May 24, 2022


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University Start Up Online Workshop

Tuesday 24 May & Wednesday 25 May 2022

11:00am – 2:00pm AEST (Melbourne/Sydney time)

KCA Members: $300
Non-members: $400



Simon Wilkins, Head of Operations, CUREator

Simon is Head of Operations for CUREator, Australia’s national biomedical incubator, run by Brandon Capital’s BioCatalyst (MRCF) and supported by the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF). He is also an adjunct professor with the Melbourne Business School, where he teaches the award-winning BioDesign innovation subject for medical device development. Simon’s passion is accelerating research impact and new venture creation. He is an official Lean Launchpad™ Educator and has a background in business development with several early-stage high growth biotechnology companies in Europe as well as over 8 years experience in research commercialisation, working for both the University of Queensland and the University of Melbourne.

Simon was previously Director and Co-founder of the Translating Research at Melbourne (TRAM) program and also worked in management consulting focused on strategy development at the intersection of industry, research and government. Simon is a graduate of the AICD Company Directors course, and holds a PhD in developmental genetics from The University of Queensland, a BSc (Hons), from Monash University, and a graduate certificate in applied finance. He has also served on the KCA Board, as our Director of Sponsorship.

John Grace, Director, TechAdvisory Pty Ltd
John is the Director of his consulting company TechAdvisory Pty Ltd.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of NSW and is an officer of the Order of Australia, a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors.  John currently serves as Treasurer on the KCA Board.

John has worked in the biotechnology research commercialisation space for over 50 years.  He was the Chief Executive Officer for 11 years of AMRAD a listed company commercialising medical research technology. He has been a member of a number of government committees and private company boards, in the most recent, serving as the Chair of UniSA Ventures.  He was a Vice President of ATSE and served on the ATSE board over a period of ten years. His award as an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2018 was for his contribution to biotechnology research and its commercialisation.

This program provides participants with the essential and fundamental methods for creating a  successful technology spinout, from inception to exit.   This digital course covers key stages involved in starting a new high-growth startup, sources of funds and management of the new business and is ideal if you are, or will be, working with startups as an inventor, or as part of a commercialisation team.

RTTP: 6 CE Points