IgV Masterclass on Translation of Research: Clinical Trials & Commercialisation


22 March 2024


9:00am - 4:30pm


Davis Auditorium, Level 7 WEHI


Magdalena Plebanski (RMIT)
Justin Boddey (WEHI)
James McCarthy (WEHI/PDI/RMH)
Michele Macintosh (Director of Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre/Monash) 
Nick Gherardin (PDI)
Charlotte Keung (Hudson/Monash Health)
James Vince (WEHI/Mermaid Bio)
Helen Thomas (SVI)
Tom Kay (SVI)
Laura Issa (Roche)
Victoria Jameson (WEHI Business Development Office)
David Segal (WEHI Business Development Office)
Ruth Park-Jones (RIC Uni Melb)
Amabel Tan (Program Director – ANDHealth)
Aaron DeBono (Brandon Capital/CUREator)


We are grateful to the following sponsors who have enabled us to keep registration fees very low



Membership Category Registration Fee (AUD)
Students - ASI Members FREE*
Students - non members 15
Ordinary - ASI Members 20*
Ordinary - non members 40






Member Price $20.00
Non-Member Price $40.00
Non-Member Student $15.00

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On behalf of the Immunology Group of Victoria (IgV) Committee, we are hosting an IgV "Masterclass on Translation of Research: Clinical Trials & Commercialization" , to be held in person at WEHI (Parkville), Friday, March 22nd 2024, 9am-4:30pm.

We recognise the serious gap between basic research and the translation of discoveries into the clinic. This Master class is pitched at basic researchers of all levels and aims to provide a road map for the many pathways available to translate their research.

Hear from basic scientists who have or are in the process of translating their research (eg: through clinical trials, spin out companies and industry partnerships), heads of institute commercialisation programs, industry and venture capital representatives. These diverse perspectives will teach attendees:

  1. what research is translatable and how to design your research program with this in mind
  2. what to expect when partnering with industry and when to do it
  3. what kind of preliminary data is required to approach a possible industry partner, biotech incubator or venture capital investor
  4. challenges and opportunities when starting a spinout company
  5. when and how to go about getting a patent

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Registration: 9-9:15am

Session 1: Development stage - Preclinical and clinical partnering
9:15am - 11am

  • Magdalena Plebanski (RMIT) - from ideas to patents to biotech, across multiple diseases 
  • Justin Boddey (WEHI) - pre-clinical partnering with Merck
  • James McCarthy (WEHI/PDI/RMH) - developing clinical trials and human challenge models
  • Michele Macintosh (Director of Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre/Monash) - pre-clinical partnerships to translation, challenges and opportunities
  • Nick Gherardin (PDI) – patents as an early career researcher
    [Panel discussion]

Morning Tea: 15min

Session 2: Next steps - Going your own way or standing on the shoulders of giants

  • Charlotte Keung (Hudson/Monash Health)
  • James Vince (WEHI/Mermaid Bio) – working with spinouts
  • Helen Thomas and Tom Kay (SVI) - drug repurposing trials, finding and working with partners
  • Peter Tregaskis (Roche) - partnering with academia, what industry is looking for and when 
    [Panel discussion]

Lunch 45min

Session 3: Routes (and roots) of Commercialisation

  • Victoria Jameson and David Segal (WEHI Business Development Office)
  • Ruth Park-Jones (RIC Uni Melb)
  • Amabel Tan (Program Director – ANDHealth)
  • Aaron DeBono (Brandon Capital/CUREator)
    [Interactive session and Panel discussion]

Networking: Drinks at Naughton’s

Register before 20th March

Membership Category Registration Fee (AUD)
Students - ASI Members FREE*
Students - non members 15
Ordinary - ASI Members 20*
Ordinary - non members 40




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