Dr Ilse Treurnicht visits MDHS

Last month the Faculty welcomed Dr Ilse Treurnicht, former CEO of Toronto's MaRS Discovery District, to Melbourne. Dr Treurnicht spent a busy week speaking about her experience of developing MaRS with Faculty and University leaders and representatives from many of our partners, the biotech industry, the finance and business sector, and state government.

Over twelve years Dr Treurnicht took MaRS from a small startup to a 1.5 million sq ft state of the art complex in the heart of Toronto's Discovery District, recognised the world over as one of the most remarkable innovation-translation-commercialisation success stories anywhere.

The strong parallels between Melbourne and Toronto and insight into Dr Treurnicht's own experiences will now inform the advancement of plans for innovation and discovery in Melbourne.

The Dean and Dr Treurnicht are pictured above with Julie Wells, Vice-Principal (Policy and Projects) and Doron Ben Meir, Vice-Principal (Enterprise).