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LSQ BIO 2017 Mission


Queensland Premier

The Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk MP

Annastacia Palaszczuk was sworn in as Premier of Queensland on 14 February 2015 following the state election on 31 January.

Prior to the election, Annastacia had been Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Queensland Parliamentary Labor Party following the March 2012 state election.

She has represented the Inala electorate in the Queensland Parliament since September 2006.

Annastacia served as Chair of the Parliamentary Ethics Committee and following the 2009 election, she was appointed as the Minister for Disability Services and Multicultural Affairs.

She was appointed Minister for Transport in February 2011 and held the position up until the March 2012 election.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland, Master of Arts (Hons) from the University of London, Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the Australian National University.

Annastacia was the recipient of a British Council Chevening Scholarship enabling her to study for a year in London at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and the London School of Economics.

She was born in Brisbane on 25 July 1969 and attended Jamboree Heights State School in Brisbane and St Mary’s Catholic College, Ipswich.

Before being elected to the Queensland Parliament she worked as a part-time sales assistant; a tutor with the Aboriginal and Island Students Service at the University of Queensland; tutor at the Australian National University; and as an adviser to federal and state MPs and Ministers.

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy
Minister for Small Business

The Hon Leeane Enoch MP

As the first member of her family to graduate from university, Minister Leeanne Enoch developed a life-long commitment to education early in her life.

She spent more than a decade as a high school teacher, working in a number of schools in South-East Queensland and in East London, where her passion for community development and social justice grew stronger.

After leaving teaching, Minister Enoch held senior roles in local and state government leading the development and implementation of policies to support some of Queensland’s most at-risk families.

Minister Enoch worked for the Australian Red Cross for almost seven years in leadership roles at the state and national level guiding humanitarian policy and programs to improve the lives of Australia’s most vulnerable. 

She is a proud Nunukul/Nughi woman from North Stradbroke Island. She has two teenage sons.

When Minister Enoch won the seat of Algester in the 2015 Election, she became the first Aboriginal woman to be elected to Queensland Parliament. 

As a Member of the Queensland Cabinet, Minister Enoch previously held portfolio responsibility for Housing and Public Works, Science and Innovation.  Minister Enoch is currently the Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business.


Mr Mario Pennisi

Mario has extensive experience managing laboratory medicine services and strategic marketing. In the mid 1990s in affiliation with US and German based organisations he established the first Queensland based ‘central laboratory’ in order to service international trials in the Asia-Pacific region. He was also a founding member of Queensland’s first contract research organisation (CRO).


Later, as National Business Development Manager for an Australian multinational pharmaceutical/diagnostics company, collaborating with numerous international sponsors and service providers to achieve significant clinical trials growth in Australia.


Mario is an active member of the Queensland Life Sciences Industry – and is helping establish a strong network of alliances across the Asia-Pacific region.


Mario has been CEO of QCTN for over three years now and during which time the organisation has grown to have a membership base of over 60 members and is now being recognised as Australia’s peak clinical trials industry association.

LSQ Co-Exhibitors

Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct


Asia-Pacific’s emerging health and innovation hub, the 200-hectare Gold Coast Health & Knowledge Precinct (GCHKP) is a unique global business location for high-tech industry development, research collaboration and jobs of the future, transforming Australia’s leading lifestyle city.


Already home to the world-class Griffith University, co-located with the $1.76 billion Gold Coast University Hospital, one of Australia’s major public hospitals and the brand new Gold Coast Private Hospital, the GCHKP hosts the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ Athletes Village, to evolve into a vibrant $550 million mixed-use community to live, work and learn.


The Precinct offers a combination of expertise, infrastructure, location, land and lifestyle unique in Australia, with nine hectares of greenfield land available for commercial development.


The GCHKP represents a smart investment in Australia’s fastest growing major city, with a stable, diversifying economy, competitive taxes, skilled workforce and lifestyle second to none.


A dedicated project office is facilitating infrastructure development, partnerships and investment attraction with attractive government incentives available.

Griffith University


Griffith University is recognised among the world's most prestigious universities for its research and teaching excellence.

Griffith has key capabilities in the fields of tropical and emerging infectious diseases, drug discovery, medicinal chemistry, health service innovation, health economics and nursing. 

The Griffith Health Centre, home to the Menzies Heath Institute Queensland, is located adjacent to the Gold Coast University Hospital, within the emerging Health and Knowledge Precinct, a place of convergence between the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service, Griffith University and the local and international life sciences and health industry.

The Institute for Glycomics has commenced clinical trials for vaccines to prevent malaria and Group A Streptococcus infection.

The Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery, home to "Nature Bank", a unique repository of almost 50,000 biota samples, is investigating the potential of natural products to combat a range of diseases including cancer, malaria and tuberculosis. 



LuinaBio is a Brisbane, Australia based, drug development and contract manufacturing organization (CMO) serving the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and veterinary industries.
Drawing on more than 20 years of contract manufacturing experience, Luina Bio scientists have the expertise, training and experience to ensure a successful outcome to any project.
Utilising our TGA/APVMA licensed facilities operating to international cGMP standards, we can provide comprehensive manufacturing solutions for both biological and small molecule drugs.
Luina Bio offers an inclusive set of services including:

  • Biopharmaceutical contract manufacturing
  • GMP manufacture of recombinant proteins and vaccines
  • Microbial products
  • Small molecule synthesis for human and veterinary use
  • Synthetic organic chemistry
    Production of GMP material for pre-clinical studies and clinical  trial material batches for Phase 1, 2 and 3 clinical studies.

Pharmaceutical Solutions


Pharmaceutical Solutions Limited is a passionate Clinical Research Organisation providing quality clinical trial management, with a specialised focus on New Zealand and Australia.
Pharmaceutical Solution is proud to promote the quality of clinical research in New Zealand and Australia, and of our contribution to improving people’s health and well being. We achieve this through the provision of personalised clinical research management and regulatory services to the bio-pharmaceutical and medical device industry.



Founded in 2002, Q-Pharm has built an enviable reputation in the recruitment and conduct of early phase clinical trials. Our early foundations in bioequivalence, vaccine, and disease challenge models have grown into widely acknowledged expertise in a broad range of healthy volunteer and patient-based trials. Q-Pharm has conducted well over four hundred clinical trials in our state-of-the-art, thirty-eight bed facility within the QIMR Berghofer precinct at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in Brisbane. We provide comprehensive high-quality services for our clients, and conduct clinical trials in accordance with all applicable national and international safety standards and guidelines. While safety, quality, and reliability remain the heart of our business, Q-Pharm proactively seeks innovative and intelligent growth opportunities looking to the future of clinical trials.

Queensland Brain Institute


QBI is home to nearly 500 staff and students who are dedicated to understanding how the brain functions, how it can be repaired, and how to harness its full potential. Our scientists study brain processes, disorders and diseases from early development through to later life. QBI researchers work tirelessly to better understand the brain, develop new diagnostics and treatments for a range of disorders, and use neuroscience discoveries to build new technologies. Disorders researched include dementia, stroke, concussion and traumatic brain injury, developmental disorders, Parkinson’s disease, motor neuron disease, anxiety and schizophrenia. QBI scientists collaborate with treating physicians in each of these therapeutic areas. QBI also leads the Science of Learning Research Centre, a collaboration with the Australian Council for Education Research (ACER) and eight universities Australia-wide, which seeks to understand learning in order to improve education and teaching of these therapeutic areas.

LSQ Members Attending BIO 2017

    • Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, JCU
    • BioPacific Partners
    • CNS
    • Davies Collison Cave
    • Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation
    • Division of Tropical Health and Medicine, JCU
    • Ellume Pty Ltd
    • ERA
    • Eskitis Insitute, Griffith University
    • EY
    • Gold Coast Health & Knowledge Precinct
    • Griffith Enterprise
    • Griffith University
    • Ground Zero Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    • Implicit Bioscience
    • Johnson & Johnson Innovation Partnering Office @ QUT Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
    • Luina Bio
    • Patheon
    • Perkins Resources
    • Pharmaceutical Solutions
    • QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
    • Q-Pharm Pty Limited
    • Queensland Brain Institute
    • Queensland Government
    • Queensland University of  Technology
    • Southern Star Research
    • TetraQ
    • The University of Queensland
    • Thomson Geer
    • Translational Research Institute
    • UniQuest
    • University of Southern Queensland
    • University of the Sunshine Coast

LSQ BIO Breakfast


LSQ is hosting a breakfast on Monday the 19th June (by invitation only).

Details to be announced shortly.

Special Guest Artist

Mr Will Barton