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Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes Limited
2020 AAMRI Convention
Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes Limited
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Dougal Edwards

CEO - Bright Arena


Professional Bio

With over 20 years as a serial entrepreneur and driving the growth of industry, research institutes and startups, Dougal understands the challenges to finding success. He is recognised for his skin-in-the-game approach to impact and his ability to identify bankable value in the most niche of talents.

Dougal is known for connecting the worlds of research and industry to find new ways to deliver growth. Using proprietary methods distilled from a decade working directly with over 2,000 entrepreneurs, 800 company innovators and over 500 researchers, his clients see their results accelerate in both speed, scale and impact.

His researcher-focused client portfolio includes CSIRO, Walter & Eliza Hall Institute, Florey Institute, JDRF, Monash, SAHMRI, University of Melbourne and University of Adelaide. And with an industry client portfolio that includes Telstra, Mars, Dulux and Schweppes, he is uniquely positioned to build bridges - and ventures - between these worlds.

He is the founder of Bright Arena that scales this work nationally through a unique blend of community, mentorship, coaching and training of researchers determined to see their work have impact and meaning.