Header Image: Wei Sue, SBE by Springboard Enterprises Life Sciences Alumna, 2019.
SBE Australia is proud to have brought together a leading Life Sciences Council for their SBE by Springboard Enterprises Life Science program.
The Life Science Council is made up of a well connected, highly respected group of Life Science experts across the industries of biotech, pharma, medical devices and health tech. These experts invest their expertise and wisdom in to SBE and the participants and alumnae of the SBE by Springboard Enterprises Life Science program. Participants and alumnae also receive access to the Springboard Life Sciences council, which you can learn more about here.
The Council members advise and support participants and alumnae to help them achieve high-growth and ultimately successful global life science companies.
The SBE Life Science Council consists of the following members.
Kathy is the Senior Director of New Ventures, Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) for Johnson & Johnson Innovation, California and is responsible for implementing the Johnson & Johnson external partnerships and growth strategy across ANZ. As the technology scout for the pharmaceutical, medical device and consumer health businesses, Kathy is passionate about encouraging and building global collaborations to deliver new and disruptive healthcare solutions for people everywhere.
Kathy has a clinical, academic and legal background. She started her commercial career as the VP of Global Business Development for an Australian medical device company.
Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson Innovation, Kathy was the head of Innovation and Investment for Janssen Australia and NZ, held business development roles at Sanofi to drive in-licensing, out-licensing and acquisition activities for the ANZ and Asia Pacific businesses across the pharmaceutical and consumer health sectors. Kathy is a recognised leader and advocate for diversity and inclusion in the life sciences sector. In 2017 Kathy co-founded PAIG (Pharmaceutical Australia Inclusion Group), a Medicines Australia Special Interest Group dedicated to the development and promotion of diverse and inclusive work practices across the Australian pharmaceutical industries. In 2018 Kathy was recognised for her efforts in global business development, innovation, partnerships as well as her commitment to diversity and inclusion with the Women in Leadership Award by the BioMelbourne Network. Kathy has a clinical, commercial and legal background with more than 25 years cross-sector experience including in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, academia and hospital industries. She is based in Sydney Australia.
Clare Blain has worked with Life Sciences Queensland (LSQ) since its inception in 2011 and now represents the organisation’s members in her role as Chief Executive Officer.
Previously Chief Operating Officer and Operations Manager at LSQ, Clare is passionate about highlighting the integral role life science innovation plays in Queensland’s diverse economy.
Prior to joining LSQ, Clare was Marketing Manager at Queensland Clinical Trials Network where she played a key role in positioning the organisation as the primary point of contact for preclinical and clinical research in Australia. As a result, she successfully identified and connected a range of sponsors with members, including research institutions, hospitals, clinical research organisations and other life science service providers.
Clare also spent three years working with Master Builders Queensland where she gained valuable insights into membership bodies and the construction industry.
Through her work at LSQ, Clare hopes to raise the profile of the life sciences sector on the world stage to help bring long-term economic, social and environmental benefits to Queenslanders.
Dr Amanda Caples BSc Hons PhD GAICD is Victoria’s Lead Scientist, a ‘catalyst’ responsible for working across the Victorian Government to identify opportunities for economic outcomes by building relationships between business, the research sector and government. Amanda brings to the role broad experience in technology commercialisation, public policy development and governance of public and private entities.
Amanda joined the Victorian public service in 2002 as the inaugural Director of Biotechnology and subsequently was appointed as the Executive Director Science and Technology and Deputy Secretary Sector Development and Programs to drive the state's science agenda. In these roles, Amanda has led the development of industry sector strategy plans, delivered research-led health initiatives, regulatory and legislative scientific reforms and established international business development and research alliances.
Christine is an experienced patent and trademark attorney, a business development professional having more than 30 years’ experience locally and internationally and is on the Boards of two ASX listed life-sciences companies. She founded and led the current management team of CSIRO’s IP portfolio and managed the growth of the CSIRO equity portfolio for the last 5 years. Prior to this role, Christine was in-house IP Counsel for Unilever in the UK and practised as a patent and trademark attorney for Wilson Gunn (UK), Davies Collison Cave and Griffith Hack in Melbourne.
Christine’s broad experience, spanning multiple roles and organisations, coupled with extensive IP advisory, structuring, applying for and protecting IP in a commercial setting, will add a unique skillset and depth to the Council.
Christine has a Bachelor of Science and major in Economics (Hons: Chem) from Monash University, Certificate in Intellectual Property Law from Queen Mary College, University of London, Masters of Enterprise from Melbourne University and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys UK. Christine has also been on the Board of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia since 2010.
During his 25-year career Jeff has covered all aspects of IP commercialisation for clients from multinational and large corporations through to investee companies of venture capital clients, and individual clients in the academic and not-for-profit sectors.
In 2007 he established Solubility to specialise in assisting creative clients in IP commercialisation law. He is in high demand to deliver presentations on IP and licensing to various clients, organisations and institutions, and has been the invited guest lecturer on Patents and Know How Licensing in the post graduate subject of Licensing Law at the University of Melbourne since 2008.
Jeff also has completed a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Pharmacology.
He has been a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) since 2011. Jeff was Recognised in the 2019 Doyles Guide listing of Leading Non-Contentious Intellectual Property Lawyers. He was also listed in IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, listed in each edition of the superseded IAM Licensing 250: The World’s Leading Patent & Technology Licensing Lawyers (2010 and 2011/2012), listed in IAM 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Jeff is rated as an IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property magazine for Patents, Trade Marks and Copyright since 2014. He's also a member of volunteer panel of lawyers for the Arts Law Centre Australia, the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV), Licensing Executives Society ANZ (LESANZ) since 2001, and former trustee and secretary. He pioneered the inaugural LESANZ Licensing Year in Review seminar in 2012 and continues to present it each year.
Kerry is an experienced Director, CEO, Investor and Advisor.
Her interests lie in working with early-stage technology assets led by people who are seeking targeted advice to bring novel products to market in healthcare. As an industry, there is no better time to assist well-researched, well-articulated concepts to enter the development pathway and to deliver globally. With more than 35 years of experience in the commercialisation of early-stage technologies, Kerry looks for selected opportunities to work with teams to fill the gaps in the value proposition and navigate across the inevitable road bumps of product development.
Kerry's experiences include serving both public and private companies in senior executive roles, translating technology from concept to global sales in both the energy and biotech sectors. As part of the required mix, she also enjoys raising capital, designing optimum deal structures, negotiating and creating strong teams.
Dr Emma Ball is Director Strategy and Business Development and Head of Search & Evaluation at CSL Limited. Her role involves scoping and assessing licensing and M&A opportunities globally as well as negotiating and executing those deals. In addition, Emma holds a number of advisory positions such as AusBiotech Victorian Branch Committee Member, NHMRC Development Grants Working Committee (Commercialisation Peer Reviewer), Monash University Bachelor of Biomedical Science Course Advisory Board Member and Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS) Mentor.
Previous roles within CSL include Director Therapeutic Area Strategy, Director Commercial Development, R&D Program Director, Senior Manager Licensing & Partnerships and Senior Project Manager R&D. Prior to joining CSL, Emma worked in project management in small biotech. She trained initially as a molecular biologist and gained her PhD in 1999 from the University of Melbourne, followed by Postdoctoral studies in oncology and endocrinology at Monash University, Melbourne. Emma also holds an MBA from RMIT University, Melbourne, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
Emma's specialties lie in life sciences commercialisation, business development & licensing, business strategy, drug development, R&D program management and governance.
Rob is a specialist in the structuring and negotiation of patent licences and contracts for the commercialization of technologies. He also advises founders of, and investors in, technology ventures. He is one of the few Australian lawyers to have met Certified Licensing Professional requirements.
Rob is recognised as an 'IP Star' by Managing Intellectual Property, and since 2010 he's been ranked as Australia's highest recommended IP licensing lawyer. Rob combines intense legal and client focus with a completely collegial and easy-to-interact-with demeanour.
Pre-eminent Robert B McInnes is distinguished by his precise specialism in patent licensing and his negotiation of top-of the- line deals.
Having gained experience both as a lawyer in private practice and as an in-house manager of IP and technology transfer, Rob's preferred role is as a close adviser to management in research organizations and technology-based ventures. He likes to help managers make business decisions and negotiate assertively to achieve favourable outcomes; He's not just an arm's length technical adviser.
Dr Laura Issa is responsible for implementing the business development and external partnerships strategy across Australia and New Zealand for AbbVie Inc., a global specialty biopharmaceutical company. In this capacity, Laura engages with companies, entrepreneurs, scientists and investors across the biopharma and medtech innovation ecosystem to bridge connectivity with AbbVie scientists. Laura’s ultimate mission is to build collaborative research partnerships, licensing opportunities and venture investments that align with AbbVie’s areas of interest, covering immunology, oncology, neuroscience, eye care, women’s health and virology.
Laura is also passionate about enabling healthcare innovation and achieving equitable access to medicines with quality use of medicines. Laura is proud to partner with stakeholders to enable the innovation process, in ways that prime the pipeline and ensure we create lasting impact for the Australian economy and for patients. She achieves this through active participation on various industry advisory committees and skills-building initiatives, including the Bridge Program and SBE Australia.
Laura bridges science and business, having had over 20 years’ experience across the academic, biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors, at all stages of the product life cycle. Laura is especially skilled at building value-based partnerships that advance medical research and innovation.
Prior to joining AbbVie, Laura held Senior Business Development and Licensing roles at Aspen Pharmacare and Merck Sharp Dohme, where she led projects across all therapeutics areas and executed partnership deals with local, regional and global companies. Prior to transitioning to the pharmaceutical industry, Laura held positions in technology transfer and licensing, clinical research and academic research.
Laura achieved a PhD from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research (UNSW, 1999) and Master of Business Administration-Technology (UNSW; 2005). Laura is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Cathy has extensive experience in both academic research and industry drug development. Following a PhD at the Florey and postdoctoral fellowships at Stanford and WEHI, Cathy moved to the biotech industry, at Amrad Corporation, Zenyth Ltd, CSL Limited, Catalyst Therapeutics Pty Ltd, and the Cancer Therapeutics CRC (CTx). In 2017 she joined BioCurate Pty Ltd, where she manages the portfolio of projects internalized from the Universities, working closely with project leaders, inventors and CROs to ensure rigorous and timely outcomes.
Cathy is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a specialist in project management, communications, education, stakeholder management and strategic planning, and is passionate about fostering the translation of research into real world impact on patients.