About the Team

Technical Director Tom van Wunnik, ND. RT. NU. has led his team of scientists and technical professionals to create natural health products based on scientific evidence-based research and traditional medicine. Ensuring that his team have a clinical and scientific approach in the different business areas (e.g. product development, quality control) has been fundamental at Max Biocare.

For nearly two decades, the Max Biocare team have dedicated themselves to formulating health products that make a difference in people's lives - 'Helping people live healthier and happier'. We take pride in our health products, and over the years have established Max Biocare as a trusted Australian brand for health professionals and consumers.

Tom van Wunnik, ND. RT. NU. Fellow of ANTA (since 1968)

Technical Director

Tom van Wunnik is one of the technical directors at Max Biocare. He has been involved in Research and Development in natural formulations since Max Biocare was established in 2000.

Tom is also a qualified Naturopath with over five decades of experience within the natural health industry. His passion for natural medicine began in 1968 when he opened his first clinic in Melbourne specialising in Natural Therapies, Nutrition, Iridology, Remedial Therapies. Tom has been a member of Australian Natural Therapist Association (ANTA) since 1968.

Most recently, Tom has continued to practice as a Natural Therapist in a clinical setting, keeping in contact with current health issues. He values the importance of innovation and formulates new health products to suit the needs of the community. Tom is passionate about expanding his professional knowledge and keeps up to date with industry changes and latest scientific research through the attendance of conferences and seminars.

In addition to general health and well-being areas, Tom has a particular interest in:

  • Fatigue and stress related ailments
  • Digestive and gut complications
  • Muscular and skeletal health
  • Children's health
  • Autoimmune conditions
  • Brain and Heart health

George Thouas, BSc, MRepSc, PhD

Head of Research and Development

George Thouas is an experienced biomedical senior scientist, with nearly two decades of experience in academic research. He heads the Research and Development team, overseeing new product development projects for different health conditions at Max Biocare.

George studied at Monash University, completing his Bachelor's degree in biochemistry and human anatomy. Having found his passion for scientific research, he furthered his education with a Doctoral degree specialising in cellular physiology and development. In his career as a research scientist, George has worked on research projects that include clinical IVF, reproductive and developmental biology, stem cell biology, molecular immunology, tissue engineering and biotechnology. He has authored and co-authored over 50 publications including a text book, book chapters, over 30 peer reviewed papers and several conference proceedings.

With his extensive background in scientific research, George has a special interest in developing formulations for male and female reproductive health, general health conditions that include musculoskeletal function, metabolic balance and immunity.

Shveta Mehta, BSc, MSc

Head of Regulatory Affairs

Shveta Mehta has an extensive background in analytical science, quality control and regulatory affairs, with close to 20 years of industry experience. She brings her expertise to Max Biocare and manages the Regulatory Affairs department. The responsibilities of her team include regulatory strategies, product life-cycle planning, evaluation of regulatory impact on proposed products, dossier preparation for product registration in local and international markets.

Shveta completed her Bachelor's of Science and Master's of Science, majoring in Microbiology at Punjab Agricultural University. Before specialising in regulatory affairs, she worked as a Chemist and Analytical Scientist at companies that include Sigma Pharmaceuticals, Mayne Pharmaceuticals and Catalent Pharma Solutions. Catalent Pharma Solutions is a leading provider of advanced technologies, development, manufacturing and packaging for pharmaceutical, biotechnology and consumer health products. It was at Catalent Pharma Solutions where Shveta transitioned her career path and moved in to regulatory affairs.

Shveta is passionate about her work in regulatory affairs because it is a versatile area, requiring in depth expertise about quality, manufacturing, product release, government regulations, which allows her to apply her technical knowledge and lead her team.

Leilani Paller, Bachelor of Science - Agriculture (Animal Nutrition)

Quality Assurance Manager

Leilani Paller has close to 20 years of experience in Science and Quality Assurance. At Max Biocare, Leilani works as a Quality Assurance Manager and specialises in ensuring compliance with the TGA regulatory standards, preparation of technical dossiers and approval of manufacturing and packaging specifications.

She completed her Bachelor of Science degree at University of the Philippines, with a major in Agriculture - Animal Nutrition in 1997. In 2000, Leilani furthered her education by completing post graduate studies in Animal Nutrition. She commenced her career as an Animal Nutritionist in a Commercial Feed Toll manufacturing company in the Philippines. From 2007 to 2015, Leilani was a Quality Assurance Officer and Associate at Probiotec Limited. Her responsibilities included quality assurance and control, auditing batch documentation for product release and preparation of master formulation for products.

Leilani is passionate about her work at Max Biocare because she is able to use her extensive experience in Regulatory and Quality Assurance.

Mark Waddingham, BBiomedSci (Pharm Sci), BSc (Hons), PhD

Research and Development Associate

Mark Waddingham is an experienced research scientist with a special interest in health conditions that include obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. He joined Max Biocare in 2016 as a Research and Development Associate to work with the team on new product development projects.

Mark completed a bachelor of biomedical science at RMIT University in 2010 and subsequently undertook a PhD research scholarship at the University of Melbourne (2012). In his PhD studies, he examined the mechanisms that drive the development of heart disease type-1 and type-2 diabetes. This research yielded several peer-reviewed publications in international journals. Mark has also presented his research findings at numerous national and international scientific meetings.

Justine Gal, B.HSc M.Diet

Group Marketing Coordinator

Justine fuses her qualifications and knowledge in Health Science and Dietetics with her experience in marketing and communications to develop and implement strategies that help Max Biocare connect, engage and impact.

She has worked in-house, in-agency and as a freelancer across the health, wellness, hospitality and food industries and is well practiced in strategy development, content creation, events and influencer relations. She specialises in social media marketing and is passionate about crafting meaningful conversation, creating relationships and building loyal communities.

Justine translates complex health and nutrition science into consumer-ready evidence based communications. She stays ahead of the curve, keeping up-to-date with the latest trends, news and science.

Diana Newman, H.N (Deakin)

Nutritionist

Diana completed her undergraduate in Nutritional Medicine in 2012, followed by a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition through Deakin University. Her thesis looked at the effects of digital health interventions on improving dietary behaviour in adults with type 2 diabetes.

In clinical practice, Diana has worked with patients to improve cardiovascular health, hormonal imbalance, gut health and digestive disorders. Since having twin girls in early 2019, Diana’s nutrition interests and expertise have extended to prenatal, babies and children’s health and nutrition.