Servier Australia & BioCurate strike an agreement to collaborate and accelerate discoveries of new therapeutics and drugs

Paris & Melbourne, July 16th 2019 - Servier Australia, the subsidiary of Servier Group, an international pharmaceutical company, and BioCurate, a joint venture company of Monash University and The University of Melbourne with support from the Victorian State Government, have struck an agreement to share commercial and scientific expertise with the aim of accelerating the discovery of new therapeutics and drugs.

Servier and BioCurate will collaborate under the terms of a memorandum of understanding (MOU), whereby they will work together, both directly and via participation in BioCurate’s Industry and Scientific Advisory Committee, in providing advice and assessing new therapeutic candidates arising from BioCurate’s academic partners.

BioCurate was established with a specific focus on addressing the barriers that limit the translation and commercialisation of early stage research. With the aim of increasing the number of ‘investment-ready’ projects, BioCurate is committed to engaging closely and collaboratively with industry and other potential investors to ensure promising projects receive critical expert advice and assessment throughout the drug discovery process.

“BioCurate is very pleased to receive this further endorsement from industry and to be expanding our collaborative linkages with experts who are able to provide invaluable scientific advice, commercial insight and partnering opportunities to BioCurate and Australia’s wider medical research sector,” said Dr C. Glenn Begley, CEO of BioCurate.

Australia is a leading country in scientific research and development (R&D), with a strong reputation in invention and innovation in both medical research and improving healthcare. To capture the opportunities of prolific R&D ecosystems, such as Australia, and to further strengthen its pipeline, the Servier International Center of Therapeutic Research has actively engaged some of the best researchers worldwide.

“Collaboration with biotech companies, academia, institutes and government is a key cornerstone of our strategy to put the patient and innovation first,” highlighted Claude Bertrand, Executive Vice-President Research & Development at Servier.

Conducive to this broad-based collaboration is Australia’s ‘Parkville Precinct.’ This cluster of 30 world-class hospitals, research institutes, teaching and biotech organisations in Melbourne employs approximately 10,000 researchers, many of whom are the global leaders in their field. With its headquarters embedded within this precinct, BioCurate’s internationally-experienced team is well-placed to complement this thriving research ecosystem.

“BioCurate is very proud of the industry-experienced team it is building and making available to the local sector. This is unique in the Australian context. Our staff are solely focused on increasing the clinical impact from medical research and we are doing this by sharing our hands-on experience, knowledge and networks from working in industry both internationally and in Australia,” Dr Begley said.

Servier is one of the first pharmaceutical companies to sign an agreement with BioCurate to share expertise and accelerate discoveries of new drugs.

“We are excited by the opportunity to create synergies between Servier’s scientific expertise and capabilities and BioCurate’s know-how in improving the quality of early stage research for a successful translation into therapeutic solutions for the benefit of patients,” concluded Pedro Crisanto, Director Servier International Centre for Therapeutic Research Australia & New Zealand. “Australia has ranked 5th in the Scientific American Worldwide scorecard 3 years running. Alongside BioCurate, Servier aims to translate this exciting science into improved health outcomes for patients around the world.”

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About Servier

Servier is an international pharmaceutical laboratory run by a Foundation, with its headquarters in Suresnes in France. With a solid international footing in 149 countries and revenues of €4.2 billion in 2018, Servier employs 22 000 people around the globe. Wholly independent, the Group reinvests 25% of its income (excluding generics) into Research and Development and ploughs all its profit into its growth. The Group attributes its growth to an incessant quest for innovation in five fields of excellence: cardiovascular diseases, immune-mediated inflammatory diseases, neurodegenerative diseases, cancers and diabetes, as well as its development of high-quality generics. Servier also offers e-health solutions in addition to its medicinal products. www.servier.com

Servier has been present in Australia since 1979 through Servier Australia, the local subsidiary, and through the International Centre for Therapeutic Research (ICTR) launched in 1999. www.servier.com.au

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About BioCurate

BioCurate Pty Ltd was formed jointly in June 2016 by The University of Melbourne and Monash University, with support from the Victorian State Government to accelerate early phases of new drug development. BioCurate is seeking to address the key challenges in early stage drug development and to increase the number, quality and rate of translation of new drug discoveries into medically sound projects that are attractive for investment via commercial or public-good routes. The Company’s vision is to be a recognised global leader in the translation of basic medical research into human therapeutics. BioCurate is one of the key partners in the Biomedical Translation Bridge Program, a national initiative of the Australian Government aimed at nurturing the translation of new therapies, technologies and medical devices through to the proof of concept stage.  www.biocurate.com

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CCRM Australia and BioCurate enter into a MoU to accelerate the translation of therapies in the Australian regenerative medicine sector

The Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine Australia (CCRM Australia) is proud to collaborate with BioCurate to advance the translation and commercialisation of life changing therapies in the Australian regenerative medicine sector.

Australia has a vibrant and world-class regenerative medicine eco-system and is internationally recognised for its discovery and translational research.  However, the developmental path of promising regenerative medicines is often fragmented, opportunistic and ad hoc. The commercially relevant skill set and dedicated financial capital of CCRM and BioCurate are critical resources available to assist researchers and startups navigate this challenging development path.

This MoU lays the foundation for collaboration between CCRM Australia and BioCurate. The scope promotes identification of suitable projects that parties can contribute towards by leveraging their expertise, networks and financial resources with the goal of joint translation of regenerative medicine in its broadest definition, i.e. harness the power of cellular and gene therapies to treat, repair, regenerate or replace diseased cells, tissues and organs, and to cure diseases. Where appropriate, both CCRM Australia and BioCurate will support each other’s programmes to train the next wave of entrepreneurs on the business of regenerative medicine.

CCRM Australia’s CEO Silvio Tiziani noted, “CCRM Australia is thrilled to be working with the BioCurate team to support Australia’s growing regenerative medicine industry.  It is clear that the development of regenerative medicine has come of age and with many therapies currently in and coming out of clinical trials, it is critical for Australia to translate its strong research pipeline and add to this new wave of life changing therapies.”

 BioCurate’s CEO Dr Glenn Begley stated, “The boundary of medicines has yet again shifted beyond pharmaceutical drugs and biologics to include cellular therapies and gene therapies. Furthermore, the meteoric rise of CAR-T cancer immunotherapies has inevitably attracted clinical as well as investment interests. BioCurate’s collaboration with CCRM Australia is a critical step to accelerate the translation of innovative regenerative medicine research into the healthcare market.”

The signing of the MoU brings together leaders in drug, biologic, regenerative medicine and medical technology development to pave a viable translation and commercialisation pathway for the Australian regenerative medicine sector.

About CCRM Australia

CCRM Australia is an Australian not-for-profit organisation supporting the development of foundational technologies to accelerate the commercialisation of regenerative medicine products and therapies. CCRM Australia’s focus is to bridge the commercialisation gap through a network of scientists, entrepreneurs, academic institutions and industry partners and address bottlenecks in the industry. CCRM Australia is modelled on the highly successful CCRM in Canada and is legally separate to CCRM. As a member of the Global CCRM network, CCRM Australia is a partner to a leading-edge industry consortium. CCRM Australia is supported by MTPConnect and the Victorian State Government.

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About BioCurate

BioCurate Pty Ltd was formed jointly in June 2016 by The University of Melbourne and Monash University, with support from the Victorian State Government to accelerate early phases of new drug development. BioCurate is seeking to address the key challenges in early stage drug development and to increase the number, quality and rate of translation of new drug discoveries into medically sound projects that are attractive for investment via commercial or public-good routes. The Company’s vision is to be a recognised global leader in the translation of basic medical research into human therapeutics. For more information, please visit http://www.biocurate.com

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CCRM Australia: Dr Chih Wei Teng                           chihwei.teng@ccrmaustralia.com.au

BioCurate: Dr Damien Bates                                      d.bates@biocurate.com

 

New Staff Appointment - Dr Damien Bates joins BioCurate

We are very pleased to advise that BioCurate has appointed Dr Damien Bates into the role of Chief Scientific Officer - Head of Translational Medicine.  

Dr Bates is a senior healthcare industry executive specialising in global preclinical and clinical development, medical affairs, marketing authorisation and lifecycle management of biologics and devices. Damien has extensive international clinical and scientific experience with a proven track record in the successful execution of preclinical development programs, clinical trials and post-marketing medical support for approved and cleared products, and FDA, EMA, PMDA and SwissMedic negotiation & approvals.   

Damien brings around 15 years of international experience in the health and industry sector and provides BioCurate with additional and complementary scientific expertise in the biology of regeneration, development, stem cells, neuroscience, angiogenesis, tissue engineering and transplantation immunology.

We are delighted Damien has decided to join the BioCurate team.

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New Staff Appointment - Dr Tifelle Reisinger

BioCurate, together with partners MTPConnect, Uniquest, MDPP and the BRIDGE program, were the successful recipients of the $22.4M MRFF BioMedical Translation Bridge (BTB) Program.   To assist BioCurate with the coordination and operational requirements needed to enable the Program’s successful establishment and first call for projects, BioCurate is pleased to announce Dr Tifelle Reisinger’s appointment as Program Manager.

Dr Tifelle Reisinger is a medicinal chemist with 9 years drug discovery experience in the pharmaceutical and CRO industries in France, UK and Australia. She has worked on programs from hit identification through to candidate nomination in the fields of oncology, cardiovascular diseases and neurosciences.

Tifelle relocated from the UK to Melbourne in 2017 as Head of Business Development, Asia Pacific for Domainex, a drug discovery service company. With a strong client-focus and business acumen, Tifelle generated and managed a portfolio of clients with ownership of the full sales cycle, with biotech companies, VCs and leading academic research institutes across Australia. She has built successful relationships based on understanding client needs, creating bespoke solutions and delivering value to international clients and utilising her business development, project and contract management skills.

BioCurate is focused on turning discoveries into therapeutics, and is building a team of highly-experienced individuals capable of working collaboratively to ensure the company’s success. We are delighted that Tifelle has decided to join the BioCurate team!

Dr Tifelle Reisinger commenced in her new role on 1 April 2019.

New Staff Appointment – Dr Christopher Chan

BioCurate is very pleased to announce Dr Christopher Chan’s appointment as Project Leader.

BioCurate is focused on turning discoveries into therapeutics, and is building a team of highly-experienced individuals capable of working collaboratively to ensure the company’s success.

Dr Chan brings specialised expertise in a fast growing field of research and therapeutic development, with experience in therapeutic antibody development, immuno-oncology, inflammation, innate myeloid and lymphocyte biology, and T cell biology. With this, Chris brings a complementary and highly valuable skill-set to the BioCurate team as the company progresses to expand its involvement in new projects. Together with his colleagues, Chris will manage the development of the BioCurate portfolio from initial academic interaction through delivery of specific project milestones and assist with building the understanding of, and capability in, translational research and the process of early commercial drug development. 

Dr Chan has worked in both start-up and small biotechnology companies in San Francisco, and has experience working in science and technology accelerators, incubators, and leading drug development programs that have led to successful venture capital investments. Chris has led first-in-class antibody development programs from target discovery through to IND-enabling activities, which has culminated in IND approvals by the US FDA, and the submission and granting of numerous patents.

We are delighted that he has decided to join the BioCurate team!

Dr Christopher Chan will commence in his new role on 25 March 2019.

New BioCurate partnership set to bridge the biomedical translation gap

BioCurate  has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement today that the company’s partnership with MTPConnect, UniQuest, and the Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) will operate the $22.3 million Biomedical Translation Bridge (BTB) Program.

The BTB program forms part of the Federal Government’s Medical Research Future Fund and aims to help early stage health and medical research ventures reach proof-of-concept stage.

BioCurate CEO Dr Glenn Begley said today’s announcement was an acknowledgement of the leadership and vision demonstrated by Monash University and the University of Melbourne, and the long-term support by the Victorian State Government. Their shared goal was to build research-translation and early commercialisation capability. It also recognises BioCurate’s deep industry-experience in drug development.

Through the BTB partnership, BioCurate and UniQuest – the University of Queensland’s expert translational facility - will together assess and recommend eligible ventures for funding in the area of therapeutics, and MDPP will do the same for medical devices. 

A key feature of the Program is the provision of expert advice, education and mentoring to those preparing applications and those awarded funding. Successful applicants will receive hands-on guidance, mentoring and project management advice throughout the life of the Program, leveraging the industry and commercialisation experience of BioCurate and our partners. 

MTPConnect, a not-for-profit organisation formed to accelerate the growth of Australia’s medical technology, biotechnology and pharmaceutical sector, will administer the program.

Dr Moss, CEO of UniQuest said, “In this partnership with MTPConnect and BioCurate we’ll draw on UniQuest’s commercialisation and drug discovery expertise to help develop Australian technologies to the stage where they can attract further capital and support, bridging the funding gap and giving the country’s ground-breaking medical research the best opportunity to create change in the lives of people in Australia and around the world.”

“BioCurate’s focus is working closely with researchers to address the barriers that limit the translation and commercialisation of their early stage research. The BioCurate team brings extensive ‘hands on’ international industry experience and we look forward to sharing our scientific and commercial expertise as part of the BTB Program” Dr Begley said.   

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About BioCurate

BioCurate is an independently operated joint venture of the University of Melbourne and Monash University, supported by the Victorian State Government. The Board is independently chaired by The Hon John Brumby AO with CEO Dr C. Glenn Begley leading a team of industry-experienced commercial scientists and professional staff. Announced in June 2016, BioCurate’s founding universities are placed in the world’s top ten in the therapeutic areas of immunology, oncology, paediatrics, neurosciences, and infectious diseases.

 BioCurate aims to be a recognised global leader in the translation of basic medical research into human therapeutics. The Company offers a new model, designed to address the key challenges that limit the translation and commercialisation of biomedical and pharmaceutical research everywhere. Its purpose is to increase the clinical impact and patient benefit from research, regardless of whether or not there is any genuine commercial opportunity.

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'BioCurate strikes MOU with Novartis, eyes more 'Big Pharma deals'

by Ben Potter
Australian Financial Review

BioCurate, a joint venture of Monash and Melbourne universities for early stage commercialisation of pharmaceutical research, has struck an agreement with global pharmaceuticals giant Novartis to share research and accelerate discoveries of new drugs. 

Glenn Begley, chief executive of BioCurate, said the memorandum of understanding would cover a full range of research from the two universities, which snare more than 40 per cent of federal biomedical research grants between them, with an emphasis on areas of special interest to Novartis, such as oncology drugs.

Dr Begley, who started at BioCurate in January after 20 years in the US, said the deal was not exclusive and BioCurate would be free to strike similar arrangements with other pharma giants who are approaching the organisation. 

"One of the things that's been really exciting about BioCurate is the interest that has come from international pharmaceutical companies and VC firms around the world," he told The Australian Financial Review

Read more here:  https://www.afr.com/news/biocurate-strikes-mou-with-novartis-eyes-more-big-pharma-deals-20181031-h17cjk

New Staff Appointment - Dr Lorna Mitchell

BioCurate is very pleased to announce Dr Lorna Mitchell’s appointment as Senior Project Leader. 

BioCurate is focused on turning discoveries into therapeutics, and is building a team of highly-experienced individuals capable of working collaboratively to ensure the company’s success.

Dr Mitchell brings a depth and breadth of scientific expertise and 17 years of international drug discovery experience in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry.  With particular strengths in medicinal chemistry, Lorna brings a complementary and highly valuable skill-set to the BioCurate team as the company progresses the development plans for its first projects.  Together with her colleagues, Lorna will lead and manage the development of the BioCurate project portfolio from initial academic interaction through oversight and delivery of specific project milestones.  As Senior Project Leader she will work closely with the inventors, support the Universities to help build their capability in translational research and liaise closely with other key players required for the successful commercial development of projects.

Dr Mitchell has experience across multiple therapeutic areas including dermatology, antivirals, CNS and oncology.  She has had responsibility for leadership of diverse chemistry & cross-­disciplinary teams.  Lorna has been directly involved in delivery of 9 drug candidates to the clinic and in validation, or timely no-­go decisions, on multiple new targets and projects.

We are delighted that she has decided to join the BioCurate team!

Dr Lorna Mitchell will commence in her new role on 22 October 2018.

BioCurate Launches First Round of Project Investments

BioCurate Pty Ltd has achieved an important milestone with investments in six early drug discovery projects from research groups at The University of Melbourne and Monash University announced today. These projects represent the first tranche of investments for BioCurate.  

BioCurate’s CEO, Dr Glenn Begley said “I am delighted that BioCurate has taken this important next step. We are building on the combined research strength of these two outstanding Australian universities, accelerating and strategically guiding these high value projects to give them the best possible chance of commercial and clinical success.”

All of the projects have compelling clinical and commercial reasons to support their early investment and development. Each addresses an important unmet clinical need, adopts a novel approach and targets potential global markets.

BioCurate is pleased to have formally commenced its core business of targeting the critical early phases of drug development. The Company will take on several more projects throughout 2018 and will work across different therapeutic areas and modalities including small molecules, biologics and antibodies. Collaboration, cooperation and commercial rigour to achieve scale at the international level, will be the hallmarks of the Company’s approach

The development plan for each project identifies key ‘Go/No-Go’ gates with an early and consistent focus on ensuring the essential commercial imperatives of reproducible data and a clear intellectual property position.

Working closely and collaboratively with each of the project’s investigators and University colleagues, BioCurate is providing ‘on the ground’ expertise and mentoring in drug development and commercialisation, funding and project management. This, coupled with BioCurate’s extensive international industry experience in drug development and biopharmaceutical and investment networks, will boost the opportunity for these, and future, projects to undergo successful translation.

The successful investigator’s and their inaugural projects to enter BioCurate’s project pipeline are:

  • Dr Glen Carter and Prof Jonathan Baell - A novel class of antibiotics

  • Dr Natalie Borg and Prof David Jans - A new target for both viral infection and cancer

  • Profs Charles Mackay, Dr Remy Roberts and Prof Mark Sleeman - A novel therapeutic for cancer

  • Prof Rob Widdop, Prof Mibel Aguilar and Dr Mark Del Borgo - Anti-fibrotic therapy

  • Prof Ray Norton - A new treatment for autoimmune diseases

  • Dr Sheena McGowan and Prof Peter Scammells - Novel therapeutics for infection and cancer

About BioCurate Pty Ltd

BioCurate is a joint venture of the University of Melbourne and Monash University, supported by the Victorian State Government. Announced in June 2016, its founding universities are placed in the world’s top ten in the therapeutic areas of immunology, oncology, paediatrics, neurosciences, and infectious diseases.

BioCurate aims to be a recognised global leader in the translation of basic medical research into human therapeutics.            

The Company offers a new model, designed to address the key challenges in early stage drug development, and will focus on those stages of development before a project is attractive to the biomedical industry or venture capital funds. Its purpose is to increase the number, quality and rate of translation of new drug discoveries into medically sound and commercially attractive, investable projects.

BioCurate is also committed to helping develop the broader ecosystem and growing the local pipeline of high quality preclinical candidates for the bio-pharmaceutical industry. Increasing the number of ‘investment-ready’ projects will grow the Victorian and Australian biotech sector by attracting global interest in partnering and investment

BioCurate is owned jointly by the Universities and is independently governed and operated with the Hon John Brumby AO as Chair and Dr C.Glenn Begley as CEO.

Quotes from Monash University and the University of Melbourne:

Monash University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Enterprise), Ken Sloan, welcomed the announcement. “BioCurate’s critical role as a catalyst across Universities, government and industry helps to accelerate improvements to the health of the community” Mr Sloan said. “We are delighted therefore to see the first cohort of research projects enter BioCurate’s pipeline for investment and development.”

Doron Ben-Meir, Vice-Principal (Enterprise) at the University of Melbourne, said “The unprecedented vision of BioCurate – to combine seasoned pharmaceutical industry professionals with our world class research substrate – is realising its first steps. It’s very exciting to see the first cohort of projects. We look forward to their continued development and to seeing many more promising candidates emerge from our growing pipeline of exceptional research.”

Quote from the Victorian Government Minister for Innovation and the Digital Economy, Philip Dalidakis:

Minster for Innovation and the Digital Economy Philip Dalidakis said “The Victorian Government is proud to support the early-stage drug development research lead by Melbourne and Monash Universities, whose combined expertise in the areas of pharmacology, immunology, neurosciences, and cardiology see them ranked among the world’s best. Congratulations to the successful researchers, whose projects have the potential to cure terrible diseases and improve patient care both across Victoria and around the world.”

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For more information on BioCurate: www.biocurate.com

Dr Begley is available for interviews.

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New Staff Appointments

Dr Glenn Begley is very pleased to advise of the following senior appointments to the positions of Chief Operating Officer and Senior Project Leader (two appointments).

These appointments signal the very important next stage for BioCurate. The Company has now established its operations and will soon be taking on its first projects. BioCurate will provide the management, commercial focus, international expertise and funding necessary to boost their successful translation and commercialisation.

Chief Operating Officer and Company Secretary
Linda Peterson has extensive experience across the academic, not for profit and corporate life sciences sector and has held positions in medical research, R&D, business management and executive leadership. Linda has been the Interim Chief Operating Officer and Company Secretary for BioCurate since July 2016. Working closely with the Board and University partners, Linda has been responsible for leading and managing all aspects of the set-up and independent operations of the company, including establishing the office facilities and back-office support arrangements, governance processes, operational systems and policies, communications and the recruitment of key staff. Immediately prior to joining BioCurate, Linda was the Executive Manager for the Bionics Institute and CEO of Bionic Enterprises Pty Ltd. Linda’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Science and post graduate qualifications in business administration.
Linda commenced in her new position of Chief Operating Officer and Company Secretary on 1 October, 2017.

Senior Project Leaders
Two outstanding and highly experienced professionals, Dr Catherine Drinkwater and Dr Eric Hayes have been appointed to the positions of Senior Project Leader. Their combined breadth of scientific expertise and project management experience bring valuable skills to the company as it prepares to take on its first projects. Drs Drinkwater and Hayes will lead and manage the development of the BioCurate project portfolio from initial academic interaction through oversight and delivery of specific project milestones. The Senior Project Leaders will work closely with the inventors, support the Universities to help build their capability in translational research and liaise closely with other key players required for the successful commercial development of projects.

Dr Catherine Drinkwater has extensive experience in both academic research and industry drug development. Following completion of her PhD at the Howard Florey Institute, Cathy went on to postdoctoral fellowships at Stanford University School of Medicine (California) and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. Since then she has worked in the commercial sector, as Principal Scientist at AMRAD Corporation (later Zenyth Therapeutics) and Project Manager at CSL, and at the research/industry/education “interface” with the Cancer Therapeutics CRC. During that time, she was responsible for leading and managing several early discovery and development projects, working with research teams to enhance their collaborative efforts and facilitate the timely delivery of their outcomes. Cathy has experience in a range of therapeutic areas including endocrinology, neurobiology, oncology, immunology and inflammation. Dr Drinkwater will commence in her new role on 13 November, 2017.

Dr Eric Hayes has academic, commercial drug development and pharmaceutical R&D support services experience, spanning over 25 years, in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. Eric completed undergraduate and post-graduate studies in medical pharmacology at the University of British Columbia and the National University of Singapore. As a scientist, Eric has deep experience in preclinical drug development and supportive assay/model development. He has a breadth of therapeutic area experience including CNS, respiratory, metabolic, infectious diseases, cardiovascular and genitourinary diseases. As an entrepreneur, he has assisted academic and commercial individuals and institutions with discovery, development and commercialization of a variety of life-sciences technologies with a strong focus on human therapeutics development.  Dr Hayes will commence in his new role in early January, 2018.

CEO Appointed

An outstanding industry leader with exceptional national and global experience in successfully propelling important biomedical discoveries out of the lab and into the market has been appointed inaugural CEO of BioCurate Pty Ltd.  This AUD $80 million venture was launched last year by Monash University and the University of Melbourne and supported by the Victorian Government. The appointment is the result of an extensive international and national search.

Chair of BioCurate and former Premier of Victoria (2007-2010) the Hon. John Brumby AO today announced the appointment of Dr C. Glenn Begley as the CEO. Dr Begley has held senior academic positions in Australia, and worked in small biotech and large pharmaceutical companies. Most recently he was the Chief Scientific Officer of a privately-funded biotech company Akriveia Therapeutics, in California.

“I’m delighted to welcome Dr Begley back to Australia and into a pivotal role within this new enterprise,” Mr. Brumby said.

“Dr Begley brings an extraordinary combination of commercial, academic and clinical insight to this significant venture – the first of this scope and scale in Australia - whose ambition is to unlock the exceptional research capabilities of the University of Melbourne and Monash University and their partners in hospitals, medical institutes and industry, enabling significant new discoveries to be translated more rapidly into new medicines. The social and economic implications for Victoria and Australia are profound.”

A clinical haematologist and medical oncologist, whose academic and commercial roles include board level and senior positions in Australia, the USA and the UK, Dr Begley said he was looking forward to playing a leading role in shaping the strategic direction and operations of BioCurate Pty Ltd:

“I am delighted to be joining BioCurate at this important moment in its development,” Dr Begley said.

“Now more than ever it’s critical that important medical discoveries make it from the lab into new medicines and that the clinical and commercial benefits accrue to Australia. I am confident that BioCurate, building on the combined research strength of these two outstanding universities will ensure transformational drug candidates become a reality.”

Dr Begley will commence his appointment on 22 May 2017.

About BioCurate Pty Ltd

BioCurate is a joint venture of the University of Melbourne and Monash University, supported by the Victorian State Government. Announced in June 2016, its founding universities are placed in the world’s top ten in the therapeutic areas of immunology, oncology, paediatrics, neurosciences, and infectious diseases.

BioCurate offers a new model, designed to address the key challenges in early stage drug development, and will focus on those stages of development before a project is attractive to big pharma or venture capital funds. Its purpose is to increase the number, quality and rate of translation of new drug discoveries into medically sound and commercially attractive, investable projects.

BioCurate is owned jointly by the universities but is independently governed with the Hon. John Brumby as Chair and Dr. C. Glenn Begley as CEO.  

Quotes from Monash University and the University of Melbourne

Monash University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Enterprise), Ken Sloan, welcomed the appointment of Dr Begley to the position of CEO of BioCurate Pty Ltd:

“It is fantastic that a leading scientific innovator like Dr Begley, with his wealth of international commercial and research expertise, has been attracted back to Australia to lead this remarkable venture,” Mr Sloan said.

“Dr Begley’s appointment is a strong indicator of Victoria’s and Australia’s growing global presence in the field of drug discovery and commercialization, catalyzed by the groundbreaking partnership between two world-leading universities.”

Doron Ben-Meir, Vice-Principal (Enterprise) at the University of Melbourne, welcomed the appointment of Dr C. Glenn Begley to lead BioCurate.

“Dr Begley brings exceptional knowledge and expertise in the scientific field and biotech industry and will lead us into an exciting new era of commercialisation via this enterprise, bringing together the world renowned expertise of Australia’s leading research universities of Melbourne and Monash,” Mr Ben-Meir said.

Quote from the Victorian Government Minister for Industry and Employment, Wade Noonan:

“Melbourne is quickly cementing its place as a world-leader in medical technologies and pharmaceuticals, and we’re attracting the world’s best and brightest minds to help the sector grow and create jobs.

BioCurate will facilitate strong growth for Victoria’s pharmaceutical sector. The collaboration is expected to generate about $360 million in activity over the next 10 years, supporting the creation of new companies, investment opportunities, exports, and more highly skilled jobs for this vital industry.” 

Dr C. Glenn Begley – biography

Most recently Dr C. Glenn Begley was Chief Scientific Officer at Akriveia Therapeutics, a Californian biotech company focused on discovering and developing the next generation of cancer immunotherapies. He was also a non-Executive Director for UK-based Oxford BioTherapeutics.

His previous roles include:

  • Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice-President, TetraLogic Pharmaceuticals (Pennsylvania)

  • Vice-President and Global Head, Hematology and Oncology Research, Amgen (California)

  • Executive Director, Western Australian Institute of Medical Research (Perth)

  • Senior Principal Research Fellow and Professor of Medicine, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, University of Melbourne

Dr Begley studied Medicine at undergraduate and postgraduate level at The University of Melbourne.

ENDS

Mr Brumby and Dr Begley are available for interviews.

For media enquiries please contact:

Linda Peterson
Chief Operating Officer (Interim)
Tel:  +61 419 320 435
E:  l.peterson@biocurate.com.au