Ann Damien

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What does a Biotechnologist do?

Biotechnologists use biological organisms to create and improve fields such as medicine, agriculture, non food agriculture and environmental applications. Biotech is an amazing field to be a part of, because the opportunities for new technologies and development are almost unlimited.

What do you work in and what is your specialty?

After undertaking an industry placement during my biotechnology degree, I received an exciting graduate position at Cook Medical. I currently work to connect science with business by facilitating the product development of lifesaving medical devices. My core responsibilities include supporting the team to expand our presence in the Asia Pacific region by identifying potential research and development projects and enhancing product development.

Biotech is an amazing field to be a part of, because the opportunities for new technologies and development are almost unlimited.

How did you become interested in this area and when did you first start?

I first became interested in science when I attended the National Youth Science Forum while I was in high school. That was the first time I really saw people who were genuinely excited about science! I was hooked.

What study path have you taken to get here?

I did a Bachelor of Biotechnology, Molecular Science & Innovation Management (Honours Class 1) at the University of Queensland.

During my four years of study, I was involved in a number of student associations, created study groups on social media, and was a student volunteer for camps and conferences arranged by industry association, AusBiotech.

What do you like most about your job?

Each day is different – which is something I love about my job!

Some days, I meet with scientists from different universities, start ups and other organisations to hear about the new methods and products they are working on. I attend conferences in Australia, Singapore, and the United States of America, and network with researchers as well as physicians to understand what kinds of products are needed. My team also regularly hosts teams of scientists at ‘Sandpit days’, where they come to Cook Medical for a series of workshops and meetings with our New Technology staff to brainstorm solutions and products.

What advice would you give to someone interested in working in this area?
  • Challenge yourself to push past your comfort zones
  • Be open to various opportunities
  • Stay inspired & learn to dream big
  • Finally do not settle for anything less than what you’ve dreamt of

Ann Damien



Current Role

New Technology Associate
Asia-Pacific New Technologies Team (ANTT), Cook Medical