New Panel To Create Jobs In Health And Medical Research

A new panel of experts has been established to drive leadership and excellence in Victorian health and medical research, attracting more investment and jobs to Victoria.

Fourteen members will sit on the new Science, Medical Research and Technology Panel, led by Ms Brigitte Smith, Co-founder and Managing Director of GSB Venture Partners as the inaugural Chair, with Professor Kathryn North, AM, Director of Murdoch Children’s Research Institute as the Deputy Chair.

The panel will provide advice on attracting funding for medical research, protecting intellectual property, and the translation and commercialisation of research.

This will help drive global investment in Victoria’s world-renowned health and medical research sector, create jobs, and deliver new treatments and technologies that help improve health outcomes for all Victorians.

The expert 14 member panel is made up of:

  • Ms Brigitte Smith – Co-founder and Managing Director of GSB Venture Partners
  • Professor Kathryn North AM – Director of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
  • Dr Amanda Caples – Victoria’s Lead Scientist
  • Professor Alan Trounson – Distinguished Scientist at the Hudson Institute
  • Professor Brendan Crabb AC – Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Burnet Institute
  • Professor Bronwyn Kingwell – Head of the Metabolic and Vascular Physiology Laboratory Program at Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute
  • Mr Frank McGuire – Parliamentary Secretary for Medical Research
  • Dr George Morstyn – Chairman of Biomedical Research Victoria
  • Dr Jackie Fairley – Chief Executive Officer of Starpharma Holdings
  • Dr Jenny Petering – Of Counsel at FB Rice, Patent Attorneys
  • Dr Kerry Hegarty – Business Development Director at the University of Melbourne
  • Dr Rob Grenfell – Director of CSIRO, Health and Biosecurity
  • Professor Sharon Lewin – Director of the Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity
  • Mr Simon McKeon AO – Chancellor of Monash University.

Quote attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy

“We’re getting on with growing Victoria’s vibrant health and medical research sector by attracting more global investment to create more jobs and boost the economy.”

Quote attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Medical Research Frank McGuire

“I’m proud to join this panel of experts whose important work will ensure our first-class medical research sector can remain globally competitive, now and into the future.”