Our Experts

We are experts in medicinal cannabis and therapeutic medicines, including market access, education, clinical research and practice. Our aim is to provide quality medicines to support clinical practice and support with better patient outcomes.

Jo Patterson

Chief Executive Officer

Jo Patterson is a strategic marketer with over 20 years’ exposure both in Australia and overseas. She has developed a number of businesses from start-up as well as driving established organisations towards growth and merger trajectories. She has been officially recognised as a successful business executive by winning a number of key business awards and her acumen is evidenced in the success of previous companies in the technology, advertising and beauty sectors.

Jo has held multiple CEO and Managing Director roles over her career, and in addition, she contributes philanthropic time to organisations such as The Cerebral Palsy Alliance and Fighting Chance. These wide and diverse experiences led her to found Bod Australia in 2014.

Dr. Adele Hosseini

Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Adele Hosseini has over 18 years’ experience leading the delivery of successful clinical trials including first in human pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Dr. Hosseini has also been involved in many aspects of healthcare including academia such as university lecturing, product development within pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device. She is a pioneer in the Australian medicinal cannabis industry-leading Bod Australia’s Scientific Advisory Board and research program. Over the last three years Dr. Hosseini has developed a deep understanding of medicinal cannabis and continues the strategic direction and development of clinical trials and programs for pharmaceutical cannabis for multiple therapeutic indications.

Craig Weller

Chief Operating Officer

Craig Weller has over 20 years’ experience in pharmaceutical and therapeutic goods sales & marketing. He originally trained and worked as a clinical dietitian before moving into the pharmaceutical and plant medicine industries. He has held multiple leadership roles and has extensive experience operating pharmaceutical led companies.

Michael Clark

General Manager (Europe, Middle East Africa)

Michael Clark, General Manager has a track record of defining and implementing successful strategy across diverse markets, within Healthcare, to deliver year on year growth. Gained over 25 years expertise in international leadership roles across EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) driving success within the pharmaceutical and FMCG sectors.

Despina Lord

Head of Market Access and Medical Science Liaison

Despina Lord has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare practice, education and marketing working with practitioners and patients to deliver better patient outcomes through collaborative evidence-based practice. Despina is passionate about supporting practitioners with knowledge and insight enabling informed decision making with their patients based on person-centred care principles. As a trained and experienced Medical Herbalist, Naturopath and Nutritionist with extensive experience working with plant medicines including medicinal cannabis, supported with further Health Science qualifications and a Masters of Health Leadership and Management, University of Wollongong, Despina provides valuable support to both practitioners and patients.

Dr. Dilara Bahceci

PhD, Science Communications Manager

Dr. Bahceci is a cannabinoid pharmacologist and neuroscientist who completed her PhD in 2019 at the University of Sydney, under the supervision of Associate Professor Jonathon Arnold and Professor Iain McGregor. Her research focused on understanding how the endocannabinoid system is altered in epilepsy and in the preclinical development of cannabinoid-based therapeutics for the treatment of both the seizure and behavioural symptoms of childhood epilepsies. She has extensive expertise in the endocannabinoid system and in the pharmacology of both individual cannabinoids and full-spectrum plant extracts. Dilara is also a passionate science communicator and educator.

Laura Smith

Head of Technical and Research and Development

Laura is a Chemical Engineer experienced in the manufacturing and development of a range of topical applications. She is experienced in product development, Quality Assurance, Process Engineering and Chemistry.