Dan Johnson is Pro Vice Chancellor Research Innovation at Macquarie University and Interim Director of SmartCrete CRC in Sydney, NSW. Prior to this he was Managing Director of The Australian Wine Research Institute in Adelaide, SA. Dan has worked in research, development and innovation for more than 15 years, almost exclusively in the not-for-profit sector. Dan’s career choices and achievements reflect his two great professional passions – science and business strategy. Having worked as a scientist and in various roles closely aligned to science, he is passionate about R&D but is equally passionate about the practical application of that R&D. Dan has published widely in peer-reviewed journals and the popular/trade press, delivered numerous presentations and lectures to scientific and industry fora on topics such as the wine industry and biotechnology, and was the inventor and owner of a granted patent which formed the basis of his own biotechnology company.