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    This article has been written by the Smarter Business™ Staff Writers

    A biomedical researcher whose personal loss spurred her on to develop new cancer treatments was named tonight as the 2014 Telstra Victorian Business Woman of the Year.

    Dr Tracey Brown, chief scientific officer at biopharmaceutical company Alchemia, was presented with her award at the 20th Telstra Victorian Business Women's Awards held in Melbourne.

     

    tracey brown at the podium

    During a career spanning 25 years of research and biotechnology, Tracey gained valuable experience in international cancer institutes before returning to Australia and developing a tumour-targeting anti-cancer therapy that makes current cancer drugs more effective and less toxic.

    “My mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the young age of 53. By supporting her through her devastating disease and chemotherapy, I realised that there was a need for better anti-cancer therapies,” says Tracey.

    She launched her own biotechnology company Meditech Research which was acquired by Alchemia in 2006. The move provided her with the financial support to realise her vision of developing drugs from conception through to clinical evaluation and allowed for the late-stage development of her cancer-targeting drug delivery platform HyACT.

    An author of 100 scientific articles and book chapters, Dr Tracey Brown’s research team at Alchemia has pre-clinically developed eight anti-cancer drugs with the lead drug currently being evaluated in a global phase-three clinical trial. Tracey also won the Telstra Private & Corporate Sector Award.

    Other 2014 winners include Kate Weiss, founder of food production company Table of Plenty; Maria Deveson Crabbe, CEO of Marie Stopes International Australia; Kate Morris, owner of online beauty retailer Adorebeauty.com.au; and Mia Klitsas, founder of female hygiene products start-up Millie & More.

    Kate McKenzie, Telstra chief operations officer and Telstra Business Women’s Awards ambassador said: “As I reflect on the achievements of the amazing women that have won these awards over the past 20 years, they embody what it means to be a Telstra Business Women’s Award winner − courageous, confident and innovative.”

    “The Telstra Awards judges described Tracey as an outstanding business woman who reflects the values of the Awards − successful, humble about her achievements and committed to her cause.” 

    As I reflect on the achievements of the amazing women that have won these awards over the past 20 years, they embody what it means to be a Telstra Business Women’s Award winner − courageous, confident and innovative

    - Kate McKenzie, Telstra

    The Victorian Minister for Women’s Affairs, The Honourable Heidi Victoria said: “The Victorian Government warmly congratulates the winners on their outstanding achievements tonight. They set a great example to all Victorians of what women achieve in business and beyond.”

    Previous Telstra Awards winners in Victoria include Sadhana Smiles, CEO of Harcourts Victoria, Janine Allis, founder of Boost Juice, and Carolyn Creswell, owner of Carmen Fine Foods.

    The Victorian winners proceed to the national finals in Melbourne on 26 November. For finalists and winners across Australia the awards offer a share in $650,000 in cash and prizes.

    Congratulations to the 2014 Telstra Business Women's VIC award winners:

    2014 Telstra Victorian Business Woman of the Year

    Dr Tracey Brown, Alchemia, Clayton

    Business Owner Award

    Kate Weiss, Table of Plenty, Cheltenham

    Private & Corporate Sector Award

    Dr Tracey Brown, Alchemia, Clayton

    Community & Government Award

    Maria Deveson Crabbe, Marie Stopes International Australia, Melbourne

    Business Innovation Award

    Kate Morris, Adorebeauty.com.au, Brunswick West

    Young Business Women’s Award

    Mia Klitsas, Millie & More, North Melbourne

    National Awards Announcement

    The Victorian winners proceed to the national finals in Melbourne on 26 November. For finalists and winners across Australia the awards offer a share in $650,000 in cash and prizes.

    Be inspired by incredible Australian business women.

     For more information on the Telstra Business Women’s Awards click here.

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