The Cell and Gene Catalyst – A New Initiative to Strengthen Australian Capabilities

When:  Nov 23, 2023 from 09:00 to 10:30 (AWST)


Elizabeth Lam

The Cell and Gene Catalyst – A New Initiative to Strengthen Australian Capabilities

Presented by the ISCT ANZ Regional Executive Committee


AusBiotech and Medicines Australia have partnered to co-lead a new Cell and Gene Catalyst initiative. This national joint venture is a collaborative effort between the two peak industry bodies. The Catalyst aims to accelerate the development and commercialisation of cell and gene therapies in Australia and strengthen Australian capabilities across the entire value chain. 

In this webinar, Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea AM will outline Catalyst’s role in establishing an end-to-end value chain for discovering, developing, manufacturing and distributing world-class cell and gene therapies while promoting job creation and commercialising research in Australia. Dr Evans-Galea will provide an overview of the National Cell and Gene Manufacturing Blueprint recently published by Ausbiotech and discuss approaches to expand manufacturing capabilities and capacity in Australia.

Key Learning Objectives: 
  • Attract, build, and retain world-class talent to support skillset and workforce requirements
  • Foster collaboration and knowledge sharing across the industry to accelerate the pace of innovation
  • Create a clear regulatory and market access pathway that is aligned with global markets, ensuring that new therapies can reach patients
  • Build Australian capability from research and development to manufacturing, clinical trials and successful commercialization.


A/Prof Zlatibor Velickovic, PhD 

ISCT ANZ Regional VP, 2022-2024

Royal Perth Hospital


A/Prof Emily Blyth, FRACP, FRCPA, PhD

ISCT ANZ Regional VP-Elect, 2022-2024

Westmead Hospital



 Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea AM, PhD 


Cell and Gene Catalyst, AusBiotech


Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea AM is an accomplished STEM executive, board chair and director. Dr Evans-Galea actively engages across multiple professional sectors in the broader STEM ecosystem and is an advocate for STEM research, innovation and education, and the development of a highly skilled and diverse future STEM workforce. 

Operating at the interface of industry, academia, education and government, Dr Evans-Galea is Director of STEM Careers Strategy at the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) where she leads the strategic and operational development and delivery of ATSE’s $43M portfolio of national STEM Careers programs which include the Elevate: Boosting Women in STEM Scholarships program funded by the Department of Industry, Science and Resources; the IMNIS Industry engagement initiative; and the STELR Schools engagement program. 

Dr Evans-Galea has led international pre-clinical research programs in cell and gene therapy for inherited diseases in the United States and Australia, most recently at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. She received multiple awards for her research and leadership. Dr Evans-Galea is also an experienced consultant, editor, author and peer reviewer. 

A renowned advocate for STEMM research, education and innovation, Dr Evans-Galea is actively engaged across multiple professional sectors in the broader STEMM ecosystem and has served with advisory groups in State and Federal government. She also communicates on a range of science-related topics via social and mainstream media. 

An internationally recognised advocate for inclusion and diversity, Dr Evans-Galea co-founded Women in STEMM Australia, a NFP advocating for greater representation of women in STEMM 
leadership roles in Australia. She served on the SAGE Expert Advisory Group and the inaugural Ministerial Council for Women’s Equality in Victoria, and is an inductee for the Victorian Honour Roll of Women. She has represented Australia at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation women in STEM meetings. 

Dr Evans-Galea has been recognised with an Australian Leadership Award and the Vice-Chancellor's Alumni Excellence Award from The University of Queensland, and is a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).