Natalie Chapman

Deep-tech commercialisation specialist


Natalie is an award-winning STEM commercialisation and marketing expert with more than 20 years of experience turning innovative ideas and technologies into thriving businesses, She co-founded and directs gemaker: a team of STEM commercialisation experts helping Australian researchers and innovators to impact global markets. Natalie is also Corporate Communications Manager for ASX-listed Alkane Resources and an industry advisor to UNSW School of Chemistry and UOW Faculty of Business and Law.

Previously, Natalie held senior positions at ANSTO and Smart Services CRC, and was a Director of Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia. She holds a BSc (Hons) from UNSW and an MBA from UOW. In 2018, she received the UOW Alumni Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Since 2011, Natalie has led the gemaker team to deliver more than 215 major projects for innovative businesses, research organisations and government. This includes training hundreds of researchers in industry engagement and helping clients secure $239M funding in grants and investment. In 2017, gemaker won a NSW Telstra Business Award. Recent highlights include developing the winning application for a $23m Government grant for the Australian Precision Medicine Enterprise, and delivery of the Survey of Commercialisation Outcomes from Public Research.

Natalie Chapman is a Superstar of STEM.