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Dr Darren Coomber Strategic Relationship Manager, ICD

Darren Coomber is a Strategic Relationship Manager in the Research & Innovation Precinct team.

Darren supports existing and potential Precinct Partners to develop relationships across all areas of the University that could provide value to their business. He works closely with La Trobe researchers to identify opportunities to promote their capabilities to build new opportunities with external organisations.

Darren has a PhD in Chemistry and has held academic research positions in Australia and the UK. Darren’s corporate experience includes over 10 years working in global open innovation programs 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 also held roles as the Scientific Affairs Manager for a listed biotechnology company and as a Business Development Manager for Industry Research Partnerships at La Trobe.

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