Carrie Hillyard is Deputy Chairman of the Mater Research Institute, Chairman of three biotechnology companies and a director of the Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE).  After a career spanning research in London and developing diagnostics in Brisbane, she co-founded venture capital firm, CM Capital and led its Life Sciences group. Carrie has served on government, public and private company boards and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). She now mentors start-up companies and young people seeking to advance their careers. In recognition of her contributions to biotechnology, she has received awards from AusBiotech and Women in Technology and a Centenary medal.