Dr Sonja Flott

Chief Business Development Officer

Innovation and Commercialisation

I lead and manage the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute’s identification, development, and protection of intellectual property to facilitate innovation and commercialisation, which enables the Institute’s mission to discover and develop breakthrough cancer therapies.

I have a scientific background in cancer research, holding a PhD from the University of Dundee. Following this, I pursued postdoctoral research at the Gurdon Institute at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, specialising in genome stability maintenance, DNA repair and DNA damage response signalling.

Furthermore, I have experience in business development across both industry and academia, 8 years of expertise in business development, portfolio management and product development at Abcam plc in Cambridge, and 5 years in commercialisation and business development at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI) in Melbourne, focusing on the advancement of immuno-oncology technologies.