TEAM

Investing with an
experienced team

The Cordis Global Medical Technology Fund’s key competitive advantage is afforded by the Cordis Medical Advisory Panel and the Medical Device Industry Specialists, who provide us with a technical edge in the complex and niche investment field of medical devices.

The Cordis Medical Advisory Panel and the Medical Device Industry Specialists are a working team comprised of a judicious selection of highly qualified physicians, translational researchers, clinical engineers, and medical device industry experts from around the world, most affiliated to universities and research institutes, who have operating theatre and device application experience and in particular are early adopters of advanced medical devices in their own practices and research facilities.

PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT TEAM

Simon Ford

Managing Director

Jacob Celermajer

Senior Equity Analyst

Michael Cartmill

Medical Device Specialist

James Cook

Investment Committee

MEDICAL ADVISORY PANEL - INIMITABLE CLINICAL INSIGHTS

As investors we are passionate and optimistic about the future of Medical Technology, but Cordis is more than just a group of investment analysts. Our team also includes a panel of medical professionals, globally recognised as leaders in their field. This is what we refer to as the Cordis Medical Advisory Panel. The Medical Advisory Panel is a team of leading physicians, translational researchers, clinical engineers, and medical device industry experts. Our Medical Advisory Panel is tightly integrated into our investment process, with formal quarterly meetings and more frequent informal discussions, which provide invaluable and inimitable insights into therapy direction, technology feasibility and expected future treatment paradigms.

Our Medical Advisory Panel is a fundamental part of our team, not just a resource to be called for comment. This highly integrated structure places us in a position to be exceptional at what we do.

In their position as global leaders of clinical practice and academic research, our Medical Advisory Panel will also be able to utilise their network of medical colleagues to add further depth and breadth to 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 unique aspect of our investment process will be able to generate repeatable excess returns for our investors.

Professor Michael
Vallely

Founder and Chairman of the Medical Advisory Panel

Professor David
Celermajer

Cardiologist, Sydney

Professor Michael
Mack

Cardiovascular Surgery, Texas

Professor John
Fraser

Intensive Care, Device VC
Brisbane

DEVICE INDUSTRY ADVISORY PANEL

Our Device Specialists are another part of our highly integrated investment process and are intimately involved in providing inputs and insights to the investment team. This group is made up of world class leaders in device development and growth, having been in leadership roles at many global medical behemoths, such as Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic, Cochlear, Fisher & Paykel and Baxter. Throughout tenured careers in the field, our team has gained expertise in the design, manufacture, protection and sale of medical devices, and thus know the processes that we evaluate intimately. It is this deep knowledge that sets the inputs of this panel apart, and adds significant alpha to our investment process.

Donal O’Dwyer

Executive Director and Chairman of Investment Committee

Tim Fortin

Investment Committee
Former MD of Medtronic in ANZ

LEGAL AND OPERATIONS

Megan Inwood

General Counsel and Company Secretary

Rudi Engelbrecht

Director of Operations

Melissa Vincent

Marketing Coordinator

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Managing Director

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. 

Email - simon.ford@cordisam.com

Senior Equity Analyst

Jacob has 5 years of experience analysing companies and as a stockbroker, after beginning his career in the Equity Team at Deutsche Bank in Sydney. 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).

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.

Investment Committee

James is 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.

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.

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.