Dr Phillip Kearney

Dr Phillip Kearney

Adjunct Associate Professor


School of Biotech & Biomolecular Science

Dr Kearney holds an MBA from the University of Sydney and completed his PhD in the genetics at the Monash University. He spent a post-doc at Imperial College London mapping the human Y chromosome and later worked on mapping the X chromosome at the Murdoch Institute in Melbourne. Returning to Sydney he led the Haematology Research Laboratory for over 12 years focussing on ribozyme and gene therapy approaches to therapy in Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia. In 2000 he moved to ActiveBiotech ABin Sweden, as head of preclinical oncology studies, then to Santaris Pharma as Head of Biology, where the company focussed on antisense mediated knock down of RNA and miRNA targets in several indications.

Dr Phil Kearney joined Merck Sharp & Dohme Australia in 2007 as the key scout for innovative research and development in the Asia Pacific region for India, South East Asia, Australia, & New Zealand. As head of the External Licensing group at the company’s APAC office in Sydney, he liaised regional biotechnology companies and research institutes to look for new chemical and biological entities with therapeutic potential, validated drug targets and new platform technologies.
Significant publicly disclosed deals in which Dr Kearney played a part include the license to the Vaxxas patch technology for vaccine delivery, and the license of the Bionomics alpha 7 PAM for cognition, as well as a series of academic partnerships totalling almost $2 billion.

After almost 15y at MSD Phil left to join Axelia Oncology Pty Ltd and Amaroq Therapeutics in executive roles.

  • Journal articles | 2001
    Kearney PP; Boutros R; Dodds AJ; Biggs JC, 2001, 'Transformation to acute leukaemia in an MDS patient harbouring bcr-abl and bcl 2-IgH rearrangements, without expression of either activated oncogene', Leukemia Research, 25, pp. 359 - 360, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0145-2126(00)00137-5
    Journal articles | 2001
    Kearney PP; Boutros R; Dodds AJ; Biggs JC, 2001, 'Transformation to acute leukaemia in an MDS patient harbouring bcr-abl and bel 2-IgH rearrangements, without expression of either activated oncogene.', Leukemia Research, pp. 359 - 360
    Journal articles | 1998
    Kearney PP; Barry JL; Biggs J, 1998, 'Rapid colorimetric assay for the detection of the bcr-abl rearrangement.', Clinical and Laboratory Haematology, 20, pp. 101 - 105, http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-2257.1998.00105.x
    Journal articles | 1998
    Snowdon JA; Kearney PP; Kearney A; Cooley HM; Grigg A; Jacobs P; Bergman J; Brooks PM; Biggs J, 1998, 'Long-term outcome of autoimmune disease following allogeneic bone marrow transplantation.', Arthritis Care & Research, 41, pp. 453 - 459, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/1529-0131(199803)41:3<453::AID-ART11>3.0.CO;2-#
    Journal articles | 1998
    Wright LJ; Milliken ST; Biggs J; Kearney PP, 1998, 'Ex vivo effects associated with the expression of a bcr-abl specific ribozyme in a CML cell line.', Antisense and Nucleic Acid Drug Development, 8, pp. 15 - 23, http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/oli.1.1998.8.15
    Journal articles | 1997
    Kearney PP; Aurnatell A, 1997, 'Rapid diagnosis of chronic myeloid leuakemia by linking PCR to capillary gel electrophoresis', Clinical and Laboratory Haematology, 19, pp. 261 - 266
    Journal articles | 1997
    Snowdon JA; Atkinson K; Kearney PP; Brooks PM; Biggs JC, 1997, 'Allogeneic bone marrow transplantation from a donor with severe active rheumatoid arthritis not resulting in adoptive transfer of disease to recipient', Bone Marrow Transplantation, 20, pp. 71 - 73
    Journal articles | 1996
    Hawkins NJ; Lees J; Kearney PP; Clark MA; Golovsky D; Ward RL, 1996, 'Biological properties of renal oncocytoma cells in culture', Urologia Internationalis, 56, pp. 69 - 74

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