The Propel your career into life sciences webinar series hosted by Life Sciences Queensland Limited (LSQ) and supported by Evolve Scientific Recruitment and TranZition Group, provides an opportunity for participants to gain insights, ask questions and seek advice on careers in life sciences from industry experts and key influencers through interactive presentations and panel discussions.
Increase your knowledge and awareness of the local life sciences industry in Queensland and Australia as LSQ and their industry partners profile disruptive technologies, future jobs and skills needed in the industry to help adapt and boost employment opportunities and make career transitions seamless.
Each month the series will delve into a different industry within the life sciences sector aimed at students, industry professionals, academics, career advisors and employers.
This series is free for LSQ Member organisations employees as well as students of Member universities.
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Technology transfer, also known as commercialisation, along with functions of business development and industry engagement help connect key stakeholders who work towards translating new innovations coming from research into products or services that will improve people’s lives and create social and economic impact. These occupations stretch across universities, research institutes and industry positions. Careers within these knowledge exchange positions require skilled graduates who are not only technically competent in science and technology but also have business acumen. This webinar will give you an overview of various career opportunities in technology transfer, business development and industry engagement and the skills and experience you should have to kickstart a career in this area. Hear from local experts from start-ups to the global pharmaceutical sector as they details how they transitioned their careers from academia to business development and what they do on a daily basis at work.
Kylie Ellis – Head of Research Services – Microba
Dr Kylie Ellis is a specialist in business and research partnerships, with a strong scientific research background that allows her to leverage knowledge for project design and management. She has a PhD in neuroscience and regenerative medicine from The University of Adelaide and a background in research commercialisation at two Group of Eight Universities. Through this experience, she has honed her skills in identifying scientific inventions and partnering them with real-world applications with an end goal of market introduction. Dr Ellis utilises this experience and skill as Head of Research Services at Microba to develop bespoke solutions for research clients and identify global commercial partnership opportunities. She has built a successful and influential business model that services clients internationally and continues to increase in growth and opportunity.
Anand Gautam – Executive Director & Emerging Science Lead (Asia & Asia Pacific) – Pfizer
Dr Anand Gautam has had wide-ranging leadership roles in R&D and innovation strategies in Inflammation/Autoimmune Diseases/Cancer at international biotech and pharmaceutical companies for over 30 years. Anand has spent over 12 years as an academic in Immunology in prestigious research centres in the UK (PhD at University of London), US (post-doc at Stanford University, California), and Australia (Academic positions at ANU, Canberra & UQ, Brisbane). Before joining Pfizer as a Head of External Science & Innovation, ANZ & Southeast Asia in April 2017, Anand was a Senior Director of R&D Innovation Sourcing at Novo Nordisk, Copenhagen for eight years. Prior to that, Anand was VP of R&D at Progen (Brisbane, Australia), and SVP of External Science & Collaboration at Pharmexa (Denmark). Dr Gautam has obtained numerous grants to carry out his scientific research, including an NIH gran; a Career Development Award from Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International, USA; and a Howard Florey Young Investigator’s Award from the ANU, Canberra. Anand serves on number committees (e.g. AusBiotech and Bridge Program at MTPconnect, Australia), is a Life Science Queensland Ambassador, and is an Adjunct Professor at The Institute for Molecular Biosciences, University of Queensland.
Erin Rayment – Executive Director, Industry Engagement – QUT
Erin is a leader in commercialisation, passionate about creating impact with research and is currently the Executive Director, Industry Engagement at the Queensland University of Technology. Prior to joining QUT, Erin has led industry engagement and research development for several universities and has worked across Australia and the United Kingdom. She has a PhD in tissue engineering, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, is a Registered Technology Transfer Professional and a past Superstar of STEM. Erin contributes to the commercialisation policy discussion through her role as Chair of Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia. She is also Chair of QUT Bluebox and a Director of CelluAir.
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