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BioBriefing – Hot or Not: Trends for 2018

February 1, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm AEDT

This has become a key event on the BioMelbourne Network event calendar and has sold out every year.

What lies ahead for Melbourne’s biotechnology, medical technology and pharmaceutical industry in 2018? Our annual “Hot or Not” panel discussion will explore the global trends for the coming year with 5 speakers each presenting a short “snap shot” of what is HOT and what is NOT going into 2018 in their area of interest and expertise. 

This year, in addition to an update on the impact of  shifts in international financial markets on the sector, attendees will also hear about  views on what’s happening in the genomic sequencing and DNA testing space particularly around the new NovaSeq, and more generally about what we can expect to see in the DNA testing market – what’s the hype, the hold-up and the hope going into 2018?  Mark Williams will then speak about blockchain – What is it?  Why should you care and how does it apply to bio?”  The final panelist for this engaging event will share insights about the global medical marijuana market.

Date:                Thursday 1st February, 2018
Time:               4:00pm – 5:30pm followed by a networking session
Venue:             Philips Ormonde Fitzpatrick, Level 16, 333 Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia


Dr Amanda Gillon,  BioScience Managers, Investment Manager

Amanda is an Investment Manager with BioScience Managers. With 5 years’ of life science specific investment experience she performs portfolio management, deal origination, prospective investment company due diligence and deal negotiation.

Prior to this role, Amanda’s research experience included a post-doctoral fellowship in protein trafficking disorders at Columbia University in New York, USA. She holds a PhD in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from La Trobe University in Melbourne and an MBA from Melbourne Business School.

Amanda is currently a Director of: CHARM Informatics Pty Ltd & Rex Bionics Pty Ltd


Mark Williams    Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick – Senior Associate

Mark’s academic background is in computer science and electrical engineering. He assists clients in obtaining and enforcing their intellectual property rights in the areas of software, electronics and engineering. Prior to joining Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick, Mark worked with a major Australian car manufacturer within their Current and Past Model Engineering group.

Mark has 15 years’ experience in patent practice in Australia. His professional practice focuses on drafting and prosecuting patent applications both in Australia and overseas. Mark focuses on a diverse range of inventions, including electronic devices, mining and mining hardware, software, computer implemented inventions and electronic gaming machine systems. Mark also assists clients in obtaining trade mark protection.

 Sonia Gowan,  Associate Director Marketing, Asia Pacific Japan, Illumina

 Bio coming soon…




 Final speaker to be announced shortly…


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February 1, 2018
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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BioMelbourne Network
+61 3 9667 8181


Philips Ormonde Fitzpatrick
Level 16, 333 Collins Street
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
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