upper GI surgeon at the Auckland City Hospital, Director of the Centre for Surgical and Translational Research, Assistant Director of MedTech Centre of Research Excellence and national chair of HBP Tumour Stream. His primary clinical and research interests are benign and malignant pancreatic diseases.
John looks after the publicity and user testing.
Founder, Director, CTO
Mr Bruce Stokes, BE(Hons)
Bruce Stokes is an experienced medical device engineer who works closely with the University of Auckland Department of Surgery and Bioengineering Institute to develop and commercialize innovation products and solutions. He is passionate about problem solving, engineering thinking and impact driven design. When he isn't tinkering in the lab he can be found on the water kite surfing, or in the studio making music.
Bruce oversees the Elbaware technical development of the hardware and software in the device
Mr Cameron Lawes, LLB
A dual qualified lawyer (UK and NZ), practicing as a Barrister in Nelson, Cameron has legal and business experience across a range of sectors in NZ and Europe. He has held senior management roles in a large international law firm and enjoyed management positions in start up companies in both the UK and NZ.
Cameron looks after the Elbaware governance and financial planning for the company.
Mr Matthew Cross MBioEnt, BPharm, RegPharmNZ
Matt is a registered pharmacist and recent Masters of Bioscience Enterprise graduate. Matt has worked as a Medical Device Commercialisation Analyst at Auckland UniServices Ltd to transfer academic research into the marketplace, and as Operations Manager at two medical device start-ups, Alimetry Ltd and Apercure Surgical Ltd.
Since October 2020, Matt is currently a director and shareholder of Wellsford Pharmacy and has experienced first-hand increased hygiene awareness amongst retail customers. Matt’s experience working in retail pharmacy and in research commercialisation will help to bring Elbaware to market.
Dr Adrian Ng MBChB
Dr. Adrian Ng is a medical doctor who is passionate about medical innovation and entrepreneurship. He currently works as a Senior House Officer at Waitemata DHB. Working at the frontline, he noticed the need for a face touching prevention device after observing his hospital colleagues (including himself) failed to follow the WHO recommendation of "Do Not Touch Your Face".
He has helped to develop the early prototype of the Elbaware FaceHAP device and is now overseeing the field testing of the first beta version.
Homayoon Zarshenas BE ME
Engineer and Ph.D. Student of Bioengineering at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute, University of Auckland. I have a bachelor's in mechanical engineering and have a master's in mechatronics.
My Ph.D. research is related to signal processing, machine learning, and controller design for assistive robots. I have some experience in the field of microcontroller programming and mechanical design as well.
Homayoon’s role is technical development for the face touching product.