About Us

Commercialising 30 years of clinical experience in gut nutrition into breakthrough medical devices

The concept behind The Insides® System was originally conceived by Professor Ian Bissett in the 1980s from his time as a general surgeon in Nepal, where there was limited access to surgery.

During this experience, he observed an unmet clinical need in patients who were severely malnourished as a result of intestinal failure.

Professor Ian Bissett (Right) and Nepali colleague, Dr Bhoj Raj Neupani (Left) performing surgery on a patient in Western Nepal

Our mission is to revolutionize the treatment of all patients who have suffered an intestinal catastrophe

The Insides® Company’s mission is to provide universal access to chyme reinfusion therapy through revolutionary products and education to establish a new standard of care.

Stoma Therapist Holding The Insides™ System Chyme Reinfusion System

Key People

The Insides® Company develops life-changing medical devices for people who are recovering from severe intestinal conditions including inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer and intestinal fistulas. Our mission is to empower patients to take control of their condition.

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Dr Dennis Row

Chairman

Dennis was co-founder & CEO of Rebis, which was acquired for $60M. Dennis then led commercialization at Cyra Technologies which was acquired in 2001 for $150m. On returning to NZ, Dennis spent 10 years as a General Partner of the Endeavour-icap VC fund. Dennis is a founding partner of Tuhua Ventures.

Garth Sutherland

CEO

Garth has +30 years’ experience commercialising high-technology innovation, including +20 years in Medtech CEO roles. In 2022 Garth was awarded Top 50 Healthcare Technology CEO by the Health Technology Report. Also in 2022 Garth was awarded the Ray Thompson award, as an exemplar of high integrity, proactivity and entrepreneurial energy synonymous with Ray’s philosophy.

Professor Ian Bissett

Founder & Chief Medical Officer

Ian is a Professor of Colorectal Surgery, and adult lead of the NZ National Intestinal Failure Service - a key opinion leader. Ian has been an international pioneer of nutrient recycling and is passionate about advancing our technologies.

Professor Greg O’Grady

Executive Director & Founder

Greg is a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at the ADHB and Associate Professor at University of Auckland. He has extensive leadership experience, holds a PhD in biomedical engineering and has a passion for developing breakthrough medical devices.

Dr. John Davidson

Executive Director, Founder & Chief Operation Officer

John holds a PhD in biomedical engineering, which he utilizes to bridge the gap between the medical and engineering world. He has a background in clinical collaboration and operations optimization.

Rob Davidson

Executive Director, Founder & Chief Technology Officer

Rob has a background in mechanical engineering, entrepreneurial businesses and developing disruptive technologies. He holds several patents and design awards for previous work.

Tina Mason

Quality, Regulatory & Sustainability Manager

Tina has 26 years regulatory and quality experience with leading healthcare companies including Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, Arjo, and Adherium.

Duncan Cunninghame

VP Business Development - Europe

Duncan has a technical background in Science (BSc) and Engineering (BEng Hons) with a passionate focus on the medical device industry. He has worked in numerous medical device companies, spanning solutions for intestinal failure, respiratory conditions, pelvic floor conditions, and prosthetics. He has helped design, test and commercialize these products and has an in-depth knowledge of the medical device field from his experience.

William Lin

Regional Sales Manager - Oceania

William has a background in human physiology and science enterprise. His experience in technology transfer and commercialisation of a portfolio of different medical technologies enables him to be fully involved in the sales and marketing activities for The Insides Company's breakthrough medical technologies.

Richard Curtis

Vice President Europe

Richard is an established executive in the field of medical devices with a successful track record of building and developing new high performance businesses. He has spent a large part of his career working in complex surgical markets in Gastroenterology and Urology across multiple geographies including the UK, Europe, and other major markets.

Professor Gil Hardy

Scientific Advisor

Gil is an active member of several international nutrition societies, including ASPEN (USA), ESPEN (Europe), FELANPE (Latin America) and has been a council member of BAPEN (UK), the Nutrition Societies of UK and NZ and was vice-president of the Australasian Society of Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition (AuSPEN). He is a past chairman of the British Pharmaceutical Nutrition Group and remains Editor of the quarterly newsletter ‘Feeding Times’.

Nancy Yopp

Non-Executive Director - Regulatory

Nancy is the former Managing Director of Brandwood Biomedical NZ a premium New Zealand regulatory affairs consultancy. She was an original investor and part of the early development team of Aroa Biosurgery and has an extensive background in medical devices, operations and regulatory compliance. She sits on several medical technology boards.

Douglas Le Fort

Non-Executive Director

Douglas brings 20+ years of international experience in the MedTech and Life Sciences industries. In 2016 Douglas led the US$1.8 billion capital raise of ConvaTec by way of an IPO on the London Stock Exchange. Prior to the IPO, Douglas led and had P&L responsibility for ConvaTec’s global Ostomy business.

Anthony Fife

Commercial Advisor

Anthony has had 30 plus years’ experience in sales, marketing, and senior management in the medical device market for both global and SME healthcare organisations providing products and services to health providers around the world.

Emma Ludlow

Lead Stomal Therapist -Global Clinical Support

Emma is a leading chyme reinfusion specialist with extensive ostomy nursing experience across Australasia and the Middle East. Emma has over 10 years of nursing experience in surgery and wound care, having completed her training in stomal therapy at the Lyell McEwin Hospital in Adelaide, Australia. Emma has supported more than 100 patients using The Insides System and delivers exceptional clinical support around managing the patient’s enterostomy/fistula and providing pouching advice.

Dr Celia Keane

Medical Advisor

Celia is a doctor working at Whangarei Hospital and a Research Fellow at the University of Auckland. She holds a PhD in Surgery and has led multiple international studies investigating gut function after surgery. Her research interests include co-design and patient outcomes research, particularly in the field of gastrointestinal surgery and recovery.

Surrinder Kaur

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Surrinder is an experienced Clinical Nurse Specialist with 30+ years of nursing experience in both the NHS and private sector since qualifying as a State Enrolled Nurse in 1990 and then converted to a Registered General Nurse in 1994. During this time, Surrinder has developed a vast wealth of skill & knowledge within the Colorectal & Urology Surgical Speciality. Surrinder also worked as Clinical Nurse Advisor for over 10 years providing Total Pararenal nutrition with Clinovia LTD & Calea UK.

Dr Laurence Lacaze

Medical Sales, Education & Support, France & Europe

Laurence is a Colorectal Surgeon and a Nutritionist who is based in France. Laurence has also completed a PhD in Biological Science & Health. She was the co author of the clinical publication - Chyme Reinfusion Restores the Regulatory Bile Salt–FGF19 Axis in Patients With Intestinal Failure. Laurence's specialist knowledge in parenteral nutrition and temporary double enterostomies enables her as a leading presenter on chyme reinfusion in Europe.

Aude-Auline Gallandat

Clinical Sales, Education & Support, Switzerland, EU

Aude-Auline, based in Switzerland, is one of Europe's most experienced chyme reinfusion experts. As a stomal therapist, Aude-Aline brings her extensive ostomy and wound management experience as she sets up patients on The Insides System across Europe.

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NZ

R&D Engineer

This role encompasses the design, development, management, and on-going support of medical devices introduced to the market by The Insides Company.

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