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FULLY BOOKED – BioBreakfast – Leading Collaborations to Commercialisation

July 27, 2017 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am AEST

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“Collaboration is important not just because it’s a better way to learn. The spirit of collaboration is penetrating every institution and all of our lives. So learning to collaborate is part of equipping yourself for effectiveness, problem solving, innovation and life-long learning in an ever-changing networked economy.” Don Tapscott –  one of the world’s leading authorities on the impact of technology on business and society.

With all this talk about collaboration, it is clear that it’s important to success in all sectors. But how do you start? How do you identify those key collaborations that will lead to success faster and how do you learn from failure? You don’t have time to be friends with everyone!

The biotechnology, medical technology and pharmaceutical sector relies on successful collaboration with patients, as well as our professional colleagues – inside and outside our respective organisations. Whilst strong science underpins all our innovative endeavours, collaboration is driven by people and both current and future leaders must build an investable pipeline of activity to take their business further. Selecting the right collaborations at the right time is as important as the technology platform on which the proposition is built.

At this BioBreakfast, the winners of the 2017 Women in Leadership Awards will discuss how they approach collaboration and leadership to drive technology commercialisation.

Date:  Thursday 27th July 2017

Time:  Registration from 7:20am for a 7.30am networking breakfast,  followed by presentations and discussion from 8.00am – 9:00am

Venue:  The Royal Society of Victoria,  8 La Trobe St, Melbourne

Members: $65
Non-Members: $130
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2017 Women in Leadership Awardee

Sue MacLeman – Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Australian Medical Technology, Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Sector (MTPConnect)

Sue has more than 25 years’ experience as a medical technology, biotechnology and pharmaceutical executive with roles in corporate, medical, commercial and business development at Schering-Plough Corporation (now Merck), Amgen, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Mesoblast Ltd.

Sue has also served as CEO and Board member of several ASX and NASDAQ listed companies in the sector and is currently a non-executive director at Reproductive Health Sciences Ltd and Oventus Medical Ltd.

Since starting as the CEO of MTPConnect just over a year ago, she has released a well researched 10- year Road Map for the sector to enhance Australia’s successes in: commercialising research, streamlining the regulatory system, increasing our sector skills and capability, and accessing the global value chain. Within this short span of time, she has also forged strategic and collaborative linkages with the key stakeholders in the sector.

Sue is an outstanding leader and genuinely supports the sector stakeholders in achieving the best outcomes possible.

Quote from BioMelbourne Network CEO – Dr Krystal Evans

“The BioMelbourne Network Women in Leadership Awards celebrate the talented, tenacious women who are advancing the medical technology and pharmaceutical sector. Our 2017 awardee Sue MacLeman’s leadership skills have shone through at all stages of her career, not only her technical and corporate skills, but her ability to lead and inspire the people around her. She has risen to the challenge of leading the new Industry Growth Centre, MTPConnect, and has shown outstanding leadership in her ability to unify key sector stakeholders around a shared vision for the future of our industry.”

2017 Most Valuable Women in Leadership Awardee

Dr Kerry Hegarty, Business Development Director – Research, Innovation & Commercialisation (RIC) Team, The University of Melbourne (UoM)

In this role, Kerry is charged with identifying, developing and managing commercial opportunities in the life sciences. Kerry joined this rapidly expanding team as part of strengthened efforts and revised strategies to diversify the sources of research income and exploit commercialisation opportunities globally for the University.

In her first 18 months her team closed five licensing and collaboration deals, assisted with the raising of over $5M in venture and sophisticated investment, and identified more than 20 new initiatives by academics that would otherwise lay dormant.

Kerry has worked over the last 30 years creating businesses based on early-stage technologies, successfully translating benchtop science to global sales. Prior to joining UoM, she served as Managing Director/CEO of Sienna Cancer Diagnostics where she built the technical and business development teams whilst creating strategic global partnerships, which laid the foundations of the company. Kerry led Sienna to its first product sales in the US, where its unique in-vitro diagnostic test for bladder cancer is now used routinely. Her first venture in translating science to products or services originated at The University of Melbourne, where in 1985 she co-founded one of the first companies based on University research, Geotrack International.

Like Sienna, Geotrack started from novel benchtop concepts, which were framed into valuable products addressing an unmet need through the invaluable support of internal teams and selected partnerships. Her experience is spread across a diverse range of elements required in making start-ups sustainable, i.e. capital raising, grant writing, partnering, and team building.

Kerry is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and has served as Company Secretary for a number of public, private and not-for-profit organisations. Kerry also serves on a Principal Committee to the NHMRC. The inaugural Health Innovation Advisory Committee (HIAC) to NHMRC consists of experienced industry professionals and academics, advising on current and emerging issues related to commercialisation and uptake of innovative technologies. Kerry is also a member of Victoria’s inaugural SMaRT panel, and sits on a number of other Boards and committees.

Kerry has a high profile in the industry and has served as a role model or mentor for many. She is generous with her time when approached by others for advice or support, willing to share her personal experiences and offering honest and frank advice to those who seek her counsel.

Quote from BioMelbourne Network CEO – Dr Krystal Evans

“Whilst Kerry’s style of leadership may well be characterised as bold, she is also known for her warmth, care and humour. She is attentive to staff and their development, and takes great delight in human capital contribution which she considers of great importance to the industry.  It is these skills and tenacious team leadership that sets Kerry apart in her contribution to our industry.”

2017 Emerging Women in Leadership Awardee

Dr Elizabeth Williams, Co-Founder of Hemideina & Research Scientist and Team Leader CSIRO Manufacturing

Dr Elizabeth Willaims is passionate about translating science into products for venture and job creation. Her entrepreneurial pathway started during her PhD in synthetic chemistry at Cambridge, UK, when she became President of the Cambridge University Technology and Enterprise Club (CUTEC). Whilst juggling long hours in the lab, there she learnt about term sheets, fundraising, and the elevator pitch. After her PhD, Liz moved to Australia to pursue research in materials chemistry at CSIRO, hoping this would lead to a start up company.

Liz was seconded to the US in 2015 to commercialise CSIRO’s proprietary RAFT polymer technology. There Liz negotiated licensing and contract R&D agreements on behalf of CSIRO, and established a ‘finders relationship’ with a third party company to build CSIRO’s client base.

Upon her return, Liz partnered with her good friend and colleague, Kate Lomas to co-found Hemideina, an early stage company aiming to re-invent the cochlear implant. Liz is CEO of Hemideina, who are currently raising funds to develop their fully internalised, 2-component cochlear implant to overcome the lifestyle restrictions and high cost of the current technology.  Liz is still based at CSIRO as Team Leader for the Polymer Chemistry team, splitting her time between the lab and business development.

Liz’s goal is to be part of a team leading Australia to the world stage as a country known for bringing its innovations to the global marketplace. Her commitment to innovation is paramount and she sets herself apart from her peers in her ambitious pursuit of professional accomplishment.

Quote from BioMelbourne Network CEO – Dr Krystal Evans

“Dr Williams has demonstrated an aptitude for translating research into commercial outcomes – in her role as co-founder and CEO of a start-up company as well as a research scientist and team leader at CSIRO.  In addition to her own entrepreneurial endeavours, she has supported other companies along the path to commercialisation of products using CSIRO technology. Liz encompasses all aspects of the industry – from promoting innovation to sharing knowledge to help grow others in this industry.”

“Dr Elizabeth Williams is a rising star with great potential for future success.”

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July 27, 2017
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