B Chem Eng, MBA, MALD

Brigitte Smith is Co-Founder and Managing Director at GBS Venture Partners Ltd and has twenty years’ experience in venture capital, business strategy and start-up company operations. Brigitte has been investing and managing investments for GBS’s $450m of life science specialised venture capital funds since 1998. Brigitte is on the board of GBS portfolio companies AirXpanders Inc, Neurovance Inc, Elastagen Pty Ltd, ELS Pty Ltd, and Vivive Inc. Brigitte was the founding investor and chair of Pharmaxis Pty Ltd.

Prior to founding GBS Brigitte worked in the US and Australia in operating roles with early stage technology based companies, and at Bain & Company as a strategic management consultant. Ms Smith has a B. Chem Eng (Honours) from the University of Melbourne, and as a Fulbright Scholar completed a MBA (Honours) from the Harvard Business School and a MALD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, both in Boston, USA. Ms Smith has also taught Entrepreneurial Finance at Melbourne Business School.