Stuart Ryan obtained a PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Auckland. For his doctoral thesis, he was involved in some of the first, novel research into the heat shock protein, ubiquitin. Small molecule inhibitors of heat shock proteins have since shown promise as anticancer agents.

After undertaking study towards a Diploma in Business Administration, Stuart began working at Fisher & Paykel Healthcare and led a small team of research scientists and clinical engineers to develop a global programme of clinical research. Stuart then moved to the Centre for Clinical Research and effective practice (now Aotearoa Clinical Trials) at Middlemore Hospital. During his 9 years as General Manager, Stuart grew the organisation from a small operation into NZ’s largest and most successful hospital-based clinical trials centre.

While at Middlemore Hospital, Stuart was instrumental in obtaining funding for and establishing a tumour tissue bank (now the Auckland Regional Biobank) collecting blood and solid tumour samples for future research.

A move to Roche NZ led to a number of roles, including Clinical Operations Manager and culminating in developing and growing New Zealanders' access to the FoundationOne genomic profiling product. Most recently, Stuart has returned to the clinical trials field, managing a small trials unit at the NZ Respiratory & Sleep Institute before taking the role of Research Manager at Harbour Cancer & Wellness.

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