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The Cordis Global Medical Technology Fund pairs rigorous investment analysis with built-for-purpose medtech insights. The insights are provided by the Medical Advisory Panel (MAP) and forms a key competitive advantage when investing in the highly technical and complex medical technology sector.

The MAP is comprised of highly qualified physicians, translational researchers and clinical engineers. The aggregate of their global networks and clinical insights provides a critical input to the investment team’s process. One that we believe is not replicated anywhere else in the investment industry. The MAP is a fundamental part of our team not just a resource to be called for comment, creating a highly integrated structure that places us in a position to be exceptional at what we do.

Investment team

James Cook

James Cook

Chief Investment Officer

Jacob Celermajer

Jacob Celermajer

Portfolio Manager

Michael Cartmill

Michael Cartmill

Co-founder & CEO

Medical advisory panel

The Cordis MAP is made up of physicians and translational scientists who are recognised as leaders in their respective fields. In their position as global leaders of clinical practice and academic research, they are able to provide invaluable and inimitable insights into therapy direction, technology feasibility and expected future treatment paradigms. We are also able to utilise their network of medical colleagues to add further depth and breadth to our investment process. These inputs are formalized in structured meetings and ad hoc calls as required by the portfolio management team, tightly integrating this source of data into our investment process.

The ultimate goal of the Medical Advisory Panel is to add a unique edge to our portfolio. If we execute correctly, we believe that this aspect of our investment process will be able to generate repeatable excess returns for our investors.

Michael

Professor Michael Vallely

Cordis co-founder and Chair of the MAP

David

Professor David Celermajer

Cardiologist, Sydney
Mack

Dr Michael Mack

Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Texas, USA

John

Professor John Fraser

Intensive Care Specialist, Researcher, Founder & head of the multi-disciplinary Critical Care Research Group (CCRG), Brisbane

Toshimasa

Dr Toshimasa Okabe

Cardiac Electrophysiologist, Ohio, USA

The Cordis Board

Donal O’Dwyer

Donal O’Dwyer

Chair of the Board
Michael

Professor Michael Vallely

Cordis co-founder and Chair of the MAP

Tom

Tom Bignill

Non-executive Director

Innovative medical therapies

These opportunities may involve early-stage ventures, unexplored markets, or underappreciated trends that have the potential to redefine industries and create new sources of returns.

Emerging opportunities need to be defined by a combination of hard criteria.

Strong management

For emerging opportunity companies, we look for management teams with a proven track record in scaling an idea into a business. Many of these companies are still run by founders, and while this is not a requirement, a strategic long-term plan to deliver strongly defendable market positioning while growing towards positive earnings and increasing shareholder wealth is. 

Disruptive innovation

Emerging opportunities often stem from disruptive innovation, breakthrough technologies, or paradigm shifts that challenge existing business models and create new market dynamics. They may involve frontier technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, genomics, or renewable energy.

Untapped markets

We like to look at underserved or overlooked markets with latent demand and untapped potential. These arise from changing consumer behaviours, evolving regulatory landscapes, or demographic shifts that create new market niches or unmet needs.

Risk-reward profile

Investments in emerging opportunities typically carry higher risk due to uncertainty, market volatility, and execution challenges. However, they also offer the potential for outsized returns for early movers who can identify and capitalize on nascent trends before they become mainstream. 

Dynamic growth, strong discipline

This Strategy is very dynamic and exciting. We are looking here for disruptive business models, revolutionary products, or transformative technologies. While high-growth investments offer the potential for substantial returns, they also entail higher risk.

High growth needs a very strong and disciplined approach.

Strong management

For high growth companies, we love management teams with a proven track record of product commercialization and driving scalable growth. It is important at this stage of a company’s lifecycle that management is able to coherently and concisely communicate with investors and outline the path to profitability that we require. Cordis uses a unique scorecard to measure and assess Management trust and attitude towards long term value versus short term profit. An awareness of generating shareholder value can be an important factor is assessing management strategy at this juncture.

Expanding addressable market

These companies target large and expanding addressable markets with significant growth potential. They may capitalize on emerging trends, demographic shifts, or global megatrends driving demand for their offerings.

Scalable business model

High-growth companies possess scalable business models capable of rapidly growing operations, entering new markets, and capturing market share without proportionately increasing costs. They may benefit from network effects, platform economies, or leverage digital distribution channels for rapid expansion.

Agile and adaptive

High-growth companies are agile and adaptive, capable of quickly responding to market dynamics, customer feedback, and competitive pressures.

Long-term compounding returns

These companies typically have strong fundamentals, stable cash flows, and competitive advantages that enable them to generate consistent profits. Their policy tends to be to reinvest profits back into the business for further growth, allowing compounding effect to accelerate earnings and free cash flow.

Strong management

Earnings compounders are often led by capable and shareholder-friendly management teams that prioritize long-term value creation over short-term gains. They make strategic decisions focused on sustainable growth, prudent capital allocation, and shareholder returns. Cordis uses a unique scorecard to measure and assess Management trust and attitude towards long term value versus short term profit.

Stable business model

Companies with a predictable and resilient business model that generates recurring revenue streams are often considered earnings compounders. They tend to operate in industries with steady demand for their essential products, driving consistent profitability.

Competitive advantage

This is specifically hard to assess. The strong team at Cordis allows us to identify companies that typically possess durable competitive advantages such as strong brands, intellectual property, proprietary technology, or economies of scale that protect their market position and profitability against competitors.

Rock solid balance sheet

This is a non-negotiable. We want to be able to sleep easy at night, and can do so knowing the strength of the cumulative balance sheet of our portfolio. A solid balance sheet allows protection during the inevitable periods when external factors go wrong, and flexibility to be opportunistic when those rare chances arise. 

Investment Committee Former MD of Medtronic in ANZ

Tim is an international business leader with 30 years of diversified experience as a member of executive leadership teams at two global MedTech conglomerates, Medtronic and Boston Scientific. He has a proven track record of delivering results, substantially increasing revenues and operating profit across Australia & New Zealand, the Asia Pacific region and globally.

Executive Director and Chairman of Investment Committee

Donal has over 35 years of experience in the medical device/healthcare sector – initially as a senior executive in the global cardiovascular and medical devices industries and more recently as a Non-Executive Director. He was global President for Cordis Cardiology, a division of Johnson & Johnson’s Cordis Corporation. He was previously the European President of the Cardiovascular Group of Baxter Healthcare, now Edwards Lifesciences and formerly a director of Cochlear. Donal is currently on the Board of Directors of several Healthcare and Medical Device companies, including Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, Mesoblast and NIB Health Funds.

Intensive Care, Device VC Brisbane

John is a medical disruptor, who started Australia’s largest multi-disciplinary research group - Critical Care Research Group - based in the country’s largest cardiothoracic centre in the region, The Prince Charles Hospital. He has built a team of more than 80 leading clinicians, engineers, scientists and economists with global links – connected to all of the major cardiothoracic hospitals across Queensland, Australia, and the world. He has been a serial entrepreneur working with leaders in medicine, engineering, science and industry in a truly global network of mature collaborations. He simultaneously runs Australia’s first ever international Centre for Research Excellence in Bionic Hearts and Lungs. Professor Fraser has published over 400 peer-reviewed publications (including NEJM, Circulation, Lancet, AJRCCM, JACC) and has earned in excess of $41 Million AUD in competitive grants.

Cardiovascular Surgery, Texas

Mike is a cardiovascular surgeon and the Director of the Cardiovascular Service Line at Baylor Scott & White Health System, Chairman of the Board of Baylor Scott & White Research Institute in Dallas, Texas and co-chair of the Heart Valve Collaboratory. He has been in practice since 1982 and performed thousands of cardiac surgeries, of which well over 4,000 have involved heart valve procedures. He is one of the key global figures at the forefront of Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), having been a pioneer since the early days of this life-changing procedure. Michael has also authored or co-authored over 750 publications in peer-reviewed journals. He sat on the Board of the American College of Cardiology Foundation from 2015-2019 and has previously served as President of the Society for Thoracic Surgeons, Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education, Southern Thoracic Surgical Association and the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery.

Cardiologist, Sydney

David is an experienced Advisor and Investor in the Medical Devices area. He is the Founder of Corvia Inc (a Boston based cardiac devices company) and the Founder and Chief Medical Officer of the Brain Protection Company. He is a former University Medallist in Medicine from the University of Sydney, Rhodes Scholar and since 2014, has been an Officer of the Order of Australia. He has been involved in supporting and advising many successful MedTech companies, in Australia and the USA, over the last 20 years. David is Professor of Cardiology and Head of the Discipline of Cardiology at The University of Sydney and an Academic Cardiologist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. In addition to these roles, David is also the Clinical Director of the Heart Research Institute and serves on the Board of Directors of Heart Kids Australia. He has been a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science since 2006 and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science since 2018. David sits on the Editorial Boards of many of the world’s leading Cardiology Journals, including the European Heart Journal, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and Heart. He has published over 400 papers, with career citations of over 60,000 and an H-index of over 100. In recognition of this, he was awarded the inaugural Charles Blackburn Medal from the University of Sydney in 2019, for outstanding Clinical Research.

Founder and Chairman of the Medical Advisory Panel

Michael is one of the founding partners of Cordis Asset Management. He is currently a Professor of Surgery & Surgical Director of Structural Heart at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Michael has a special interest in elderly and high-risk patients, anaortic off-pump coronary bypass surgery, transcatheter and open-heart valve surgery, minimally invasive heart & lung surgery, and electrophysiological device implants (e.g. pacemakers, defibrillators, and CRT). He has authored or co-authored more than 130 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals, multiple book chapters and has been active in international clinical trials and first-in-man procedures and device trials. Professor Vallely is an Industry Advisor with the McKinsey and a consultant to Medtronic and other medical technology firms.

Chief Investment Officer

James formerly the Chief Investment Officer at U Ethical Investors, having worked for over 20 years in global equities investing. He has been involved at all levels of equities analysis, with a proven track record of consistently strong investment performance over rolling three year periods. James brings a wealth of experience in asset management to our team given his significant skill set.

Medical Device Specialist

Michael is an active clinical engineer for medical device start-ups and a Founder and shareholder of Cordis. Michael has 10 years of global industry experience in Healthcare Informatics and Cardiovascular Device Technology. His industry experiences span senior management and technical roles with major medical technology companies, giving him invaluable insight into the companies we concern ourselves with.

Senior Equity Analyst

Jacob joined Cordis at its inception as an equity analyst, quickly becoming an instrumental part of the portfolio construction process. He has 10 years of experience analysing companies and as a stockbroker, after beginning his career in the Equity Team at Deutsche Bank in Sydney, where he covered both domestic and international Healthcare companies as a part of the local sales team. Jacob has a Bachelor of Commerce and Engineering with Honours from the University of Sydney and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Investment Committee

Simon has over 40 years’ experience in portfolio, wealth and investment management in Sydney, London and Chicago with ANZ, Credit Suisse, J.P. Morgan and Mercantile House. He is a former Portfolio Manager for ANZ Optimix and Head of Alternative Investments for ANZ Wealth. Simon is currently a Trustee at the Centenary Foundation for Medical Research at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. He is a former Managing Director of Credit Suisse, Head of Alternative Investments for Asset Management, Co-Head of the European Pension Advisory and Structuring Group, Co-Head of Fund-Linked (Hedge Fund) Products, Global Head of Commodity Marketing and former Director of Advice for Life Pty Ltd, Capricorn Financial Advisors Pty Ltd, Financial Lifestyle Solutions, the London Gold Fixing and on the Markets Committee of the UK National Association of Pension Funds Investment Council. 

Cardiac Electrophysiologist, Ohio, USA

Dr Toshimasa Okabe is originally from Japan where he obtained his medical degree from University of Tokyo in 2006. He then completed his internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. During his time at Thomas Jefferson University, he was the recipient of several awards, including the best teaching resident and the best teaching fellow award. Dr Okabe also received a master of science degree in clinical investigation from Thomas Jefferson University in 2014. He went on to complete his cardiac electrophysiology fellowship at the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Dr Okabe joined the faculty at the Ohio State University in 2016, and is currently Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine. He is American Board of Internal Medicine certified in Cardiovascular Disease and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology. Dr Okabe has authored or co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications, and 4 book chapters, and has presented at numerous national and international meetings.

Dr Okabe’s areas of special interest are complex catheter ablation of various arrhythmias, ablation of epicardial ventricular tachycardia, fluoroscopy reduction techniques, and novel leadless pacing technologies.

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Marketing Coordinator

Melissa’s experience in marketing and communication over the past 5 years expands over the Finance, Wellness and Arts industries, working in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Director of Operations

Rudi is the Founder and Managing Director for Paradigm Global Solutions, which designs innovative technology and administrative solutions for financial services. He is also a co-founder and joint-CEO for Latus Solutions. Prior to this, he acted as a director and Chief Technology Officer for Equinox and Tradestream in South Africa.

General Counsel and Company Secretary 

Megan has over 30 years of legal experience and is currently a legal contractor for AMP Australia. Prior to AMP, she acted as legal counsel for Zurich Financial Services Australia and Macquarie Group for twenty years, across various financial services businesses. Formerly, she has practised as a tax lawyer for KPMG and Touche Ross.

Andrew Inwood is the founder of the CoreData Group and brings with him deep knowledge of the financial services industry. CoreData is a financial services research and consulting business which owns CoreData and CoreData Research and has operations in Australia, the UK, the USA and the Philippines. He focuses on the area of Behavioural Economics, with a particular interest in the process of trust transfer between individuals and corporations.

Non Executive Director and Director of Marketing and Distribution 

Thomas has over 25 years’ experience in Wealth Management and Asset Management, at Bankers Trust, Merrill Lynch, Bell Potter and Next Financial before Co-founding Mason Stevens in 2011. As Managing Director of Mason Stevens, Thomas worked across the Asset Management and Wealth Management business and was responsible for driving its distribution into the advisory channels. In 2019, he became Co-Chief Investment Officer. Over the last 2 decades he has advised Family Office, HNW clients and worked closely with Advisory groups on managing investments across all asset classes. He currently is the Chair of Investment Committee for Norwest Asset Management, and is a director of private investment advisory firm Tenix Capital.

Non Executive Director, Investment Committee

Stephen has 30 years’ experience in leadership roles across globally recognised blue-chip investment, superannuation and financial services companies at CEO or Senior Executive level. He is currently Chairman of Growth Farms Ltd, a Non-Executive Director of AMP Superannuation Limited and Longreach Wealth Pty Ltd, a Member of the Supervisory Board of Pyrolyx AG, Germany and a Member of the Leadership Council of Social Ventures Australia. He was formerly CEO of Mercer Investments Asia Pacific and Russell Investment Consulting in Australia. Stephen brings a wealth of experience in investment consulting and asset management to our Board given his significant senior executive and non-executive board experience across Asia Pacific. Stephen has proven track record of successfully leading people and organisations through period of exceptional growth and change.