Dr Leanna Read
Member, Economic Development Board
Dr Leanna Read is a founder of Adelaide biotechnology company, TGR BioSciences, and has been CEO and Managing Director since the Company’s incorporation in June 2001. She is a physiologist by training with over 90 scientific papers and is an inventor on two patents in-licensed by TGR.
She has led successful research and commercial ventures, including the CRC for Tissue Growth and Repair, widely considered to be one of the most successful commercially focused CRCs.
Dr Read’s contributions to the biotechnology industry have been recognised by the appointment to boards such as the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council and the Federal Government’s Industry Research and Development Board. She also serves on SA's Economic Development Board, the SA Premier’s Science and Research Council and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.
Dr Read has received several industry awards including the inaugural Biotechnology Industry Service Award by the Australian Biotechnology Association (now AusBiotech); a Centenary Medal for services to the IR&D Board and its committees; the 2006 SA Premier’s Award for Science, Technology and Innovation Management Excellence; and the 2006 South Australian of the Year in the Category of Science and Technology.