Director, Sponsorship

Simon Wilkins is Director and Co-founder of the Translating Research at Melbourne (TRaM) program, with the University of Melbourne’s Entrepreneurial Centre. TRaM is a cohort-based, experiential program to develop the entrepreneurial capability and practical business skills of researchers to maximise their commercial impact.

Simon previously led Innovation Development for the University of Melbourne’s Carlton Connect Initiative, within the Vice-Principal Enterprise Portfolio. The Innovation Development approach focused on network development, fostering key partnerships, large-scale bid development and growing the capability of researchers to engage externally.Simon was also previously acting Centre Director for the University of Melbourne EU Centre on Shared Complex Challenges, hosted within Carlton Connect.

Simon’s passion is accelerating research impact. He is an official Lean Launchpad™ Educator and has a background in business development with several early stage high growth biotechnology companies in Europe and the US as well as over 8 years’ experience in research commercialisation, working for both the University of Queensland and the University of Melbourne. Simon previously also worked in management consulting focused on strategy development at the intersection of industry, research and government.

Simon holds a BSc (Hons), from Monash University, a graduate certificate in applied finance, and a PhD in developmental genetics from The University of Queensland.

Simon Wilkins
Director TRaM Program, University of Melbourne