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Elicia Wong, Founder


A serial entrepreneur in the life sciences and high tech industries, Elicia is focused on strategy and management at Aperture. She brings more than a decade of experience in developing early-stage technology companies having founded two startups. Her first startup is in the life sciences sector (Sensor Innovations Inc.) in which she served as the Chief Scientific Officer in 2007. In 2014, she founded another startup in the high-tech sector (Elemental Machines Inc.), in which she served as the Chief Technology Officer, with three products currently in the market.


Upon returning to Australia, Elicia was appointed as the Director of Research Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Swinburne University of Technology, where she helped to advance Swinburne's presence in the Silicon Valley through a partnership with CSIRO, rolling out industry-embedded PhD programs and establishing links with multiple US industry partners. While at Swinburne, Elicia also served as the Chief Operating Officer of its biotech startup (Capsular Technologies Pty Ltd), where she oversaw the completion of three live animal trials for its single-shot vaccine encapsulation platform technology.


Aperture is a research and product development company serving the environmental, food and biomedical industries.

We take a collaborative approach to deliver a clear pathway for our clients, through our strong scientific, industrial and regulatory backgrounds.

We are open thinkers and highly committed problem solvers. Our team spans offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

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Edith Chow, Co-Founder


Edith is a highly versatile scientist with over 15 years’ experience in nanomaterials, chemical sensing and electrochemistry. She has a strong background in research and development, from conceptualisation and optimisation, to scale-up and real-world testing. She has successfully worked across interdisciplinary projects with Government partners, international agencies and SMEs to tackle problems faced by the environmental, agricultural, food and healthcare sectors.

Edith is a passionate advocate for STEM education and a sought-after speaker at school events. She has been recognised for her excellence in science and communication through a NSW Young Nanotechnology Ambassador Award (2010), NSW Young Tall Poppy Award (2015), UNSW Sydney Alumnus Award in Science & Technology (2019) and RACI NSW Nyholm Youth Lectureship (2020-2021).

Edith serves on the Editorial Board of Sensors, is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and Royal Society of New South Wales, and Adjunct Professor at Torrens University.

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Khuong Vuong, Co-Founder


Khuong is an experienced research chemist who is very passionate about environmental and sustainability issues. After more than 15 years working as a research chemist at reputable research institutions in Australia, the United Kingdom and Singapore, Khuong decided to direct his professional development towards environmental and sustainability issues.

Khuong has co-authored more than 30 internationally peer reviewed refereed journals in both chemistry, climate change mitigation and environmental science. He has successfully obtained competitive research grants including from the Australian Research Council.

He has a wide range of interests ranging from green chemistry and catalysis, photochemistry to sustainable energy development and technological solutions to solve environmental and climate change challenges. He is a member of the Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand.

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