In The News
Praxis – Founding CEO Melanie Gentgall will step down from her role in late October with Sally Armstrong appointed as Melanie’s successor. We wish Melanie all the best and congratulate Sally whom we placed in her current role at PRAXIS.
Dimerix – $20M capital raise to fund its phase three Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) trial and manufacturing of DMX 200 to treat the rare kidney disease and COVID-19.
Placed – Project Manager Drug Development & Associate Clinical Project Manager
Glyscend – first-in-human trials to test the safety of GLY-200, an oral gut restricting therapy for type 2 diabetes. Recruitment for trial has commenced in South Australia.
Placed – Clinical Operations Manager
Bcal Diagnostics – raised $10M in IPO to develop a blood-based breast cancer IVD.
Placed – 2 x Industry Research Scientists
Opyl – launch of Opin, a global web-based platform that gives patients and healthy volunteers easy access to the world’s leading medical research studies and clinical trials.
Placed – Office Manager
PolyActiva – development of a new Melbourne-based manufacturing facility for their site-specific drug delivery technology. Currently recruiting a Quality Manager to project manage this and oversee QA and the QMS.
Placed – Clinical Development Manager and Commercial Operations & Business Development Associate
Mass Dynamics – mass spectrometry software platform connecting multi-disciplinary life scientists. Congratulations to Susmita Saha for her recent publication acceptance in the Science Direct journal Intelligence. Susmita was recently placed by mexec in the role of Signal Processing Engineer.
Rhinomed – initial order of 1 million Rhinoswabs supplied to NSW Pathology for large scale COVID testing.
Placed – Business Development and Projects Associate
Livac – recently launched their surgical device into the highly-valued US market.
Placed – Office Manager
BioCurate – expanded Board and Investment Committee to support next phase of growth.
Placed – Board Member and Investment Committee Member
Placed – Quality Manager, Senior Immunology Scientist and Senior Immunoassay Scientist
Millennium Science/Jomar Life Research –
Very exciting to take another candidate from academia and transition them into industry as their new Applications Scientist. Currently recruiting a Marketing Associate.
Placed – Senior Scientific Sales Representative and Engineer
Genetic Signatures – scaled-up to produce rapid, high through-put screening technology for COVID-19 sample processing. Currently recruiting a Global Marketing Manager.
Placed – Genomics Product Manager and Field Applications Scientist
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has announced $79 million in grants for three organisations to help develop new medical devices, medicines and digital health technologies – ANDHealth, the Medical Research Commercialisation Fund (MRCF) run by Brandon Capital Partners; and MTPConnect.
Tell us a bit about what you do.
I help small, high-tech companies navigate the Intellectual Property (IP) landscape. I started as a Patent Attorney but have worked on the corporate side of the fence for about 20 years, for companies ranging from private, through to dual-listed organisations.
Latest Marilyn’s Musing
As recruiter I review 100s of CVs. Many of them are excellent, however many I see are filled with information that is irrelevant to the role being applied to or don’t provide enough information.
Others have great content but are just really poorly laid out. Full of errors in spelling and grammar that distract from the great content and can make the candidate appear unprofessional.
What has really caused me grief recently though is the surge in Canva formatted CVs. I know I’m not alone and have spoken with many other recruiters and clients that don’t like them.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Canva, I use it all the time. It’s a fabulous graphic design tool for us non-graphic designers. But when putting together your CV, it’s MUCH more important to focus your time and effort on the content and putting your best self forward for the role. Otherwise, how do you stand out from other candidates when your CV looks like everyone else’s!
To read why I would suggest you avoid using a Canva template for your CV, and some tips for improving what goes in your CV, click here.
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“Having not been in the job search arena for over 15 years, the coaching Sue gave me on interview techniques and preparing my CV and cover letter were invaluable. I had a quick success and I know it was down to the preparation time we had.” Successful candidate – Quality Co-ordinator role.
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Recent Events and Training
BioMelbourne Network is rolling out a new three-year strategy, developed through significant engagement and interaction with its members, local and national industry bodies, and the State Government of Victoria.
Launched by former Premier The Hon. John Brumby AO, the forum focused on BioMelbourne Network’s strategy, key objectives and initiatives to support members and the greater Victorian health industry. Mr Brumby talked on BioMelbourne being the first and only state-based Biotechnology Association with 30 inaugural members in 2003, which has now grown to more than 200 members.
Victoria has created a dedicated body, mRNA Victoria, to establish the state as a leader in mRNA research and manufacturing with the Victorian Government investing $50M to grow mRNA capability in Victoria.
Attendees at the forum, hosted by BioMelbourne Network, heard about this newly created initiative with speakers including:
- The Hon. Jaala Pulford, Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy on Victoria’s vision for a thriving mRNA ecosystem
- Professor Colin Pouton, Monash University, who has developed Australia’s first mRNA-based COVID vaccine candidate due to commence Phase 1 clinical trials in October
- Dr Amanda Caples, Victoria’s Lead Scientist and Chair of the mRNA Victoria Scientific Advisory Group, who discussed the future potential and opportunities for mRNA technology.
Great to hear that ANDHealth has recently secured the largest single pool of funding for digital health in Australia.
The snappy 10 minute ‘to time’ talks worked really well with a variety of speakers offering a great overview of where the state of play is at the moment in digital health particularly the regulatory, IP and commercial aspects.
Key takeaways from this event were:
– that regulations should not be an impediment and may give you a competitive advantage on your innovation.
– no obvious pathway for reimbursement and not a one size fits all approach.
– we need to see innovation in government policy regarding market access.
Florey Institute – mexec webinar
mexec jobstrategyTM coaches Marilyn Jones and Sue Forrest held a workshop recently for the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. The seminar, hosted by the Florey research assistants (FloRA) and the Florey Postdoctoral Association (FPA), was about helping those in an organisation apply for roles within their own organisation.
Attendees heard from Marilyn and Sue on articulating skills and achievements to assist with career progression including how to demonstrate soft skills not just state them as well as communicating technical skills.
It was great to receive positive feedback from attendees after the session including the following comment:
“Just wanted to say thank you, that was a great bit of insight into CVs from the other side – it was quite eye opening to hear what doesn’t work and to compare that to what I tried in my earlier job searches…. Lessons learnt!”
Life as a Clinician Scientist NSW
4 & 7 September
Western Australian BioSymposium 2021
Research and Innovation Week (UQ)
eResearch Australasia 2021
ARDC Skills Summit
Australian Technologies Competition 2021
Innovate Health 2021
BioCurate – BioConnections Australia 2021
Bioshares Conference 2021
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