MTPConnect Team

MTPConnect is supported by a talented executive team.

Dr Dan Grant - Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer

Dr Dan Grant has spent more than 25 years in senior roles in the pharmaceutical, higher education and medical research sectors. Prior to joining MTPConnect, Dr Grant was the inaugural Pro Vice Chancellor for Industry Engagement at La Trobe University where he had oversight of the university's innovation, commercialisation and industry engagement activities. 

He was also the Senior Director and Head of Pfizer's External Research and Development Innovation group for ANZ/Singapore and their head of open innovation. Dan also sits on the Expert Advisory Panel for the Stem Cell Mission. He has a PhD in Cardiovascular Physiology and an MBA.

Andrew Bowskill - Director Stakeholder Engagement Queensland

Andrew Bowskill is our Director of Stakeholder Engagement for Queensland, working from the MTPConnect office at the Translational Research Institute (TRI) in Woolloongabba, Brisbane. Andrew joins us from Medicines Australia, where he was Manager of Industry and Regulatory Policy, engaging with a broad cross section of stakeholders including consumer groups, companies, peak bodies and Commonwealth and State officials. 

As well as his extensive networks, Andrew brings deep understanding of MTP industry and regulatory policy including R&D policy, intellectual property, trade agreements and biosimilars. Andrew has a Bachelor of Pharmacy from the University of Otago and has held a number of pharmacy roles in Queensland including Clinical Pharmacist, Adult Emergency and Medical Admissions and Planning Unit, Mater Pharmacy Services and Team Leader, Mater Private Hospital Pharmacy.

Dr Kate Brooks - Director Stakeholder Engagement Western Australia

Dr Kate Brooks is our Director of Stakeholder Engagement for Western Australia. Kate has a Bachelor of Science, Physics, from the University of Wollongong and Doctor of Philosophy, Physics, from UNSW. She joins us from a role as Innovation Manager at Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy & Fertilisers. She previously worked for the CSIRO, as Deputy Head Operations, Australia Telescope National Facility, where she was responsible for the day-to-day site operations of CSIRO's five radio astronomy sites across Australia “Parkes and Narrabri sites in NSW plus the newly established Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO), Geraldton MRO Support Facility and Boolardy Accommodation Facility, all in WA. She has previously been a research scientist with CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science.

Jenny Devlin - Executive Assistant to the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer

Jenny Devlin is our Executive Assistant to the Managing Director & CEO, Dr Dan Grant. She brings extensive experience to the role, coming from AHIC Carrier, where she spent six years as EA to the General Manager and National Operations Manager. 

She has previously worked in similar roles at medical imaging company I-Med Network and dairy business Fonterra Australia, and prior to that, was at ExxonMobil for 11 years as EA to General Counsel.

Stuart Dignam - Chief Operating Officer

Stuart Dignam is an accomplished corporate affairs professional. He has 16-year's experience in media relations, communications and issues management working across political offices and the public and private sectors. Stuart has also worked in broadcast media for more than a decade. He has experience in driving media positioning in Asia, including China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore. 

Stuart also has on-the-ground experience in the United States, Canada and Latin America, including Colombia, Brazil, Mexico, Peru and Chile. 

He has held a number of senior positions, including General Manager, Policy & Corporate Affairs at CPA Australia, Queensland Deputy Trade & Investment Commissioner for the Americas, based in Los Angeles, Executive Director, office of the Director-General of Premier and Cabinet, Queensland and Journalist and broadcaster, ABC News Radio. He has also worked as a government media and policy advisor.

Caroline Duell - Director Communications & Events

Caroline brings with her an impressive skill set and extensive background in communications and media management to MTPConnect. In the MTP sector, Caroline has worked as Public Affairs Lead, Australia and New Zealand, at Bristol-Myers Squibb and as Corporate Communications Director at GSK in the UK. 

She has also worked at Fonterra Australia and VicHealth. Caroline holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne where she majored in economics and commercial law.

Dr Gerard Gibbs - Senior Director BioMedTech Horizons Program

Dr Gerard Gibbs is our Senior Director of the BioMedTech Horizons program, based at the MTPConnect Head Office in Melbourne. He is responsible for the overall project management, delivery, promotion and reporting the program. Prior to joining MTPConnect, he was the Asia Pacific Senior Business Development Lead and Product Specialist at Agilent Technologies. Gerard was also a Program Manager at Biomedical Research Victoria leading and delivering a strategic State Government-funded program that created a marketing platform, training program and business tools supporting research and innovation across Victoria. With a background in biological sciences research, he was a highly published Post-Doctoral Scientist and Senior Research Officer at Monash University.

Divya Kalla - Project Manager

Divya Kalla is a Project Manager at MTPConnect, where she is responsible for managing the inaugural round of the $45 million BioMedTech Horizons program; and ongoing grant management of the research projects throughout the term of funding. This includes contract negotiations, performance monitoring and reporting and change controls. 

Divya also coordinates events, workshops and has been involved in organising international delegations like The MedTech Conference. Divya has a Master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Technology from SASTRA University, India and has previously worked in quality management of pharmaceuticals and manufacturing of biopharmaceutical products.

Lauren Kelly - Director of the Biomedical Translation Bridge (BTB) Program

Lauren specialises in the translation of science and technology and has extensive experience in developing, leading, and managing new initiatives, multidisciplinary teams, biobanks, pre-clinical and clinical R&D projects. Before joining MTPConnect, Lauren’s roles involved coordinating multinational, industry and academic drug discovery and translational research programs centring around metabolism and cardiovascular disease at Monash University. In addition, she developed and directed industry engagement initiatives for the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute.

Prior to her time at Monash, Lauren managed the research portfolio of the Cooperative Research Centre for Mental Health, with work focused on the discovery and validation of biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia and mood disorders. Lauren has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Business (Science and Technology) from Monash University.

Shannan Osrin - Communications Coordinator

Shannan is our Communications Coordinator, supporting MTPConnect's external and internal communication activities, including its social media profile on Twitter and LinkedIn and coordinating a presence at sector-led events. She produces and often hosts the MTPConnect Podcast, speaking to the MTP sector's industry leaders and MTPConnect's program partners.

Prior to her time at MTPConnect, Shannan was at MTData, a developer of taxi and transport software, in the Communications and Marketing department in Melbourne. She holds a Double Degree of a Bachelor of Communications and a Bachelor of Arts from Edith Cowan University in Perth, where she majored in Journalism and Writing.

Libby Pearce - Executive Officer Special Projects

Libby Pearce has over 20 years’ experience working in administrative, analytical and training roles across the automotive, accounting and online training industries. She has worked for Ford Motor Company, CPDLive, Xero, Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce, and CPA Australia. As an experienced Executive Assistant she enjoys analytical work, streamlining processes, and most of all, supporting people. Her role as Executive Officer Special Projects allows her to apply her cross-functional knowledge across various MTPConnect projects and events. Libby holds a Bachelor of Business (Human Resources).

Danielle Shand - Senior Manager, Operations & Events

Danielle has worked in business operations within the pharmaceutical industry and has more than 15 years of background experience in business administrative management. During this time she has continually evolved and developed enhanced leadership skills for working in today’s digital and agile environments. 

At Pfizer, she played an integral role in shaping, developing and growing the Australia and New Zealand Oncology Business Unit (ANZOBU) platform and its people. Danielle worked collaboratively to ensure strategic planning, budgeting and operation initiatives within marketing were executed, monitored and that the deliverables were in alignment with the priorities and Pfizer’s imperatives. Through active leadership in a matrix environment she drove internal / external communication campaigns, carried out important project management and business analysis work to ensure that goals, objectives and growth projections were achieved.

Dr Vishal Srivastava - Director BioMedTech Horizons

Dr Vishal C. Srivastava has 20 years of experience in the biotechnology sector, as a scientist, and in R&D investment, collaboration/partnerships, business development and technology transfer. Vishal’s international career includes roles in Japan, South Korea and New Zealand. 

After taking on a scientist/business development role at HortResearch in Hamilton, he became an Investment Manager at New Zealand Government’s largest R&D investment agency – the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology. In Australia, he was part of the Deakin Research Commercial Division at Deakin University, where he was responsible for business development in nano-materials. He has a PhD in Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering (Massey University) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.

Elizabeth Stares - Director, Corporate Reporting and Risk Management

Elizabeth is an accomplished product designer, specialising in designing medical devices, surgical tools and consumer products for UK and worldwide markets, and is a lead inventor on multiple in-force US patent families. Elizabeth’s medical and consumer devices project management experience has seen her leading and delivering large EU-Government funded projects with numerous partners across multiple countries, and projects values up to $2.7 million. 

Following a move to Australia in 2010, a role in a design consultancy and as a product design advisor to various start-up companies, she worked with the MTPConnect Chair to determine the need and remit for the Growth Centre, and manage its establishment. 

Elizabeth is now the Director for Corporate Reporting and Risk Management. This involves working on current and future MTPConnect projects; focusing on projects that solve constraints and gaps in the sector or build national capacity, all sharing in a funding pool of $15.6 million as well as working with MTPConnect’s other program to ensure key deliverables are met.