Clara Gaff recognised with leadership award
April 9, 2019
Melbourne Genomics Executive Director, Associate Professor Clara Gaff, was today recognised for her contribution to genomics in the 2019 BioMelbourne Network Women in Leadership Awards.
Clara received the Most Valuable Women in Leadership Award for her efforts in establishing and leading Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance, thereby accelerating the transition of genomics from research use to patient care.
Clara is one of only three women from Melbourne’s medtech sector to be recognised in the 2019 awards. “We had a record number of applications this year, and the judges were overwhelmed by the quality and the achievements of women leaders in our industry,” said Lusia Guthrie, Chair of BioMelbourne Network.
“This is not only a reflection of the growing role and successes of women in Melbourne’s medtech sector, but also that these achievements are valued and recognised by their colleagues,” she said.
Melbourne Genomics Chair, Catherine Walter AM, said Clara’s unwavering focus on the needs of patients and clinicians, and her ability to lead and execute a multi-stakeholder initiative of such magnitude, had underpinned Melbourne Genomics’ success.
“Clara is passionate about improving the lives of individuals and families through genomic medicine. Her ability to inspire others within this multi-stakeholder, rapidly changing environment has been extraordinary,” Ms Walter said.
The BioMelbourne Network Women in Leadership Awards were launched in 2015 to recognise and champion women, at different stage of their careers, who have made outstanding contributions to advancing the biotechnology, medical technology and pharmaceutical sector – inspiring more women to pursue leadership roles.
BioMelbourne Network is an industry-led membership association for organisations engaged in biotechnology, medical technology, pharmaceuticals and health innovation in the State of Victoria.
The 2019 Women in Leadership Awards were presented by The Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, at a ceremony at Government House.
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