Queensland life sciences on world stage

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Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts
The Honourable Ian Walker

Queensland life sciences on world stage

Science Minister Ian Walker will attend the 2013 BIO International Convention being held in Chicago from April 22 to 25.

The Newman Government is supporting the growth of Queensland’s life sciences sector by helping leading businesses and researchers profile their capability at the global biotechnology event.

“Our message is clear. Queensland life sciences are globally competitive with the skills and capacity to meet international challenges and deliver commercial outcomes,” Mr Walker said.

“Queensland is already an important location for life sciences in the Asia Pacific region and I will work with the local sector to encourage investment and deliver real economic outcomes for our state.

“We’ve also listened to the international biotechnology market and have partnered with our universities, commercialisation units and research organisations to showcase the real investment opportunities and research collaborations currently available in Queensland.”

The Queensland Institute of Medical Research’s potential ‘one-time’ treatment for HIV and a new anti-influenza drug candidate from GriffithUniversity’s Institute for Glycomics are just two projects being profiled.

Mr Walker said the industry had proven its resilience by weathering the global financial crisis and maintaining pockets of growth with new products and devices entering the market.

“It’s good to see Brisbane-based Tissue Therapies working towards a European launch of its wound-healing treatment, and Queensland’s Picato gel, a treatment for sunspots, now on the market,” he said.

“Another focus of my work at this year’s BIO convention will be to attract international investors to the 2013 AusBiotech national conference, to be held in Brisbane in late October.

“It’s the perfect time for Brisbane to host this flagship biotechnology event as our industry is maturing.”

4 April 2013

Media Contact: Alex Bernard 0417 252 563

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