How to Split the Pie

coinsBring industry expertise to academia – this was the message I brought to Ian Frazer when he was in Melbourne recently with other members of the Australian Medical Research Advisory Board for a public consultation on the MRFF.

I recommended a portion of the Fund would be well spent on initiatives to embed colleagues with experience and a successful track record gained in industry into research. This suggestion was made rather than, or at least in addition to, the reverse – a call for increasing numbers of researchers to spend time in industry learning the ropes of commercialisation, which while admirable may take some considerable time to yield the results we hope for. The proposal was not surprising given my own experience and that of several BioMedVic Directors who can all attest to the two-way impact of building bridges between industry and academia, something BioMedVic has encouraged for some time. Continue reading

The bottom line that’s top of mind …

Determining how and on what the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) will be spent is the sort of thing we all dream of as scientists. What would we do with that sort of money, which areas of medical research need it, where could the most benefit be gained? Can you imagine the pressure members of the Australian Medical Research Advisory Board must be feeling?

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