Professor Leanna Read

Director BR-Angels Pty Ltd and University of South Australia Council Member

Professor Read has been a member of the Council of the University of South Australia since 2011, and she holds the Honorary degree of Doctor of the University.

She brings extensive executive, board and investment experience in biotechnology based enterprises. Professor Read currently chairs the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Cell Therapy Manufacturing as well as the SA Strategic Plan Audit Committee, and she is non-executive director of biotechnology company, Biosensis Pty Ltd. She is also a member of other boards that address innovation across the government, industry and academic sectors, including Commercialisation Australia, the SA Economic Development Board and the SA Premier's Science and Industry Council and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

From 2001 to 2012, Professor Read was a founder and managing director of Adelaide biotechnology company, TGR BioSciences Pty Ltd. She has also led a number of other successful research and commercial ventures, including the CRC for Tissue Growth and Repair, and she is a member of BioAngels, an Adelaide-based Angel investor network.

A fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Professor Read's contributions to the biotechnology industry have been recognised by various industry awards, as well as appointment to boards such as the Prime Minister's Science, Engineering and Innovation Council, and the Federal Government's Industry Research & Development Board.

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