Media Release: CCRM Australia and IMNIS launch a regenerative medicine international mentoring program

CCRM Australia is proud to introduce, along with the IMNIS (Industry Mentoring Network in STEM), Australia’s first international mentoring program designed for Australian PhD students in regenerative medicine.

The CCRM Australia-IMNIS International Mentoring Program offers PhD students a unique opportunity to be mentored by an internationally-recognised, executive industry leader working in the regenerative medicine sector.

The Program supports PhD students in the field of regenerative medicine to engage with high profile regenerative medicine industry leaders throughout the world. Through interaction with their mentor, students will be informed about the regenerative medicine industry itself as well as potential professional careers. By participating, this program will enhance the professional development and knowledge base of early career researchers.

“We are determined to provide unique international opportunities to Australia’s regenerative medicine sector” commented CCRM Australia’s CEO Silvio Tiziani. “This is achieved through access to commercialisation expertise, funding sources and the very best technical expertise and/or facilities.

The mentoring program is an important element of these objectives – ensuring that there is a pathway for Australian students to develop and progress in the sector.”

For this pilot program, PhD students in regenerative medicine research were invited to apply for a limited number of mentorships. Five exceptionally qualified candidates from across Australia have been selected for the program. The mentors involved in the program come from across the globe including the UK, USA, Israel and Canada.

The mentors and mentees will interact through their monthly teleconference meetings. They are also provided an opportunity to meet face to face through supporting the mentee’s attendance at a relevant regenerative medicine industry event with a CCRM Australia-IMNIS International Mentoring travel award.

“This industry mentoring program provides an excellent networking opportunity that will assist in developing the next generation of regenerative medicine professionals” commented Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea, Executive Director of IMNIS. “With the mentors being part of leading regenerative medicine centres and organisations, we are excited for the launch of this initiative.”

For further information please contact:

Dr Emma Gallaher / +61438639878

Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea / +613 9864 0900

About CCRM Australia

CCRM Australia is an Australian not-for-profit organization supporting the development of foundational technologies to accelerate the commercialization of regenerative medicine products and therapies.

CCRM Australia’s focus is to bridge the commercialization gap through a network of scientists, entrepreneurs, academic institutions and industry partners and address bottlenecks in the industry.

Modelled on the highly successful Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM) based in Canada. CCRM is a leader in developing and commercializing regenerative medicine, cell and gene technologies by drawing from that organisation’s expertise/ industry and capital venture networks established over a five-year period. CCRM Australia is poised to take a leading role in supporting Australia’s fast developing regenerative medicine sector.


The Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS) is an award-winning program of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE). IMNIS connects motivated PhD students (mentees) with outstanding industry leaders (mentors) in a national mentoring program. IMNIS also hosts state-level events to facilitate networking.

Working with ATSE, IMNIS was successfully piloted in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia over the last 2 years. Funded by three Industry Growth Centres (MTP Connect, NERA and METS Ignited), IMNIS has rolled out nationally with programs across three core disciplines –medical technologies and pharmaceuticals, minerals resources and energy resources –underway in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia. Fourteen Universities have enrolled in IMNIS with over 200 PhD students and 200 industry leaders participating.