Health: Saving Lives and Livelihoods

Health: Saving Lives and Livelihoods
People, companies, and countries came together to help each other through the COVID-19 crisis. With a Covid-19 vaccine ready to go, there is hope. Beneath the gloomy and dramatic coronavirus headlines are stories of collaboration and dedication. pastevent
Industry Luncheon

Health: Saving Lives and Livelihoods

About the Event

People, companies, and countries came together to help each other through the COVID-19 crisis. With a Covid-19 vaccine ready to go, there is hope. Beneath the gloomy and dramatic coronavirus headlines are stories of collaboration and dedication.

Australia has worked with international counterparts, sharing information on vaccine clinical trials, manufacturing, and safety. Whilst the fallout from the pandemic will continue and we need to plan for and combat these challenges; we are open for business.

Adelaide is home to one of the largest health precincts in the Southern Hemisphere consisting of global and homegrown companies known for their excellence and innovation. Together with key R&D technology, data analytics, machine learning and advanced manufacturing expertise; Adelaide offers the infrastructure, safety, and security to do business in health and medical.

Medicine and health sciences are particular strengths of Adelaide's research and tertiary education sector; in addition Adelaide is an attractive location for fast, cost-effective and high-quality clinical trials: And we have a burgeoning commercial industry, based in Adelaide, helping jurisdictions around the world improve the lives of older people, the Global Centre for Modern Ageing (GCMA).

Find out how the Health sector is improving lives and livelihoods and what opportunities are available for business.

Michael Kleine
US Consul General to VIC, SA, Tas and NT

Mike Duhne
General Manager Public Sector for South Australia, Google Cloud

Matthew Tucker
President and CEO, GE Healthcare Australia, New Zealand and PNG

Dr Branka Grubor-Bauk,
Head of Viral Immunology Group - Adelaide Medical School, University of Adelaide

Paul Flynn
CEO, The Hospital Research Foundation Group

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Event Details

Date Friday 30 April 2021
Time 11:45 AM - 2:00 PM 
Location Adelaide Convention Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide


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Individual (1) $169  $209
Table (10) $1,690  $2,090

Speaker Biographies

Michael Kleine, US Consul General to VIC, SA, TAS and NT

Michael Kleine is a Senior Foreign Service Officer with nearly twenty years of experience in the U.S. Department of State.
Prior to his August 2018 arrival in Melbourne, Michael served three years as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Vientiane, Laos. He worked previously in South Korea, where he led Embassy efforts to ratify the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement; Kosovo, where he supported the establishment of democratic institutions in post-war Kosovo; and Vietnam, where he was among the first to work in the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City. From 2013 to 2014, he served as the U.S. Trade Representative’s Senior Advisor for Japan and Korea Trade Policy.

Before joining the diplomatic corps, Michael practiced law in Washington, D.C. He earned both his undergraduate and law degrees at Duke University. He also has a master’s degree in national security strategy from the National War College in Washington.

Michael is accompanied in Melbourne by his wife, Hiroko, and two children.

Mike Duhne, General Manager Public Sector for South Australia, Google Cloud

As manager of Google Cloud’s public sector business Mike is responsible for managing commercial business and partnerships with industry groups, universities, schools, councils, healthcare and public sector clients in South Australia.

Mike brings great knowledge of the public sector and digital transformation to this role and has a real passion to make a difference for South Australia. Mike was instrumental in bringing Google Cloud to South Australia and establishing its presence at Lot Fourteen, expanding on Google’s commitment to Australia’s digital future.

Google Cloud is working with organisations in South Australia to accelerate their data-powered innovation, many of whom already call Lot Fourteen home.

Before joining Google in 2021, Mike was the State Director for both Cisco and Microsoft in South Australia and held senior management and consulting positions with Aspect Computing (now part of Telstra) where he created strategic partnerships with the Energy, Government and Education sectors. Mike holds a Bachelor of Computer Science and a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Australia.

Dr Branka Grubor-Bauk, Head of Viral Immunology Group - Adelaide Medical School, University of Adelaide

Dr Grubor-Bauk trained as an immunologist, infectious diseases and vaccine scientist at The University of Adelaide. After postdoctoral training and a period in Biotech (Australia), she now leads a collaborative research program which has both a basic science and a translational component. She is focused on development and evaluation of promising Zika virus, hepatitis C and HIV vaccines and utilising this expertise she has initiated COVID-19 vaccine work. In her new appointment as Head of Viral Immunology Group at the Adelaide Medical School, she directs state-wide COVID-19 clinical studies in South Australia, imbedded in the clinical service delivery via Infectious Diseases Department at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and SA Pathology, South Australian public health service. This provides a direct clinical interface, clinical research and translational outputs.

Matthew Tucker,
President and CEO, GE Healthcare Australia, New Zealand and PNG


Matt Tucker is the President and CEO for GE Healthcare in Australia, New Zealand and PNG. Matt joined GE Healthcare as General Manager for Ultrasound, a position he held from September 2012 through to April 2016. Matt has been an Executive Director of GE Healthcare Australia Pty Ltd since June 2015. Matt also sits on the executive leadership team of General Electric for A&NZ and PNG. Matt has been an executive in Healthcare capital equipment within A&NZ and Asia, delivering strong growth, leveraging his earlier commercial and clinical career, in Diagnostic Imaging and Ultrasound. Matt has been awarded an Adjunct Fellow to the School of Medicine at Western Sydney University. Matt serves as an executive Committee member (Secretary) of the Diagnostic Imaging and Monitoring Association and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD).

Paul Flynn, CEO, The Hospital Research Foundation Group

Paul is an experienced, innovative, and entrepreneurial Board Director and Executive who has earned a stellar reputation for achievement during distinguished career in both the Finance and Not for Profit sector.

Paul has been acknowledged for his contribution to the Banking and Investment Industry by being awarded a Senior Fellowship of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. Paul has also been recognised for his contribution to the not-for-profit industry by being awarded the Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year in South Australia/Northern Territory and has also been awarded the Equity Trustees Australian Not for Profit CEO Award for Innovation. Paul has recently been awarded an Honorary Fellow of the University of South Australia. Paul is a judge of the Napier Waller National Art prize awarded by the Australian War Memorial.

Paul is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and currently holds positions as a Non-Executive Director and Deputy Chair of FIA Ltd, Non-Executive Director AusHealth Pty Ltd, Non-Executive Director BiomeBank Pty Ltd, Director of Military and Emergency Services Health Australia, Governor of Pulteney Grammar School, Trustee of the Pulteney Foundation Inc. and Executive Director of Australian Prostate Cancer Research Society Ltd.

Paul is Chief Executive Officer of The Hospital Research Foundation Group and of its Australian affiliates: The Repat Foundation – The Road Home Inc; Australian Centre of Excellence for Post-traumatic Stress; Australian Breast Cancer Research; Kidney, Transplant and Diabetes Research Australia; The Centre for Creative Health; Cure for Stroke Australia; Parkinson’s SA/NT; Laurel Palliative Care Foundation, Stroke SA and Australian Heart Research.

Event Details

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30/04/2021 11:45 AM - 2:00 PM
Adelaide Convention Centre North Terrace ADELAIDE, SA 5000 AUSTRALIA