Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

The Board of the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics Ltd (ACPFG), located at the University of Adelaide’s Waite campus, is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr David Mitchell as Chief Executive Officer, commencing on January 19th, 2015.

Dr Mitchell, a molecular biologist by training, has had extensive experience in leading and developing cross disciplinary teams to deliver strategically important outcomes in both the public and private sectors. He has co-founded three successful businesses including two in biotechnology.

During seven years in CSIRO, Dr Mitchell played a leadership role in the development of CSIRO's bioinformatics capabilities. He also held roles responsible for due diligence on commercial transactions and identifying business opportunities for spin-outs. David has not only succeeded in various fields of the biosciences but also successfully segued into the energy sector, co-founding a company providing energy services to the resources sector.

Emeritus Professor Helen Garnett, Chair of ACPFG, said: “We are delighted to welcome Dr Mitchell to ACPFG. ACPFG is a group of world class people doing world class research with the goal of improving the tolerance of cereals, particularly wheat and barley, to environmental stresses such as drought and salinity and enhancing nutrient use. This is an area where Australian growers are looking for successes that will sustain their businesses. We believe David has the experience and capacity to work with the team to develop a sustainable future path for ACPFG, building on its research excellence and pipeline of useful know-how to industry."

Dr Mitchell is excited about the potential within ACPFG. He is already liaising with international experts in agribusiness in readiness for his role. He said: "I am looking forward to working with the high quality researchers at the Centre and delivering tangible outcomes to the grower community."

With first class honours in biochemistry/molecular science from the University of Adelaide, a PhD from Macquarie, research experience with Hoffmann-La Roche, Switzerland, a Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Swinburne and the Australian Institute of Companies Directors' Diploma, Dr Mitchell is well qualified to lead ACPFG.

For Media Contact:
Prof Helen Garnett
0416 222 000 (currently on Central European Time)


Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics, ACPFG, University of Adelaide, molecular biology


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