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Our team

TRAM was established in 2016 to provide the University of Melbourne’s research community with a pathway to take their research towards commercial viability. The TRAM team brings valuable skills from a wide range of backgrounds to educate researchers and give them the tools and advice they need to accelerate their progress.

The people behind TRAM

Dr Simon Wilkins

Program Director

In 2016 I co-founded the TRAM program and I'm proud to now lead Australia's premie...

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Dr Simon Wilkins

Program Director

What I do at TRAM:
In 2016 I co-founded the TRAM program and I'm proud to now lead Australia's premier university-based research impact accelerator. My background is in research commercialisation, early-stage innovative companies and commercial strategy. I also serve on the Board of Directors of Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia (KCA).

Why I work for TRAM:
I'm inspired by the drive and innovation of our research community. Through TRAM we can catalyse the difference they make in the world.

Andrew Rowse

Program Manager

My role is to focus on our core business of supporting researchers through the res...

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Andrew Rowse

Program Manager

What I do at TRAM:
My role is to focus on our core business of supporting researchers through the research commercialisation journey. This involves recruiting, running, and facilitating our key programs.

Why I work for TRAM:
People and problem-solving are my two passions. At TRAM, I get to combine them on a daily basis and have a meaningful impact on our teams.

Leonore Ryan

Entrepreneur-in-Residence

My role is to take research-based technologies to market, working with both resea...

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Leonore Ryan

Entrepreneur-in-Residence

What I do at TRAM:

My role is to take research-based technologies to market, working with both research organisations and startups. I provide coaching to TRAM teams as they take steps towards becoming an actual business and develop programs to get them there.

Why I work for TRAM:
Creating tangible outcomes and helping people while being exposed to smart people and really cool tech - what's not to like?

Sarah Robertson

Marketing & Communications Manager

My role is to build our brand and raise our profile both at the University of Melb...

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Sarah Robertson

Marketing & Communications Manager

What I do at TRAM:
My role is to build our brand and raise our profile both at the University of Melbourne and Melbourne Biomedical Precinct and externally.

Why I work for TRAM:
I work for TRAM because I believe there is so much more we can do to help commercialise the incredible research coming out of Australia's leading institutions.

Jenni Kirkbright

Executive Officer

I am responsible for the efficient day-to-day administrative operations at TRAM, t...

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Jenni Kirkbright

Executive Officer

What I do at TRAM:
I am responsible for the efficient day-to-day administrative operations at TRAM, to help the team work effectively and achieve success.

Why I work for TRAM:
I work at TRAM to assist our growth objectives and make our values real.

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