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Hot or Not: Paving a path for 2021

February 4 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm AEDT

This event will be available to attend in-person and virtually. Read more about our COVID-safe practices for this event below. 

In the wake of 2020, we are all too aware of what’s NOT hot in the health industry and wider community. This year, our annual ‘Hot or Not’ event will focus on what is HOT in the sector, with a selection of speakers showcasing the growth and advancement of business, diagnostics, therapeutics and more heading into 2021. On the back of a year that has challenged us all, join us for a discovery of hot trends in the sector for the year ahead. Our panel of speakers will discuss:

  • 2021 insights from Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick
  • Businesses thriving remotely
  • Future business and innovation
  • Diagnostic innovation
  • Cancer therapeutic discovery

Event Details

Date: Thursday 4 February 2021
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:25 pm AEDT Presentations and Q&A; 5:25 pm – 6:30 pm AEDT Networking (in-person only)
Venue (in-person)Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick, Level 16, 333 Collins Street, Melbourne
Format (online): An access link will be provided prior to the event
In-person: Members: $75 (via random ballot only, see below; includes post-event networking and refreshments)
Online: Members: $35; Non-members: $45 (purchase below)
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In line with current COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria, a strictly limited number of in-person tickets are available for this event through a random ballot. This ballot is open to BioMelbourne Network members ONLY. Please only register for the ballot if you are able to attend the venue on the specified date/time.

Register for the ballot to attend in-person. The ballot will close at 5pm on Tuesday 26 January 2021.

All participants will be notified of their outcome following ballot closure. In-person tickets will be allocated on a random basis, and will only be confirmed upon payment. Those who do not secure an in-person ticket are still able to attend this event virtually by purchasing a virtual ticket below.  In the event that a successful ballot recipient is unable to attend in person or unresponsive, we will contact the next in line.

Guest Speakers

Dr Danielle Burns, Senior Associate, Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick
Andrew Carter, Managing Director, Commercial Eyes
Rhys Hayes, Chief Executive Officer + Founder of IE Group, Founding Member of The Grid
Michael Johnson, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Rhinomed Ltd
Lisa Dubé, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Cancer Therapeutics CRC

Our COVID-safe practices

A limited number of in-person tickets are available for this event. In line with current COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria this ticket quota is conservative, allowing a small number of BioMelbourne Network members to attend a networking function at the conclusion of this event, and adheres to our host venue’s COVID-safe plan. We will continue to evolve our in-person events program in accordance with current and future COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria.
To keep BioMelbourne Network events safe for our members and the greater Victorian community, this event will include measures such as physical distancing, attendance register and enhanced hygiene and sanitation practices. Further details will be distributed to registered in-person attendees following ticket allocation.

For registered in-person attendance only: We ask that you DO NOT attend this event in-person if you are feeling unwell, have any symptoms of COVID-19, are awaiting results of a COVID-19 test or are required to self-isolate or quarantine at the time of the event. Where you cannot attend for these reasons, you may receive a full refund, or on request a partial refund and virtual ticket. Symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, fever, sore throat, fatigue and shortness of breath.
Only registered in-person attendees will be permitted entry at this event. We ask that attendees adhere to all COVID-19 considerations – including maintaining physical distancing requirements at all times, using dedicated entry and exit points and practicing appropriate hygiene processes. If you require assistance or are unwell at any time throughout the event, please inform a BioMelbourne Network or event staff member immediately.
Please note: Though masks are currently not required in our indoor event setting, Victorians are still required to carry a mask with them at all times. Please wear a mask where required – including where you cannot physically distance and on public transport to the event.

With thanks to our host for this event, Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick.


With thanks to our partner organisation, The Grid.

Dr Danielle Burns, Senior Associate, Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick

Danielle has extensive experience as a patent attorney with expertise in patent strategy, protection and enforcement in the Biotech sector. She has a strong understanding of global patent and regulatory exclusivities (including data and market exclusivities) and has facilitated entry of several biopharmaceuticals (including antibodies and antisense molecules), diagnostics, cellular therapeutics, and agricultural products (including transgenic plants) to market.

Danielle is involved in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications globally; patent due-diligence; and provides patentability, infringement, clearance, and validity opinions. Danielle has also been involved in opposition and litigation disputes involving multiple stakeholders.

Danielle has a diverse client base – working with several local and overseas biotech companies, including small to medium entities, big pharmaceutical companies and generics companies as well as academic institutions to strategically protect their intellectual property and facilitate market entry.

Danielle has industry experience, having worked as a postdoctoral scientist at BIO21 involved in the expression and purification of proteins involved in Influenza-specific viral immunity. She graduated from The University of Melbourne with a BSc (Hons) majoring in Biochemistry and Immunology. She was awarded the Australian Society for Microbiology 3rd Year Prize, the Exhibition Prize for Microbiology and the Peter J Doos Award. Danielle also completed a PhD in Immunology at The University of Melbourne which examined the impact of natural variation in genes that control immunity; showed how very slight differences in certain immune response genes result in dramatic changes in the response to viral infection.

Andrew Carter, Managing Director, Commercial Eyes

Andrew is the founder and Managing Director of Commercial Eyes Pty Ltd and has 30 plus years commercial experience working in the pharmaceutical and medical technology industry. In 2014, Andrew received the Australian medicine industry’s most prestigious honour, the ‘Pat Clear Award’, in recognition of the significant role he, and Commercial Eyes, has played in supporting companies to bring important medicines into the Australian market.

Andrew established Commercial Eyes Pty Ltd in 2001. Today, the company employs over 100 staff, and has grown to become the foremost pharmaceutical and medical technology commercialisation firm in Australia and New Zealand. In August 2012, Commercial Eyes was recognised as one of the leading ‘medium sized’ businesses in Australia as a finalist in the Telstra Business Awards.

Andrew is the President of ARCS Australia Ltd; a member of the Medicines Australia Advisory Council and University of Melbourne, Masters of Biotechnology Advisory Board. He is the immediate past Chair of the BioMelbourne Network Inc and has chaired and been a member of numerous industry association committees including Industry Policy, Strategy, Access, Quality Use of Medicines and Continuing Education and is a former member of the National Prescribing Service, Medicines Industry Liaison Group.

In addition to Andrew’s health technology industry roles, he is particularly interested in social justice and disadvantage and was Chairman of Melbourne City Mission, a trustee of the Dr. John Singleton Trust and a former Councillor of Whitley College, University of Melbourne. He has also chaired various advisory boards and committees for The Salvation Army. In February 2010, Andrew was featured in the AICD’s Directors Social Impact Study and shared his experiences as a Not for Profit non-executive director. He is a regular presenter and speaker at AICD member briefings and events.

Andrew has an undergraduate degree in Science and post graduate degrees in Business and Commercial Law.

Rhys Hayes, Chief Executive Officer + Founder of IE Group, Founding Member of The Grid

Rhys Hayes is the Founder and CEO of IE, an independent innovation company that works with corporate teams to launch new ideas to market. He is a serial entrepreneur and host of Silicon Block.

Rhys will share the vision, purpose and opportunities of The Grid with BioMelbourne audience.
The Grid, a nod in name to Robert Hoddle's 1837 business-friendly CBD street design (Hoddle Grid), is a global festival for future business and ideas to be hosted in Melbourne in 2022 and held annually. The Grid will bring together the best innovators, business leaders, change makers, government allies and pioneers of the future once a year, supercharging Victoria and Australia’s position on the global business stage.

The Grid is a for-profit social enterprise, governed, first and foremost by its mission to drive economic growth and prosperity for the state of Victoria.

Michael Johnson, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Rhinomed Ltd

Michael is an experienced leader and innovator who has specialised in the successful commercialisation of emerging technologies and brands for over 20 years. Michael has worked in and for a wide spectrum of companies from ASX300 through to start-up companies in Life Sciences, Cleantech, Financial Services, Energy and Utilities, Manufacturing, Marketing and Communication. Michael’s most recent work has focused on helping companies envision and create new growth and innovation, manage and grow technology platforms and achieve sustainable growth through business model innovation.

Michael has been a Principal at two leading global consulting firms where he advised on innovation and competing in heavily regulated industries. Prior to that he held senior roles within some of the world’s most successful marketing and communication firms where he launched a number of high profile new products and brands. Michael received a Masters in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Swinburne University and a Bachelor’s degree with distinction in Business from Monash University.

Lisa Dubé, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Cancer Therapeutics CRC

Ms Lisa Dubé is an experienced business leader in the biotech sector and has been the Acting Chief Executive Officer of Cancer Therapeutics since August 2020. She also held the role of Business Director and Company Secretary since joining Cancer Therapeutics in February 2018.
She has extensive experience in management and research including governance, finance and quality control. Prior to joining Cancer Therapeutics, Lisa held the position of Business Manager for the CRC for Mental Health and managed the research and commercialisation of mental health biomarkers. Lisa started her career in research laboratories and has worked overseas and within Australia at the Burnet Institute, the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and the Australian Genome Research Facility.

Lisa has a BSc in Biochemistry, an MBA from the University of Victoria, Canada and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Member - Virtual Ticket$35.00
Non Member - Virtual Ticket$45.00


February 4
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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