David Burton is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of medical device company Compumedics. He also founded Linear Transfer which designed, manufactured and marketed high accuracy recordings and sound equipment.
At University he was awarded an Associate Diploma in Engineering (Electronics) by the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. by Monash University in Melbourne.
Dr. Burton started his career at the Bureau of Meteorology where he studied radar techniques and electronic equipment.
He has also served as an advisor for the Victorian Government as a member of the Council for Knowledge, Innovation, Science and Engineering, and being part of the Victorian Government’s key advisory body on issues and policies focusing on science and innovation.
Throughout his career Dr Burton has been awarded 24 awards for design, innovation, business and exports with his first being the Australian Exporter of the Year in 1998 and Small Business of the Year in 1999.
He was also presented the Clunies Ross National Science and Technology Award in 2002 for his development of sleep monitoring technology.
In 2003 Dr Burton was awarded the Centenary Medal by Prime Minister John Howard and Governor General Michael Jeffery for his outstanding contribution to science and technology, particularly in the public science policy.
In the same year he was also awarded the Ernst & Young Victorian Entrepreneur of the year for technology, communications, E-commerce and life sciences.
Dr Burton was inducted into the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame in 2007 for the recognition of manufacturing achievements and world-wide medical device exports.