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Human of Medical Research: Katrina Frankcombe Centenary’s scientists do incredible work – making medical breakthroughs in the lab. But how do those breakthroughs come to be real-life health solutions? That’s where Katrina Frankcombe comes in. Katrina is in charge of Translation and Commercialisation. A large part of her role requires her to look at what research is being undertaken at Centenary, identify opportunities where it could be translated into diagnostics, or therapeutics or other health outcomes, and then help see that through. She also deals with agreements between Centenary and third-parties involving intellectual property, whether that’s collaborations, confidentiality agreements or material transfer agreements. Katrina has only been at Centenary for a year, but having previously worked overseas in a variety of roles, she brings a wealth of experience to the Institute. “I like that Centenary is quite a small organisation and everyone is very friendly, and works well together. There’s a lot of enthusiasm and excitement around the area of translation which is producing great outcomes,” she says. As her job title would suggest, Katrina needs to be able to translate and communicate complicated medical research in a way collaborators outside the organisation will understand. “While I studied medicinal chemistry at university, it’s a completely different level here. The scientists are talking about signalling processes and physiological effects, which I don’t have a background in. It can be quite challenging and Centenary’s scientists need to ‘dumb’ it down a bit for me. But that’s also good because most of the people I talk to will be more business people, so they don’t necessarily have that background either.” But for Katrina, it hasn’t always been about science. She’s had a diverse career – even moonlighting as a nightclub manager! “I went to the UK to do a post-doctorate at Cambridge University, but I became a bit disillusioned with academia. So, I left and managed a nightclub for three years. I went back into science, working for a biotech company, before moving into business development.” Eventually tired of the cold weather, Katrina moved back to Australia in 2006 after spending eight years in the UK where she met her now husband. They have two children (currently 6 and 8 years old), which keeps Katrina busy outside work. But when she does have a spare moment, Katrina enjoys snowboarding and bushwalking with her family, especially back in her home state of Tasmania.

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Marrickville Police are seeking possible witnesses to a motor vehicle accident that occurred on Stanmore Road, Stanmore, on Friday 8th December, 2017, at about 8.50pm. If you have any information regarding this incident please contact Marrickville Police Station on 95689299 and quote E66587033

These Santa strawberry hats are almost too cute to eat! How do you navigate healthy eating in the festive season?

MJ the Compost Queen being awarded for her (and our) good work! 💚

Here is the first look at the Club House Bar Renovations. New Bar front and walkway and also new carpet. There are still a few more things to go untill its fully complete. Step by step we will get there.

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