'One invention can change many lives at once.'

Grace Lethlean is passionate about seeing good ideas come to fruition. An inventor herself, she co-invented a digital health app for children with attentional disorders including autism.

Grace grew up in a creative family and loved to build things. She spent her childhood tinkering with Meccano, electronics and other toys traditionally seen as boys’ toys. Not put off by society’s expectations, she wired her dolls’ house so that all the lights operated from the one switch – when she was around five years old.

Grace studied chemical engineering and immunology at university and now works as an entrepreneur at the nexus of invention, opportunity and business. She is passionate about seeing good ideas reach the people who need them. She is director of programs at ANDHealth, a national initiative that facilitates business and government support for new digital health technologies, helping to fast-track their availability to the community.

In 2018, Grace won BioMelbourne Network’s Emerging Women in Leadership Award.