mexec memo March 2024

Welcome to our first newsletter for the year.

Marilyn Jones


In this edition you might want to check out:


Blog from Marilyn Jones

At mexec we often get asked a lot of questions like “Why don’t we like 2 column CVs?”. Hopefully, this month’s list of helpful snippets may be of assistance. These are just some of the ‘Whys’ that Sue Forrest covers in the mexec jobstrategy™ program.

Click here to continue reading the full Musing which includes tips on how to increase your chances of getting through to the interview stage of a job application.

Other articles that might be of interest to you:

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Marilyn is privileged to be invited onto Australia’s Cell and Gene Catalyst Expert Steering Group for Workforce Development.

A national joint venture of the industry peak bodies AusBiotech and Medicines Australia, the Catalyst aims to accelerate Australia’s cell and gene therapy industry to ensure everyone in Australia has access to world-class advanced therapeutics.

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Current Opportunities

Experiences – Senior Level Opportunities:

Senior Pharmaceutical Business Development / Licensing Professional

Principal Scientist

Medium Level Opportunities:

Clinical Project Manager

Sales Specialist – Genomics

Senior Field Clinical Engineer

Field Service Engineer

Senior Scientist

Technical Recruiting & Resourcing Role

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Candidates Seeking Opportunities

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Life Science Operations Manager
Experienced in Drug Development and manufacturing of small molecules and biologics. Managed external collaborators, pre-clinical, CMC and clinical programs. Established several research laboratories, workshops, and manufacturing sites, supervised acquisition of cGMP certification, and implementation of QA Management Systems. Achieved several IND and Class 1 filings for Asia Pacific companies. Available immediately
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. 
Senior Project Manager – Drug Development
Senior project manager with current PMP® certification and cross functional experience in drug development. Over 15 years of combined experience in discovery of biomarkers, drug and vaccine targets, and pre-clinical and clinical development of diagnostics and therapeutics. Available immediately.


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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 clients and candidates needs. 

Today, we highlight Marilyn’s membership of VECCI.


Marilyn joined VECCI – the Victorian Chamber of Commerce in the middle of COVID. They have been very helpful in providing advice around many areas including employment law and provision of a list of grants and funding available in Victoria. Recently Marilyn also undertook a full day’s training in Leadership and Operational Management which was a timely update to assist the mexec business in managing our processes and how to implement KPIs effectively. There is always something new to learn. Any Victorian based business can join.

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Industry News

The Top Ten Stories at Retraction Watch in 2023Future-Proof your Business in 2024Internet Vacancy IndexMedical Technology Skills-Education Gaps RoadmapMTPConnect – Report for TGA on ‘Cell, Gene and Tissue Regulatory Framework in Australia: Stakeholder Perspectives’ PublishedBiomedical Translation Fund – See PolyActiva, one of our clients, and how they have benefited from BTFClosing Loopholes: Additional Fair Work Act ChangesValue of MedTech ReportBarriers to Collaboration and Commercialisation Inquiry into Approval Processes for New Drugs and Novel Medical Technologies in AustraliaThe Situation has Become Appalling: Fake Scientific Papers Push Research Credibility to Crisis PointClassification of Digital Interventions, Services and Applications in Health: A Shared Language to Describe the Uses of Digital Technology for Health

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Papers of Interest

Nature – How can Scientists Make the Most of the Public’s Trust in them?American Physiological Society – Physiology of Sedentary BehaviourInstitute for Physical Activity and Nutrition – Benefits of Exercise Depends on Hours Spent Sitting: New ReviewNature – Move Over, CRISPR: RNA-Editing Therapies Pick Up SteamACS Publications – Genetic Transformation of Plasmid DNA into Escherichia coli Using High Frequency Electromagnetic Energy



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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WILD for Stem Launch

Feeling inspired after attending the WILD for STEM‘s 2024 Launch event held in Sydney recently.It was fabulous to hear about the journey of Anna Bligh, the first female premier of Queensland, who shared her pearls of wisdom on leadership, diversity and overcoming the fear of failure.  Here’s to a year of growth, success, and endless possibilities for 2024 WILD Program cohort! We look forward to watching with interest the WILD women on their journeys as they transition in their careers

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Lorne Cancer 

Great to be back in person at Lorne Cancer conference to start the year off.

It was a very busy conference with many local and international delegates.

Talks and posters covered many areas of cancer including themes of paediatric and adult brain tumours, cancer dependencies and functional genomics, breast cancer genomics and oncology translational research.

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Lorne Genome 

Conference 2 for the year was all about genomics. Another great turn out and learnings on the latest in genomics including chromosome structure, regulation of gene expression and RNA regulation systems biology.The opening welcome to country and smoking ceremony was particularly inspiring.

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Lorne Infection & Immunity 

Antimicrobial resistance is of particular interest to me and it was a very fascinating talk from Trevor Lithgow from Monash on utilisation of phages to treat bacterial infections.

Their group is discovering multiple new phages across Melbourne’s water systems and collaborating with Aboriginal elders to name them. They are building a very comprehensive biobank ethically. Fascinating research and impact.

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BioMelbourne mRNA

Marilyn and Sue attended the  2024 BioMelbourne, mRNA Victoria and the State Government 2024 mRNA Lecture in February.There were many key take home messages including outlining the difficulties around delivery systems, potency, manufacturing and regulations. Of particular interest was how to build the mRNA workforce capacity, capability and experience in Australia.Great to hear about  how Monash Centre for Advanced mRNA Medicines Manufacturing and Workforce Training is developing tailored professional development programs to address mRNA skills gaps.

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BioMelbourne Event – Advancing Non Animal Models in Biomedical Research 

Sue was able to attend an in person BioMelbourne event on Advancing Non Animal Models in Biomedical Research.

Non-animal models have significant potential benefits: they reflect human-specific diseases, could reduce drug development time and costs, decrease drug failure rates in clinical trials and result in more effective and cheaper treatments for patients.

Laura Thomas outlined CSIRO’s recent report on this subject. Ella Robinson from Australian Ethical Investment gave some great insights into the ethics around investing into companies with an ethical lens.

Christos Papadimitriou, from Tessara Therapeutics facilitated the discussion.

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MDHS Graduate Research Conference 

Sue Forrest and Marilyn Jones had the privilege of presenting the mexec jobstrategy™ program to Ph.D & Masters students at the recent The University of Melbourne Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS) Graduate Research conference satellite meeting.One of the areas we covered included the key practicalities and formulae on how to write an engaging CV for the many different roles across industry and academia. Standing out from others is essential and ensuring that your writing and pitch is clear, different, and succinct.


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Monash University Postgraduate Association Career Networking Evening 

Sue was invited to be part of the panel discussing career opportunities and how to stand out from other applicants. The session focused on moving from Academia to Industry and what challenges that might present. The speakers had some common threads including; Be authentic, network, develop business acumen, and develop interpersonal skills.

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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.

CVC 2024 1Connect Virtual Care  
7 – 8 March 2024

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8 March 2024
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8 – 9 March 2024

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PTAPTA Congress 2024
11 – 13 March 2024
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acannabisMCIA ACannabis Conference
12 – 14 March 2024
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engageEngage Sydney 2024
14 March 2024
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CopyofPNG1ProsTIC Preceptorship – Precision Oncology in Practice
14 – 16 March 2024
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18 March 2024

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18 – 20 March 2024
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18 – 20 March 2024

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informa connect33rd Annual Medico Legal Congress
19 – 20 March 2024
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australian institute of company directorsAustralian Governance Summit
20 March 2024
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20 – 21 March 2024
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25 March 2024

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17 – 19 April 2024
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8 May 2024
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ISEVInternational Society for Extracellular Vesicles Annual Meeting
8 – 12 May 2024
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apvicAsia-Pacific Vaccine and Immunotherapy Congress
14 – 17 May 2024
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CWL 2022 Socials Cards 600 ×BioMelbourne Network – Connecting Women Lunch   
17 May 2024

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bpd annual conferenceBPD Annual Conference 
20 – 21 May 2024
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AusMedtech 2024  
22 – 23 May 2024

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biotechnology innovation organisationBIO International Convention  
3 – 6 June 2024
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10 – 12 June 2024
San Francisco
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london tech weekLondon Tech Week – Shape the Future: Uniting Global Tech to Drive Sustainable Innovation
10 – 14 June 2024
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12 – 14 June 2024
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national dementia conferenceNational Dementia Conference
12 – 13 June 2024
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informa connectCosmetic Surgery Safety Conference
14 June2024
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18 – 21 June 2024

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2024 02 25 18 07 05 Conference on Point of Care Testing for Infectious Diseases2nd Australasian Conferences on Point of Care Testing for Infectious Diseases  
20 – 22 June 2024

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informa connectHealth Insurance Summit
24 – 25 June 2024
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informa connectMental Health Models & Facilities Forum
25 July 2024
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29 July 2024
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2 – 4 August 2024
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IMSC 2024 blue green LogoInternational Mass Spectrometry Conference
17 – 23 August 2024
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19 – 20 August 2024
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2023 11 13 20 56 04 BioMolecular Horizons 2024Biomolecular Horizons 2024  
22 – 26 September 2024
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2024 02 25 18 07 20 The MedTech Conference The Leading Global MedTech EventThe Medtech Conference  
15 – 17 October 2024

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2024 02 25 18 07 28 AusBiotech 2024AusBiotech 2024  
30 October – 1 November 2024

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2024 03 04 18 32 05 BDI MDO 2024Metabolic Diseases – Breakthrough Discoveries in Diabetes and Obesity Meeting in 2024  
17 – 20 November 2024

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Links of Interest

UBS Global Wealth Report 2023: Exploring The Fall In Global Household WealthA Total Ban Against Genetic Discrimination in Life Insurance is Needed in AustraliaScientific Research Needs a Radical Restructuring12 Days of BusinessSamsung gets FDA Approval for Sleep Apnea Feature on Galaxy WatchSticking with Sport During School Years Linked to Academic SuccessRecruitment Experiences and Outlook SurveyNot sure about what AI really is? The Federal government has provided a free course for 1 million Australians to help you understand AIMenopause – Workforce Impact Meeting – Share the details of this Online Panel to your relevant colleagues, friends and family networks. Awareness on this topic is so important


A quick tip!

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Always running out of power?If you’re at a hotel and run out of charger plus, the TV usually has a USB plug in the back.

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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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