Professor Neil Foster
DSc (UNSW) PhD(UNSW) BSc (Hons) (UNSW) FRACI FIEAust FTSE FRSNSW
Professor Neil Foster is a Research Professor at the WA School of Mines. His specialisation is in Chemical Engineering, with a focus on the development of novel drug delivery systems and also on the processing of biomedical materials.
One of his most significant inventions arose from a collaborative study with Professor Robert Langer, when they developed technology for the sterilisation of materials that are used as scaffolds for human implants. Currently Professor Foster is working on the development of more efficient methods to deliver therapeutic drugs for the treatment of colorectal cancer, irritable bowel diseases, tuberculosis, lung cancer, and cystic fibrosis.
He has co-authored more than 350 papers in books, international journals, and conference proceedings. He is also a named inventor on 14 patents. His achievements have also been recognised by the Congress of the People’s Republic of China with the award in 2010 of a Qian Ren ‘1000 Talents’ Professorship and, in 2014, he was elected a member of the European Academy of Science and Arts.
During his 32 years in academia, Professor Foster has raised in excess of $20 million from industry, university and government sources, both domestically and internationally. His primary driver in research is to undertake strategic research and development with the ultimate goal of translating ideas through to commercialisation.