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Dr Antonio Penna, Executive Director

Tony was appointed as the Executive Director of the Office for Health and Medical Research in 2012, bringing a wealth of experience from his professional background in health, research and medical administration.

Tony specialised in paediatric pharmacology and undertook clinical research for over a decade before he moved into medical administration at Westmead and Royal North Shore Hospitals. In 2006, he was appointed as the Chief Executive of the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Anne O’Neill, Director Enterprise & International Partnerships

Anne is a health and medical research professional with over 20 years’ experience in the health, medical research and policy sectors. She is responsible for leading the development and implementation of major policies and programs to enhance medical research capacity in NSW. She has particular responsibility for commercialisation initiatives including the NSW Medical Device Fund and NSW Medical Device Commercialisation Training Program – both have been critical to accelerating the development of NSW intellectual property and the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs in NSW. Anne is also responsible for developing international partnerships in medical research and commercialisation.

Anne holds a Bachelor of Science (Physiology and Pharmacology) (Hons) and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government Executive Masters of Public Administration.

Lorelei Brealey, Director Finance, Infrastructure and Performance

Lorelei has worked in the medical research space within government for the past 14 years and brings a commitment and passion towards developing and implementing policies and programs to enhance medical research capacity in NSW.

Over the last eight years, Lorelei has worked on a number of key Government initiatives including the establishment of a 10 year Health and Medical Research Strategic Plan for NSW and supported the NSW Government’s objective to grow funding for the NSW medical research sector. She has taken carriage of our Medical Research Support Program and management of the Office’s research budget.

Lorelei has a Master of Public Policy, a Graduate Diploma in Public Sector Management, and undergraduate studies in Business Management. She also brings experience from the private sector including having worked for a major pharmaceutical.

 

 

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