CEO, ShareRoot (ASX:SRO)
Michelle Gallaher has been an entrepreneur, allied health clinician, advocate and leader in the Australian life sciences and health sector for over 25 years.
Michelle is best known for her role as a champion of the Victorian biotechnology industry and in advocating for women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM). She has sponsored, championed and mentored many in the technology, biotechnology and medtech start-up community, particularly women.
Her career spans working as a clinical orthoptist diagnosing and treating patients with low vision, pharmaceutical marketing and product development, through to executive roles in biotech companies and major national research initiatives. Most recently Michelle has served the Victorian biotech industry as Chief Executive Officer of the peak body for biotechnology and medtech in Victoria, the BioMelbourne Network.
Leaving corporate life in 2014, Michelle entered the world of entrepreneurship, co-founding The Social Science, a unique digital marketing and social media communications agency focused on the science, health, engineering and technology sector. At the same time co-founding a not-for-profit advocacy group, Women in STEMM Australia. Michelle is also co-founder in a third startup, SkinLife, developing skincare from native Australian plants with a group of scientists she was worked alongside for years in other research organisations.
She is a sought-after speaker, mentor, collaborator and influencer particularly on the importance of social media, data, ethics, AI, machine learning and consent in science and health as well as the pivotal role of women in STEMM industries. Michelle is a committed contributor to the Victorian community as an Ambassador for the Victoria Against Violence Campaign and a regular at the St Vincent de Paul’s CEO SleepOut in Melbourne.
Michelle has served and continues to serve as a non-executive director and advisor within universities, private and in public companies, not-for-profits and on various government committees and boards throughout her career.
Michelle was awarded the Victorian Telstra Business Woman on the Year 2017 and the Victorian Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 and was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll for Women in 2018. Michelle was also named as a finalist in the Australian Small Business Awards Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 and the Social Science was the winner of a Westpac 200 Business of Tomorrow award in June 2018. Michelle is a Fellow of the Australian Institute for Management and a Graduate of the Institute for Company Directors.