Damian Clarke-Bruce

Mr Damian Clarke-Bruce
CEO & Managing Director

Damian is an experienced international healthcare executive, having worked in the biopharmaceutical and healthcare industries for over 25 years.

Prior to joining Race Oncology, Damian served as the Global/US Executive Director of Marketing in Rare Disease for Pharming NV, a Netherlands/US Biopharma company. In this role, Damian was the Chair of the Global Launch Leadership Team, overseeing drug commercialisation, including the worldwide commercialisation of Leniolisb. In recognition of his work at Pharming, Damian won the CEO award in 2022.

Damian’s career has also spanned multiple global pharmaceutical companies, including Celgene, Novartis & Biogen. He has held leadership roles within many executive teams across development/medical, market access and commercialization. He has successfully taken products from the clinic to blockbuster commercial status in highly specialised and complex disease areas.

During his longest tenure at Novartis, Damian was the Australian Franchise Head of both Neuroscience and Integrated Hospital Care, which led to a succession role of Worldwide Executive Marketing Director in Neurology (Switzerland) followed by the US Head of Marketing in Multiple Sclerosis. Previous positions also included head of National Sales.

Underlying his leadership strength in biopharmaceuticals, Damian has also been extensively involved in entrepreneurial healthcare. In 2006 he founded the Bone & Joint Clinic, now BJC Health, in Sydney and served on multiple industry boards, including Exercise & Sports Science Australia. He has always been an active community coach & leader through sport and contributes time with Surf Lifesaving Australia and community teams.

Damian is a passionate and visionary leader, driven by the belief that creating networks and enhancing the collaboration of scientific/medical knowledge will improve health and wellbeing globally. Damian and his teams have fostered a strong “Patient & Purpose” culture that aligns to the performance & growth of business, which returns value to those that invest in a common vision. Damian is a Graduate of the Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and holds a Master’s in Science, with Postgraduate work in Business at Macquarie University and Rehabilitation at Sydney University. He also holds a Bachelor of Sports Science from New South Wales University. Damian has also completed multiple executive programs at Harvard in the US, and he has gained many industry and community awards during his career.

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