Prof Paul Rolan is a clinical pharmacologist, drug developer and physician whose career has been divided between university and pharmaceutical industry both in Australia and the UK. He took a key role in developing a university spin out clinical research company in Manchester UK to becoming the largest clinical research unit in the country. He has been principal investigator in over 700 clinical research studies with particular expertise in lean focused proof-of-concept programs. He returned to Australia in 2005 where he was Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Adelaide before joining a small team taking the first Singaporean based pharmaceutical company to listing on the local stock market. Since 2016 he has been the Director of Innovation at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Adelaide bringing innovations to undergraduate and postgraduate education including a focus on commercialisation and entrepreneurial skills. Additionally he continues to advise pharmaceutical companies on drug development and is an angel investor.