Program highlights


Peter Molloy, CEO of Race Oncology Ltd

Does the Australian drug development biotech sector create investor value? What are the impediments to value creation for biotech companies in Australia? Industry researcher and CEO of Race Oncology, Peter Molloy, will present answers to these questions at AusBiotech 2017. Based on public biotech company data from 2003 to 2016, Peter’s research represents the first long-term performance analysis of the drug development biotech sector in Australia, based on investor returns and value creation.


Innovation System Review with Charlie Day

Set to play an instrumental role in advancing Australian innovation, Charlie Day is tasked with developing a strategy to build a robust and effective innovation system by 2030. Delivering a plenary presentation at AusBiotech 2017, Charlie, the Chief Executive Officer of Innovation and Science Australia (ISA), will provide an update on the Innovation, Science and Research (ISR) System and strategic plan development.

Read Charlie Day names his top challenges as CEO of Innovation and Science Australia from the Australian Financial Review.


Inventing supply chains with Tim Oldham

How can supply chain development help create cures in the twenty-first century? In his plenary presentation, Tim Oldham will examine supply chains from a biotech perspective and discuss its implications for product development. Tim is the Chief Executive Officer of Cell Therapies, which is a recognised leader in manufacturing and distribution of cell-based therapies.

Read more about Cell Therapies.


Prof Barry Marshall and Dr Jenny Harry

Prof Barry Marshall pioneered our understanding of stomach ulcers, receiving the 2005 Nobel Prize and Physiology and Medicine with his colleague Dr Robin Warren for recognising the role of helicobacter pylori. Prof Marshall also founded Ondek, an Australian biotech company developing natural immune modulatory products. 

Dr Jenny Harry, CEO of Ondek, has 20 years' experience in executive management, securing global partnerships, commercialising technologies and raising capital.  Dr Harry's corporate experience extends to leading companies in the biotechnology and biopharmaceutical sectors with expertise in strategic planning and negotiating with multi-national corporations on the development and commercialisation of products.


Complementary medicines and health 

Explore the complementary medicines industry, gain insight into current legislation and potential reform and receive an overview of precision health and wellness at AusBiotech 2017 from: 

Justin Howden, Head of Government Relations, Public Policy, Scientific Development and Community Engagement, Swisse Wellness;

Lyndall Soper, Assistant Secretary of the Complementary and Over the Counter Medicines Branch, TGA; and

Prof Lynne Cobiac, Deputy Director & Science Director, CSIRO Health and Biosecurity, CSIRO.


Emerging regenerative medicine technologies, with Prof Melissa Little

Prof Melissa Little, Program Leader, Stem Cells Australia, says one of the key challenges for  emerging regenerative medicine technologies is maintaining the balance between hype and hope. 

Promising outcomes from clinical trials in regenerative medicine give hope to patients suffering from debilitating conditions. Despite these major advances in stem cell research, there remains much for research, clinicians and industry to discover.

Prof Little will discuss early-stage development and emerging technologies in the Regenerative Medicine stream at AusBiotech 2017. 


Asian regenerative medicine opportunities 

Japan is forging partnerships with Australian regenerative medicine companies, in effort to provide assistance for its rapidly ageing population.

Earlier this year AusBiotech CEO Glenn Cross and industry representatives from Orthocell and Regeneus joined Trade Minister, Steve Ciobo, in a visit to Tokyo. The delegation met with Japanese regulators and companies to strengthen collaboration between the two countries in the field of regenerative medicine.

Attend the AusBiotech 2017 session Asian regenerative medicine opportunities and perspectives to hear from representatives from the Korean Global Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Acceleration Center (GSRAC) and Japanese Forum for Innovative Regenerative Medicine (FIRM).


Key issues facing big pharma globally

What are the challenges and trends facing big pharmaceutical companies operating on the global stage. In a session chaired by Lorraine Chiroiu, Deputy CEO of AusBiotech, big pharma representatives will share their insights and discuss challenges:

  • Benjamin Thorner, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Development & Licensing, Merck Research Laboratories, UK;
  • Paul Spittle, Company President, Australia and New Zealand, AstraZeneca;
  • Dr Kevin Lynch, Vice President Search & Evaluation, AbbVie, United States; and
  • Dr Anand Gautam, Senior Director, Head of External Science & Innovation, Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia, Pfizer Australia

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