What We Do
Cardihab™ is a digital health company that exists to help patients reach optimal health when at risk of, or living with, heart disease. Our scientifically validated Digital Cardiac Rehabilitation (DCR) solution uses smartphone apps and web portals to give clinicians the ability to deliver more convenient, flexible and engaging cardiac rehabilitation services to patients. Our solution has been demonstrated to increase cardiac rehabilitation uptake, adherence and completion rates, which means better outcomes for patients, clinicians and health service administrators.
Cardihab Pty Ltd is a spinoff company from Australia’s leading publicly funded science organisation, the Commonwealth Science & industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). Cardihab was incorporated in February 2016 as the commercialisation vehicle for mobile health (m-health) research at the Australian E-Health Research Centre (AEHRC) - a joint venture between CSIRO and Queensland Health. Cardihab completed the CSIRO ON and HCF Catalyst accelerator programs and its shareholders include Artesian Capital Management, Uniseed and CSIRO (on behalf of AEHRC).
Gus Taddeo - Chief Executive Officer
Gus has been an experienced executive and CEO within the medical, healthcare and technology sectors for almost 30 years. A diverse experience in developing local and overseas markets with a strong business development and client partnering focus. CEO of Cook Medical for ten years during which time served on the Medical Technology Association Board, including being Chair. Gus continues to serve on several NFP boards and hold qualifications in Radiography and a Masters of Business Administration.
Simon McBride - Chief Technology Officer
Simon has over 20 years of experience in the software industry in research and early stage companies, including 12 years in the health IT sector. Simon’s skill set encompasses product management (certified Scrum Product Owner and Scrum Master), agile software development, devops and wrangling software developers. Simon holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in computing and a Master of Business Administration. He is a member of the IEEE CS, HISA and ACHI.
Board of Directors
Ms Alice Evans
Alice Evans is an experienced executive having worked in the Health and Health technologies sector as a Board Chair, CEO, Physiotherapist and Manager, and in the Mining and Resources sector within GroundProbe as a Board Director and Executive General Manager leading the delivery of corporate services internationally. Alice is noted for her ability to lead and motivate others through her transformational leadership style. Alice completed her MBA in 2012 and was awarded as the 2016 MBA Alumni Ambassador in recognition of her business and community leadership, and ongoing contribution to the MBA program and UQ Business School.
Dr John Rivers
Dr John Rivers is a practising cardiologist and founding member of the Queensland Cardiovascular Group. John has extensive experience in business development and governance in the healthcare industry. He has a long term interest in medical quality systems, particularly clinician driven systems for measuring and improving patient outcomes, including the interface with clinical governance. He is a previous board member and Commissioner of the Health Quality and Complaints Commission of Queensland. John is an active member of the Brisbane Angels group.
Natasha Rawlings is an Investment Manger at Uniseed – an early stage commercialisation fund supported by four outstanding Australian universities and CSIRO. Before joining Uniseed, Natasha was a tech entrepreneur who led, founded and mentored early and mid-stage tech start-ups, with a particular focus on creating revenue through sales and marketing. Before startups, Natasha had a successful career as a marketer holding top management positions in Australian and UK companies including Marketing Director of International Masters Publishers (publishing), Guthy-Renker (cosmetics and fitness), and was a Senior Manager in corporate innovation/ new revenue streams at News Corporation in the UK. Natasha holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology, Sydney.
Ms Ellen Gorissen
Ellen Gorissen is Commercialisation Director at CSIRO. Ellen's qualifications are in engineering and business and she has an outstanding track record in operations, strategy and business development and technology commercialisation spanning more than 20 years. She worked as a chemical engineer in the resources industry before moving into investment banking where she advised on mergers, acquisitions and equity capital market transactions. In recent years she has applied her skills to technology commercialisation. Her passion is bringing new technologies to market and working with start ups and new ventures.
Cardihab Advisory Team
The Cardihab™ Advisory Team (CAT) provides guidance and advice to the management team on various aspects of Cardihab’s business and markets.
Professor Darren Walters
Professor Darren Walters MBBS, MPhil, FRACP, FCSANZ, FSCAI is one of Australia’s leading interventional cardiologists in the field of structural heart disease, Director of Cardiology at The Prince Charles Hospital and a Professor of Medicine at the University of Queensland. He is also Executive Chair of The Prince Charles Hospital Heart and Lung Institute and has held numerous other executive director roles in the public health sector. Professor Walters contributes to international prospective randomised trials and investigator driven translational research in interventional cardiology, is the author of more than 150 peer reviewed papers, abstracts and book chapters, and is a regular speaker at leading international conferences.
Dr Rob Grenfell
Dr Rob Grenfell MBBS, MPH, FAFPHM joined CSIRO in June 2016 as the Health Director of the Health and Biosecurity Business Unit. Rob was previously the National Medical Director of Bupa Australia and New Zealand. He has also held roles as the National Director of Cardiovascular Health at the Heart Foundation and as the Strategic Health Advisor to Parks Victoria and previously a Senior Medical Advisor at the Department of Health Victoria. As a practicing GP, Dr Grenfell maintained an isolated rural general practice in Natimuk, Victoria for 13 years until June 2011.
Dr Marlien Varnfield
Dr Marlien Varnfield MSc, PhD is a research scientist at the Australian E-Health Research Centre. Marlien’s research focus is the evaluation of health-care program implementation, specifically self-management care-models. Her PhD research involved two ICT-supported home-care models in the management of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Marlien has been a faculty member of the Third European Congress on eCardiology and eHealth and is a member of the Australian Cardiac Rehabilitation Association (ACRA) and Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA).
Ms Tanya Hall
Tanya Hall is the founder and CEO hearts4heart – a national organisation supporting, educating and advocating for Australians who, like her, live with heart disease. Through Tanya’s hard work and advocacy, hearts4heart has grown exponentially and is now seen as an expert voice in the field of patient education and support for heart disease and arrhythmia’s. Tanya is often called upon to present at clinician, research and industry conferences and contacted by the media to contribute to cardiac related stories. Tanya is involved in a number of cardiac committees across Australia including the Cardiac Devices Registry Steering Committee of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand.
Mr Mark Heinemeyer
Mark Heinemeyer is an experienced US healthcare CEO, CCO, CMSO executive. He is recognized for taking companies and products to market in ways that are fresh and compelling. Mark’s goal is to continuously elevate and accelerate the adoption of reliable solutions that support effective & efficient medicine while improving the patient experience. Specialties: Customer discovery, validation and development for early stage companies, products or verticals. Product experience: Digital health, telemedicine, value-based care, informatics, clinical software, medical devices, MDI, genomics, managed care, disease management, patient engagement and adherence.