The Board of Optiscan Imaging Limited (ASX: OIL) (‘the Company’ or ‘OptiScan’) is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Robert Cooke as the non-executive Chair of the Company.
Robert is a highly strategic and results focussed private health care leader. With a 40+ year career in the health industry, his experience spans executive leadership of publicly listed and privately owned healthcare companies, and management of private and public hospitals in Australia, Asia and the UK. He has a proven track record in setting strategy and delivering successful outcomes for stakeholders and shareholders, highly effective interaction with the financial community, and holds a unique understanding of the complex dynamics of the health care industry.
Robert is the former Managing Director & CEO of Healthscope, one of Australia’s leading private hospital, medical centre and pathology operators between 2010 and 2017. He is currently a non-executive director of Icon Group and Evercare Group. Icon Group is an operator of cancer centres, specialist services, pharmacy management, compounding, remote care, research and health screening services in Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Mainland China, Vietnam and New Zealand. The Evercare Group is a leading impact driven healthcare group in emerging markets. The Group operates across South East Asia and Africa with 30 hospitals, 16 clinics and 82 diagnostic centres.
Mr Cooke said: “I am excited to join the Board of the Company as the Chair and to support the current team at OptiScan in the next stage of its dynamic growth plans. With its collaborations with world-class research and medical institutions, the Company is well-placed to embark on the global commercialisation of its world- leading technology in Oral cancer screening and surgery as well as pursuing additional clinical applications.
The ability of OptiScan’s unique confocal technology to provide instantaneous, live imaging at a cellular level has the opportunity to revolutionise cancer screening and surgical practices with the resulting benefits for patient care”.
Following the appointment of Mr Cooke, Darren Lurie will become the Managing Director of the Company.
Mr Lurie said: “it is a fantastic opportunity for OptiScan to secure someone of Mr Cooke’s capabilities and track record to lead our board. His knowledge of international corporate activity and multiple aspects of the health care sector including private health, pathology, pharmacy, radiology and IVF will provide enormous benefit to the Company.”
Further details of remuneration for the Non-executive Chairman and Managing Director are included at Annexure A of this announcement.
OptiScan is a global leader in the development of microscopic imaging and related technologies for surgery and medical research. Based in Victoria, Australia, Optiscan was established in 1994, and listed on the ASX in 1997 (ASX: OIL). OptiScan has developed and patented endomicroscopic technology which enables real-time, 3D, ‘in vivo’ imaging of human tissue at the cellular level – instant “virtual biopsies” for cancer screening, diagnoses and in surgery.