Priscilla speak­ing at Ro­tary Con­fer­ence

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page - BY ROBERT MUIR

Some­times we can make a real dif­fer­ence to a per­son’s life. A lit­tle sup­port at the right mo­ment can have ef­fects we never dreamed of or per­haps even thought pos­si­ble.

Here is a story about a young coun­try girl, from a sin­gle par­ent home and low so­cio-eco­nomic back­ground, who got a hand-up from Ro­tary.

When she was in Year 10 at Yar­ra­wonga High School, 15-year-old Priscilla Jones was se­lected by the Ro­tary Club of Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala as a Ro­tary Ex­change stu­dent.

Now, Priscilla Rogers is Vice Pres­i­dent Win­ter­mute Biomed­i­cal and one of the star stud­ded list of speak­ers for the District 9790 con­fer­ence at ClubMul­wala in March.

Priscilla be­lieves tech­nol­ogy in­no­va­tion in the health sec­tor can sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove pa­tient lives. For this rea­son, she has fo­cussed her ca­reer in the re­search, de­vel­op­ment and trans­la­tion of tech­nolo­gies to the health sec­tor, both in a cor­po­rate and start-up set­ting.

Win­ter­mute Biomed­i­cal is a US bio­phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pany de­vel­op­ing a next-gen­er­a­tion an­tibi­otic to com­bat an­timi­cro­bial re­sis­tance (AMR).

In ad­di­tion to this, she is an advisor to DoseMe; a world first pre­ci­sion med­i­ca­tion dos­ing soft­ware plat­form. For mul­ti­ple years prior, Priscilla was lead­ing the Cog­ni­tive Health & Life Sciences port­fo­lio at IBM Re­search - Aus­tralia, and was co-owner of a med­i­cal de­vice com­pany, which was re­cently ac­quired by a global med­i­cal de­vice com­pany.

Priscilla’s pas­sion for health and life sciences re­search be­gan when she un­der­took a PhD in En­gi­neer­ing at Monash Univer­sity, spe­cial­is­ing in the ex­ploita­tion of mi­cro and nanoscale phe­nom­ena for di­ag­nos­tic ap­pli­ca­tions.

“There is no doubt that the Yar­ra­won­gaMul­wala Ro­tary Club and District 9790 shaped not just my ca­reer, but also pre­pared me for life’s ad­ven­tures,” she told the Yar­ra­wonga Chron­i­cle.

“I didn’t have the same re­sources avail­able to me as other kids. Yet, thanks to Ro­tary, I had an in­cred­i­bly rich up­bring­ing - hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to travel for a year on Ro­tary ex­change, at­tend­ing mul­ti­ple camps, at­tend- ing the Na­tional Youth Sci­ence Fo­rum, and later the Lon­don In­ter­na­tional Youth Sci­ence Fo­rum. Each pro­gram taught me some­thing valu­able, and on most oc­ca­sions led to some­thing more.

“Ro­tary ex­change was my first in­ter­ac­tion with Ro­tary. At 15, I had an in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­nity to live abroad, in an­other cul­ture, speak­ing an­other lan­guage, man­ag­ing my fi­nances, or­gan­is­ing trav­el­ling. When I came home, I was ready to max­imise what I had learned about the world.

“An­other pro­gram that was di­rectly in­flu­en­tial on my ca­reer tra­jec­tory was Ro­tary spon­sor­ing my visit to the Na­tional Youth Sci­ence Fo­rum (NYSF). This was where I de­cided to be­come an en­gi­neer. Be­fore the NYSF, I didn’t even know what an en­gi­neer was! En­gi­neer­ing, and its im­pact on health­care, is my ab­so­lute pas­sion. There is noth­ing more I would rather do.”

Priscilla feels “in­cred­i­bly grate­ful and thankful to Ro­tary” for hav­ing such an im­pact on her life.

“Ro­tary is such an im­por­tant piece of the com­mu­nity. We should never un­der­es­ti­mate the value Ro­tary can bring to both in­di­vid­u­als and the com­mu­nity.”

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