James has over 12 years experience in health and medical research, both as a research scientist and in technology commercialisation. James held two successful postdoctoral positions at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research; first as a JDRF International Research Fellow and subsequently as part of a team that developed a first-in-class vaccine for celiac disease now in clinical trials. Work undertaken during this time formed the basis of publications in journals including Science Translational Medicine and Nature Immunology, as well three patent applications, two of which have been commercialised.
In 2008 James took up a Business Development Manager role at WEHI where he led a number of strategic collaborations with industry partners ranging from local biotech companies, top 5 international pharmaceutical companies, and Fortune 500 companies. James joined the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute as Head of Commercialisation and Legal in late 2012, where he leads a team responsible for the capture, management and commercialisation of intellectual property developed at the institute.