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AusBiotech Ltd. Announces New Directors at AGM

11/1/2013 9:36:25 AM

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AusBiotech has announced the election of two new directors to its Board at its Annual General Meeting in Brisbane today – Ms Julie Phillips, CEO of BioDiem and Dr Andrea Douglas, Vice President, R&D Strategy and Portfolio at CSL Limited.

Chair of AusBiotech, Dr Deborah Rathjen, said: “We warmly welcome our two newly-elected directors to the AusBiotech leadership team.”

“Julie Phillips has time and time again, shown her enthusiasm and commitment to developing the industry. As the CEO of an emerging biotech company, her viewpoint will be well placed to reflect a major segment of AusBiotech’s membership, particularly at a policy level.

“The Board and I also welcome Andrea Douglas, who brings to the Board extensive experience in R&D and product development, and a return to the Board of a representative of Australia’s largest biotech company, CSL.”

Beyond her role as CEO of BioDiem, Julie Phillips has also been a passionate and vocal advocate for the biotechnology sector and the opportunity it poses for Australia. Julie is currently an AusBiotech representative member of the Pharmaceutical Industry Council (PIC).

Following a stint as a clinical pharmacist in major Sydney teaching hospitals, Ms Phillips moved to ‘big pharma’ and spent more than 15 years working in regulatory affairs, clinical trials and pharmacoeconomics, where she was involved in the industry’s input into Australia’s “world’s first” cost-effectiveness guidelines to support pricing applications to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

Ms Phillips then moved her focus to Australian start-ups, gaining experience over the past decade as a director and CEO of many Australian life sciences companies, including ASX-listed companies. Ms Phillips says her career “has been dotted with various successes and struggles; the former including the successful acquisition of an oncolytic virotherapy project, therapeutic hepatitis vaccine project and the out-licensing of influenza vaccine technology to companies in India and China.”

Ms Phillips holds a Bachelor of Pharmacology, Master of Science and a Master of Business Administration. Ms Phillips said: "I am very pleased to be elected to the AusBiotech Board and wish to thank the members for this privilege. The Australian biotech industry sits in a perfect position to transform lives and grow the Australian economy. AusBiotech with its energetic staff and Board has been outstanding in its achievements and is visionary for our industry's future. I look forward enthusiastically to contributing as a director."

As Vice President of Strategy and Portfolio at CSL, Dr Andrea Douglas manages the global R&D product portfolio and investment and prioritisation processes. Dr Douglas is Secretary of the Board Innovation and Development Committee and the CEO’s Strategic Leadership Group. In this role Andrea has overseen the global R&D investment which has grown from ~$150m to $500m each year.

Dr Douglas has held various roles at CSL since 2005 including head of R&D Project Management, and Program Director, Influenza, where she “had oversight of the licensure of CSL’s influenza vaccine in the US and Europe, development and registration of CSL’s prototype pandemic H5N1 vaccine, successful negotiation of pandemic vaccine supply and funding contracts with Australia, Singapore and New Zealand and development of CSL’s Pandemic Preparedness Action Plan.”

Before joining CSL Andrea was the CEO of the CRC for Discovery of Genes for Common Human Diseases. Prior to this she was a senior researcher at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and The Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Andrea holds a Bachelor of Science with first class honours, Master of Health Administration and a PhD in Forensic Medicine. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr Douglas said: “I am delighted to be able to contribute to the work of Australia’s premier biotechnology industry body; both at a personal level and to continue to bring CSL’s support to the industry’s growth.”

The AGM also marked the retirement of AusBiotech Director, Dr Meera Verma, who joined the board in October 2010, when working with Hospira and later became Proprietor of Headland Vision. Dr Verma served as the Chair of the Risk and Audit Sub-Committee (RaSC) from 2011.

Dr Rathjen thanked Dr Verma for her contribution to the AusBiotech Board, and said: “Meera has been an active contributor to the Board during her tenure. We as a leadership team and as an industry have benefited form her tenacious character and desire to make a difference to the industry’s success.”

To attend or for further media information and interviews, please contact: Lorraine Chiroiu, AusBiotech’s Communications Manager, E: M: +61 (0) 429 801 118

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