Philip Leslie is at the heart of GSK's innovation and collaboration efforts in Australia.
As Site Technical Lead, Philip is in charge of finding innovative solutions to improve processes and products at the GSK Boronia manufacturing site. This led him to partnering with the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Science (MIPS), a partnership which has evolved into the Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre that provides research assistance to the Pharmaceutical industry while giving University of Monash students real-world experience.
Philip, with partners at MIPS, pioneered a new cost-effective way of packaging vaccines opening up new possibilities for supplying life-saving vaccines to emerging markets.
GSK’s manufacturing plant in Boronia is its largest manufacturing site in the southern hemisphere specialising in Blow-Fill-Seal (BFS) advanced aseptic filling and packing technology. The site has benefited from over $100 million in investment by GSK to expand its manufacturing since 2009. It currently exports to 58 global markets.
On 9 May 2017, Philip was recognised as the 2017 Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Honouree at an award ceremony hosted by Victorian Minister for Industry and Employment, the Hon. Wade Noonan.
The award presented by Business Victoria recognises an individual who has made a significant and sustained contribution to Victoria’s manufacturing industry.
Dave Morley, Site Director at Boronia, said, “Philip has always proudly shared what we do at Boronia with the wider community through our partnership with Monash University and through the many students he’s mentored over the years. His infectious energy, pride and passion are seen by the whole site. This recognition by the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame is a fantastic legacy after 29 years of contribution to GSK and the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry here in Victoria.”