Brett Cowan has a diverse background including an honours degree in mechanical engineering, registration as a medical practitioner, studies in theology and ancient history, and an MBA from the University of Auckland.
Brett was previously the General Manager of Business at Auckland UniServices Limited, the commercial arm of the University of Auckland. Prior to this he was Associate Professor and Head of Radiology also at the University of Auckland where he setup and directed the internationally recognised Centre for Advanced MRI. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers in clinical trials, medical imaging, machine learning and computational modelling, and is the recipient of over 30 academic and business awards including innovation in medicine for neurosurgical equipment and medical diagnostic software. He practiced emergency medicine for over a decade and remains a New Zealand registered medical practitioner.
Based at the Mt Albert science centre, Brett is responsible for overall science and research strategy and commercialisation for ESR.