Prof. Richard Boyd joins Board

“My scientific life has focused on the importance of developing immune-based therapies against cancer. The Snowdome Foundation is an extraordinary opportunity to help fund the research essential to improving the lives of cancer patients.”

We welcome Professor Richard Boyd to Snowdome’s Board of Directors. Richard is an international leader in the field of thymus-based T cell immunology which has important applications in attacking cancers and overcoming immunodeficiencies caused by chemotherapy but also natural aging. As CSO of Norwood Immunology Pty Ltd, his team, with Miles Prince, undertook the first successful clinical trial to rebuild the thymus-based immune system in cancer patients undergoing high dose chemotherapy.

After more than three decades of immune system research in academia, he has recently taken up the position of Chief Scientific Officer of Cartherics Pty Ltd, a new Melbourne–based immunotherapy biotechnology company which combines T cells, genetic engineering and stem cells to “supercharge” the immune system to attack cancer.

He remains an Adjunct Professor of Monash University in the Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology, where he was formerly Group Leader of the Stem Cells and Immune Regeneration laboratory.

He is a member of the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Faculty and has also developed extensive international collaborations. In particular, he holds Honorary Adjunct Professorships at Kunming Medical University (China) and at Tokushima University (Japan). He was founding Director of the Australian node of the Sino-Australian Centre for Excellence in Stem Cells.

Richard has published over 280 papers and has had a major role in the education of undergraduate and over 100 postgraduate students at Monash University. In 2003 he was awarded an Australian Federal Government Centenary Medal for International Research and Teaching and in 2004 the Australian Federal Government Business/Higher Education Round Table Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research and Development, Education and Training.