About Us

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.

Our History

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).

Management Team

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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.

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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

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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.

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Dr Peter Devine

Peter Devine is the CEO of the Uniseed research venture fund.  Peter has extensive experience at board and executive management levels in the commercialisation of early stage technologies, having held senior R&D, business development and commercialisation positions in a number of Australian companies and Australian universities.  Before joining Uniseed, Peter was Vice President of Business Development at Progen Industries Ltd.  He was Research, Development and Commercialisation Manager at Brisbane-based PanBio Pty Ltd from 1996 to 2000 and also worked in business development at UniQuest Pty Ltd.

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Ms Ellen Gorissen

Ellen 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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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