Australians of Greek heritage named among top innovators


At least eight Australians of Greek heritage have been named among Australia’s top 100 innovators reshaping the nation, according to the Australian Business Review.

Who are they and what are they being recognised for? The Greek Herald finds out.

John Paitaridis, CyberCX:

John Paitaridis
John Paitaridis.

John Paitaridis is chief executive officer at CyberCX, Australia’s leading cyber security organisation. Last year, CyberCX launched a recruitment program promising to deliver 500 cyber security professionals into the sector over the next three years. This move has been dubbed Australia’s single largest private sector commitment to cyber security training.

Spiro Rokos (alongside Paul Weingarth), Slyp:

Spiro Rokos
Spiro Rokos (right).

Slyp has been co-founded by former local PayPal executives Paul Weingarth and Spiro Rokos and former ANZ group data officer Mike Boyd. Slyp allows receipts to be sent directly into a customer’s banking app in near real-time. Backed by the big four Australian banks, Slyp lets its customers pay as normal and they can immediately view and interact with their smart receipts in their mobile banking app any time.

George Peppou (alongside Tim Noakesmith), Vow:

George Peppou
George Peppou.

Vow is Australia’s first cell-based meat company looking to replace meat production with sustainable alternatives. Founded in 2019, Vow creates new meats from animal cells including those that have never existed on supermarket shelves before.

Alex and Chris Naoumidis, Mindset Health:

Alex and Chris Naoumidis
Alex and Chris Naoumidis.

Mindset Health was founded in 2018 by Melbourne-based brothers Alex and Chris Naoumidis. The company has more than 30,000 paid monthly subscribers using its hypnosis-based apps to manage irritable bowel syndrome, menopausal hot flushes, and quitting smoking.

Kate Lambridis (alongside Georgia Vidler), Human:

Kate Lambridis
Kate Lambridis.

Human was co-founded by former Canva head of product Georgia Vidler and former Canva senior product manager Kate Lambridis. It offers a product that will help doctors and patients access the best medical information and research into chronic conditions.

Dr George Miklos (alongside Michael Lyon), Atomic Oncology:

Dr George Miklos
Dr George Miklos.

Dr George Miklos has a PhD in genetics from the University of Sydney and an academic background as a former fellow at the Australian National University. Alongside Michael Lyon, he co-founded Atomic Oncology which has developed technology that predicts whether radiotherapy will be successful for any solid cancer, allowing for tailored therapy for each patient.

Athan Didaskalou (alongside Richard Li), July:

Athan Didaskalou
Athan Didaskalou.

Luggage brand July entered the Australian market in 2019 and has since expanded to the US, China, Hong Kong, New Zealand and the UK. It has nabbed collaborations with major airlines and has an option that comes with an ejectable battery that can charge mobile devices and tablets.

Source: Australian Business Review.




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