Dr Finkel is a neuroscientist, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He invented a commercially successful device which substantially speeds up drug research. Dr Finkel is the President of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ex-officio) and Chancellor of Monash University. He founded the science magazines Cosmos and G: The Green Lifestyle Magazine, contributes towards a number of research institutes and is Patron of the Australian Science Media Centre. In 2016, he was appointed Australia’s Chief Scientist.
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