Clinical Advisory Committee

Dr Paul Glare

Royal North Shore Hospital
Medical Advisory

Dr Khor

Royal Prince of Wales Hospital
Medical Advisory

Dr Richard Chye

St Vincents Hospital
Medical Advisory

Scientific Advisory Team

Dr Matthew Turner

Research, Breeding & Genetics

Ian Paanenan

Plant Licensing (PBR) & Plant Health

Graham Brown

Breeding Advisory

Jeff Allen

Extraction R&D

Phil Steel

Seed Production

Ashley Dowell

Analytical Chemistry

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Dr Paul Glare
Medical Director

 Paul is a vastly experienced medical practitioner and motivated to continually explore new approaches to pain management. 

He is the Chair of Pain Medicine in the Northern Clinical School at Royal North Shore Hospital and also holds various posts at the University of Sydney including; Director of the Pain Management Research Institute, Head of Pain Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine and Master of Medicine in Clinical Epidemiology.

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Dr Kok Eng khor
Director of Clinical Research


Dr Khor is an Australian trained medical practitioner. He graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1986 and went on to do his specialist training in Anaesthesia in Wellington Hospital (NZ) where he developed an interest in pain management. He moved to Sydney in 1994 to complete his Anaesthesia fellowship training at The Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and was awarded the FANZCA in 1995. Dr Khor then took up the position of Staff Specialist in Anaesthesia and Pain Management at the Prince of Wales Hospital and subsequently became the Director of the Department of Pain Management in 1997 – a position he holds to this day. Dr Khor has been instrumental in transforming the Pain Management Department at Prince of Wales Hospital to a major Multidisciplinary Pain Centre in Australia.Through his extensive work and experience in chronic and cancer pain management, Dr Khor was awarded the following fellowships:

  • Fellowship of the Faculty of Pain Medicine, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FFPMANZCA) in 1999
  • Fellowship of the Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine, Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FAChPM) in 2001

His curiosity and love of learning led him to complete:

  • A Masters of Medicine in Pain Management (University of Sydney) in 2000
  • A Fellowship of the Australasian Faculty of Musculoskeletal Medicine in 2002
  • A postgraduate diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine (Bond University) in 2003
  • A postgraduate diploma in Addiction and Mental Health (Adelaide University) in 2010

Dr Richard Chye
Medical Advisory

Richard Chye is Director of Sacred Heart Supportive & Palliative Care, St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. He has worked in Palliative Care for more than 28 years, and has integrated community, inpatient, hospital consultative & private palliative care services.

He is Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the University of Notre Dame Australia & the University of Technology, Sydney; and Adjunct Assoc Professor of Medicine at UNSW.
He was integral in the formation of the Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine and was awarded the RACP’s highest award, the John Sands medal as his efforts led to the recognition of Palliative Medicine by the Australian government.

He was awarded the inaugural Lyn Taylor Award for Leadership in Palliative Care by his peers for his efforts to develop Palliative Care professionally & operationally in New South Wales.

He has significant patient experience with chronic and complex pain where cannabis could be used as a adjucnt therapy. Previously, he conducted a a clinical trial program at Sacred Heart including using vaporised cannabis to improve cancer anorexia. He is an inaugural member of the Australian Advisory Council of the Medicinal Use of Cannabis.

Dr Matthew Turner
Research, Breeding and Genetics

Matthew draws on his molecular and conventional breeding experience to lead Cymra’s research initiatives. With 20+ years experience in plant breeding across a range of food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products, Matthew is a hugely successful and recognised breeder. Most notably, he developed new and novel varieties of wheat as part of Value Added Wheat CRC. He has a PHD in Genetics from the University of Sydney.

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Dr Ian Paananan
Plant Licensing (PBR) & Plant Health

Ian is an experienced horticultural scientist. He has experience  in commercial plant tissue culture, integrated pest and disease management, greenhouse and nursery management and Plant Breeders Rights intellectual property protection. 

As a director of an independent consulting business for the last 24 years he has protected nearly 1000 plant varieties from all plant industry groups. Ian has also consulted on plant health issues across a range of horticultural areas. Ian is well positioned to advise on integration of production aspects from breeding to propagation to production and protection.

Ian holds a Degree in Agricultural Science from the University of Sydney and is also well travelled in the world of Permaculture Design and training.


Graham Brown
Head of Breeding and Genetics

Graham oversees Vir Pharma’s breeding strategy to create and maintain unique genetics and chemotypes for producing pain medicines. Graham’s 20+ years experience in plant product development has allowed him to be recognised as a world class plant breeder. He is the Horticultural Development Manager for the University of Sydney Plant Breeding Institute and the current Chairman of Abundant Produce.
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Jeff Allen

Extraction R&D

Jeff’s interest in botanical extracts and extraction started whilst he was an apprentice

chef in his early professional years.  In 1994, he moved into the Tea Tree Oil industry on the North Coast NSW where he worked for Thursday Plantations laboratory to survey the wetlands and bush of the area searching and cataloguing plants that had chemical constituents for the control of insects, fungus etc for the Tea Tree Oil industry’s push for organic growing methods. (IPM)

Jeff has designed over 7 differing sizes of extraction units which where sold to over 15 different countries. This led Jeff into the field of consultancy for extraction machinery, specialising in various commodities in developing countries such as PNG, West Timor, Egypt, Fiji, Croatia & Vanuatu.

Jeff’s passion is extraction technology and working with farmers to develop new crops.

He is now developing extraction process’s &  methodologies for Cymra in close conjunction with Ashley Dowell for the extraction and isolation of relevant active compounds in the Hemp/Cannabis space.

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Phil Steel

Seed Production Strategy

Phil joined Cotton Seed Distributors in 1996, moving into genetically modified cotton Prior to that he spent 11 years with the NSW Department of Agriculture as a regulatory officer,. Phil managed CSD’s newly acquired seed research farm before moving into a strategic product development role, where for the past 12 years he has overseen CSD’s international business, deploying new material into various markets and overseeing IP management and governance over international matters.
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Dr Ashley Dowell

Analytical Chemistry

Ashley is the manager of Southern Cross University, Centre for Phytochemistry. He has 20yrs of experience with extraction and analysis of natural compounds. He currently runs an analytical lab for hemp and other natural compounds at Southern Cross University.

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