Our People

Dr Carthur Wan


Carthur brings a distinct mix of skills combining a background in medical research, not-for-profit leadership roles and broad commercialisation skills. He has a passion for bringing industry and academia together to both improve students’ connectedness with industry and to support industry-focused research projects.

Carthur helped to build Chiasma, a national not-for-profit that works across New Zealand universities to provide students and early-career researchers with networking, career development programs and commercialisation training. He led the initiative as CEO and now sits on the Advisory Board. Carthur also serves on the Executive Team of a UK-based not-for-profit Global Biotech Revolution, which connects young biotech leaders with each other and current industry leaders through events, including a biennial global conference, the GapSummit, at the University of Cambridge.

Carthur has a strong interest in seeing academic research translated through engagement with industry and entrepreneurs. He has been supporting the development of university-based incubators both from a strategy and implementation perspective.

Prior to joining CIS, Carthur completed a Master of Management from the University of Melbourne, where he received a Dean’s Honours List Award for graduating at the top of his cohort. He was previously a molecular biologist and holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Science from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. There he performed research on neural stem cells funded by successful competitive grant applications that he co-authored.