Monash Science alumna Dr Jane Oppenheim (PhD 1996, BSc 1980) receives the prestigious Clunies Ross Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Dr Jane Oppenheim
Dr Jane Oppenheim

Dr Jane Oppenheim was presented with the Clunies Ross Entrepreneur of the Year Award at a gala event in Sydney on Thursday 13 June 2019, organised by the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering in recognition of her leadership and innovation.

Jane is the Scientific and Operations Director of Ego Pharmaceuticals in the Melbourne suburb of Braeside and leads the development of skin products all based on strong science that help resolve issues like skin tears and eczema, including well-loved brands such as QV Skincare and SunSense sunscreen. With exports now making up over 50% of the business’s sales, demand for Ego’s products across 24 nations has grown by a compound average rate of 12 percent over 30 years, laying the basis for continuous modernisation of manufacturing facilities and the provision of jobs here in Australia.

Academy President, Professor Hugh Bradlow FTSE, congratulated Dr Oppenheim. “The Clunies Ross Awards have been offered since 1991, recognising people who have applied outstanding technological achievements for the benefit of Australia. “The nation’s future prosperity depends on embracing new technology to address critical national challenges. “More than ever, we need knowledge creation, technology and innovation that can be harnessed to drive commercialisation and economic and social benefit. “Dr Oppenheim has made a tremendous contribution – delivering skin products that change people’s lives and, in the process, creating export-based jobs.

Jane’s leadership has seen a manufacturing plant expand 10 times, creating valuable jobs, has been recognised by this award. Enthusiastic about sustainability, she oversees projects to ensure Ego Pharmaceuticals has a positive impact on the environment in which it operates. Current programs include the minimisation of both water and energy usage.

She has a Bachelor of Science with honours in biochemistry and a PhD from Monash. Following her PhD, she took up a postdoctoral fellowship in immunoparasitology at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, where she was involved in researching candidate molecules for a malaria vaccine.

Jane gave the graduation address at the Graduation Ceremony that was held on 22nd May 2019, inspiring the next generation of Monash Science alumni.

Click here to view, Dr Jane Oppenheim graduation address.