Dr Leanna Read

South Australia Chief Scientist

Dr Leanna Read is the fourth Chief Scientist for South Australia and is a renowned biotechnology expert with a wealth of executive, board and investment experience in technology-based businesses. She is currently the chair of the Cooperative Research Centre for Cell Therapy Manufacturing and member of the SA Economic Development Board, the Council for the University of South Australia and a member of BioAngels, which supports early-stage life sciences businesses.

A physiologist by training, Dr Read has published over 90 scientific papers and been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of South Australia. She has received a number of awards, including the 2006 South Australian of the Year (Science and Technology) and the 2011 Central Region winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Technology Category.