Our selection in this Westpac program is a great recognition of JDRF’s tireless advocacy for type 1 diabetes research. 

JDRF is proud to be selected as one of 200 innovative organisations shaping Australia’s future, as part of the Businesses of Tomorrow program.

The program, developed by Westpac, seeks to reward and recognise businesses that have a clear vision, an understanding of their customer and a capability to meet tomorrow’s challenges. JDRF has been selected to be part of the program following an extensive judging program, managed by independent experts at Deloitte.

JDRF staff react to a video message from Westpac CEO, Brian Hartzer

As JDRF CEO Mike Wilson says, “We strive to be the best business we can be with a focus on people and progress in the understanding of type 1 diabetes, rather than profit.

“We are both proud and humbled to be included in this list. As an organisation, our business is funding, supporting and advocating for, research into type 1 diabetes. To be recognised by one of Australia’s leading innovation programs is testament to community that drives us, the board that supports us and our diligent, hard-working staff supporting research, advocacy and fundraising.”

The last twelve months have been incredibly successful for JDRF across the organisation. Some of the highlights have included:

  • Celebrating the 1,000th clinical trial participant in the Environmental Determinants of Islet Autoimmunity (ENDIA) Study – the only trial of its kind in the world looking at babies from pregnancy stage with an immediate relative with type 1 diabetes, to help understand what causes the condition.
  • The first cohort of researchers to go through the JDRF/Macquarie Group Foundation Future Research Leaders – a world-first program designed to support researchers in type 1 diabetes develop their leadership skills
  • Research conducted at Monash University and funded by JDRF delivered a research breakthrough, finding that a specialised high fibre diet protected against type 1 diabetes in mice. The group has now received funding to test their findings in clinical trials.

The program itself provides JDRF with access to a tailored three-day program at Melbourne Business School and access to the Businesses of Tomorrow network, an alumnus of winners from the 2017 and 2018 programs.

“We look forward to leveraging the insights and lessons from the program to make our tomorrow, that is a world without type 1 diabetes, be a reality”, Mr. Wilson said.

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