Having been involved on the periphery of the formation of Life Sciences Queensland Limited
back in 2010, I have ever since been thoroughly impressed by the way in which Mario Pennisi
and his team have put Queensland life sciences so squarely on the map, both nationally and
internationally. This directory is just one example. But there is still one big job left to do.
Prof Brandon Wainwright - Institute
for Molecular Bioscience
Let me explain.
Life Sciences Queensland was the brainchild of the Smart State, and the Smart State itself
was the brainchild of former Queensland Premier Peter Beattie, who saw that the long-term
prosperity of Queensland would require a transition from an economy based primarily on natural
resources - rocks and crops, as he put it - to one based on knowledge and innovation. And the
poster child for his vision - and that transition - was biotechnology.
But that was 20 years ago. What's happened since?
First, the good bit: the huge investment by government, research institutions and philanthropists
in Queensland's life sciences infrastructure led to a massive influx of scientists from around the
globe, more than doubling the number of researchers in the state, and an equally massive increase in the quality and quantity of
our research publications in leading journals. Second, the ongoing opportunity: we've seen some spectacular commercial success
stories, but we are still only translating a fraction of our research into economic outcomes!
So, where next? During the course of 2018, it is Life Sciences Queensland's ambition and intention to turn that situation around by
building a business development arm that will play a key role in the creation and growth of a new generation of life sciences companies.
To achieve this transformation we will be counting on the support of firstly, our Members; secondly, the Queensland Government and
other elected officials; and thirdly, you.
If you want to start a new life sciences company, form partnerships with existing Queensland businesses or collaborate with our
outstanding research teams, please feel free to contact any of the members listed in this directory, or to touch base with Mario and
other members of the Life Sciences Queensland board, listed below.
We look forward to working with you.
Professor Peter Andrews AO
Life Sciences Queensland Limited (LSQ)
Ms Jennifer Barker - EY
Ms Kathy Connell - J & J Innovation
Dr Peter Devine - Uniseed
Mr James Macnaughtan - Cook Medical
Mr Michael McArdle - QUT
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