Dr Dan Grant joins La Trobe in new role

La Trobe University has announced the appointment of Dr Dan Grant as its first Pro-Vice Chancellor (Industry Engagement).

Before taking on this new role, Dr Grant 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, Dr Grant will lead La Trobe's engagement with industry through carefully targeted partnerships and by supporting staff and student entrepreneurship. He will also oversee the University's technology transfer strategies and policies.

Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar said the appointment was an essential element of La Trobe's strategy to better engage with industry.

"I am delighted to welcome Dr Grant to La Trobe. With his extensive experience of the University and private sectors, Daniel is well placed to lead La Trobe's further engagement with business and industry.  He will play a crucial role in creating new opportunities from our existing partnerships and building new relationships across Australia," Professor Dewar said.

"Our top priorities at La Trobe are to create more opportunities for commercialisation, research and development as well as to boost the employability of our graduates. Dr Grant will play a key role in all of these.

"By drawing on the unique talents of people such as Daniel, who has research and extensive industry experience, we are ensuring that our University has a better opportunity to make a difference."

Dr Grant said he was looking forward to joining La Trobe in March.

"I am excited to be joining La Trobe University at a time when research translation, industry engagement and innovation are all top of mind in the government and in society in general," Dr Grant said.

"I think that La Trobe has some real strengths that can be leveraged to help support the National Innovation and Science Agenda and, at the same time, help advance La Trobe's capabilities and reputation in the areas of industry engagement, commercialisation and entrepreneurship."

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Keith Nugent, said universities should be measured by their impact on the intellectual, social and economic contribution they make to the community.

"We've made a clear commitment to focus our research efforts on some of the big issues of our time – including a better understanding of human disease, building health communities, securing the integrity of food, water and the environment for a growing global population, addressing the challenges around sport, exercise and rehabilitation, and addressing the social challenges of more mobile communities," Professor Nugent said.

"While La Trobe already has a good history when it comes to research and business partnerships, Dr Grant's appointment will take us to the next level."

Media contact

Leah Humphrys P: (03) 9479 5353 E: l.humphrys@latrobe.edu.au