CEO, Managing Director, Executive Director
Dr. Deborah Rathjen, BSc, MAICD, Ph.D., is Chief Executive Officer, Managing Director and Executive Director of Bionomics Ltd. She joined Bionomics in 2000 from Peptech Limited, where she was General Manager of Business Development and Licensing. Dr Rathjen was a coinventor of Peptechs TNF technology and leader of the companys successful defence of its key TNF patents against a legal challenge by BASF. Dr Rathjen has significant experience in company building and financing, mergers and acquisitions, therapeutic product research and development, business development, licensing and commercialisation. Dr Rathjen was recognised both in Australia and internationally through awards and honours including the 2004 AusBiotech Presidents Medal, 2006 Flinders University Distinguished Alumni Award, 2009 BioSingapore Asia Pacific Biotechnology Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, 2009 Regional Finalist Ernst Young Entrepreneur of the Year, 2014 Woman Executive of the Year BioPharm Industry Awards. In 2015 Dr Rathjen was included in the Top 50 most influential Australian business women by The Australian newspaper.
Ph.DRathjen is Chairperson of the AusBiotech Board, and is a member of the Higher Education Council . In 2004 Dr. Rathjen was awarded the AusBiotech President Medal for her contribution to the Australian biotechnology industry and in 2006 received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Flinders University.