Michael was one of the driving forces behind the set-up of STC and since then has remained actively involved in developing and growing the organisation. In his role at STC, Michael liases with both Federal and State Governments, universities and industry. Through his involvement with STC, Michael helped to establish the South East Melbourne Innovation Precinct (SEMIP). Michael was integral in STC’s successful bid to manage the Victorian Government’s Small Technology Industry Uptake Program (STIUP) that has since evolved into the Technical Voucher Program (TVP). Michael is a founding investor and Chairman of the Board of MiniFAB, a contract engineering firm that provides customized polymer microfluidic solutions for clients across a range of industries, with particular expertise in the diagnostics and medical device sectors.
Buzz Palmer is the CEO of STC Australia and a passionate technologist who enjoys mentoring early stage companies execute on their strategy and venture investment. Buzz is a dynamic business leader with a track record of entrepreneurial success in medical technologies and Biotech. Primarily, Buzz is focused on the translation of next-generation technologies, creating and leading innovative commercial and technology solutions into new markets. With experience from start-ups to large corporations across the EU, India, Arabian Gulf and Asia Pacific, he brings a global perspective on business, entrepreneurship, and product development. Identifying opportunities and creating partnerships, Buzz has been involved in the design, development and delivery of numerous products. With a background in orthopaedic regenerative medicine and microsurgery, Buzz is ideally positioned to strategically drive innovative clinical technology solutions that provide a significant impact on society. In his spare time, Buzz enjoys a good game of rugby or cycling the beach roads of Melbourne.
Laura joined STC in February 2012 as Head of Marketing and Business Development. Laura has a background in accelerating commercialization of nanotechnology, market intelligence, and translational research. In her role at STC, Laura is building new programs to grow the emerging technology sector in Australia. She works closely with cluster companies to listen to their needs and help them with their challenges. Laura received her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BS in Forensic Science from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Pete manages STC’s IT infrastructure and has 15 years experience designing, installing and maintaining corporate information and communications systems. His passion is for lean and simple collaborative solutions that help innovation and business happen.
Jessica joined STC in March 2015 as Business Development Officer. Her role involves co-ordinating STC’s flagship entrepreneurial program, Med Tech’s Got Talent. Jessica is passionate about Australia’s innovation sector, having previously worked with the Walter & Eliza-Hall Institute of Medical Research and Monash University on commercialisation and development projects. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Science from Melbourne University and is due to complete her Master of Business at Monash University in mid-2015.