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Denzil Furtado

Class Year: 2020

Scholarship: Future Leaders

University: The University of Melbourne

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: VIC

Focus Area

Positive social change

Denzil Furtado

Class Year: 2020

Scholarship: Future Leaders

University: The University of Melbourne

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: VIC

Focus Area

Positive social change

Biography

I am a biotechnology researcher, innovator and entrepreneur passionate about solving some of healthcare’s most profound and intractable challenges. My work lies at the interface between engineering and biology, and attempts to leverage insights from both disciplines to generate robust and scalable therapies that are truly transformative for patients.

 

I am especially interested in solving the drug delivery challenges surrounding complex disorders, since ineffective delivery is often the key barrier to achieving successful clinical outcomes. I enjoy advancing promising ideas all the way through the innovation pipeline, from the early stages of discovery and validation through to research commercialization and company building.

 

I am also a former competitive athlete (US college basketball), a philomath, and a steward on a mission to use my gifts to serve as many people as I can.

Skills & Expertise

  • Biotechnology and the life sciences
  • Research commercialization and startups
  • Drug delivery
  • Neuroscience and ageing
  • Basketball

"One thing most people would be surprised to know about me is even though I share the same first name and birthday as Denzel Washington, I wasn't actually named after him. Instead, my parents got the name from a book of Scottish names. Implausible, I know. But true."   


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