Chela Niall

Head, Legal (Research & Business Development)
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I am head of the Legal (Research & Business Development) team, which is responsible for supporting WEHI’s research and commercialisation activities and for managing WEHI’s intellectual property portfolio. We work closely with many groups across WEHI, including researchers and the Business Development, WEHI Ventures and Research Grants & Development teams to protect WEHI’s IP and put in place the agreements that underpin WEHI’s relationships with academic and commercial collaborators and partners. Our focus is on providing pragmatic, solutions-focused legal support for scientific projects at all stages of their lifecycle.

I am a specialist technology commercialisation lawyer, with many years’ experience providing front-end legal support to progress medical research projects from the laboratory to the clinic and then to market. Prior to joining WEHI, I was a senior in-house lawyer at CSL, leading the legal support to CSL’s global R&D and corporate strategy divisions.

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