The Adelaide Biodesign course launched on the 3rd of May, 2018, and featured talks from Dr Leanna Read, Chief Scientist for South Australia, and Dr Maud Eijkenboom, Executive Officer for Accelerating Australia and course director for the 2017 Perth course.

Adelaide Biodesign has been tailored to suit the environment and resources available in South Australia. Instead of a 6 month course, Adelaide Biodesign runs over 12 months and incorporates the highly successful eChallenge as well as mentoring and support from the ThincLab incubator thanks to generous support from the University of Adelaide and Flinders University.

The Team

Kiara Bechta-Metti

Kiara Bechta-Metti is the Director, Adelaide Enterprise, the technology transfer office for the University of Adelaide, which has a mandate to accelerate commercialisation through licensing and new start-up companies. Kiara has more than 20 years' experience in technology commercialisation, finance and new business creation in Australia and the United States. From 2005-2014, Kiara led the commercialisation on a wide range of technologies developed at CSIRO across the fields of agriculture, food, health and mining. Prior to CSIRO, she was a financial analyst in equities research at global financial firms UBS and Deutsche Bank, with a focus on healthcare, medical device and biotechnology companies. Kiara started her career working for several Silicon Valley-based biotechnology firms, after completing her degree from UC Berkeley in Molecular and Cellular Biology.

Paul Rolan

Professor Paul Rolan is a clinical pharmacologist, drug developer and physician whose career has been divided between university and pharmaceutical industry both in Australia and the UK. He took a key role in developing a university spin out clinical research company in Manchester, UK to become the largest clinical research unit in the country. He returned to Australia in 2005 where he was Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Adelaide before joining a small team taking the first Singaporean based pharmaceutical company to listing on the local stock market. Since 2016 he has been the Director of Innovation at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Adelaide, bringing innovations to undergraduate and postgraduate education, with a focus on commercialisation and entrepreneurial skills. He has been principal investigator in over 700 clinical research studies, is an angel investor and continues to advise pharmaceutical companies on drug development.

Amanda Lee

Amanda Lee is the Office Manager, Adelaide Enterprise, the technology transfer and commercialisation arm of the University of Adelaide. A finalist in the South Australian Young Business Leaders Program 2013, Amanda’s skillset lies in the organisation of people, programs and projects. With multidisciplinary experience at the University of Adelaide since 2012, she is enthusiastic about contributing to the positive impact that is had by taking South Australian research and ideas to their full potential. Responsible for the facilitation of Adelaide Biodesign, Amanda is the first point of contact for any course enquiries you may have.

Applications are now open for Adelaide Biodesign 2019!

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