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Leanna Read SAs first female chief scientist Dr Leanna Read Adelaide Now

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Dr Leanna Read is South Australia's fourth Chief Scientist and the first woman to hold the position. She was appointed in August 2014 as successor to Don Bursill. She is a trained physiologist with experience in biotechnology and commercialization. Read is a member of South Australia's Economic Development Board and has invested in early-stage life-sciences businesses through her membership of BioAngels. She is a Board Director of Biosensis Pty Ltd. and was the founding Managing Director and CEO of TGR BioSciences (an Adelaide-based biotechnology company) from 2001 to 2012.


In April 2015, Read was appointed to the Expert Advisory Committee of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission in South Australia. Read is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, which advocated for nuclear power in Australia in August 2014. Read is also the Chair of the South Australian Science Council.

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Academic career

Read is a trained physiologist and has published over 90 scientific papers. Read has received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of South Australia and is also a member of the University's Council. As of 2015 she is the chair of the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Cell Therapy Manufacturing and has previously led the CRC for Tissue Growth and Repair, which is regarded as one of the most successful commercially focused CRCs in Australia.


Read was awarded 2006 South Australian of the Year (Science and Technology) and was the 2011 winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Central Region, Technology category).


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