The Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Science’s biennial Research Week kicked off on Monday 15th August with visionary speeches on how universities, industry and government can work together to achieve a shared innovation agenda. Research talent was also celebrated with the presentation of the Early Career Researcher Publication Prizes and the Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal.
Themed around innovation and commercialisation, the remainder of this week is packed with free events and workshops to help the Faculty’s up and coming researchers further enhance their skills in areas such as grant writing and communications.
Professor Ross Coppel welcomed the audience and provided an overview of the Faculty and its mission statement before introducing the two distinguished guest speakers, The Hon. John Brumby (Professorial Fellow, Monash University & The University of Melbourne) and Dr Andrea Douglas (VP, R&D Strategy and External Affairs, CSL Limited).
As the Chair of BioCurate, The Hon. John Brumby took the opportunity to say a few words about this new drug development joint venture by Monash University and The University of Melbourne. He also reiterated how a stronger emphasis on biomedical research will not only benefit the public good but can also lead to enormous economic benefits. “We need to place more emphasis on research and development so we can create the drugs and treatments that will save lives in future and generate new jobs, opportunities and companies.”
This article first appeared on the Monash University website on 15 August 2016.