mexec memo June 2024

I have called this year’s May ‘Mad May’. Every group seemed to have some sort of event across Australia and globally. It is great to see the activity and opportunities for discussions and collaborations across the sector.

I have been privileged to be part of the AusBiotech Catalyst working group focused on the cell and gene therapy developments for Australia. We have to do something to make this sector progress so that we can all access these life-changing new technologies. Keep an eye out for a survey that will be coming out soon, and please contribute your voice to the discussions.

Marilyn Jones


In this edition you might want to check out:

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Blog from Mark Thomas

In today’s job market, the traditional notion of job seeking has evolved. It’s no longer just about actively scouring job boards and sending out résumés; it’s about cultivating relationships and exploring opportunities proactively. One avenue often overlooked in this pursuit is engaging with recruiters, even when you’re not actively seeking a new role. While the idea might seem counterintuitive at first glance, delving deeper reveals a myriad of benefits that extend far beyond immediate job prospects…

Click here to continue reading the full Musing which includes the top 5 reasons to build relationships with recruiters.

Other articles that might be of interest to you:


Company Profiles

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Marilyn & the team caught up with TECAN recently, it was great to see how everyone is doing and visit their office. 

TECAN‘s purpose is to improve people’s lives and health by empowering customers to scale healthcare innovation globally, from life science to clinic. 

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mexec caught up with the team at Immuron recently. Great to see Keshan who we placed in QA doing well. 

Check out their company and innovative products here.

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Current Opportunities

Executive & Management Opportunities:

Vice President Product Development

Experiences – Senior Level Opportunities:

Research & Development Manager

Product Managers – Life Sciences

Senior Field Clinical Engineer


Medium Level Opportunities:

Technical Sales Representative – with a difference 

Product Managers – Life Sciences

Field Service Engineer

Clinical Research Associate

Grant Writers

Regulatory Affairs Co-ordinator

Field Applications Scientist



Do you know about the hidden job market?

We filled 5 roles in the last few months WITHOUT advertising! 
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We’ve filled a lot of roles recently with some really great people. To make sure you don’t miss out on your ideal role create a job alert via our website.



Candidates Seeking Opportunities

Available Immediately
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Do you have a position that would suit these candidates? Reach out to us to start a conversation with these exceptional candidates.
Senior Principal Scientist – Pharmaceutical R&D
Senior project manager with cross functional experience in drug development. Over 20 years of combined experience in the discovery of therapeutic compounds for CNS related disorders, with expertise in pre-clinical, CMC and non-clinical development. Available for contracts and short-term assignments.
Regulatory Manager
Available for contracts and short-term assignments.
Experienced in all aspects of regulatory affairs. Expertise in gap analysis and document review. Participated in Regulatory Simplification Project for a major multinational pharmaceutical company. Has managed submission and approval of multiple NCE applications. 
Principal Scientist
Internationally experienced Principal Scientist seeking opportunities in Australia. Over 8 years of industry in the development of cell culture systems focusing on CAR T-cell workflows. Expertise in immunology and hematopoietic stem cell biology in pre-clinical studies for the development of therapeutic approaches for patients with metabolic and inflammatory diseases. 

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Reach out to Marilyn [email protected] or Mark [email protected] to discuss these experienced candidates for your organisation


The Latest in AI for our Sector

AI at work is here: Now comes the hard part 

Assessing group fairness with social welfare optimisation

Artificial Intelligence Applied to clinical trials: Opportunities and challenges


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mexec memberships

mexec is proud to partner with organisations across the life sciences, medtech, 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 clients and candidates needs. 

Today, we highlight Marilyn’s membership of PDA.


PDA has 25 Chapters around the world with local programming and resources to help you stay informed, interact with your peers, and influence the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industry. PDA membership allows:

  • Connect with other members via PDA Conferences and PDA Connect®
  • Access to the latest research and news
  • Attend Australian PDA Chapter events at a discount to the non- member price
  • Interact with industry leaders and representatives from global regulatory agencies
  • Increase your scientific and regulatory knowledge

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Papers of Interest

Nature – Is it still worth pursuing the repurposing of metformin as a cancer therapeutic?

Nature – Turning the tide of early cancer detection

PubMed – CircR-loop: a novel RNA:DNA interaction on genome instability



Recent Events

At mexec, we pride ourselves on being specialists in the life sciences, medtech, pharmaceutical and health technology sectors. Attending industry events is the best way to keep up to date with the latest innovations. It also provides an opportunity for us to touch base with our clients and candidates – the perfect networking platform!

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What a fabulous week of ‘connecting people for success’ for mexec and the Australian biotechnology and pharmaceutical community.

From company visits in San Diego with MTPConnect, to a bit of touring and then into the main BIO2024 event.

Thanks to Global Victoria and team, and all the Aussie delegates for making it my best BIO ever. Hope to see you at BIO2025 in Boston

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  • Plenary discussion on a now in market drug by Chris Burns, Andrew Wilks and team. We got to hear the development story!
  • Catching up with clients, including David Barda from Sequins – See the photo
  • Hearing what the TGA is doing to catch up with the backlog of GMP inspections resulting from the pandemic. 
  • Vaping is going to be subject to TGA regulations

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The mexec team was together recently to talk about how to move mexec forward. Every day had something different!

Day 1
Marketing strategy day with Marstr Consulting – Hopefully our messaging and our vision of connecting people for success is impactful.

Day 2
Site visits and catching up with our clients Tecan and Immuron. Thanks for working with us!

Day 3
Our team undertook training at the ANDHealth CHICC site. Thanks for the great facility! The Victorian Government facility allows free usage for businesses in the sector.
Anna McCrossin-Owen, voice coach to the stars (yes she is!) was fabulous as she spent 4 hours training us on our voices, coaching us on how to improve our pitch and to make ourselves feel more confident in our roles. Thoroughly recommend her for training!

Day 4
We spent a day at the RCSA Australia and New Zealand X-Day conference, hearing speakers on all things Recruitment. It was great to hear about the trends in the industry and the world outside our sector. It’s good to check in on whether we are doing things right or better than the market and to keep in touch about trends.

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BioMelbourne Women’s Lunch

The mexec team were at the BioMelbourne Network Connecting Women’s Lunch.
A wonderful day to catch up with many in the sector and make new connections. This was mexec ‘s first big sponsorship! See you next year!

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MDHS Pitch Perfect Workshop

Marilyn & Sue took a group of sixteen PhD students from the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences on a journey to prepare themselves for their next career step. The focus was learning how to pitch oneself and developing a high-quality CV. The students gained new insights that they found very beneficial.


ANDHealth Summit – Digital Health: Hype or Here to Stay?

One of the biggest takeaways from many of the sessions was that collaboration is key to success and that the right people make it happen. 
There are not enough Ai scientists to address the projects currently existing and more needs to be done to develop AI skills in the sector!

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Cell and Gene Therapy Day 

Organised by Melbourne Academic Centre for Health (MACH)

Great to see more collaboration across the sector and shared interests, and a community willing to work together to grow our collective capabilities to deliver innovative and high-quality advanced Cell and Gene therapies.

An analysis of the logistics and challenges around quality assurance and testing that don’t exist in Australia, as well as the scale of the team needed to deliver the therapies, was presented.



Two days of insights into the medical devices sector, its growth, how investment happens and the regulatory and clinical research space. It’s great to connect with the Australian clinical trials sector over a fabulous meal the night before as well!
The sector has a great energy around it and it’s a great time to be part of the sector as it grows!

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Melbourne University Master of Data Science & Master of Biotechnology

Great to undertake our now annual presentation to Masters students at the University of Melbourne with Professor Jen Martin. 

The students gained insight into career journeys, which are often not linear, the variety of roles available outside of academia and how to present a quality CV and cover letter to get the initial engagement with hiring managers.

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University of Melbourne Biotechnology Club

Thank you for the invite for Marilyn to be on an incredibly educational biotechnology careers and industry panel held at the  University of Melbourne.

Insights were given on the many career paths available in industry and academia. One of the best organised student events I have attended!



ANDHealth – Board Panel 

CHICC Expert Workshop: Building teams that Change the World – Assembling a Board. 

Marilyn was invited onto a panel chaired by Gavin Fox Smith, the Chair of ANDHealth, and had a very interactive discussion with a number of digital health startups.

Topics we covered included:

  • Mastering the art of assembling a board that aligns with your vision
  • Discovering what it takes to craft a well-rounded board
  • Identifying the unique roles, ideal phenotypes, and appropriate compensation for your new board.
  • Learn how to effectively manage board relationships – including communication and conflict resolution strategies
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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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25 July 2024
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29 July 2024
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16 September 2024
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A quick tip!

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Pasta LighterIf your candles are burning too low for you to reach easily with a match, use a piece of spaghetti instead! It’ll reach those deep candles and also burn long enough to light all the candles on grandpa’s birthday cake!

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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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