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New Eye Clinical Trials Centre Led by Michelle Gallaher

Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) has established a new clinical trial centre that will be led by clinical trials innovator and digital health expert Michelle Gallaher.

Ms Gallaher – a high profile health technology entrepreneur and advocate for women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) – will begin her new role as Chief Executive Officer of Cerulea on 5 February 2024.

Michelle Gallaher’s deep understanding of clinical trials, her leadership in the use of AI and digital technologies… and her experience… will be enormous assets to Cerulea

Announcing the appointment, Cerulea Board Chair and CERA Managing Director Professor Keith Martin said Ms Gallaher brought a wealth of experience in life sciences innovation and clinical trials to her new role.

“Michelle Gallaher’s deep understanding of clinical trials, her leadership in the use of AI and digital technologies to support trial recruitment and design, and her experience as a health tech entrepreneur will be enormous assets to Cerulea,” he said.

“Her unique mix of skills and experience are a great alignment with the culture of innovation and translating research into real outcomes for patients that we have at CERA – and our vision for the new Cerulea clinical trial centre”.

“We are excited that she will lead the development of our global hub for innovation in ophthalmic clinical research, which will increase Victorians’ access to emerging new treatments to prevent blindness and restore sight.”

Ms Gallaher is a former Victorian Telstra Businesswoman and Entrepreneur of the Year, and has launched four start-ups, and was most recently CEO and founder of health tech company Opyl Ltd.

Gene and Stem Cell Therapies

Cerulea, a fully owned not-for-profit subsidiary of CERA, is supported by a $10 million investment from Breakthrough Victoria.

The new clinical trial centre – which will be located at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital – will open in 2024.

Professor Martin said Cerulea would specialise in trialling new gene and cell therapies and other advanced therapeutics.

It aimed to attract international research talent and industry partnerships to Victoria and would provide opportunities for Australian vision scientists to trial their discoveries in Australia where they could benefit local patients.

Ms Gallaher said she was thrilled by the opportunity to lead Cerulea, strengthen Victoria’s reputation as a leader in medical research and transform the lives of people living with vision loss and blindness.

“Cerulea will bring together world-leading vision researchers, global industry partners and the power of digital technologies to make a real difference to the health and wealth of our community,” she said.

“Our new clinical trials centre will create jobs, generate valuable income to support vision research and increase access to sight-saving treatments for the Victorian community.”