Kristen Houston
Operations Manager
Kristen Houston received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacology from the University of Western Australia and has spent the last few years working in the commercialisation space. Working with John Beech & Associates and The Executive Connection, Kristen created the website and online store for consulting company Guided Innovation. Based in Perth, Kristen manages the communications and general operations of Accelerating Australia and is the Program Manager for Perth Biodesign.
Ruth Seeber
Senior Project Officer and Western Australia Coordinator
Ruth Seeber is a molecular pharmacologist with 18 years experience working at the University of Western Australia and Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. She is an assay technology co-inventor and has extensive experience in managing projects at the academic-industry interface. Ruth therefore brings key insights into how researchers can work effectively on this boundary.
Amanda Lee
South Australia Coordinator
Amanda Lee is the Office Manager, Adelaide Enterprise, the technology transfer and commercialisation arm of the University of Adelaide. A finalist in the South Australian Young Business Leaders Program 2013, Amanda’s skillset lies in the organisation of people, programs and projects. With multidisciplinary experience at the University of Adelaide since 2012, she is enthusiastic about contributing to the positive impact that is had by taking South Australian research and ideas to their full potential. Responsible for the facilitation of Adelaide Biodesign, Amanda is the first point of contact for any course enquiries you may have.
Premila Paiva
Victoria Coordinator
Premila is a senior research fellow in Women's Health Research at Monash University with a successful publication and competitive track record in fund sourcing, engagement with key opinion leaders and stakeholders in clinical and allied health and organisation of professional development events for early career researchers and advocate for science in the community. Premila is a committee member of the Australian Society for Medical Research Victorian Chapter and University of Melbourne Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, Early Career Research Academic Network. As part of Accelerating Australia, Premila is the node contact for Victoria and manages the coordination of programs run in Melbourne.
Sean Harris
New South Wales Coordinator (Joint)
Sean has a total of 12 years nursing experience 6 of which at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital on the casual pool, giving him hands on experience on many ward’s and department’s within Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Sean is the Program Coordinator for Biodesign Sydney.
Isabella Hajduk
New South Wales Coordinator (Joint)
Isabella Hajduk is a Research Associate at the University of Technology Sydney, having completed her PhD in microscopy and microbiology. Her current research focuses on chlamydia growth and host interactions. Isabella also works as the program coordinator for the SPARK Sydney program.

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