Award recognises important role of women in driving Australia’s innovation economy

July 17 / 195

Kerry Hegarty (centre) with co awardees Dr Elizabeth Williams and Sue MacLeman
Kerry Hegarty (centre) with co awardees Dr Elizabeth Williams and Sue MacLeman

Dr Kerry Hegarty, Business Development Director in the University’s Research, Innovation & Commercialisation team was recognised with one of three BioMelbourne Network 2017 Women in Leadership Awards last month.

In her role Dr Hegarty is charged with identifying, developing and managing commercial opportunities in the life sciences. During her first 18 months on the job her team closed five licensing and collaboration deals, assisted with the raising of over $5M in venture and sophisticated investment, and identified more than 20 new initiatives by academics that would otherwise lay dormant.

With a high profile in the industry Kerry has served as a role model or mentor for many.

BioMelbourne Network CEO Dr Krystal Evans said while Kerry’s leadership style was bold, she was known for her warmth, care and humour.

“Kerry is attentive to staff and their development, and takes great delight in human capital contribution which she considers of great importance to the industry, Dr Evans said. “It’s these skills and tenacious team leadership that sets her apart in her contribution to our industry.”

The awards, which recognise exceptional leadership within the high-priority strategic growth sector of biotechnology, medical technology and pharmaceuticals, were awarded by Governor of Victoria Linda Dessau.

Dr Evans said Australia’s ambition was to grow globally competitive innovation-intensive companies, but said innovation was a people-driven process that thrives on diverse thinking and views.

“To build a strong, resilient and successful innovation future, Australia needs to harness the talents and contributions of all people including men and of women together at all levels.”

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