Julie Phillips has been a passionate and vocal advocate for the biotechnology sector and the opportunity it poses for Australia. Julie has been a director of AusBiotech since October 2013, and she is currently a director of the Federal Government’s medtech and pharma industry growth centre, MTPConnect and a member of the government’s R&D Incentives Committee. Following a stint as a clinical pharmacist in major Sydney teaching hospitals, Julie moved to ‘big pharma’ and spent more than 15 years working in regulatory affairs, clinical trials and pharmacoeconomics, where she was involved in the industry’s input into Australia’s ‘world first’ cost-effectiveness guidelines to support pricing applications to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. Following her MBA she moved focus to Australian start-ups, gaining experience over the past decade as a director and CEO of many Australian life sciences companies, including ASX-listed companies. Julie has been Chairman of AusBiotech since 2014.