New Pro Vice-Chancellor appointed

Dr Megan Fisher has been appointed as La Trobe University’s new Pro Vice-Chancellor (Industry Engagement).

La Trobe University Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar welcomed Dr Fisher to the University.

“Dr Fisher’s appointment as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Industry Engagement) comes at a critical time for La Trobe as we intensify our efforts to develop the Research and Innovation Precinct as part of our $5 billion plan to be a University City of the Future,” Professor Dewar said.

“Dr Fisher brings a clear and dynamic vision around industry engagement and commercialisation as pathways connecting academics and institutions with the communities and sectors where they can have most impact.

“Her connections to government agencies, local and international organisations and her understanding of the nexus between the higher education, community and commercial sectors will be invaluable in leading and improving La Trobe’s Industry Engagement activities.”

Dr Fisher said she was looking forward to leading the Industry Engagement strategy for La Trobe, as an integral part of its University City of the Future vision.

“I’m excited to be joining La Trobe as Pro Vice-Chancellor for Industry Engagement, giving me the opportunity to work with University leaders and academics to deliver impact and enhance the student experience through building strong and lasting connections with industry,” Dr Fisher said.

About Dr Megan Fisher

In her most recent role as Director of Research, Innovation and Commercial Engagement at the University of Melbourne, Dr Fisher led a large team of business development, intellectual property and commercialisation professionals responsible for partnering with university stakeholders, to support industry engagement and increase industry related revenue.

She has held previous roles as Director of Business Development and Commercialisation within the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and as Vice President of Research and Development for an ASX and NASDAQ listed Australian biotechnology company.

Dr Fisher has extensive experience in leading and advising on a broad range of commercial transactions, including establishing relationships with global venture capital, spin outs and licensing with local and global companies.

Dr Fisher has a PhD in Organic Chemistry and a Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours) from the University of Sydney, as well as qualifications in business and executive management.

Dr Fisher will start her role at La Trobe on 6 May 2019.

Media Contact: Claire Bowers – c.bowers@latrobe.edu.au – 9479 2315 / 0437 279 903

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