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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 Commercialisation & 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.

Prior to this role, she was the Research and Development Manager at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead for over 10 years. She was also the co-convener of the NSW Chapter of ARMS (Australasian Research Management Society), a member of the ARMS Professional Development Committee and a member of the ARMS Conference Program Committee. Anne is currently a member of the Institute of Public Administration Australia NSW Women’s Leadership Network Committee.

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

Updated 4 months ago