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 Pty Ltd was incorporated in February 2016 as the commercialisation vehicle for mobile health (m-health) research at the Australian E-Health Research Centre (AEHRC). Cardihab Pty Ltd is a beneficiary of publically funded, world-first research conducted by the CSIRO and Queensland Health, the CSIRO ON and HCF Catalyst start-up accelerators and the contributions of many people over many years.


Leonore Ryan
Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer

Leonore’s career has centred on business, innovation and “getting things done”, with roles in innovation, commercialisation, business development and industry engagement. She has spun out 3 companies, managed the trade sale of another, and wound up a couple of others. She has also successfully negotiated numerous technology licences. Leonore holds a BSc(Hons) from the University of Sydney, an MBA from Melbourne Business School, and is a graduate member of the AICD.

Simon McBride
Co-founder, 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.

Craig Newton
Head, Sales and Marketing

Craig is a sales and marketing executive with over 25 years experience in the Medical Device, Pharmaceutical and Biotech sectors in Australasia, the Americas, Asia and Europe, including CSL and Serono. He has commercialised and sold medical and surgical products in a range of areas, including cardiovascular disease, haematology, cancer vaccines, IVF and immunology. Craig has a Bachelor of Applied Science and postgraduate Management and Marketing qualifications.


The Cardihab™ Advisory Team (CAT) provides guidance and advice to the management team on various aspects of Cardihab’s business and markets.

Dr John Rivers

Dr John Rivers BSc (Med), MBBS (Qld), FRACP is a Director of the Queensland Cardiovascular Group and Member of the St Andrew’s Medical Institute, with special interests in coronary artery disease, heart failure, echocardiography, and continuing medical education. Dr Rivers is currently a Visiting Medical Officer at the Mater Private Hospital and St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital; he also undertakes ambulatory clinics at Greenslopes Private Hospital and the Holy Spirit Northside Hospital. He is recognised as an expert in echocardiography, stress echocardiography and transoesophageal echocardiography and is an active in the Brisbane Angels investor group.

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).

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.

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.


Cardihab™ is currently being incubated by the CSIRO and mentored by Slingshot.


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