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Bio Connections Australia

Optimising Clinical Trials | Commercialising Great Science | Partnering for Growth

13-14 November 2018 | Pullman Melbourne on the Park

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Australia is well positioned to be a leading destination for early phase clinical trials, commencing over 1000 new trials each year. But how can we, and the rest of the world, further capitalise on this opportunity?

Bio Connections Australia is a brand new event designed to foster the growth of early phase clinical research in Australia. As a unique platform for networking and discussion, the conference will explore drug development, early phase clinical trials, translational research and expediting Australia’s great science into commercialisation.

Bringing together a mix of the nation’s industry executives, researchers, and academics, the two-day event will also be attended by international pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies looking to conduct clinical trial activity in Australia.

Conference agenda topics & features:

  • The opportunities and obstacles to early phase clinical trials in Australia vs International
  • Aussie biotech success stories & the path to commercial success
  • Optimising drug development in Australia
  • Global best practice tools & techniques for designing a clinical development programme
  • Leveraging Emerging Technologies Including Machine Learning & Deep Sequencing for Clinical Development
  • Medical device trials in Australia
  • Assessing partnerships in clinical trials
  • Translational research and expediting research into commercialization
  • Models for turning discovery into drugs
  • Finding the funding – navigating challenges and getting ahead of the pack
  • Government incentives for biotech, pharma and medtech companies in Australia
  • Recruitment and engagement in clinical trials across Australia
  • Mitigating risk and ensuring patient safety
  • Australia as a springboard into Asia – regional partnership opportunities
  • The regulatory environment in Australia & comparing international regulatory pathways
  • Governance, bureaucracy, ethics: How we cultivate innovation rather than stifling it
  • Driving greater collaboration across academia and industry





Kevin Wightman

ARCS Board Director, Senior Industry Executive & Clinical Development Solutions Consultant

Dr Dan Abrams

CEO, Cerebral Therapeutics, USA

Xiaowei Shi

Executive Director, Clinical Operations, Asia-Pacific, BeiGene

Jolanta Airey

Early Clinical Development Physician, Clinical Pharmacology Translational Development, CSL Limited

Sharon Charles

Director of Medical Affairs, Mesoblast

Brad Joblin

Chief Scientific Officer, Q-Pharm Pty Limited

Phil Kearney

Director External Licensing, MSD

Megan Ford

Senior Director Research & Development, IQVIA

Nicoletta Muner

Director, Global Regulatory Affairs', CLINUVEL PHARMACEUTICALS

Dr Kilian Kelly

VP Product Development, Cynata Theraputics Ltd

Sameer Kassam

Partner, CharterNet

Michelle Gallaher

Managing Director, The Social Science

Roslyn Ristuccia

Co-Founder & CEO, ClinTrial Refer

Professor Lisa Askie

Director, Systematic Reviews & Health Technology Assessment, Manager, Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry, NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney

Tam Nguyen

Executive Officer Research, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne

Pip Palmer

Therapeutic Area Head, MSD Australia and New Zealand

Chris Huang MD

CMO, Phagelux Inc & Phagelux Australia Pty Ltd

Mary Nteris

PhD, GAICD, Director and Consultant, Regulatory and Related Services

Professor Sean Grimmond

Director of Cancer Research & Bertalli Chair of Cancer Medicine, University of Melbourne Centre for Cancer Research

Dr Dan Grant

CEO, MTP Connect

Glenn Begley

Chief Executive Officer, BioCurate Pty Ltd

Karyn Joyner

Chief Operating Officer, SPHERE Maridulu Budyari Gumal

Brett Roberts

Head of Strategic Partnerships, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Australia Pty Ltd

Dr Tina Soulis

Chief Executive Officer, Neuroscience Trials Australia

Anita Van Der Meer

Clinical Research Manager, Medtronic

Ben Wright

Chief Innovation Officer & Head of Investment Strategy, Cicada Innovations

Dr Campbell Spence

R&D Tax Incentive Consultant

Anne O’Neill

Director, Office for Health and Medical Research, NSW Ministry of Health

Professor Nikolai Petrovsky

Founder & Research Director, Vaxine and Professor, Flinders University

Professor Andrew Davidson

Medical Director, Melbourne Children's Trials Centre (MCTC) Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Senior Staff Anaesthetist and Director of Clinical Research for the Royal Children's Hospital

Associate Professor Dimitar Sajkov

Flinders University of South Australia, Senior Staff Specialist, Southern Adelaide Local Health Network, Research Director, Australian Respiratory and Sleep Medicine Institute

Gordon McGurk Ph.D.

GAICD, Chair, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital HREC

Dr Megan Robertson

Director of Research - Research Directorate, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne & Chair of the Clinical Trials Ready Development Committee

Dr David Fuller

SVP Clinical Development Oncology, Syneos Health

Karen West

Executive Director Clinical Development Early Phase, Syneos Health

Sara Prickett

Chief Scientific Officer, Aravax

Michael Bettess

Investment Manager, Brandon Capital Partners

Alan Baghdasarayan

Senior Manager, CharterNet

Dr. Graeme Wald

Principal, OneVentures

Michael James

Chair Human Research Ethics Committee, Bellberry Limited

Brett Carter

CEO, Cancer Therapeutics CRC

Mohan Vallipuram

Regulatory Affairs Manager, ACRUX DDS Pty Ltd

Adriana Stefancic

Principal Consultant and Managing Director, Adriaus Consulting

Networking Highlights

  • BioPalooza Dinner – A relaxed evening offering the opportunity to meet your partners and peers in one of Melbourne’s well loved venues
  • Networking Drinks Reception – A not to be missed opportunity to mix and mingle over a beer or glass of bubbles

when & where

13 - 14 Nov 2018

Pullman Melbourne on the Park
192 Wellington Parade
Melbourne, VIC 3002

Book Accommodation with Lido Group
For your convenience Lido Group will manage your accommodation needs. Click here or call on 02 8585 0808.


Still have a question?

Frankie Brewer
Conference Manager
+61 2 9080 4015

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