Doctor Claretta D'Souza

Commercial Project Manager, Vaccine Development, Commercialisation, Innovation and Industry Partnerships (CIIP)


Dr Claretta D'Souza is a neuroimmunologist with five year’s experience in the academic commercialisation and industry partnerships space, coupled with over eight year’s experience as a medical researcher in the field of neurodegenerative diseases at La Trobe University. Specifically, Claretta investigated the role of platelets as precursors of neuroinflammation in diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis.

As a Business Development Manager at Burnet, her responsibilities include providing support to Burnet researchers for the development of commercial partnerships and funding opportunities, review and execution of contracts, management of the Burnet IP portfolio, and the identification and development of commercial links across a variety of Burnet projects.

Prior to joining Burnet, Claretta was National Projects Manager at AusBiotech, Australia’s leading industry body for the life sciences sector, and was Project Officer at MTPConnect, the Australian Government’s Industry Growth Centre for the MedTech and Pharma Sector.


  • 2017: Doctor of Philosophy–Biological Sciences, La Trobe University, Australia
  • 2011: Masters in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, La Trobe University, Australia

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