Health Industries South Australia is an agency of the South Australian Government, acting as a single point of contact for health and life sciences companies investing in Adelaide. It’s staffed by business professionals, with experience in areas such as pharmaceuticals, biotech and medical devices. This allows the agency to understand what companies need and provide advice on government regulations, help accessing land and introductions to the local life sciences community, from education and research through to venture capital and industry.
Health Industries South Australia supports companies every step of the way as they establish and grow in Adelaide.
The agency’s industry experts have also worked extensively within government to modernise policies that are good for business, including speeding up clinical trials approval times.
The agency has already succeeded in helping companies take advantage of Adelaide, including helping Pfizer secure a lease on government land and provided support with regulatory obligations. This helped the global pharmaceutical company establish commercial biologic manufacturing in Adelaide.
In October 2014, Marco Baccanti was appointed Chief Executive of Health Industries South Australia. His previous appointments include Executive Director of the Dubai Biomedical Research Park and Managing Director of San Raffaele Biomedical Science Park in Milan.
Mr Baccanti has also served as President of the International Association of Science Parks, and on the boards of the European Commission, World Economic Forum, Confindustria and biotech companies. He has a degree in Industrial Chemistry from the University of Milan and has filed four international patents for new analytical methods.
Director of Strategy and Investor Relations
Business Development Manager
Marketing and Communications Manager
Corporate and Government Relations Manager
Paul De Sciscio
The State Government's Health Industries Advisory Board provides high level strategy and policy advice for developing South Australia's life sciences sector.
The Advisory Board advises the State Government in the formulation of strategies, policies and programs to grow the health and biomedical industries.
Hon Jay Weatherill MP
Premier of South Australia
Member for Cheltenham
Hon Jack Snelling MP
Minister for Health Industries
Member for Playford
Mr Mark Butcher
Chair of Health Industries South Australia Advisory Board
Mr Marco Baccanti
Chief Executive of Health Industries South Australia
Mr Nigel Brooksby
Chair of the United Kingdom’s Life Sciences Board
Prof Horst Domdey
CEO of BioM Biotech Cluster
Ms Jenny Richter
Over 40 years experience in health planning, consulting and service delivery.
Mr Shane Solomon
30 years of international and national healthcare management expertise
Mr Tay Joo Soon
Practicing Chartered Accountant, Tay Joo Soon & Co.
Mr Raymond Spencer
Chair of SAHMRI and the South Australia Economic Development Board
Ms Julie White
More than 30 years experience working in professional services, not-for-profit, corporate and municipal roles
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