The University of Newcastle, Australia

Meet Julie Phillips

B Pharm, M Sc, Dip Hosp Pharm, MBA, MPS Julie Phillips

Why did you join the University Council?

I was glad to accept an invitation to join the Council to contribute to the existing impressive and growing strengths of the University of Newcastle in life science research and commercialisation.

What do you look back on most fondly when it comes to your own education?

A totally unexpected happy experience amidst the grind of study was the interaction with fellow students and teachers from different walks of life. Their life experiences and approach to problem-solving reinforced to me the value of having a team.


Ms Julie Phillips has a strong background in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry, having worked as the CEO and Director of start-up Australian biotechnology companies operating in the life sciences sector. Her technical background in clinical trials, regulatory affairs and pharmacoeconomic assessment/pricing of therapeutics was gained leading groups in multinational pharmaceutical companies, with responsibility for market entry of new products in Australia and NZ to meet international standards.

As a passionate advocate for the life sciences sector in Australia, Julie chairs AusBiotech Ltd, the national peak biotechnology industry association, is a Director of MTPConnect, the Medtech and Pharma Industry Growth Centre, and is CEO and Director of biotechnology company, BioDiem Ltd. She chairs Innovation and Science Australia’s R&D Incentives Committee and sits on a number of government advisory committees. Julie is an inventor on two life science patents which are currently being commercialised.