• Dr Tim Hughes

Dr Timothy Hughes is a Principal Research Scientist at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia. His research interests include the design and synthesis of polymeric materials for biomedical applications. Particularly in the areas of cell encapsulation, hybrid materials for regenerative medicine and ophthalmic devices. He obtained his PhD in the area of organic chemistry from Monash University in 1997. He began his career in ophthalmic biomaterials during his Post Doctorial Fellowship at CSIRO Molecular Science. Dr Hughes led a polymer team to develop the two novel eye implant technologies which have potential to revolutionize the ophthalmic industry. These included microporous perfluoropolyether corneal implants for correcting refractive errors and polysiloxane macromonomers that can be used as injectable in situ curable accommodating intra-ocular lenses designed to restore the aged eye’s ability to near focus. Both technologies are currently being commercialized by Adventus Technologies Inc. In addition to the material development work, Dr Hughes developed Quality Systems for the production of materials and led the ‘pseudo’ GMP production of implants for a successful phase 1 study. Dr Hughes has 26 papers published in peer reviewed journals and 16 families of granted patents/patent applications. In addition he has been co-awarded several awards including 2004 Royal Society Award for Interdisciplinary Research (Eureka Award) and 2009 & 2012 CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement.