Ian Maxwell has worked as a venture partner with A&B since the commencement of the ETF in 2003 and now co-directs the $51 million 2003 vintage pool of early stage technology investments with Roger Allen and Roger Buckeridge.
He draws upon an extensive background in technology commercialisation, management, and research, including founding CEO of RPO Pty Ltd (an ETF investee), VP business development & intellectual property for Redfern Photonics, Corporate R&D Manager at James Hardie Group, International R&D Manager and other line management roles at Memtec Ltd. His academic appointments have been founding CEO of the Sydney University Polymer Centre (now the Key Centre for Polymer Colloids) and senior lecturer and post-doctoral fellow at the University of Technology, Eindhoven, Netherlands.
Ian holds a PhD & BSc (Hons, 1st Class), from the School of Chemistry, University of Sydney and has completed management courses at Harvard Business School and IMD, Switzerland. He has received awards including the Corday Morgan-Rennie Medal Exchange Award (1997) of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) & the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and the Rennie Memorial Medal of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (1995). Ian has authored seven book chapters and more than thirty five research publications in business, material science, chemistry, biotechnology, biochemistry and polymer journals and holds more than thirty patent families in multi-media distribution, polymer materials, medical diagnostics, photonics, fibre-cement (products and production processes), membranes, filtration engineering and applications.