ACRF welcomes distinguished scientist and businessman, Dr. Ian Brown, as new CEO

Today we are very excited to announce the appointment of distinguished scientist and businessman, Dr Ian Brown, as the new leader of the Australian Cancer Research Foundation.

Dr Brown will succeed long-serving CEO David Brettell who retires from ACRF on 10 July 2014.

Dr. Brown was the former CEO and Managing Director of the highly successful Clover Corporation, which focused on bio-delivery systems for nutritionally important ingredients and which is publicly listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.

Chairman of the ACRF, Mr. Tom Dery said, “Dr. Brown comes to us with considerable international experience.  His business acumen will help take ACRF to another level and we’re tremendously excited by the potential to further accelerate our contribution to world-class cancer research. We look forward to building on our crucial role in funding scientific breakthroughs of the future”

Dr Brown’s working career has included research and development in areas like nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals and food, including the discovery, development and commercialisation of resistant starches as specialised dietary fibres.

Mr Dery said “Dr. Brown becomes only our fourth leader in our 30 year history and succeeds our retiring CEO David Brettell who has made a great contribution over 11 years”.

Dr. Brown is an adjunct professor at Flinders University in Adelaide and special visiting professor at the University of Colorado in the US.  He has been involved in a number of studies including the testing of an improved treatment for acute diarrhoea and the investigation of micronutrient utilisation in programs funded by the Gates Foundation.

We look forward to working with Dr. Brown and wish him a fulfilling and successful experience with the ACRF. Our vision continues to be to beat cancer – for good!

Click here for Dr. Brown’s biography.