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Our Mission

Move the power of analytical chemistry out of the laboratory and into the hands of those who need it.

About Us

For over fifteen years, we’ve been developing portable and accurate analytical devices that put the power of the laboratory in the hands of professionals worldwide. With our origins in medical diagnostics, we are broadening our horizons to the wine industry starting with the Sentia™ free SO₂ system. If you need fast results you can rely on, we have the solution for you.

John Sharman has extensive international business experience as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ASX-listed companies and private equity businesses operating in Australia, the UK, Europe, Asia and the US. He holds a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University and Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University.

Favorite wine type and food and pairing
Pinot Noir with Spanish tapas.

Chief Executive Officer
John Sharman

Salesh Balak has been our Chief Financial Officer since November 2006 and as a director of Universal Biosensors Pty Ltd since September 2010. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Economics and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and Certified Practicing Accountants.

Favorite wine type and food pairing
Shiraz with lamb or duck.

Chief Financial Officer
Salesh Balak

Nicholas Bliesner holds a Bachelor of Business (major in Global Logistics & Transport) and a Master in Business (Supply Chain Management) from Victoria University.  Nick is highly experienced in business development and operations management, including third-party logistics, warehousing and supply chain management. Nick leads the manufacturing, engineering, quality and risk teams to ensure product is delivered to you at the right time with quality promised.

Favourite wine and food pairing
Chardonnay and Oysters.
Aged Barossa Shiraz and Steak.

Head of Operations
Nicholas Bliesner

Ann Chew plays a key role in managing team performances as well as supporting current and future business needs. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University (majoring in Accounting), is a qualified Certified Practising Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor.

Favorite wine and food pairing
Grenache with seafood.

Head of HR & Internal Audit
Ann Chew

Luke Cossins holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Computer Science as well as a Master’s in Biomedical Science both from Monash University. Luke leads a team of scientists that research, develop and commercialize new tests for the wine and other industries.

Luke’s ability to transform the concept of ‘point of care’ testing into the wine industry has been crucial in the birth of Sentia™. His scientific knowledge combined with increased business acumen has been pivotal in developing the Sentia™ system to the same standards as demanded by the medical device industry.

Favorite wine and food pairing
Pinot Gris with pan-fried monkfish or rockling.

Head of Research & Development
Luke Cossins

Steve Todhunter holds a Bachelor of Economics from Sydney University plus a Graduate Diploma in Wine Business from Adelaide University. With an extensive background in FMCG liquor, he has many years of experience in premium wine and understands first-hand the passion of winemakers for their craft and the pursuit of making better wine.

Favorite wine and food pairing:
Gerwurtztraminer and massaman curry.

Sales & Marketing Manager
Stephen Todhunter