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Dr Darren Coomber Strategic Relationship Manager, ICD

Darren Coomber is the Business Development Manager for Industry Research Partnerships for the College of Science, Health and Engineering.

Darren supports College staff to develop and maintain research partnerships with external organisations including businesses, not-for-profit and community agencies, and government bodies. Darren also assists industry in identifying research partners within the university.

Darren brings to La Trobe over 10 years experience in open and collaborative innovation from roles as Vice President Australia for NineSigma and CEO for InnovationXchange Australia. In these roles he assisted clients to identify and pursue technology partnerships with external organisations.

Darren has worked with clients in 14 countries including universities, research institutes, government agencies, multinational and small companies. Projects have spanned sectors including pharmaceuticals, food, medical devices, consumer products, mining, whitegoods and transport.

Darren has a PhD in Chemistry and has held postdoctoral and industrial research positions in Australia and the UK.


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