“IP is an important asset of an innovative business. Strong patent protection is a vital first step towards extracting commercial value from an invention.”

With a background in molecular and plant biology, John brings considerable industry experience to Griffith Hack having started his career as a government research scientist, developing agricultural technologies for use in crop improvement. He has also worked in a global contract research organisation where he provided strategic regulatory affairs support to local and international businesses registering their chemical pesticide and veterinary medicine in Australia and New Zealand.

John’s background gives him a deep appreciation of the commitment required to take IP from an idea to market “R&D takes considerable investment in terms of both time and dollar value and it gives me great satisfaction seeing an idea develop into a useful commercial entity”.


  • PhD in Plant Biotechnology and Molecular Biology - University of Edinburgh
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biological Sciences (Immunology) - University of Edinburgh