Scientific Advisors

Our scientific advisors have significant expertise in the pre-clinical and clinical development of multiple therapeutic drugs including drugs for respiratory diseases.

Michael Foley PhD


Mick is the founding scientist of AdAlta and a key inventor of AdAlta’s lead i-body candidate AD-114. Upon completion of his PhD he was awarded a Wellcome Training Fellowship and worked at the Walter and Elisa Hall Institute. In 1995 Mick was awarded an ARC QEII Fellowship where he established the phage display of antibodies and peptide technology as a means of answering fundamental questions of immunity to infectious diseases. Mick is an internationally recognized leader in phage display, the technology used to screen the i-body library to identify new drug candidates. Having published over 70 scientific publications Mick has received funding from ARC, NHMRC and NIH (US).

Brian Richardson PhD

Brian was most recently a member of The Leadership Team and The Global Head of The Musculoskeletal Disease Therapeutic Area at The Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research having previously held several other senior positions during a 42 year career in the pharmaceutical industry. Those positions included Deputy Head of Drug Safety, Head of Pathology and Experimental Toxicology, Head of Immunology, Inflammation and Respiratory Research as well as Senior Project Manager for the worldwide development of new therapies for metabolic, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases for Sandoz Pharma. Subsequently Brian was appointed Head of Preclinical Research in Switzerland and UK and played a key role in the merger of the Sandoz and Ciba Research organisations that ultimately resulted in the creation of The Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research. Research conducted in Brian’s laboratories has led to the discovery, development and introduction of several new therapies. He has published more than 60 original peer-reviewed research papers and contributed many book chapters in the fields of pathophysiology, endocrinology and receptor pharmacology.

David McGibney PhD

David is an experienced clinical and pharmaceutical development professional and runs his own lifescience consultancy practice. He previously held senior R&D positions at Pfizer, including SVP and Head of European R&D 1998-2001 and VP and Head of European Clinical Research and Regulatory Affairs 1992-1998. During his tenure at Pfizer, David was instrumental in the successful development and registration of numerous medicines, including Amlodipine (Norvasc™), Doxazosin (Cardura™), Fluconazole (Diflucan™), Sertraline (Zoloft™), Sildenafil (Viagra™), Dofetilde (Tikosyn™), Eletriptan (Relpax™), Voriconazole (VFend™), Trovafloxacin (Trovan™), Ziprasidone (Geodon™), Darifenacin (Enablex™), Azithromycin (Zithromax™), and Donepezil (Aricept™). From 2002-2004, David was Executive Director and Head of Drug Discovery and Development at Avidex Ltd. As a consultant to the pharmaceutical industry, he works closely with biotechnology companies, lifescience investors, and non-profit healthcare organizations, including Medicines for Malaria Venture (Chairman of Expert Scientific Advisory Committee and Member of Global Safety Board and Access and Product Management Advisory Committee), NightstaRx (Chairman of Development Advisory Board), Convergence Ltd (Board observer), Vantia Ltd (Chairman of Development Subcommittee) and Kalvista Ltd (Chairman of Advisory Committee). He is a clinical and product development advisor to Heptares Therapeutics as well as to venture investors Imperial Innovations, Apposite Capital, Abingworth, MVM Life Science Partners, Syncona Partners and Radius Ventures.

John Westwick PhD

John has extensive experience in drug discovery in the Pharmaceutical Industry and as a Professor of Pharmacology. With over 14 years at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, John was responsible for the build-up and leadership of all aspects of drug discovery and early development from target validation to the completion of proof of concepts in the respiratory area, which included severe asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis, pulmonary arterial hypertension, and pulmonary fibrosis. During his period of leadership at Novartis Respiratory, John was responsible for five global launches (Xolair, Podhaler, Onbrez, Seebri, and Ultibro). In addition he had 13 positive proof of concepts in respiratory, which include a number of compounds and monoclonal antibodies which are now in phase III clinical trials. John is currently visiting Professor at the NHLI, St Mary’s Campus, Imperial College London, working with Professor Peter Openshaw. In addition he works with pharmaceutical and biotechnoology companies in Europe as well as not for profit organisations such as Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (Seattle), Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi) Geneva, and Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3-D), Capetown.