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Bio Technology : October 2009
Volume 19 • Number 3 • October 2009 Australasian BioTechnology 7 AusBioFEATURE --- AusBiotech 2009 Nancy Millis is one of the pioneers of the study of fer- mentation technology in Australia and was a lecturer in the microbiology and Emeritus Professor at the University of Melbourne. She was appointed MBE -- Member of The Order of the British Empire (Civil) for her work and was later appointed AC -- Companion of the Order of Australia. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, and an Honorary Life Member of the Australian Society for Microbiology and of AusBiotech -- and chaired the Commonwealth government's agency for the surveillance of genetic engineering. Speakers Dr Ganesh M. Kishore CEO of the Malaysian Life Sciences Capital Fund, joint venture between Burrill & Company and he Malaysian Technology Development Corporation. Wednesday 28 October, 9.00am – 11.00am Dr Kishore joined Monsanto as Senior Research Biochemist, responsible for developing processes for the synthesis of Aspartame, the active ingredient of Nutrasweet and Equal. He led the development of the technology behind Roundup Ready and ultimately the entire agricultural technologies and biotechnology for the Monsanto Company. Dr Kishore was named a Distinguished Science Fellow and won the Queeny Award, a prize given by Monsanto, where his team developed and commercialised most of the agribiotech products that are on the market today. Dr Johnsee Lee President ndustrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) Hsinchu, Taiwan Thursday 29 October, 9.00am – 11.00am With 5,000 scientists and engineers (including 1,050 PhDs) the ITRI is the largest industrial technology R&D organisation in Taiwan. Over the past 30 years, ITRI has been instrumental in the development of Taiwan's world-class high-tech industries. Dr Lee was also the President of Taiwan Bio Industry Association, the Asia Pacific Industrial Analysts Association and the Federation of Asian Chemical Societies. Dr Lee is an Honorary Member and a Fellow of the World Innovation Foundation, a Fellow of the Federation of Asian Chemical Societies, and the Technology Management Society in Taiwan. He has received numerous honours and awards, including the National Engineering Medal, 2005 CIE Distinguished Achievement Award, Distinguished Contribution to Bio Industry, IIT Outstanding Alumni Award, and US EPA Award of Atmospheric Protection. Dr Megan Clark CSIRO, Chief Executive nd Board Member Thursday 29 October, 9.00am – 11.00am Nancy Millis Oration) Dr Clark served on the Expert Panel for the Review of the National Innovation System and is a member of the St Vincent's Hospital Foundation Board and a member of the Automotive Industry Innovation Council. She began her career as a mine geologist and subse- quently worked in mineral exploration, mine geology, research and development management, venture capital and technical strategy areas with Western Mining Corporation for 15 years. More recently she was Vice President Technology and Vice President, Health, Safety, Environment, Community and Sustainability with BHP Billiton. She participated in the 2008 Australia 2020 Summit discussing the future of the Australian economy. Dr John Diekman 5AM Ventures, Founder nd Managing Partner Wednesday 28 October, 9.00am – 11.00am Prior to founding 5AM, Dr Diekman was a founder and Managing Director of Bay City Capital, a life ciences investment firm. Previously, he was Chairman and CEO of Affymetrix, where he still serves as a director. Dr Diekman currently serves as Board Chairman of Ambrx and Phenomix as well as on the boards of directors of Igenica, Ingenuity Systems, Marcadia, PhaseRx and Wildcat Discovery. He is also Vice-Chairman of Singapore's Life Science Fund, Bio*One Capital. He is a trustee of Princeton University and is also former trustee of The California Institute of Technology and The Scripps Research Institute, where he served as Chairman.