Why we do what we do

We want explorers and miners to make the fastest best-informed decisions in the field or in the mine, in as near to real time as possible, and certainly same day!

Portable PPB since starting our journey in 2018

Formed an international partners (sponsorship) program with more than 20 of the leading gold exploration and mining companies to assist with the R&D necessary to commercialise the product

Collected, and analysed 100s of Certified Reference Materials (CRM) of various gold concentrations and additional elements, from globally recognised independent CRM manufacturers and analysed these testing for precision and accuracy across a broad range of gold mineralisation styles and gold concentrations.

Collected, tested and analysed over 20,000 samples Drill (RC, AC, Auger, Diamond Core) Soils, Calcrete, laterite, rock chips of ore and alteration (oxidised and fresh) from major gold mineralised sites, including mine sites from around the world.

Established QA/QC procedures and suitability assessment on the most frequently used portable XRF instruments by the exploration/mining industry.

Completed implementation of QA/QC processes and global international delivery mechanisms.

Set up manufacturing capabilities to deliver, consistent highest quality products globally.

Our History

Our History

  • DetectORE researched and developed to MVP by the CSIRO, ultimately resulting in Patented process

  • Portable PPB (PPPB) incorporated by Simon Bolster and Peter Williams. CSIRO opens EOI process. PPPB one of many bidders for the technology.

  • Portable PPB wins EOI process and starts it’s Industry Partners Program and creates relationships with Portable XRF manufacturers. Dr Mel Lintern, detectORE’s inventor leaves CSIRO and joins PPPB as a co-founder.

  • Portable PPB commences R&D at dedicated Canning Vale facility. Awarded prestigious MRIWA R&D grant to undertake extensive fundamental testwork on the detectORE process. Begins extensive tests and trials using CRMs and Partner samples from Australia, Africa and the Americas. First PPPB field trial in the Eastern Goldfields.

  • Portable PPB advances the R&D in preparation for commercial release through acquisition of machinery to make key components in large volumes. Safety Data Sheet commissioned confirming our reagent, GLIX-20™, to be a Non-dangerous, Non-hazardous product. Series A Capital raise completed.

  • Portable PPB continues field trials, limiting the team to Western Australia (drill samples, soils, calcrete & laterite) due to the COVID pandemic.

  • Portable PPB starts field trials in Alaska (diamond drilling)

  • Field and lab trials continue with test units and pre-commercial consumables shipped to USA and West Africa. Portable PPB completes customised engineering project to bulk manufacture key components. Sponsor Release event in West Perth, marking the start of when partners could access the technology and use themselves. Leases new warehouse facility to serve as manufacturing, distribution and training facility. On boards new staff including COO, CCO and expands Board of Director’s experience and skillsets.

  • Portable PPB global commercial release of detectORE-Au

Our Board

  • Peter K Williams

    Director – Innovation

    • Geoscientist with over 30 years executive experience in major and mid tier companies and successful junior company start-ups
    • Co-founder of the technology companies, HiSeis (3d Seismic), Intierra (Internet financial/minerals) and EMIT (electromagnetic imaging)
    • Founding partner in companies currently worth $9b and significant role founding companies that later sold for >$1b

  • Simon Bolster

    Managing Director

    • Geoscientist with over 30 years’ experience in the gold exploration industry, specializing in regolith geochemistry and remote sensing.
    • Former Consulting Geochemist – Newmont (Global role), regolith specialist Normandy Exploration and Anglo American (Africa)
    • Worked in 30 countries – 5 continents, from the Tundra to the Tropics
    • Founded and operated successful regolith geochemistry consulting company
    • Undertaken numerous geochemical orientation surveys and lead regolith geochemistry training seminars / courses
    • Former Head of Exploration with successful West African exploration company.

  • Ric Gros

    Chair & Non-Executive Director

    • Industrial Engineer by profession.
    • Has been leading organisations to transform and accelerate growth for over 30 years.
    • CEO/MD leadership roles span across B2B industrial, infrastructure, mining equipment, mineral processing and technology sectors through early stage and ASX listed environments.
    • Former CEO of Mets Ignited a leading Australian Federal Government Mining Innovation initiative.

  • Dr Mel Lintern

    CTO & Non-Executive Director

    • Inventor of detectORE™
    • > 35 year career with CSIRO focused on exploration / regolith geochemistry
    • Principal researcher resulting in industry adoption of calcrete sampling for gold exploration
    • Lead research resulting in significant advances in biogeochemical sampling for gold explorers
    • Long history of experimenting with field portable techniques for the analysis of gold in remote locations

  • Dr Charles Haythornthwaite

    Non-Executive Director

    • Engineer with over 15 years’ experience in the Venture Capital world identifying promising inventions and then assisting start-ups to become successful.
    • Strong technology, sales and marketing background.
    • Currently a Senior Partner with Chrysalix VC fund and a board member for GaN Systems, Novamera and VERAI
    • Charlie has a PhD in optoelectronics and materials science from the University of Southampton. He also has an MBA from Berkeley where he was a Haas Venture Capital Fellow and a Sainsbury Management Fellow

Our Leadership Team

  • Simon Bolster

    Managing Director

    • Geoscientist with over 30 years’ experience in the gold exploration industry, specializing in regolith geochemistry and remote sensing.
    • Former Consulting Geochemist – Newmont (Global role), regolith specialist Normandy Exploration and Anglo American (Africa)
    • Worked in 30 countries – 5 continents, from the Tundra to the Tropics
    • Founded and operated successful regolith geochemistry consulting company
    • Undertaken numerous geochemical orientation surveys and lead regolith geochemistry training seminars / courses
    • Former Head of Exploration with successful West African exploration company.

  • Alex Gould

    Chief Operation Officer

    • Alex leads our operations including procurement, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution.  Currently this involves scaling the multiple production aspects of our detectORE product to commercial quantities, setting up warehousing and distribution processes as well as selecting and commissioning Portable PPBs ERP system.
    • Alex brings over 20 years of manufacturing and operational management experience to this role from manufacturing industries such as food & beverage processing sanitisation chemicals,  polymer emulsions, FMCG garden fertiliser & pesticides, industrial packaging and fire assay flux.
    • Being an experienced COO, holding a degree in chemistry and having significant contacts within the supply chain will assist Alex in launching detectORE onto the market and enabling our supply to keep pace with the anticipated strong demand.

  • Jon Landau

    Chief Commercial Officer

    • Jon leads our commercialisation strategy, customer relationships, marketing and product delivery and support. He brings to the team a broad range of senior management experience covering a diverse range of products. Most relevant and recent was 12 years’ experience in minerals analysis business where as Senior Vice President, Upstream Minerals he oversaw the global network of one of the largest global geochemical assay providers. This experience provides PPPB valuable commercial insights, contacts and global laboratory know-how as we take a disruptive chemical analysis product to the marketplace

  • Wade Lonsdale

    Research Chemist

    • Wade is a PhD qualified research chemist with solid scientific investigation skills backed up with an enquiring inventive mindset. He has field experience in Australia and PNG using in-field geochemical analysis tools.

Our Facilities

Production facilities

Manufacturing and Research facilities are established in Perth, Western Australia.

Sponsorship

Our sponsorship program closed to new sponsors on 31 January 2022

Products – Coming Soon

We will be unveiling available products to purchase in the next quarter so you can…