Our team

Rob Merriel

Business Development Director

Rob has a portfolio responsibility for Intellectual Property management and commercialisation at Hudson Institute. He has extensive experience in commercialisation, most recently as the Director of Business Development for Melbourne Health, where he was responsible for:

• Managing and licensing the Intellectual Property portfolio
• Engaging with venture capital funds
• Preparation of business cases and financial modelling for commercial initiatives
• Identification of industry engagement opportunities.

Rob also has extensive knowledge of clinical trials and human research ethics processes from his time working in the Research Directorate of the Royal Melbourne Hospital.


Kate Mackin

Business Development Coordinator

Kate joined Hudson Institute’s Business Development Office in July 2017 to support the commercialisation of promising inventions from the Institute’s research staff. She contributes to invention disclosure assessments, proposal and contract preparation, marketing, technology development, financial analyses and IP management.

Kate has a broad knowledge of the Institute, having previously worked as Executive Assistant to the Director and CEO. She comes from a research background, attaining her PhD from the Department of Microbiology at Monash University and working as a postdoctoral fellow before joining Hudson Institute at the start of 2016.