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Monash Innovation

Dr Alastair Hick

Alastair is Director, Monash Innovation, at Monash University. Following ten years as a research scientist in the UK he has spent ten years involved in commercialisation of technologies from Universities and Research Institutes around the world.

He spent three years at Plant Bioscience Ltd, an independent technology transfer company managing technologies in plant and microbial science and then four years at Cambridge Enterprise at the University of Cambridge. There he was Head of Life Sciences, responsible for commercialisation of all technologies in the life and medical science areas.

Since arriving in Australia he has worked at Monash University where he has a played a key role in building the Industry Engagement and Commercialisation Group, as well as helping establish the $30M Trans Tasman Commercialisation Fund. He had considerable deal making and negotiating experience, and has lectured on aspects of technology transfer for UnicoPraxis in the UK and Australia. In 2009 he was elected as a Vice Chair of Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia.

Dr Hick has a BSc in Chemistry with Biochemistry from the University of Southampton, a PhD in Chemical Ecology from the Open University and an MBA from the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge.

Dr David Lyster

David is the Manager for Research Partnerships in the Monash Innovation Office. After spending more than 6 years as an NHMRC principal researcher in neuropharmacology at Monash, David joined the University's commercialisation group in 1995 as a technology consultant.

Since then he has been responsible for the identification, protection and commercialisation of selected early stage university research outcomes, the management of university contract research and consulting activities, strategic planning, marketing, and the development and training of support staff.

More recently he has taken on the responsibility of managing Monash's interests in Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs). David sits on the board of a number of start up companies and CRCs. He has also operated a successful private technology consulting business providing services to other Australian universities and the private sector.

David's experiences have given him an understanding of the issues facing scientists in our major research institutions and the processes needed to take early stage, high-risk technologies from the bench to the market place.

Ms Maria Harrison-Smith

Maria is the Patent Manager within Monash Innovation at Monash University.

Maria is a registered Patent and Trade Marks Attorney. She has been involved in intellectual property (IP) management for a number of years, firstly at the Austin Research Institute in Melbourne, followed by three years as IP Manager at the Burnet Institute. She has also managed the IP portfolios for a number of smaller biotech investment companies, including Xenotrans Ltd, IgAvax Pty Ltd and 4G Vaccines Ltd.

Maria has a BSc from Monash University specialising in biochemistry and immunology. Prior to moving into the field of IP Management, she worked in various research laboratories including Mimotopes Pty Ltd, the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, University College London and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Centre.

She has also taught various biotechnology subjects in the TAFE departments of both RMIT and Swinburne universities. She has a Graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law from University of Melbourne.

Ms Mariea Georgiou

Mariea is the Patent Secretary to the Monash Innovation team and has over 20 years experience in the patent field. She 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.





Monash Industry Partnerships

Joseph Lawrence

Joseph is responsible for fostering industry partnerships for innovation and education at Monash University, across all faculties and portfolios. 

He has over 14 years of specialist experience in industry-university-government partnership building and was previously the Director of Business Development for Science at Monash (2012-2014). He was responsible for industry engagement, research development and IP commercialisation. 

Previously, he was a Senior Development Manager at Macquarie University (2011-2012). Prior to this, Joseph was the Director of the Electric Power Engineering Centre (EPECentre), which is NZ's Centre of Excellence for Power Engineering, hosted within the University of Canterbury. The Centre is regarded as an exemplar for industry-university collaboration and Joseph produced the strategic business plan for its establishment in 2002. 

Joseph has a Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and a Technical MBA (Master of Engineering in Management) from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He is also a PMP certified project management professional.

Faculty Business Development Managers 

Faculty of Arts

Ms Beverley Baugh

Bev is the Group Manager, Research and Business Development in the Faculty of Arts. Bev works across disciplinary boundaries within Arts, and across the University, to engage staff in the development of competitive and collaborative research grants and contracts, including ARC Linkage Projects, where she works with her team to assist in the identification of suitable external partners.

She is responsible for the management of the Research and Business Development team and has oversight of all its research, engagement and commercial activities. She provides leadership, strategic advice and support for staff to enable our researchers to work effectively with business, government and the wider community towards mutually beneficial outcomes.

Bev has over 20 years management and business development experience in previous roles in higher education in the UK. She has extensive social research expertise and experience, and considerable success in bidding for, and facilitating, regional, national and international projects and partnerships. Bev holds an MBA from the University of Nottingham in the UK.

Ms Vanja Radojevic

Vanja works as the Partnerships and Business Development Manager in the Faculty of Arts where she leads the business development of category 2-4 research. She is responsible for identification, development, costing and negotiation of the Faculty's research and commercial projects.

Prior to her engagement at the Faculty of Arts, Vanja worked on research and business proposal development for the Faculty of Education. She has project managed a variety of research, consultancy and professional development programs within the Faculty of Education, funded commercially and via government grants.

Before joining Monash, Vanja worked in the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and different UN agencies where she worked on proposal development, project management, program oversight and financial management. She is currently finalising her Master of Business Management. She is fluent in Italian and Spanish.

Faculty of Education

Ms Bronwyn Smith

Ms Bronwyn Smith

Bronwyn manages the Faculty Development Portfolio in the Faculty of Education at Monash. The Development Office is responsible for overseeing and managing the strategic engagement, partnership and commercially focused academic activities of the faculty. The portfolio has a dedicated Associate Dean of Development, and also works closely with the Associate Dean of Research in its research activities.

The Development team provides support for relationship management, contract/commercial research and education development and contract and project management, international strategic engagement and research and education partnerships, including cross-faculty and external partnerships. A key part of the Development activities are supporting ARC Linkage partnerships.

Bronwyn has been in this role since 2007. Previous to working at Monash she held academic positions in the School of Psychology at Deakin University, the Epidemiology unit at Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre, and the School of Psychology at James Cook University. She is currently undertaking her PhD in Psychology.

Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology

Mr Michael Wade

Mick is a Business Development Manager with the Faculty of Engineering. He has over 20 years industry experience working in R&D to carry out new product development and end-to-end commercialisation of research. With a mechanical engineering background he has worked in the automotive, communications and marine industries in Europe, USA and Australia.

In recent years he has managed design engineering project teams, company IP portfolios, and has worked with government bodies to successfully apply for & manage multi-million dollar State and Federal grants. He is the co-inventor on a number of patents, and in 2007 was the recipient of an Australian International Design Award.

Since September 2008 he has worked in the Faculty of Engineering coordinating research funding, industry engagement and commercialisation activities for the many diverse capabilities and requirements within all the Faculty departments.

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Dr John Morrison

As Research Director, Research Translation at Monash University's Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences since 2009, John has worked with a diverse range of stakeholders to accelerate the transfer of research into a range of outcomes; promoting private equity investment and commercial grants.

John 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 is the Senior Business Development Manager (SBDM) for the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

He has over 25 years research, commercialisation and management experience in the biotechnology sector in Australia and USA. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Immunology from Monash University, a PhD from The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research (The University of Melbourne) and was an NHMRC C.J. Martin Fellow at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda (USA).

Jason has held senior positions at Johnson & Johnson Pty Ltd; the Children's Medical Research Institute (Westmead); the CSIRO; the Australian Tissue Engineering Centre Limited, Benitec Limited, and Horizon Science. For the last 3 years he was the SBDM for the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at The University of Melbourne. Jason is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) and has held several Board positions.

Jason 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 consistent with the research strategies of the Faculty. He also assists with the commercialisation of intellectual property developed wholly or in part within the Faculty.

Dr Michael Bettess

Michael has over 20 years of experience in both life science research and technology commercialisation. His commercial roles have been predominantly focused on the identification, development, project management and commercialisation of academically derived opportunities.

Prior to joining Monash, Michael was an Investment Manager and CEO at Trans-Tasman Fund Management Pty Ltd (TTFM), a $30 million seed and venture capital fund management company that specialised in investments from the academic sector in Australia and New Zealand. At TTFM Michael managed the Life Science portfolio and led due diligence on numerous opportunities, including Ruga Corporation (US), Nexvet Biopharma Pty. Ltd. (AU) and Heart Metabolics (UK) - where Michael was appointed as a Director.

Prior to joining TTFM, Michael was a 'Roche Research Foundation' Post-Doctoral fellow at the Swiss Experimental Cancer Research Institute (ISREC) in Lausanne, Switzerland. Upon his return to Australia he was appointed Manager of Commercial Development at Flinders Partners Pty. Ltd. (the commercialisation company of Flinders University).

Michael holds a first class honours degree and PhD in developmental and stem cell biology from the University of Adelaide and an MBA from La Trobe University, specialising in technology management.

Ms Katrina Sorocos

Katrina is a Business Development Associate with the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. In her role she supports the Faculty's researchers through provision of technical due diligence, market research, contract development and industry engagement activities to identify and engage potential partners for either commercialisation of Faculty research or research partnerships for Faculty capabilities.

Previously she completed an internship as an investment analyst with Trans Tasman Commercialisation Fund (TTCF). In this role she conducted due diligence on projects, sourced new opportunities from member universities and assisted in building investment proposals and presentations.

Katrina holds a Bachelor of Biotechnology with Honours (1st Class) from Monash University, specialising in Immunology and Developmental Biology. She received the Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology top Honours student prize for 2009. Katrina has also completed a Masters of Business (Science and Technology) from Monash University, earning an inclusion on the Dean's Commendation List for 2010 and 2nd place in the National Australia Bank Science in Business Awards for her commercialisation project on Nexpep Pty. Ltd., an early stage biotechnology company. Katrina is also a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society.

Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences)

Dr Rocco Iannello

Rocco is the Director, Business Development – Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, working with the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences and the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He was awarded his Ph.D. from the Faculty of Medicine, Sydney University followed by post-doc work at UCSF in the USA.

Further research was carried out at the Murdoch Institute, Children's Hospital and then at the Monash Institute of Medical Research where he was Senior Scientist and Associate Director of the Functional Genomics and Human Disease Group at the Institute. Rocco's research interests included gene regulatory mechanisms and cell differentiation in the areas of myogenesis, spermatogenesis and neurogenesis as well as the role of oxidative stress in neurological disease.

Since 2002, Rocco has pursued commercially related interests in the biomedical field at Monash University where he has been responsible for commercialisation of projects, development of networks and links to industry and other external stakeholders. He has been involved in the formation of a number of spin-out companies, establishing license agreements and ensuring the adequate protection of appropriate intellectual property.

Rocco is currently a Director of the CRC Biomedical Imaging Development, a member of the Clinical Trials and Commercialization Committee, a Director of ITFP Pty Ltd, a Director Paranta Biosciences and previously was Chair of the Victorian Branch of AusBiotech.

Faculty of Science

Ms Angeline Bartholomeusz

Angeline is a Business Development Manager for the Faculty of Science at Monash. She is responsible for business development, partnerships and Intellectual Property (IP) commercialisation and research strategy across the Faculty.

Previously, she was the Commercialisation Manager at Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI) in Melbourne. MCRI is the largest medical research institute in Australia. As the Commercialisation Manager, Angeline was responsible for both Business Development and IP Management for the campus which included both MCRI as well as research performed at the Royal Children's Hospital.

Prior to joining MCRI, Angeline was employed at the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory for 14 years. She is an international expert researcher on Hepatitis B virus and the inventor on a large portfolio of patents (36 granted patents which includes 21 granted 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. As well as being a researcher she was also the Intellectual Property Manager and assisted with Business Development and was a consultant to the Start-up company.

Angeline completed both her undergraduate degree and her PhD at Monash University.

Her professional interests include Research and Development, technology commercialisation, project management and strategic planning research.

Dr Sharon Morley

Sharon is a Business Development Associate with the Faculty of Science at Monash. She is responsible for business development, partnerships and research proposal development.

Previously, Sharon worked with the School of Biological Sciences at Monash in a Research Development role for the Australian Centre for Biodiversity. In this role she worked with academic and student members, developing research grant teams and proposals, organising events, distributing research results and advertising success. Sharon also spent seven years working for the Department of Primary Industries in Plant Health and Biosecurity. In this role she maintained and managed the Victorian Plant Disease herbarium.

In 2002, Sharon's PhD examining lichen populations in Victoria's limited and threatened rainforests was conferred. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Management) with honours (1st Class) from Deakin University.

Her professional interests include research and development, grant proposal development, project management and event management.

Mr Julian Vultaggio

Julian is a Business Development Associate within the Faculty of Science at Monash to support IP Commercialisation and Industry Collaboration.

Previously, he was Business Development Assistant in Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) where he focused on technical due diligence, market research and technology promotion. Prior to this, Julian spent more than three years as a Life Sciences Technology Transfer Officer for the University of Liege (Belgium). In this role he assisted academic researchers in the areas of IP and technology commercialisation, industries partnership and collaborative projects in Health Science.

Julian holds a Bachelor in Biology from the University Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg (France) and a Master degree in Biotechnology and Law from the University Francois Rabelais in Tours (France).