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This month’s newsletter is jam-packed with events that the mexec team have been involved in, as well as an ever-increasing list of events to keep in mind as we head towards, and into, 2024.

Skills development and labour shortages are on the agenda at BioMelbourne’s upcoming BioForum: Bridging the Talent Gap – Fostering a skilled workforce event. I will be on the panel alongside members from MTP Connect and the Victorian Medtech Skills and Devices Hub, discussing ‘how we can make sure that companies have the right people to manage them, and how to strike a better balance between importing talent from overseas and growing talent locally’.

Post lockdowns, life has become more plannable and less reactive. As a result, the mexec team were able to come together for a two-day ‘Clarity Days’ workshop, to develop and clarify our purpose and consider ‘whats next?’. Read more here.

Reminder: Hope you’ve managed to keep up to date with the recommended booster roster, you can check out it here if you’re not sure.

As always, please reach out to me directly if you would like suggest an event or topic for inclusion in this newsletter.

Marilyn Jones


In this edition you might want to check out:


Latest Marilyn’s Musing

Growing Your Network


Guest blog from Mark Thomas 

It’s no secret of recruitment that your network has tremendous value. Through building your personal and professional networks, you can create a lasting, tangible asset to further develop your career. 

It’s important to consider the approach best suited to you. Beyond the skills, capabilities, and experience you’re recognised for, those who encounter you will by and large create their own concept of who you are based on your personal qualities. How you encounter them will be largely on your terms…

Click here to continue reading the full Musing which includes tips on how to effectively network to support your career progress.

Other articles that might be of interest to you:



Clarity Day

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The mexec team recently undertook a two-day workshop to develop and clarify our purpose, operations, and ‘what’s next?’ for the company.

Listening to the team’s thoughts on these points was insightful and highly productive.

The benefits of age and gender diversity were evident, reinforcing the significant value they bring to collaborative change.

Bringing the team together was the best way forward as a company and gave us clarity around our purpose as mexec – ‘connecting people for success’.

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Company Profile

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Mark and Marilyn had the fortunate opportunity to share morning tea with the innovative team at Genetic Signatures in Sydney recently.

We have partnered with Genetic Signatures for many years, assisting with their recruitment requirements, and these are just some of the team and managers that we have placed in their roles.

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Recently Marilyn Jones reached an impressive milestone – 25 Years in Recruitment! 

She has become one of the most trusted and respected names in professional, scientific recruitment, and we are proud to work under her leadership at mexec. We wish her all the best for the next 25! 

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mexec Office Sneak Peak!

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Here’s a sneak peek at the mexec engine room and the behind-the-scenes team of Sarah and Clarissa, who tag team and share the responsibilities of the Recruitment Administrator role here at mexec. They are available to take your calls and emails during regular office hours. 

Clarissa recently celebrated her birthday! Happy Birthday Clarissa!



mexec memberships

mexec is proud to partner with organisations across the recruitment, life sciences, pharmaceutical, and healthcare sectors. We understand the importance of embedding ourselves within these sectors, and these partnerships help us to understand and ask the right questions to meet our client’s and candidates’ needs. 

Today, we highlight our long-term membership with RCSA.

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RCSA (Recruitment Consultants Services Association) sets the benchmark for professionalism in the recruitment and staffing industry. Their members are held to a high standard of ethical conduct and professional behaviour as outlined in the RCSA Code for Professional Conduct.

In today’s market, it’s important for our clients and candidates to know that mexec is at the top of their profession through memberships like RCSA.

RCSA members are required to maintain high professional standards through industry-specific training and continuous professional development (CPD).

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Papers of Interest

PubMed – The Drosophila brain on cocaine at single-cell resolution

Lab+Life Scientist – Trial of an oral drug for radioactive contamination begins

FebsPress – Synthetic biology, genetic circuits and machine learning: a new age of cancer therapy

BioSpace – Less Than Half of New Drug Approvals Add Therapeutic Value Over Existing Treatments: Study



Recent Events


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Talk at the Centenary Institute

It was wonderful to catch up with Professor Marc Pellegrini & Dr Anand Gururajan from the Centenary Institute in Sydney.

It was the first in-person seminar I have done since before COVID, on our mexec jobstrategy™ program.

Great to be talking with scientists at many levels about their future career opportunities and the practicalities of making sure they stand out in the crowd.

If you’re an Institute or University Department looking to support the development of your staff to understand how to transition out of academia then reach out to mexec. 
We can support you with online or in person sessions across Australia. 
Contact Sue Forrest to find out more


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ARCS and Events 

Both Marilyn and I attended #2023ARCS, rotating between the mexec booth and some incredible talks on current best practices, updates from the TGA and OGTR, careers in the MTP sector, current national initiatives, cyber security, and many other important topics. I am thankful for the opportunity to have talked with so many great people over the course of the week, who shared their stories and experiences of working in the clinical trials sector. Many thanks to the team at ARCS Australia for holding such an excellent conference and I look forward to next years’.


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Bioshares Biotech Summit was held this year in Hobart, Tasmania. Two full days of great talks on the latest Biotechs and innovations across Australia.

Next year is still to be decided, however we’re looking forward to hearing more on where and when.


The above photo is from the dinner event on the last night of BioShares. So lovely to catch up with old, new, and future friends from across Australia’s Biotech sector.’


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RCSA Day & Events About Recruitment 

Marilyn attended TalentX in Sydney in May, where she spent the day listening to talks and visiting stands showcasing the latest in Recruitment and Executive Search companies and processes.

Areas covered included how we build and leverage our brands to differentiate ourselves, how we maximise our engagement, reach and relevance and ways to ensure that we continue to enhance and nurture existing clients and candidates.

Always good to keep on top of the latest trends.


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BioMelbourne Event 

Just one of the many events that BioMelbourne have held. Marilyn attended the event on Hospital Beds to Healthy Lives: The Impact of Innovative Medicines. Great to hear some statistics on how new medicines have impacted Australian lives.


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WILD Retreat 

Marilyn was recently invited to the WILD Executive Leadership Retreat In Mount Tambourine, Queensland, where she spoke with more than 30 members of the current cohort.

We delved into understanding the WHY behind the CV of an Executive Director and discussed ways to open the doors to a NED career, highlighting the power of your network.

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Futures Networking and Development Night 

Marilyn and Sue recently were on a panel and ‘speed dating’ event at The University of Melbourne’s ‘The Futures Networking Careers Night’.

The theme was: “Talking about the jump that no one talks about”

The night was for PhD and postdocs to investigate options for their careers outside of academia.

This event was funded by the Research Development Unit Initiative Grants & the Department of Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology and Immunology Biochemistry and Pharmacology at The University of Melbourne. Special thanks for the invite and photo with Ben Czapla from their organising committee.


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Marilyn caught up with Jessica Poy whom we placed at AGRF as their COO, and also Cath Moore at their stand the recent International Congress on Genomics.


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International Genetics Conference 

Marilyn attended the XXIII International Congress of Genetics in Melbourne in July.

It was a truly global forum that brought together the international genetics community to share ideas and the latest research under the overarching theme: Genetics & Genomics: Linking Life & Society.

As a member of AGTA, it was also lovely for Sue and myself to catch up with many of their ANZ members at their dinner event. Thanks also to PACBIO for our invite to their great evening networking event.


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Informa – Bio Connections Australia 

Great updates from Vaxxas on their growth trajectory and from Moderna outlining their commitment to mRNA manufacturing here.

Panels tackled important issues, including the funding environment and opportunities for enhanced collaboration. The age-old chestnut of “import the talent from overseas versus grow this locally” was raised. Whilst there are horses for some courses, growth of local talent remains vital for the sector.


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Help Shape the Future of MedTech Skills and Education 

The Victorian Medtech Skills and Devices Hub together with Swinburne University of Technology are seeking input for a Medtech roadmap to guide future education and skills development. As part of this, mexec readers are invited to complete a short survey. 

Your responses will help align education and training offerings to skills requirements, helping to build and accelerate Victoria’s medical technology development ecosystem.

Please consider sharing your insights and expertise

To participate in the survey, please click here.

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Courses of Interest

UQ –New Pharmaceutical Course

University of Sydney –Master of Science in Medicine (Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Development) 

VCCC Alliance – Education & Training 

Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance – Genomics Education Opportunities


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Join us for an important discussion about talent shortages and skills gaps in the biotech sector in Melbourne and Australia. Learn about the issues, why investment in internal and external skills development matters, and how to build a skilled workforce. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from industry leaders and explore strategies to drive skills development and talent sourcing in the biotech sector.

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Our very own Marilyn Jones will be a guest speaker!


Upcoming events

Is your conference not listed here? mexec aims to be inclusive of conferences and events across the STEM sector in Australia for both academia and industry. Reach out to us if you are not listed and we are very happy to include your event.

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17 – 23 August 2023
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23 August – 6 September 2023
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24 – 25 August 2023
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29 0 31 August 2023
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30 August 2023
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30 – 31 August 2023
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1 September 2023
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1 – 2 September 2023
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4 – 8 September 2023
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8 – 10 September 2023
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12 – 13 September 2023
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14 September 2023
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19 – 22 September 2023
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20 – 21 Sepember 2023
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21 – 21 September 2023
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8 – 11 October 2023
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25 October 2023
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26 October 2023
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26 – 28 October 2023
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30 October 2023
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27 October 2023
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30-31 October 2023
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1 – 3 November 2023
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5 – 8 November 2023
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15 November 2023
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8 – 10 November 2023
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15 – 17 November 2023
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16 – 17 November 2023
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22 November 2023
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27 – 29 November 2023
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5 – 8 December 2023
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6 – 7 December 2023
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31 January – 3 February 2024
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11 – 13 February 2024
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13 – 15 February 2024
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Links of Interest

OHDSI – Standardised Data: The OMOP Common Data Model

What Really Happens to a Human Body at Titanic Depths

COSMOS – What’s the Earth’s Oldest Animal? DNA Study Crowns New Winner

Nature – Don’t Get Mad, Get Equal

ABC News – Chronic Back Pain isn’t Influenced by ‘Good’ Posture. The Brain Plays a Bigger Role than Expected

ABC News – The Deadly Legacy of a Stem Cell Charlatan

JSK – Drug Development Diagram

Misconduct in public organisations: A casebook

Airborne Pollen and Respiratory Allergies: Case Study

Fair Work Act Changes – Protecting Worker Entitlements

LinkedIn Training 

What’s the Salary

Hiring Employees Checklist

22 LinkedIn Secrets You Must Know

101 on Clinical Trials – ACCESSOR


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Please don’t hesitate to contact us if we can be of assistance with your job search or executive recruitment. 

With best wishes,

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Marilyn Jones
Executive Director

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