James Tran, PhD student and IMNIS Mentee in the 2018 MedTech-Pharma program – RMIT University (VIC) [Image: James Tan Photography]

I’m participating in the IMNIS program … to gain a better understanding of how the medical/pharmaceuticals industry bridges the gap between medical research and societal health outcomes.”

I have been fortunate enough to receive an Australian Government Scholarship to undertake my PhD at RMIT University in the Department of Health and Biomedical Science. My research currently involves examining strategies to prevent brain damage in infants that have suffered from pregnancy and birth complications. Previously, I completed my Honours year (1st Class) at the Hudson Institute of Medical Research, where I also worked as a research assistant while completing my Bachelors of Science degree at Monash University.

Currently, I am also into the 5th year of operation of my business, which involves training and managing full time junior athletes. My clients continue to compete at the highest levels of international competition and many have gone on to receive athlete contracts at Division 1 US Colleges.

This year, I founded a Biotech Start Up with a team of Engineers from Melbourne University. We are developing products that can improve healthcare during pregnancy.

I look forward to being a part of the 2018 IMNIS program.

Why are you participating in the IMNIS program?

One of the reasons I’m participating in the IMNIS program is to gain a better understanding of how the medical/pharmaceuticals industry bridges the gap between medical research and societal health outcomes.

What is the most important aspect of this professional relationship for you?

Being able to openly discuss the landscape of the medical and pharmaceutical industry, including the benefits and challenges that exist in research, development, and corporate.

What do you hope your mentor can help you achieve and what is the best piece of advice you have received so far?

I hope my mentor will help me gain the insight and knowledge required to make the most informed decisions as I travel further down my career path. I also hope to make meaningful networks in the industry and to find opportunities where my knowledge and skills can have the greatest impact.

One of the best pieces of advice I have received from our first meeting is:

“…It is not the start-up organisation’s job to worry about the investor’s finances…How they choose to invest and distribute their funds is their business…The sole responsibility of the start-up organisation is to focus on developing their product…”

What are the top 3 key things you hope to learn through the IMNIS program?

  1. Networking skills
  2. Strategic communication skills
  3. Leadership Skills

What has been the most rewarding aspect of the IMNIS program for you so far?

Being able to listen to Industry Executives not only share their knowledge with IMNIS Mentees, but also with other Executives.