Updated on 6 November 2013
AusBiotech made the new appointment announcement at its annual general meeting in Brisbane last week
Singapore: At the company's annual general meeting in Brisbane last week, AusBiotech announced the appointment of two new directors to its board.
AusBiotech chair, Dr Deborah Rathjen, said that, "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 Dr 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, Ms Phillips has also been a passionate and vocal advocate for the biotechnology sector and the opportunity it poses for Australia. She 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 holds a Bachelor of Pharmacology, Master of Science and a Master of Business Administration.
"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," she said.
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 she has overseen the global R&D investment, which has grown from around $150 million-to-$500 million each year.