Department of State Development

South Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Leanna Read, works with South Australian bodies involved in science and research, technology, innovation and economic development. 

The Chief Scientist’s primary role is to:

  • provide independent advice to the Premier, the Minister and Cabinet on matters of science and research, technology and innovation
  • lead the South Australian Science Council as chair.

The Chief Scientist also provides leadership in developing strategies to enhance the contribution of science, technology, research and innovation to the State’s development by:

  • representing the South Australian Government on matters related to science, technology, research and innovation
  • raising the research and innovation profile of South Australia, including community awareness of our capabilities, and the important contribution science and research, technology and innovation make to the State’s development.

Dr Leanna Read

Leanna Read

Dr Leanna Read is the fourth Chief Scientist for South Australia. She is a renowned biotechnology expert and brings a wealth of executive, board and investment experience in technology-based businesses.

Leanna is currently the chair of the Cooperative Research Centre for Cell Therapy Manufacturing and member of the SA Economic Development Board, the Council for the University of South Australia and a member of BioAngels, which supports early-stage life sciences businesses.

She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and Board Director of Biosensis Pty Ltd. She has led a number of successful research and commercial ventures, including the Cooperative Research Centre for Tissue Growth and Repair, widely considered to be one of the most successful commercially focused CRCs. She was also the founding Managing Director and CEO of Adelaide biotechnology company, TGR BioSciences from 2001 – 2012.

A physiologist by training, Dr Read has published over 90 scientific papers and been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of South Australia. She has received a number of awards, including the 2006 South Australian of the Year (Science and Technology) and the 2011 Central Region winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Technology Category.

For more information contact

Jodie Golledge
Department for Industry and Skills
Phone: (08) 8303 2177