Bio - Dr Sarah Pearson

Dr Sarah Pearson is CEO & CCO of the CBR Innovation Network Ltd, a new entity set up to accelerate, support and promote innovation in the ACT. Dr Pearson is also a Visiting Fellow at the ANU’s College of Business and Economics.

Sarah has had an eclectic career spanning industrial innovation, academia, management consulting, government, and science communication. Her involvement in innovation started when working as a strategic management consultant at McKinsey & Co in Sydney, where she devised strategies for high tech industries and co-authored a book chapter on innovation. She then went on to develop and patent new methods for cancer diagnosis whilst a tenured Physics academic, attracting over $700,000 in grants, including an ARC Discovery project.

She later moved into industrial innovation, where she was the inaugural Open Innovation Champion at Cadbury and part of the leadership team at their long term R&D unit in the UK. Sarah has also spent time working in government, as acting Director of Science in the Office of the Chief Scientist where, amongst other things, she managed the Expert Working Groups and Secretariat for the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council.

Sarah has a DPhil from the University of Oxford in particle physics, and has published her research in the areas of particle physics, medical physics, artificial intelligence, innovation, and science policy. She has published extensively through the media of TV, radio, books, journals, magazines and newspapers, and is an author on seven international patents, for cancer diagnosis and novel confectionary. She is passionate about innovation (along the whole value chain), especially Open Innovation, and keen to support its uptake and growth in Australia.