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Westmead Research Hub has one of the largest concentrations of biomedical, scientific and healthcare focused minds in Australia and offers industry access to an active pipeline of groundbreaking medical innovations for licensing and partnership opportunities.

Westmead Research Hub Commercialisation Team

david_square.jpg   David Markwell


Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) & Sydney Children’s Hospital Network, ​IP and Commercialisation Manager

Contact Details
E: david.markwell@health.nsw.gov.au
P: +61 439 875 825

nadia_square.jpg   Dr Nadia Pece-Barbara


University of Sydney (USYD) & Westmead Institute for Medical Research (WIMR)(SCHN)
Commercial Theme Leader, Westmead Precinct


Nadia is a highly-motivated Commercialisation Manager with a breadth of experience in Intellectual Property, IP strategy, commercialisation and technology transfer including 10 years’ experience as a patent attorney in two top-tier firms in Sydney. Nadia has established a track record in providing commercially focused advice to leverage innovations into valuable assets and is passionate about bench to bedside approaches in translating innovations to market by maximising impact from strategic collaborations and partnerships.

Contact Details
E: nadia.pece-barbara@sydney.edu.au
P: +61 417 168 561

Julia_square.png   Dr Julia Hill


Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI), Head of Commercialisation

Julia has 18 years of experience in technology commercialisation.  She has worked  within Research Institutes and Universities,private and public biotechnology and medical companies, venture capital and corporate advisory firms. Julia’s roles have spanned the commercialisation process from business development to investment manager/corporate advisory roles, COO roles within public listed companies and Director of start-up companies.  She has a PhD in Embryology, EU and USA post-doctoral experience and an MBA from Melbourne Business School.

Contact Details
E: jhill@cmri.org.au
P: +61 2 8865 2839

Paul_square_1.jpg   Dr Paul Larkin


Westmead Research Hub, Commercialisation Officer

Paul is driven to turn life science innovations into technologies and companies that deliver significant benefits to human health. His commercial expertise is founded on his experience in venture capital and biopharmaceutical consulting, while his scientific expertise is founded on his work as a graduate student at UCSF and as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University. In addition, Paul has worked as a scientist at the NIH and at a biotech startup, and received his BA from Amherst College.

Contact Details
E: plarkin@cmri.org.au
P: +61 404 104 524