Management Team

Team memberRolePhone
Professor Helena Teede Co-Director +61 3 8572 2644
Professor John Forsythe Co-Director +61 3 9905 9609
Dr Jason Smythe Chief Operating Officer (COO) +61 3 9905 0703
+61 (0) 407 421 851
Professor Jeffrey Rosenfeld Non-executive Director +61 3 9905 4202

Professor Helena Teede

Helena Teede

Co-Director
Monash Institute of Medical Engineering (MIME)

Professor Helena Teede is Executive Director of Monash Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre. She led the establishment and was the inaugural chair of the Australian Health Research Alliance, across all NHMRC accredited Centres. She is the Director of Monash Partners Academic Health Science Centre and of the Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation, School of Public Health, Monash University. She is an Endocrinologist at Monash Health and an NHMRC Practitioner Fellow. Professor Teede has held leadership roles in health care, research, translation, policy settings, and with the not for profit sector. She is a member of the Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. She undertakes large scale research and translation in clinical research, data driven healthcare improvement and epidemiology, and public health including use of IT in healthcare innovation. Professor Teede is the chair of the Australian Health Research Alliance data driven healthcare improvement initiative and was recently appointed as the co-director of the Monash Institute of Medical Engineering where she will provide strategic leadership and research direction

Professor John Forsythe

John Forsythe

Co-Director
Monash Institute of Medical Engineering (MIME)

Professor John Forsythe is a research leader in the field of biomaterials engineering - particularly in the area of neural tissue engineering which explores the use of biomaterials and cells to rewire neural circuitry following injury. His extensive experience in biomaterials has laid the foundation for the development of injectable and nanostructured scaffolds to reduce inflammation in the brain and promote nerve regeneration. His research shows great promise to improve the lives of individuals with stroke, traumatic brain injury and neurodegeneration and is also highly relevant to new bionic devices.

Professor Forsythe has led numerous ARC and NHRMC funded research programs in innovative biomaterials and was previously a chief investigator in the Monash Vision Group (MVG). He has worked with industry and multi-disciplinary teams and held leadership roles in the CRC for Polymers where he worked closely with industry partners and received awards for commercialisation.

Professor Forsythe has received research funding in excess of $20M and has directed large, multi-disciplinary research programs to successful outcomes. Professor Forsythe enjoys mentoring and educating students in biomedical engineering, as well as working on projects that have great life and world-changing potential.

Dr Jason Smythe BSc (Hons) PhD Grad.Cert.Mgmt. AFAIM FAICD

Jason Smythe

Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Monash Institute of Medical Engineering (MIME)

Dr Jason Smythe is the senior administrator of the Institute responsible for all operational, partnership, business development and commercialisation activities of MIME. Jason has over 25 year’s senior business management and commercialisation experience in the Australian and USA biomedical and biotechnology sectors. He is highly experienced in business operations having held Chief Operations Officer (COO) positions in two commercial biotechnology companies, and as Officer in Charge for the CSIRO Life Sciences Facility (NSW). Jason has extensive intellectual property management and commercialisation experience, partnership management expertise, and proven skills in new business lead-conversion having directly delivered over $50 million in external income to the Faculty of Medicine at Monash University while Senior Business Development Manager for three years prior to joining MIME, and $44 million to the Faculty of Medicine at The University of Melbourne while Senior Business Development Manager at that Institution.

Jason is accomplished in strategic and operational planning; business analysis and financial management; commercialisation; project management and marketing; knowledge and intellectual property management; personnel management, implementing culture-change and establishing commercially productive and output-focussed teams. He holds a BSc (Hons) degree from Monash University, a PhD from the Faculty of Medicine at The University of Melbourne, Graduate Management qualifications from the Australian Graduate School of Management (Sydney University), and is an elected Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (AFAIM) and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD). He currently hold appointments with two Federal Government Advisory Committees (GTTAC), and has been a Director of a number of successful biotechnology and commercial companies.


Professor Jeffrey Rosenfeld AC OBE

Jeffrey Rosenfeld

Non-executive Director
Monash Institute of Medical Engineering (MIME)

Professor Jeffrey Rosenfeld is now not responsible for overall leadership of the Institute. He has a particular focus on overall clinical leadership of Institute activities, and ensuring close integration with our hospital partners, development of the clinical nodes of MIME, and strong participation by top clinicians in the definition and joint leadership of MIME research programs. Jeffrey also plays a leading role in philanthropic engagement.

Professor Rosenfeld is one of Australia’s top academic neurosurgeons. In addition to being Director of Monash Institute of Medical Engineering (MIME), he is

  • Senior Neurosurgeon, Department of Neurosurgery, The Alfred.
  • Adjunct Professor in Surgery at the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of The Health Sciences (USUHS), Bethesda, Maryland, USA, Honorary Professor of Neurosurgery Longgang Central Hospital, Shenzhen China and Honorary Professor in Neurosurgery, University of Papua New Guinea (PNG).
  • Major General, Australian Defence Force.
  • a principal investigator in the Monash Bionic Vision Group.

His research interests include: Brain machine interface, Medical bionics, Electrode design, Neurotrauma, Application of stem cell technologies to brain and spine, and Military medicine applications. His capabilities include Design and implantation of intracranial, intra-spinal devices (human and animal), Clinical trials, Medical robotics, Ethics of medtech applications, Military Medicine, Surgery and Neurosurgery.