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The Office of Industry Engagement works with industry partners and researchers to help solve industry problems and transform technologies and discoveries into products and services.

We facilitate strategic collaborations through sponsored research, international research collaborations, licensing, patents and commercialisation.

Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Industry Engagement

Daniel Grant, PhD, MBA

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Industry Engagement)

daniel.grant@latrobe.edu.au

Dan is the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Industry Engagement) at La Trobe University. Prior to this role, Dan was Senior Director and Head of External Research and Development Innovation (Australia, New Zealand and Singapore) at Pfizer Australia.  He has also held academic and business development positions at Monash University and The University of Melbourne.

With a strong background in University research and industry, especially in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, Dan leads La Trobe's engagement with industry through carefully targeted partnerships and by supporting staff and student entrepreneurship. He also oversees the University's technology transfer strategies and policies and is driving the revitalisation of the Research + Innovation Precinct at La Trobe.

Dan has sat on the board of a number of biotechnology spin-out companies, is a past Director of Research Australia, CRC for Mental Health and the Prader Willi Research Foundation Australia.  Dan is also a member of the United Nations ESCAP SBN Task Force on Innovation and Competitiveness.  Dan has a PhD in Cardiovascular Physiology and an MBA.

Louise Webb

Executive Assistant to the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Industry Engagement)

louise.webb@latrobe.edu.au

Louise is the Executive Assistant to the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Industry Engagement) at La Trobe University.

Louise’s career in high level executive support spans over 20 years across the corporate sector, state government and higher education, including Minter Ellison supporting senior lawyers in media litigation and professional indemnity; John Holland in major projects; and the Department of Infrastructure to the Director of Commercial and Legal, Director of Victoria’s Regional Fast Rail project, and the Executive Director Corporate.

Lou has also held executive assistant positions in the Chancellery at La Trobe University, supporting the Vice-President Administration and Executive Director to the Vice-Chancellor; and in more recent years the Chancellery at The University of Melbourne as Executive Assistant to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research. Lou holds an AssocDipBusAdmin and an AdvDipBusMngt and has held several supervisory positions.

Industry Engagement and Strategic Alliances

Alison Angleton

Deputy Director, Industry Engagement

a.angleton@latrobe.edu.au

Alison is Deputy Director for Industry Engagement at La Trobe University. She is responsible for designing and implementing strategic partnerships with government and industry to leverage La Trobe’s extensive research capability. An experienced research and innovation professional, partnership manager and registered psychologist, Alison supports industry-research collaboration to help deliver La Trobe University’s ambition to create research of social and economic value.

Prior to joining La Trobe, Alison worked across a range of sectors and industries in private, government and not-for-profit organisations. She has extensive experience working in the disability and welfare reform sector where she has conducted and supported research into disability services as well as managed teams supporting allied health professionals to deliver disability and injury management interventions. She has also managed complex legal and mediation matters related to the delivery of disability services for a Commonwealth agency and held senior positions responsible for strategy, organisational and business development.

Adnan Syed Muhammad, PhD, MBA

Business Development Manager, Industry Research Partnerships
(College of Arts, Social Sciences & Commerce)

a.syedmuhammad@latrobe.edu.au

Adnan works as Business Development Manager for the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce. He is part of Industry Engagement Team within the office of the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Industry Engagement). His role is to help academic staff in external engagement establishing and maintaining industry partnerships and securing research funding.

Adnan has extensive experience in industry engagement as Development Manager for two Research Focus Areas at La Trobe University and prior to that as Chief Operating Officer for two multi-university research centres at the Australian National University and the University of New South Wales. Adnan has also taught Strategic Management in the La Trobe MBA program. Prior to joining the universality sector, Adnan worked as regional manager, South East Asia for a multinational company ABB at its Singapore office. Adnan has a PhD in management, MBA and two postgraduate degrees in electrical and biomedical engineering.

Darren Coomber, PhD

Business Development Manager, Industry Research Partnerships
(College of Science, Health & Engineering)

d.coomber@latrobe.edu.au

Darren Coomber is the Business Development Manager for Industry Research Partnerships for the College of Science, Health and Engineering.

Darren supports College staff to develop and maintain research partnerships with external organisations including businesses, not-for-profit and community agencies, and government bodies. Darren also assists industry in identifying research partners within the university.

Darren brings to La Trobe over 10 years experience in open and collaborative innovation from roles as Vice President Australia for NineSigma and CEO for InnovationXchange Australia. In these roles he assisted clients to identify and pursue technology partnerships with external organisations. Darren has worked with clients in 14 countries including universities, research institutes, government agencies, multinational and small companies. Projects have spanned sectors including pharmaceuticals, food, medical devices, consumer products, mining, whitegoods and transport.

Darren has a PhD in Chemistry and has held academic and industrial research positions in Australia and the UK.

Innovation, Commercialisation and Technology Transfer

Natalia Alvarez Lopez, MSc, BEng(AgInd)

Manager, Innovation and Commercialisation

natalia.alvarez@latrobe.edu.au

Natalia Alvarez Lopez is Manager Innovation and Commercialisation at La Trobe University. In her role, she is responsible for the identification of Intellectual Property arising from researcher activities and the development of commercialisation strategies between Universities and external stakeholders.

Prior to joining La Trobe, Natalia was the Technology Transfer Executive Officer for Universidad de Antioquia, the second largest university in Colombia with over 230 research groups. She was responsible for assessing technologies, protecting, negotiating and transacting on behalf of the institution. Prior joining Universidad de Antioquia, Natalia was the National Strategy Manager from a federal government entity in Colombia that promotes innovation, technology, competitiveness initiatives and a mentoring program for entrepreneurs (TecnoParque). In this role, she was responsible for designing and executing strategies to promote innovative technology projects directed at for-profit sectors.

Natalia has extensive experience in the innovation and technology transfer areas and facilitating interactions between universities and external partners such as funding bodies, industry and government. She holds a MSc in Technology Management, a Specialisation in Innovation Management and a Bachelor Degree in Agri-Industrial Engineering. She was also trained in Technology Commercialisation by the IC2 Institute of the University of Texas.

Craig Patch, PhD, MBA

Manager, Innovation and Commercialisation

c.patch@latrobe.edu.au

Craig Patch is Manager, Innovation and Commercialisation at La Trobe University. He is responsible for the identification, protection and commercialisation of University intellectual property.

Prior to joining La Trobe, Craig was Chief Innovation Officer at Clover Corporation, which is an ASX listed life science company. In that role he lead commercial, research and development activities. Over a successful 10-year period he was responsible for multiple new product launches, strategic licences (in & out) and the spin out of two biopharmaceutical companies. Prior to joining Clover, Craig was Manager, Innovation & Commercialisation at University of Wollongong/UniQuest.

Craig is the founder and director of verNx Biotechnology and Feedback Nutrition. He has a PhD in Biomedical Science, a MBA, a BApp Sc and a Grad Dip Nutrition & Dietetics. He has published more than 30 peer reviewed articles and is an inventor on 3 patent applications.

Caroline Bathje, PhD, MBiolSc, BSc

Senior Commercialisation Officer

c.bathje@latrobe.edu.au

Caroline is a Senior Commercialisation Officer at La Trobe University. She is responsible identifying potential Intellectual Property (IP) and commercialisation matters and forming industry partnerships on behalf of researchers from a range of scientific disciplines (including biological, agricultural, chemistry, health and psychological sciences).

She is an experienced research scientist (Environmental and Biological Sciences) with a consulting and commercialisation background. Prior to joining La Trobe, Caroline worked for several years in the consulting industry for two ASX listed companies and has extensive experience in business development, project management, project proposal writing and industry partner management.

Prior to joining the Innovation and Commercialisation Team, she worked in Research Development at La Trobe where she successfully assisted researchers with their research grant applications across various fields (including ARC Linkage Grants and NHMRC Project Grants). She is able to understand a broad range of scientific and technical information and is able to present technical data in an uncomplicated and straightforward manner.

Giulia Gizzi, MBiotech, MBA, BSc

Commercialisation Administration Officer

g.gizzi@latrobe.edu.au

Giulia Gizzi is the Commercialisation Administration Officer within the Innovation and Commercialisation team at La Trobe University. In this role, she is responsible for managing all activities related to the University’s patent portfolio, implementing operational processes and reporting the activities of the Office of Industry Engagement.

Giulia’s role in the Innovation and Commercialisation team was her first full-time career role within her chosen fields after graduating. Prior to this role, Giulia completed a Bachelor of Science (majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), a Master of Biotechnology and a Master of Business Administration.

La Trobe Accelerator Program (LTAP)

Cerasela Tanasescu

Director, La Trobe Accelerator Program

c.tanasescu@latrobe.edu.au

Cerasela is the Director of La Trobe Accelerator Program, with the primary role of overseeing the development and implementation of a strong entrepreneurial program all over Victoria and in all La Trobe Campuses.

Passionate of innovation, Cerasela truly thinks that sustainable start-ups are the key for a better future. She perceives fostering innovation and entrepreneurship as one of the core missions of academia.

Cerasela has a 7 years of experience working in universities’ incubators as senior manager. Before taking this role, she was Program & Activation Manager at RMIT. She also held several senior management positions at ESSEC Business School in Paris, where for 6 years she developed new entrepreneurial communities in Europe and Singapore. Cerasela is also an experienced lecturer and researcher, with multidisciplinary expertise (Phd in Computer Science, Engineer Degree in Bio-Informatics and a Master in Business Administration) allowing her to build connections between different areas of research and their applied, commercialised context.

Cerasela is settled in Australia with her family since November 2014. She loves Melbourne and Victoria and has faith in the creativity of young generation.

George Munro

Administration Coordinator

george.munro@latrobe.edu.au

George is the Administrative Coordinator for the La Trobe Accelerator Program and uses they/them pronouns. As a member of the trans and gender diverse community, George is passionate about empowering trans and gender diverse people and the wider LGBTQIA+ community to get involved in innovation and entrepreneurship.

George is also completing their double Bachelor Degree in Law/Arts at La Trobe. George is an active campaigner for LGBTQIA+ community. They have worked on university policy about gender neutral bathrooms and work place transitioning policy for transgender staff.

George was the 2015 Queer Officer for the La Trobe Student Union and worked tirelessly to develop gender inclusive University policy, queer student community and fantabulous student showcase cabarets.  George believes in the power of glitter, song and dance to get hard work done.

La Trobe Consulting

Daniel Grant, PhD, MBA

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Industry Engagement)

daniel.grant@latrobe.edu.au

Dan is the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Industry Engagement) at La Trobe University. Prior to this role, Dan was Senior Director and Head of External Research and Development Innovation (Australia, New Zealand and Singapore) at Pfizer Australia.  He has also held academic and business development positions at Monash University and The University of Melbourne.

With a strong background in University research and industry, especially in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, Dan leads La Trobe's engagement with industry through carefully targeted partnerships and by supporting staff and student entrepreneurship. He also oversees the University's technology transfer strategies and policies and is driving the revitalisation of the Research + Innovation Precinct at La Trobe.

Dan has sat on the board of a number of biotechnology spin-out companies, is a past Director of Research Australia, CRC for Mental Health and the Prader Willi Research Foundation Australia.  Dan is also a member of the United Nations ESCAP SBN Task Force on Innovation and Competitiveness.  Dan has a PhD in Cardiovascular Physiology and an MBA.