Staff profiles

Monash Innovation

Dr Alastair Hick

Alastair has over 20 years of combined experience in the research and technology commercialisation sectors. In the UK, Alastair was Head of Life Sciences at Cambridge Enterprises and also worked with the independent technology transfer company, Plant Bioscience Ltd. In Australia, Alastair facilitated  the  establishment  of  the  $30M  Trans-Tasman Commercialisation Fund, expanded the Monash University Industry Engagement and Commercialisation Group and is the Chair of Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia.

Maria Harrison-Smith

Maria is a registered Patent and Trade Marks Attorney. She has considerable experience in intellectual property management, with previous roles at medical research institutes (Burnet Institute and Austin Research Institute) and numerous small biotech companies. Prior to this, Maria was a research scientist  at  the  Walter  and  Eliza  Hall Institute as well as in London and Colorado. Maria has also taught biotechnology at RMIT and Swinburne Universities.

Dr David Lyster

David manages major collaborations at the Monash Innovation Office, as well as working closely with Engineering and Information Technology. David has been with Monash University’s commercialisation team for many years, following six years as an NHMRC principal researcher. David oversees the identification,  protection  and  commercialisation  of  early  stage university research opportunities, contract research and consultancy agreements, Monash interests in Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) as well as strategic planning. David has run a technology consultancy business and sits on the board of a  number  of  start-ups  and  CRCs.

Dr Kathy Nielsen

Kathy manages commercialisation activities for Medicine, Nursing and Health Science as well as Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Jordan Thurgood

Jordan works with discoveries and inventions from Engineering and Information Technology. Jordan has firsthand experience in translating technology into a start-up company. As an inventor on numerous patent applications and as a patent manger for a spin-out company, Jordan has insights into the opportunities  and  challenges  researchers  and  industry  face in seeking to commercialise inventions. Jordan won the 2016 CSIRO-sponsored Knowledge Commercialisation Australasian Scholarship to attend the AUTM Annual Conference in San Diego.

Dr Nadine Brew

Nadine specialises in pharmaceutical, biotechnology and health technologies. She contributes to investment proposal and contract preparation, marketing, technology development and financial analyses. She has completed a Churchill travel fellowship on research commercialisation in Germany, US and Singapore,  as  well  as  the  Victorian  government-sponsored ‘Molecules to Medicine’ research commercialisation program. She has also been seconded to the Medical Research Commercialisation Fund, responsible for investing in Australian medical discoveries. Nadine completed a Ph.D. at Monash University  and  was  a  postdoctoral  researcher  at the Ritchie Centre and Children’s National Hospital in Washington D.C. Nadine is jointly appointed as the Business Development Coordinator at the Hudson Institute of Medical Research.

Mariea Georgiou

Mariea provides administrative, secretarial and office management support to the IP Manager and IP and Contract Associate to enable the office to perform its functions efficiently and effectively. Mariea has over 20 years’ experience in the patent field.

Lynette Hogan

Lynette provides a range of services to assist with queries around commercial agreements and royalty payments. She also tracks and reports on university commercialisation activities. Lynette has a background in science and has worked across research, industry and government sectors in marketing and  business  development.  She  previously  established  a chemicals micro-business that was subsequently sold.

Monash Industry Partnerships

Prof Mohan Krishnamoorthy

As PVC, Mohan's role is to assist in cross-faculty, cross-campus industry engagement. Mohan’s ambition is for Monash University to be strongly connected with global organisations and to generate impact for industry and society through large-scale, goal-focused and use-inspired research programs.  Mohan  is  also  Professor  of  Operations Research in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering - his research interests lie in the use of advanced mathematical, statistical, simulation, and optimisation models to turn data into information that can be used to make better quality decisions.

Joseph Lawrence

Joseph is responsible for fostering industry partnerships for innovation and education at Monash University across all faculties and portfolios. Joseph has over 14 year’s specialist experience in industry, university and government partnership building. Joseph has held previous roles as the Director  of  Business  Development  for  Science  at Monash University and Senior Development Manager at Macquarie University. In New Zealand, Joseph produced the strategic business plan for establishment of the Electric Power and Engineering Centre (EPECentre), and was its Director for several years.

Dr Matt Nussio

As the Manager for Industry Partnerships, Matt works closely with industry, government and community partners to identify partnership and development opportunities with the University. Matt has a well-developed understanding of strategic markets. His focus is to deliver value to business stakeholders  as  well  as  establishing  strategic  partnerships of commercial importance. He has worked in academia, industry and government, also completing a PhD in Nanotechnology at Monash University.

Dr Sharon Morley

Sharon is involved in fostering industry partnerships across all faculties and portfolios at Monash. Sharon has considerable experience in research and grant development and marketing in both university and government sectors. She has particular experience in Victorian biodiversity and biosecurity as  well  as  project  management.  In  her role with Industry Partnerships, she assists with development of industry and government engagement to form linkages with Monash capabilities, and supports all aspects of project development.

Faculty Business Development Managers

Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Stuart Wallace

Stuart provides enterprise development support to the faculty of Art, Design and Architecture. Stuart has senior management experience in a wide range of business, government, industry and university engagement roles. He has considerable professional experience in Design and R&D Management. At MADA  Stuart  identifies  opportunities  for  Design,  Art and Architecture research activity and responds to external engagement and collaboration requests.

Faculty of Arts

Beverley Baugh

Bev works across disciplinary boundaries with her team to facilitate research grants and contracts with suitable external partners. Bev works within Arts and across the University to engage staff in the development of competitive research grants and contracts, including ARC linkage grants. Bev leads  the  Research  and  Business  Development  Team, to enable researchers to work effectively with business, government and the wider community. Bev has over 20 years management and business development experience in higher education in the UK. She has extensive social research expertise, and considerable  success  in  bidding  for  national  and international projects and partnerships.

Vanja Radojevic

Vanja leads business development of specific areas of research at Monash Arts. Vanja has project and proposal management experience in the university and international development sectors. In the Faculty of Education Vanja project managed commercially and grant funded research and professional development  programs.  Prior  to  this  Vanja  worked with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe as well as in different UN agencies. Vanja is fluent in Italian and Spanish.

Faculty of Education

Dr George Rivers

George has overall responsibility for industry engagement in the faculty. He actively promotes interdisciplinary research and works to build key relationships with external organisations. George has worked in a range of industry-related research projects and has a strong record of building key relationships  with  both  private  organisations  and  government departments. He has an active commitment to the promotion of interdisciplinary research and has been involved in collaborative research activities with a number of areas across the University. His research interests relate to the theory of the  firm  including  mergers  and  acquisitions,  downsizing and transaction costs.

Professor Edward Buckingham

Edward's areas of expertise are strategy, entrepreneurship, international business and change management. He has extensive experience in executive education, and has taught in French, Indonesian and Mandarin as well as English. His specialist areas in executive education include strategy and leadership.  His  industry interests include agribusiness, manufacturing, education and natural resources.

Faculty of Education

Louise Goold

Louise oversees strategic engagement, business development, commercially-focused activities and international relations for Monash Education. The team engages with Australian and international partners in consultancies, professional development programs and contract research as well as international  relations  initiatives.  Our  core  mission  is to develop and maintain strategic alliances that support and enhance the Faculty’s research and teaching. Louise has over 25 years of business development and global engagement experience in the higher education sector in Australia and the UK.  She  has  held  senior  roles  in three Australian universities and with the British Council and now leads the Engagement team in the Faculty of Education.

Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology

Madeleine McManus

Madeleine coordinates industry engagement for the faculty of Engineering and the faculty of Information Technology. Madeleine assists organisations wishing to engage with Monash University, including engagement with the Monash Industry Partnership Program and the Monash Industry Team Initiative. She has spent a number of years in the commercial and project engineering environment working in industries such as chemical, industrial and oil and gas both in Australia and overseas. Madeleine is passionate about working with engineers  of  the  future,  raising  the  profile of engineers in the wider community and ensuring the long term success of the profession.

Marc Pizzi

Marc collaborates with industry for projects at Monash Engineering, drawing on the wide-ranging and significant talent of researchers in the faculty. Marc works in partnership with the leadership team of Monash Engineering and aligned institutes and centres to deliver mutually beneficial research projects  with  our  industry  partners.  He  supports interdisciplinary research and develops meaningful relationships with external organisations including industry, government and community partners. Marc has over 25 years of experience in Infrastructure, Manufacturing and Services in Australia and internationally  as  an  Electrical  Engineer,  Project  Manager and Business Development Executive. He has worked in management and delivery of power sector development projects, maintenance of large infrastructure assets and project management within the commercial construction sector. Within the Services Sector Marc has  held  senior  HR  positions  and  more recently Stakeholder management and Business Development roles.

Shankar Cumarasamy

Shankar works closely with the Associate Dean of Research to build the commercially focused research activities of the faculty. He also works across Monash University to foster a strong collaboration with the food, agriculture and manufacturing businesses. Shankar holds both, science (BSc) and technology  (MTECH)  qualifications  and  his  experience  spans multiple sectors including manufacturing, agribusiness, government, and research services in Australia and New Zealand. He has over 18 years of experience delivering solutions to considerable R&D, regulatory and business challenges. The organisations  he  has  worked  for  include:  The Victorian Centre for Sustainable Chemical Manufacturing, Coca Cola Amatil / SPC Ardmona, Food Standards Australia New Zealand, NZ Pork, and Plant & Food Research.

Lynne Payne

Lynne works with industry partners to collaborate and engage with Monash IT. If you have a complex business challenge or a blue sky idea and would like to discuss the future of your innovation initiatives, Lynne would be delighted to introduce you to the wonderful talent at the faculty.

Faculty of Law

Chris Roberts

Chris drives engagement with industry and government to develop executive education programs and to enhance student experience through strategic partnerships. Chris is responsible for business development and industry engagement activity for both the legal sector and wider business sectors, aiming to  provide  outstanding  legal  professional  development  and executive education programs. Chris also manages and leads local and international partnerships, international programs and the careers/student experience portfolio. Chris has worked in digital marketing, business development and executive  education  in  the  media,  education  and not-for-profit sectors for more than fifteen years.

Nina Massara

Nina is the Senior Business Development Officer coordinating Executive and Continuing Education and Industry Collaboration for the Faculty of Law. Nina develops professional development programs for the legal sector ranging from short lectures and webinars to comprehensive executive retreats. She has  held  various  senior  executive  roles  at Monash Law School and has extensive sales, marketing and event management experience in corporate roles prior to Monash. She holds a Bachelor of Business from Victoria University.

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Dr John Morrison

John works with industry partners and researchers to accelerate the transfer of research in to a range or outcomes, promoting private equity investment and commercial grants. John has been with Monash University since 2009. He has more than 20 years' experience in the global biotechnology and medical  research  sectors  with  senior  roles  with major institutions and public and private biotechnology companies. His expertise covers structuring and negotiating alliances, deal-making, grant applications, stakeholder relations, term sheet negotiations, team management, R&D and business planning  as  well  as  technical  experience  across rodent genetics, genomics, stem cell biology and protein chemistry. His projects have been based in California, London, Melbourne and Johannesburg.

Dr Jason Smythe

Jason facilitates access to grants, contracts and tenders, working to develop relationships with the corporate sector, Government and funding agencies. He assists with commercialisation of IP developed wholly or in part within the faculty. Jason has over 25 years research, commercialisation and management  experience  in  the  biotechnology  sector  in Australia and USA. He has held senior positions in research and industry. He now provides leadership, management and support in developing relationships with the corporate sector, government and relevant funding agencies to facilitate competitive research  grants,  contracts,  tenders,  and  industry  engagement opportunities. He also assists with commercialisation of intellectual property developed wholly or in part within the faculty. Jason is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) and has held several Board positions.

Dr Darcelle Thompson

Darcelle provides business development support at the faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. Darcelle supports commercialising of intellectual property developed by the faculty and developing relationships with the corporate sector and government for grants, tenders and industry engagement.  She  has  over  15  years  experience in early stage research in the biotechnology sector, in asset development, intellectual property management, technology transfer and business development. Darcelle has worked as a registered Patent Attorney and in translating technology into an ASX listed start-up  company.

Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science

Joy Hewitt

Joy supports business development at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS), working with researchers and industry to reach mutually beneficial outcomes. An industry experienced business development professional, Joy has provided business development and project management services to  a  range  of  organisations  operating  in the biotechnology sector, including both established and start-up biotechnology companies, contract service providers, research institutes and universities. Most recently she was employed as Director, Business Development at Biota, following prior experience  as  Chief  Commercialisation  Officer  at  EQiTX Limited, General Manager of VacTX Pty Ltd and Business Development Manager at CSL Limited.

Faculty of Science

Greg Redden

Greg is responsible for strategic partnerships with industry, government and not for profits and the effective transfer of commercially relevant research outcomes. Greg has broad experience in the development and delivery of strategic programs across a wide range of disciplines, industries and geographies.  He  has  a  core  of  expertise in team development, organisational change and the commercial interfaces between government, research organisations and industry.

Angeline Bartholomeusz

Angeline is responsible for business development, partnerships and IP commercialisation and research strategy across Monash Science. Angeline has worked in commercialisation both at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI) in Melbourne where she was responsible for Business Development and IP  Management  for  MCRI  and  for  research performed at the Royal Children's Hospital, as well as at the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory. She is an expert researcher on Hepatitis B virus and the inventor on a large portfolio of patents (36 granted patents which includes 21 patents  in  the  US).  Her  work  was developed into a start-up company, which licensed the IP to all the major diagnostic companies worldwide and was subsequently sold. Her professional interests include Research and Development, technology commercialisation, project management and strategic planning  research.

Julian Vultaggio

Julian supports IP commercialisation and industry collaboration in the faculty of Science. Julian has worked as a Business Development Assistant at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) where he focused on technical due diligence, market research and technology promotion. As a Life Sciences Technology  Transfer  Officer  for  the  University  of Liege (Belgium), Julian assisted researchers in the areas of IP and technology commercialisation, industry partnerships and collaborative projects in Health Science. He has also been involved with a start-up in the health space. Julian is a fluent French  speaker.