Howard Russell: From Scientist to Entrepreneur

On the 17 November 2016, Russell Howard was honoured with the inaugural Grimwade Medal for Biochemistry.

This award arose through the Miegunyah bequest of Russell and Mab Grimwade, which they left in their will to further the discipline of biochemistry.

Although born almost a century apart, both Wilfred Russell Grimwade and Russell Howard share some parallels in their lives:

  • Both were educated at the University of Melbourne and had careers in chemistry and biochemistry;
  • Both have been successful entrepreneurs; but in particular, they...
  • Both share a wonder and curiosity for life.

Russell Howard is an alumnus of the University of Melbourne, having graduated with a PhD in Biochemistry.

He has had a successful career in studying malaria and then going on to become an entrepreneur, where he has led a number of companies in the biotech sector.

After 30 years in the US, he has recently returned to Australia, where he continues to support the translation of research to industry in a spin-off company called Genome.One.

Listen to Howard Russell recount his journey from scientist to biotech entrepreneur.

Presenter: Florienne Loder, External Relations Officer, Bio21 Institute, University of Melbourne