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Laureate Professor Eric C. Reynolds AO FICD FTSE FRACDS

Founder & Director

Laureate Professor Eric Reynolds AO is Chief Executive Officer and Research Director at the Oral Health CRC at the Melbourne Dental School at the University of Melbourne.  For 16 years, until 2015, Eric was Head of the Melbourne Dental School.  He has lectured and published extensively and has chaired and participated in a wide range of professional committees and panels.  Eric was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for his service to community dental health in 2005.  He has also been awarded the Clunies Ross National Science and Technology award in 2002 and the Victoria Prize for Science in 2005.  In 2011 he was awarded the Distinguished Scientist Award by the International Association for Dental Research, and in 2015 the Leach Medal for research excellence and the Global Health Impact Award from the University of Melbourne.  In 2016 he received the Award of Merit from the Australian Dental Association and in 2017 he received the Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation.  In 2019 he was elected Vice-President of the International Association for Dental Research. 

Dr Andrew Nash


Andrew Nash is Senior Vice President, Research at CSL Limited. He completed his PhD in immunology at The University of Melbourne in 1988 and, after moving to the Centre for Animal Biotechnology in the Faculty of Veterinary Science, developed and led a research group focused on basic and applied aspects of cytokine biology. 


In 1996 he joined the ASX listed biotechnology company Zenyth Therapeutics (then Amrad Corporation) as a senior scientist and subsequently held a number of positions including Director of Biologicals Research and Chief Scientific Officer.  In July of 2005 he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Zenyth, a position which he held up until the acquisition of Zenyth by CSL Limited in November 2006. 


Following the acquisition he was appointed as CSL’s SVP, Research and is currently based at the Bio21 Institute where he leads a large global effort focused on the discovery and development of new protein-based medicines to treat serious human disease. 

Dr Anne-Laure Puaux


Anne-Laure previously worked as a research scientist in academic institutions in France (Institut Pasteur, Inserm) and Singapore (A*STAR). She was also a staff scientist as part of Flamel Technologies in France (now known as Avadel Pharmaceuticals) and within the global Vaccines business unit at GlaxoSmithKline, headquartered in Belgium. During her time at GSK, she transitioned from Research and Development to Business Development and Licensing. Overall, she has established a track record in successful technology transfer and collaborative projects with emphasis on early-stage assets (discovery / preclinical to phase I/II).

Anne-Laure completed her PhD in Immunology from INAPG (now AgroParisTech) at Institut Pasteur in Paris, France, and gained her Global Executive MBA from IE Business School in Madrid, Spain.

Dr Chris Smith


Chris is a Senior Investment Manager with Brandon Capital Partners, Australia’s largest life-science VC, and manager of the Medical Research Commercialisation Fund (MRCF). He is on the boards of both drug and medical device companies. Before this, Chris was a Business Development Manager with CSL Ltd. Chris spent three years as a postdoctoral immunologist and virologist at The University of Cambridge, UK.


Chris has a first class honours degree in science from the University of Melbourne, a PhD in Immunology conducted at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, and an MBA specialising in innovation and entrepreneurship from the University of Cambridge.

Dr Ingmar Wahlqvist


Ingmar is a Senior Investment Manager with Brandon Capital Partners, Australia’s largest life-science VC, and manager of the Medical Research Commercialisation Fund (MRCF). A medical doctor by training, Ingmar completed an MBA at Melbourne Business School before joining the Boston Consulting Group. Following time with several health-related start-up companies he spent several years at Sanofi, working in Commercial Operations, and in particular in the Cardiovascular Franchise of Global Marketing on Plavix, which during this time grew to be the 2nd-biggest selling drug in the world. Returning to Australia, he joined Melbourne Ventures, commercialising technology from the University of Melbourne, a position which included a part-time secondment to GBS Venture Partners, before joining Brandon Capital.

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