Dr Andrew Leech

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General Manager, QUTbluebox

Andrew has over fifteen years of experience in technology transfer and commercialisation from the university sector. He has successfully driven technology development and commercial transactions in a variety of industries, including: animal health, agriculture, aquaculture, bioremediation, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and medical devices. He has extensive experience in preclinical and early stage clinical development of therapeutics, medical device development, regulatory and quality management systems, licensing and startup management.

Andrew has previously run the commercialisation office for James Cook University, held an executive management position with the Heart Research Institute, and held commercialisation roles with UniQuest and UoM Commercial. He has also been acting CEO for SMART Arm Pty Ltd, where he managed the redesign of a medical device to meet regulatory standards under an ISO 13485 QMS.

Andrew has a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Queensland, a Masters of Industrial Property law from the University of Technology Sydney, and is a registered Patent and Trademark attorney. For several years Andrew has sat as a Commercial Assessor on the NHMRC Development Grant panel, and has an excellent record of working with researchers to win commercial and industry grant funding.