About us

As an independent, Victorian-government owned company, we help talented innovators and businesses to shape their IP, commercialise their research and connect with partners that can bring their ideas to life.

Our role

We recognise the industry challenge of prioritising research over commercial outcomes. Many organisations have limited capacity to develop ideas that are viable, investable and supported to reach their full potential.

We mobilise the sectors we work in by connecting the research community with industry, resulting in world-leading projects and a more innovative Victorian economy.

Our mission

Drive commercialisation

Mobilise and drive the commercialisation of IP to solve complex problems

Impact investor

Invest across the spectrum from platforms supporting deep tech and product development, all the way through to manufacturing to create jobs for Victorians

Commercial focus

Deliver commercial returns to ensure Breakthrough Victoria is sustainable beyond its 10-year remit

Patient partner

Invest patiently and viably over the long term

Catalytic capital

Act as a catalyst to grow local and global investment into innovative Victorian research and technologies

Our team

The Hon John Brumby AO

Chair

The Hon John Brumby was the Premier of Victoria from 2007 to 2010 and Treasurer from 2000 to 2007.

Mr Brumby is Chair of a number of for-profit and not- for-profit organisations including Citywide Solutions Pty Ltd, BioCurate Pty Ltd, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust and the Victorian Government‘s International Education Advisory Council. John Brumby was installed as Chancellor of La Trobe University in March 2019 and is also a Professor (Honorary) in the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne.

John Brumby was awarded an Order of Australia in 2017 for distinguished service to the Parliament of Victoria, to economic management and medical biotechnology innovation, to improved rural and regional infrastructure, and to the community. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Graduate (Advanced) of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees.

Dr Amanda Caples

Director

Amanda is Victoria‘s Lead Scientist, connecting Victoria‘s science, technology and innovation capability with business needs and with government‘s economic development activities.

Amanda is a Director of Breakthrough Victoria Pty Ltd; Chair of mRNA Victoria‘s Scientific Advisory Group; Director of Agriculture Victoria Services Pty Ltd; a member of the VicTrack Strategic Innovation Advisory Group and the Rail Industry Development Advisory Committee. She chairs the Victorian Inspiring Australia Board to promote community awareness of science and the Victorian Quantum Technology Network to advance teaching and research in quantum technologies.

Amanda has led the development of industry and science and innovation policy in Victoria since joining the Victorian Public Service in 2002 as the inaugural Director of Biotechnology, delivering landmark initiatives including the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre.

Mr Andrew Bassat

Director

Andrew is the CEO of SEEK Investments. He co-founded SEEK in 1997 and was involved in all stages of the development of SEEK‘s business from its inception until stepping down as CEO in June 2021.

Andrew remains a Non-Executive Director of SEEK. He is also President of St Kilda Football club.

Professor Jane den Hollander AO

Director

Professor Jane den Hollander AO was Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University 2010 - 2019; Interim Vice-Chancellor, University of Western Australia March - July 2020 and is currently the Interim Vice-Chancellor at Murdoch University.

In 2017 Jane received an Order of Australia for distinguished service to tertiary education; in 2018 she was awarded the Business Higher Education Round Table Ashley Goldsworthy medal for individual leadership and in 2019 was named in the Victorian Honour Roll for Women. In 2020 Jane received the Australian Financial Review 2020 Higher Education Lifetime Achievement Award.

Current Board appointments include: Breakthrough Victoria (Melbourne); Navitas Ltd (Perth); Lion‘s Eye Institute (Perth) and Centre for Stories (Perth)

Mr Grant Dooley

CEO

The Breakthrough Victoria CEO is Mr Grant Dooley, an experienced international funds manager.

Mr Dooley commenced in the role in November 2021, returning to his home town of Melbourne from Singapore where he formerly headed ARA Infrastructure, managing public and private investment across the Asia-Pacific region. He was previously an Executive Director and Head of Asia for Hastings Funds Management.

Prior to working in funds management, Mr Dooley had a distinguished career as a trade official for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, including two years as the Australian Consul General in Guangzhou, southern China from 2010-12