Darren Cundy

Darren Cundy

Job Title

Executive Manager: Commercial

Biography

Trained as an organic chemist, Darren completed a PhD at UQ and post-doctoral studies at Univ. Florida. Darren led the contracted research group at CSIRO's Division of Molecular Science for ~5 years before taking on the role of Executive Officer to a sequence CSIRO’s CEOs over more than 2 years. Darren then spent the following 2 years in two back-to-back secondments in two Melbourne based venture capital firms as an investment manager/analyst for equity placements in to early stage in life-science companies. Darren returned to CSIRO to join what is now the Intellectual Property and Licensing group. In this team Darren developed and managed CSIRO’s Australian Growth Partnership (AGP) program which is a $16 million initiative to invest in high-potential SMEs. With AGP now embedded in CSIRO Darren has for the last 12 months led the commercialisation of CSIRO’s high impact polymer technology, "RAFT". Darren is CSIRO’s nominee director on 2 early stage companies.

Expertise
  • Investment evaluation of technology based business, with particular expertise in the life-science domain
  • Deal structuring for equity and convertible note based placements into early stage companies
  • Complex in- and out- licensing of technology based IP
  • More than 5 years Non-executive Board experience