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Mr Duncan Ferguson

Director, Company Creation


Duncan brings over 18 years of experience in industry and commercially focused research collaboration, investment, IP management, commercialisation and start-ups. Duncan has held several start-up board roles and is currently a director of NutriV; board observer on v2food and Nourish; and formerly chair of Bioherbicides Australia. In addition, he is President of LESANZ, the Australia and New Zealand chapter of the Licensing Executives Society International (LESI), a global community of innovation and commercialisation professionals; and is co-chair of the LESI Industry, University & Government Transactions committee.

Duncan began his career working in stud stock with Roberts, before embarking on a path in commercialisation and agribusiness management, with roles in research and investment organisations including UniQuest, BSES, Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, and Meat & Livestock Australia. He has managed technologies across animal and plant supply chains, including genetic and genomic tools, pest and disease control, breeding, digital platforms, automation and robotics, value-added food products, biopharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals.

Duncan holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from the University of Queensland, is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has completed several post graduate qualifications in fields including senior leadership, commercial strategy, finance, business development and marketing.

Academic Qualifications

  • 1998

    University of Queensland

  • 2006

    Prof Cert Commercialisation
    University of Melbourne