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After graduating as a Mechanical Engineer in 1984, Michael joined Sola Optical for 10 years; it was one of the early international “Medical Devices” companies as we now call them in this sector.
Michael completed an MBA in 1998 and established Adelaide Consulting, with clients including The University of Adelaide. After managing the establishment of the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics at the Waite Precinct in 2002, Michael joined it as General Manager. ACPFG employs 130 staff, mainly scientists, in three states of Australia.
ACPFG has raised over $150m in research funding since it commenced.
Between 2004 and 2010, Michael was a Director of AusBiotech and chaired its Risk and Audit Committee.
He is a member of the Advisory Council on Intellectual Property, the organisation that advises IP Australia and the Federal Government on IP matters. Michael is also the Company Secretary of ACPFG.


  • 2003–present
    General Manager and Company Secretary, Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics
  • 2006–present
    Council Member, Advisory Council on Intellectual Property


  • 1998 
    University of Adelaide, MBA
  • 1984 
    SAIT (now UniSA), Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical)


  • 2011
    The Case for Gene Patents, Australasian Science, Vol 39, p32
  • 2009
    Biotechnology in Agricuture, Climate Change and Crop Production (Book Chapter) Ed Matthew Reynolds
  • 2008
    From Gene Discovery to Paddock Reality., online http://www regional org au/au/asa/2008/plenary/biotechnology/5944_langridgep htm
  • 2006
    Developing a new business model for enabling research - the case of the ACPFG in Australia, International Journal of Technology Intelligence and Planning, 2006; 2 (2):117–128.