Alastair Hick

Senior Director at Monash Innovation

Dr Alastair Hick is the senior director of Monash innovation at Monash University, where he is been responsible for developing a successful licensing programme of all the intellectual property developed at Australia’s largest university, with multiple different interventions including proof of concept funds and strategic partnerships with multiple investors and corporate partners.

A holistic approach to the use of intellectual property as a tool as one part of the research commercialisation process alongside technical and commercial development has allowed Monash to develop a rapidly growing spin-out programme, which is currently spinning out about 10 new companies a year.

He also oversees The Generator, which runs a wide range of entrepreneurship programmes across the university. He was the chair of Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia from 2015-2018, on the board from 2009-2018, has developed and run multiple training programmes for technology transfer professionals and was, until recently, a member of the IP Australia Stakeholders Forum.

Alastair has a BSc (Hons) in chemistry with biochemistry, a PhD in chemical ecology, an MBA from the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a director of Monash spin-outs Jupiter Ionics and Pio Therapeutics, was previously a director of Amaero International prior to its initial public offering in late 2019 and was a founding director of the $30 million Trans-Tasman Commercialisation Fund, as well as a member of its investment committee.

Professional associations

  • Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia
  • Association of University Technology Managers


  • Biotech
  • Chemicals
  • Materials
  • Medical devices
  • Pharmaceuticals/life sciences

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Monash Innovation
Clayton VIC

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