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Simon Wilkins

Head of Operations, Cureator - Melbourne

Simon joined Brandon Capital in 2021.

Simon has 20+ years of experience in research commercialisation, business development and technology advisory, and has variously worked in biotech, pharma, strategy consulting to the innovation & technology sector, as well as in technology commercialisation and biomedical research. He brings a passion for innovation and community building, and a practical approach to solving the challenges around early-stage venture craft, industry collaboration and building a national biotech incubator.

Prior to joining Brandon, Simon worked as a Venture Creator within the New Ventures team as part of the University of Melbourne’s Research Innovation & Commercialisation (RIC) group. In 2016 he co-founded Translating Research at Melbourne (TRAM) as a cohort-based experiential program to develop the entrepreneurial capability and practical business skills of researchers at the University of Melbourne. Simon served for 5 years as TRAM founding Director, training over 300 researchers, attracting over $6M in investment and leading the establishment of 9 research-based startups.

Since 2020, Simon has held an Associate Professor (Adjunct) role with the Melbourne Business School, where he co-delivers the award-winning BioDesign Innovation course to Masters of Engineering and MBA students, building entrepreneurial capabilities by developing new medical technologies that solve unmet clinical needs.

Simon also holds commercial advisory roles at the intersection of digital technology and the health sector, as well as formal qualifications in biomedical research and business including his PhD (University of Queensland) in Developmental Genetics, a BScHons (Monash) in Physiology, a graduate certificate in applied finance (Kaplan Professional), and graduate Company Director’s course (AICD). From 2018-2021, Simon served on the Board of Directors for Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia (KCA), the peak body leading best practice in industry engagement, commercialisation and entrepreneurship for research organisations.