Priscilla speaking at Rotary Conference
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.”