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Commercialisation team

Mr Rohan McDougall

Director, Commercialisation

Rohan has been the Director of Commercialisation at Curtin University since 2008. He has more than 20 years of experience in commercialisation of new technologies including being integrally involved in the establishment and operation of numerous technology-based companies. He has played a lead role in the negotiation and completion of countless technology-based agreements and partnerships with companies in Australia and internationally. He has worked in both a commercial start-up environment and in institutional technology transfer roles. Before Curtin, he worked for a listed biotechnology company as the Chief Operating Officer and in commercialisation of technology out of the University of New South Wales as a General Manager, Life Sciences at Unisearch Ltd.

Qualifications include a Bachelor of Science degree and an MBA from the AGSM. He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Current directorships include i-Cetana Pty Ltd (Chairman) and Renergi Pty Ltd. Other activities include co-founding a number of innovation community events including Univation and WestTech Fest.

Phone: +61 8 9266 3370

Mr Russell Nicholls

Deputy Director, Commercialisation

Russell joined the Curtin University Commercialisation Office in May 2011 as Deputy Director.

Previously he was Project Manager – Commercialisation at The University of Western Australia and has held IP Management roles in UK universities and industry, most recently at the University of Sussex. He has worked in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries as well as in the position of editor of a scientific journal in the Current Opinion series. With a strong track record in deal making across all disciplines, recent highlights include setting up a biotech spin-out from research conducted at the Western Australia Institute for Medical Research and negotiating successful licences in agri-biotech and food science.

Nicholls holds an MSc in Intellectual Property Management from Queen Mary, University of London and a BSc(Hons) in Applied Neuroscience from the University of Manchester.

Phone: +61 8 9266 4703

Dr Tom Hammond

Business Development Manager

Tom joined the Commercialisation team at Curtin in June 2012. His previous role of Business Development Manager at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra focused on commercialisation of physical sciences, with a particular emphasis on renewable energy. He has experience commercialising technology and concluding research deals with industry in fields such as solar photovoltaics, IT, materials science and imaging technologies.

Tom’s background includes several years working in the Western Australian craft brewing sector. His academic qualifications include PhD studies on the acoustic behaviour of insects. He holds a BSc(Hons) and PhD in Zoology from UWA, and an MSc in Science Communication from the ANU.

Phone: +61 8 9266 2548

Mr Roger Plumb

Business Development Manager

Roger joined the Curtin University Commercialisation Office in March 2014. He has been involved in early stage technology companies for more than 25 years, in technical and management roles to board level.

He spent 10 years in a medical software company in London, building it from start-up to a public listing, and worked for four years as an Investment Director at PwC Venture Partners, a UK-based incubator. Plumb has advised and mentored a number of technology businesses, and for five years was a Director of Live Technologies, a Perth-based start-up and winner of the Inaugural WA Innovator of the Year.

Prior to joining Curtin, Roger spent four years as Manager Research Commercialisation at Edith Cowan University. He has an MA in Natural Sciences (Theoretical Physics) from Cambridge University and an MSc in Management from London Business School.

Phone: +61 8 9266 4925