About us


Surgical Diagnostics has developed patented bio-membrane technology based on the chemistry and electrical properties of novel constructs of lipid bilayer membranes on electrodes. In collaboration with the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) the technology has opened up new experimental possibilities for the study of bio-membranes and ion channels.


The principle scientist, Dr Bruce Cornell, has been associated with ion channel development for many years at the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), and later at Ambri Ltd.

Tethered Membrane products for ion channel and membrane research are available from SDx Tethered Membranes .



Dr Michael Cooper

Associate Professor Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

University of Sydney



Dr Bruce Cornell

Dr Cornell was for over two decades a scientist and research manager in CSIRO and for eight years the Director of the CRC for Molecular Engineering. He was the Chief Scientist the Sydney based biosensor company AMBRI Ltd and has had extensive experience in R&D partnerships between academic and commercial organisations in Australia and the USA as well as serving on a number of Australian state and federal advisory groups on technology transfer.


Mr Russell Richards

Mr Richards is a former General Manager of AGEN Biomedical Ltd. He has a background as pathology scientist and medical research with experience in product development and clinical trials, production operations, marketing and corporate management.

Dr Lele Jiang

Dr Jiang has a chemical engineering background (Beijing, China), and a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Sydney. She has expertise in biomedical research and development, as a chief investigator funded by the National Heart Foundation, National Health and Medical Research Council and Australian Research Council.