Dr Dharmica Mistry is co-founder and Chief Scientist at BCAL Diagnostics, a small Australian biotechnology company developing a revolutionary blood test for the detection of breast cancer.
Dharmica holds a BSc (Hons) from Sydney University, majoring in Microbiology. She was awarded a PhD from Macquarie University for her work on the detection and characterization of novel biomarkers in blood and hair that could be used as the basis for a blood test for breast cancer.
Dharmica’s insight into the potential of fatty acids in the blood stream, to indicate the presence of breast cancer, led to the filing of an international patent and was the basis for the formation of BCAL Diagnostics in 2010. Despite an initial lack of resources, Dharmica has doggedly pursued her vision to develop BCAL’s technology as an accurate, early test for the presence of breast cancer, for women of all ages, worldwide.
Her determination has resulted in her leading an international collaboration with researchers in Kentucky, San Francisco and Dublin, as well as in New South
Wales, with the aim of bringing the technology from a research finding to the wider community.
In November 2015 Dharmica was awarded the “Young Scientist Award” at the World Congress on Controversies in Breast Cancer, in Melbourne, for her outstanding presentation and innovative approach to breast cancer detection.
In December 2015 Dharmica graduated with a distinction from the NSW Health Medical Devices Commercialisation Training Program, and was awarded an international travel scholarship for her outstanding work in the medical device field.
In March 2016 Dharmica was the recipient of the “NSW Young Woman of the Year” award for being an exceptional researcher who is involved in implementing life changing medical research around early breast cancer detection that will impact upon women around the world. She was nominated by the Minister of Health, Jillian Skinner and attended the ceremony at Parliament house.
In July 2016 Dharmica was announced as one of Australia’s’ top 6 Young executives in Australian Financial Review’s BOSS Magazine for demonstrating her ability as a potential as leader, her commitment to her career and organisation, and her ability to operate successfully under pressure. The selection process involved a day long simulation as a CEO of global company.
In May 2017 Dharmica was announced as the winner of the “InStyle (Magazine) Women of Style Awards” in the category of Science for her role in changing women’s health through her breast cancer research and development. Judges included Nicole Kidman, Deborra-lee Furness, Gillian Armstrong, Layne Beachley and Colette Dinnigan.
In November 2017 Dharmica was a finalist and won the “People’s Choice Award” for her BCAL Diagnostics pitch at the Australian Technologies Competition (nationwide).
Awarded a scholarship for the “Great Leaders Are Made: leadership development program for women” from Avril Henry and Associates. Apr 2018