Yvette van Eenennaam and Dr Johan Verjans moved to Adelaide in 2017. They are two hockey loving, career driven, ambitious professionals who enjoy their two daughters Roos (10 years old) and Alice (8 years old).
Both work in the Health and Medical sector and are passionate about contributing to transforming Adelaide into an innovation district of global significance. They both have a focus on the integration of emerging technologies into the Health and Medical sector and the translation and commercialisation of cutting-edge research.
Yvette van Eenennaam is the General Manager of Adelaide BioMed City, the $4.2 billion Health and Biomedical Innovation District in the heart of Adelaide with impressive infrastructure including the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, the SA Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), and facilities for all three of the state’s universities. This innovation hub co-locates institutions from research, education, clinical care and industry to drive collaboration, innovation, translation and commercialisation.
Yvette is also the chair of the state-wide genomics centre, the SAGC. She co-led the development of the business plan for the SAGC, secured federal funding, and achieved that all the relevant key institutes in SA to commit to a Partnership. Its establishment was supported by an investment of over $7 million.
In Europe, Yvette has enjoyed leadership roles at Deloitte, Nike Inc and ABN ABMRO Bank, with a focus on strategy, organisational development, change management and innovation.
Johan Verjans is consultant cardiologist at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and Dr Jones & Partners, Deputy Director Medical Machine Learning at the Australian Institute for Machine Learning University of Adelaide, Platform leader AI at South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute. He is passionate about advancing medical care that is beneficial for the patient through improved care and prevention, while reducing cost the health care system. He also recently started his own private multi-specialty clinic, Adelaide Specialist Clinic.
Below is a short video with Yvette and Johan about Adelaide Biomed City.