This week, we helped our client veski welcome two new veski innovation fellows back to Victoria; Dr Mark Dawson formerly of the University of Cambridge in the UK and Professor Kenneth Crozier from Harvard University in the USA were welcomed back by the Minister for Health, the Hon David Davis MLC.

As a result of their return, new optical technologies that could allow digital cameras to ‘see’ more than colour and a novel approach to treating acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) will be developed in Victoria.

Both Dr Dawson and Professor Crozier are working on extremely c-ritical and c-utting-edge research projects and over the past few weeks, the c word crew has been working with veski to profile their return.

Dr Mark Dawson has returned to work at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre where he is leading a group of researchers in the newly established Cancer Epigenetics Laboratory while Professor Kenneth Crozier will return in July 2014 to join the University of Melbourne’s School of Physics and Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

Dr Mark Dawson is one of Australia’s most promising and talented clinician-researchers and is working towards an effective treatment for AML. He aims to translate important basic science discoveries made in the laboratory into innovative and targeted cancer therapies, which will build on his previous collaborations with international pharmaceutical companies.

Professor Kenneth Crozier will return from Harvard University in July 2014 to continue the development of ground-breaking optical technologies with a range of potential applications from improved digital cameras to systems for imaging biological samples.

With 2014 marking veski’s 10 year anniversary, veski chief executive officer Ms Julia L Page said the board was excited to welcome the 19th and 20th innovation fellows to Victoria and would support them in joining the science and innovation communities.

“In veski’s first 10 years, we have been able to attract 20 of the world’s most outstanding researchers and scientists to continue their work in Victoria, and Dr Dawson and Professor Crozier join an impressive group which includes the President-elect of the Australian Academy of Science, Professor Andrew Holmes AM,” Ms Page said.

At the event, the call for applications for the 2014 round of veski innovation fellowships was also opened. Do you know (or are you) an outstanding researcher or scientist looking to move your research to Victoria? If so, check out the veski innovation fellowships.