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QCTN Breakfast Meeting - Tuesday, 14 September 2010


TropLinks International Symposium - Saturday, 21 August 2010


  • The Business of Tropical Expertise
  • Torrid Zone II
  • Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • Australasian Life Sciences Tropical Investment Forum

270 participants attended the inaugural 2010 TropLinks International Symposium over four days at the Shangri-La Hotel, and 160 people attended the conference dinner at The Sebel Hotel to hear the Queensland Treasurer and Minister for Employment and Economic Development, the Honourable Andrew Fraser, deliver the keynote speech.

The Symposium brought together those with tropical expertise from the local region and around the world to discuss the challenges associated with living in the tropics and to identify the business opportunities in the growing international market that are created by the need of tropical communities to overcome these challenges.

The Symposium’s Business Forum focused on building and marketing the tropical expertise of the North Australian region, which is becoming internationally renowned, and tapping into the global tropical economic market that is projected to reach $40 trillion by 2025.

To view photos, click here to visit the QCTN Event Photo Gallery.


BioBusiness Asia 2010 - Wednesday, 21 July 2010

BBA Country Highlight Session: Queesland Clinical Trials Netwok Inc.
The BBA Conference encouraged countries to participate and explore new opportunities in the industry. This year, Mario Pennisi - CEO, QCTN presented in the Country Highlight Session discussed with BBA participants QCTN's experience in bio-pharma and R&D services in Australia. The speech was held in the luncheon session and was open to the BBA participants.

More photos are available in QCTN's Event Photo Gallery - click here to view.


Breakfast Event - Thursday, 4 February 2010

With a strong turnout of key stakeholders of the industry in Queensland, Lisa Cohen, Executive Director of the Washington Global Health Alliance, produced a stimulating and informative overview of the Alliance and its activities.

This was Lisa's first visit to Australia and she acknowledged that there were already numerous high quality collaborations in place under the Queensland-Washington Alliance, and indicated that she saw many more possibilities and welcomed the upcoming pre-BIO2010 mission to Seattle as an opportune time to explore and develop this relationship.


National Science Week - Science in Parliament - Wednesday, 19 August 2009

On 19 August 2009, as part of National Science Week celebrations, more than 200 scientists, industry leaders, students and teachers joined Queensland Premier Anna Bligh, Queensland Chief Scientist Peter Andrews and Queensland parliamentarians to discuss issues set to impact Queensland's future.

QCTN CEO Mario Pennisi facilitated the "The Next Big Thing" panel, featuring Brett De Hayr from Queensland Primary Industries and Fisheries, Prof Sandra Harding from James Cook University and Prof Mick McManus from The University of Queensland, discussing the role science will play in the big issues set to shape Queensland.

For more information on the Science in Parliament event and to view images from the day, click here.


QCTN & DLA Phillips Fox Breakfast - Thursday, 6 August 2009

On Thursday 6 August, QCTN together with DLA Phillips Fox hosted an industry breakfast - The role of Biomarkers in bringing new therapeutics to market at the offices of DLA Phillips Fox. Guest speakers at the event were:

  • Dr Norman Beauchamp - Professor & Chair, Department of Radiology, University of Washington, Seattle, US
  • Dr Bernard Malissen - Centre d’Immunologie de Marseille-Luminy (CIML), France

To view more photos from the morning, click here.


MMRI's Red, White & Sparkling Ball - Saturday, 25 July 2009

The Red, White and Sparkling Ball is Brisbane's premiere black-tie, boutique wine event. Red, White and Sparkling Ball, 2009, blended sophisticated style with a variety of sleek and refreshing wines suited to all palates, plates and purses.

The 2009 Ball, attended by Barossa Wine Makers and around 250 local and interstate guests, raised over $55,000 for medical research.


2009 Outstanding Alumni Awards Breakfast Ceremony - Wednesday, 22 July 2009


QUT alumni were invited to attend this year’s Outstanding Alumni Awards - recognising the contribution of graduates of QUT and its predecessor institutions.  

The purpose of the Outstanding Alumni Awards is to recognise Australian and overseas graduates of QUT and its predecessor institutions for exceptional professional, academic or research achievement and contribution to the community at the local, state, national or international levels.

Congratulations to Mario Pennisi - CEO, QCTN for winning the Faculty of Science and Technology 2009 Outstanding Alumni Award.


HREC Training - Monday, 2 March 2009

On Monday 2 to Wednesday 4 March, QCTN held the Inaugural Intensive Human Research Ethics Course: Practical Application of the National Statement for Reviewing Clinical Trials at the Watermark Hotel, Gold Coast.

The agenda was themed around the 2007 National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (The Statement), which sets out our national standards for the ethical design, review and conduct of human research. Each participant received a comprehensive training manual and was guided by a nationally established training faculty who included:

  • Dr Gary Allen - Griffith University
  • Ms Lexie Brans - National Health & Medical Research Council
  • Prof. Donald Chalmers - Dean of Law School, University of Tasmania
  • Ms Helene Johanson - PhD Student
  • Dr Nikolajs Zeps - Department of Radiation Oncology, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and St John of God Pathology
  • Ms Ainsley Marlew - General Manager, Infonetica Research Solutions Australia
  • Ms Clare Endicott - Deputy President of the Guardianship & Administration Tribunal
  • Ms Melissa Hagan - HREC Manager QCTN

The Course was targeted at HREC Members, Administrators and anyone with a keen interest in ethical decision making in clinical trials.  Overall, the three day course was highly successful with all participants taking away a wealth of knowledge and a clearer understanding of how The Statement should be used for ethical review of trials.

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QCTN Annual General Meeting - Friday, 7 November 2008

On behalf of the Management Committee and Members, QCTN is grateful to the Springfield Land Corporation for agreeing to host our AGM (held recently at the Brookwater Golf Club), and we would also like to thank The Hon. Santo Santoro of Sanrich (QCTN Member) for helping us to make this possible.


Office Melbourne Cup Luncheon - Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Luncheon in the QCTN Office Boardroom for the 2008 Melbourne Cup.


Queensland Life Sciences Globally Engaging Event - Friday, 24 October 2008

The Inaugural Queensland Life Sciences Globally Engaging Event was held on Friday 24 October 2008 at Brisbane's GoMA (Gallery of Modern Art). The evening was attended by approximately 200 guests. Click here for more information and photos.


Investment Forum - Friday, 24 October 2008



Official Reception - Thursday, 23 October 2008


The Official Reception by the Queensland Government to welcome the North American Biotechnology Advisory Council Members and other international visitors was recently held at Parliament House on Thursday 23 October 2008. Click here to view more photos.


WiT Awards Gala Dinner - Saturday, 27 September 2008


We are pleased to announce that two of our members - Professor Maree Smith and Dr Judy Hallidy, have been awarded prizes at the recent Women in Technology (WIT) Awards 2008. Dr Jane Fitzpatrick of Cleveland Biosensors was the deserving winner of the QCTN | Biotech Rising Star Award.
Dr Judy Halliday – winner of the Queensland Government | Executive Award  

The WiT Technology Executive Award has been developed in conjunction with the WiT Board Readiness Program to provide an opportunity for women within both the ICT and Biotechnology sectors with the opportunity to gain qualifications that will assist them in establishing executive or board careers. Judy was awarded with $1,000 Cash prize, a WiT 12 month membership, and participation in the WiT Board Readiness Program. Congratulations Judy!

Professor Maree Smith – winner of the WiT | Biotech Outstanding Achievement Award

This award is intended to celebrate and recognise outstanding contribution to the biotech industry. Maree was awarded with a $1,000 Cash prize, a WiT 3 year membership, a perpetual trophy, personalised gift and has gained the title of WiT Biotech Ambassador. Congratulations Maree!

Jane Fitzpatrick – winner of the QCTN | Biotech Rising Star Award

This award is intended to celebrate, recognise and reward a candidate regarded as having the potential to make significant contributions to the future of the biotechnology industry or research sector – Queensland’s Rising Star. Jane was awarded a travel package to BioJapan with QCTN including airfares, 4 nights accommodation,  meals, attendance at seminars, meetings and hospitality events as well as a WiT 12 month Membership. Congratulations Jane!

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Australian Biotechnology Executives Investment Summit - Wednesday, 10 September 2008

This event is designed for the sole purpose of bringing international and local investors together with CEOs, company directors and other senior biotechnology executives. It is a valuable opportunity to directly engage with potential investors and company CEO’s.

This year, an impressive speaker line-up of investors was sourced and the speakers included:

  • Dr Benjamin Chen Principal, Burrill and Co 
  • Allan May Director, Life Science Angels
  • Joel Besse Director, Orion Healthcare IP 
  • Dr Fintan Walton CEO, Pharmaventures
  • Christopher Ball Director, Imprimatur Capital 
  • David Batista MD HBC Capital
  • Maria Zervas Viriathus 
  • Rob Ayling MD Finistere Partners LLC
  • Robert Beckman The Channel Group 
  • Howard Moore BioPacific Ventures

To view more photos from the event, please click here.


New Zealand and Queensland Biotech Alliance (NZAQ) Meeting - Wednesday, 10 September 2008

To view more pictures from the NZAQ meeting at the Australian Biotechnology Executives Investment Summit click here.


QCTN's Brain Break Morning Tea - Wednesday, 20 August 2008

QCTN celebrated National Science Week by holding a 'BrainBreak' Morning Tea for the office. It was a fun morning with plenty of food, networking and even a quiz with a prize! Click here to view more photos.


Queensland Leaders Event - Sunday, 17 August 2008


Former Queensland Treasurer The Hon. Keith De Lacy and Current Federal Treasurer The Hon. Wayne Swann presented at the recent Queensland Leaders Event


Career TranZition Luncheon Series - Session 2 - Wednesday, 23 July 2008

After a successful luncheon in May 2008, WiT were pleased to provide another opportunity for attendees to join them to hear from two outstanding professional women in biotech who have led very different career paths. The luncheon gave attendees the opportunity to hear about the career pinnacles of these two women, one in commerce/business and one in academia. This occasion provided an interesting and unique opportunity to explore the divergent forks in their respective roads and relate that to ones own circumstances.

Speakers: Professor Lynne Daniels, QUT (Dietetics), and Topaz Conway, Deputy Director - Development, MMRI

Lynne and Topaz briefly discussed the motivations, challenges and goals that led them along their career trajectories. The forum then allowed for open audience participation.
The presentations were moderated by the dynamic and entertaining Mario Pennisi, CEO QCTN.

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Visit by the President of USC - Tuesday, 15 July 2008

The President of The University of Southern Carolina (USC), Dr Andrew Sorensen recently made a visit to Brisbane and addressed attendees of an event at the Queensland Government.

In May 2002, Andrew A. Sorensen was named the 27th president of the University of South Carolina (USC) after serving as president of the University of Alabama, provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Florida, executive director of the AIDS Institute at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, and dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He has also served as a visiting faculty member at the Harvard University School of Medicine and the University of Cambridge School of Medicine.

Author or editor of eight books and more than 100 articles, Dr. Sorensen is a professor of medicine in USC's School of Medicine.

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Queensland & British Columbia sign economic research agreement - Friday, 13 June 2008

British Columbia and Queensland will work together to build relations on climate change action plans, education, biotechnology, and other key sectors, and strengthen connections in the Asia-Pacific. An agreement to explore joint opportunities was signed by John van Dongen, B.C. Minister of State for Intergovernmental Relations and Queensland’s Trade Commissioner, the Honourable Peter Beattie. Click here to read more.


Bon Voyage Katie! - Friday, 30 May 2008


On Friday 30 May 2008, QCTN held farewell drinks for Katie Neeson - the 'Japanese Cadet/Project Support Officer' before she left for her placement in Tokyo. Katie will be based in the Tokyo Offices of Trade Queensland for a five month period which will culminate with a strong Queensland presence at BIO Japan.

Part of her role will be not only to bridge the gap between the Queensland and Japanese life sciences industry, but also to raise the profile of the Queensland biotechnology industry in general.


Boardroom Lunch - Tuesday, 27 May 2008

On Tuesday 27 May 2008, Springfield Land Corporation Chairman – Maha Sinnathamby, invited guests to a Boardroom Lunch at the Brookwater Golf Club. Maha wanted to take the opportunity to share his vision of Greater Springfield as a potential Biotechnology hub. Mario Pennisi - CEO QCTN attended the event along with several members.


PA Foundation Prostate Cancer Awareness Luncheon - Friday, 23 May 2008

The Hon. Wayne Swan MP - Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Australia

On Friday 23 May 2008, the PA Foundation held a Prostate Cancer Awareness Luncheon at the Tattersall's Club in Brisbane.

Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer in men with approximately 14,000 new cases per year in Australia. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in men taking nearly 3,000 lives a year in Australia. This amounts to a risk of 1 in 9 men being diagnosed before age 75 and 1 in 5 men affected before the age of 85.

The Hon. Wayne Swann addressed the delegates during the luncheon. As a prostate cancer survivor, he is a vocal and tireless advocate for the early detection of the disease.

Professor Colleen Nelson - Professor and Chair Prostate Cancer Research, Institute of Health & Biomedical Innovation, QUT - addressed the attendees as the key-note speaker for the luncheon. Prof. Nelson is eager to see further engagement of clinical trials in prostate cancer at the PA Hospital to help attract the best developing treatments for prostate cancer into Queensland.


Career TranZition Luncheon Series - Session I - Thursday, 22 May 2008


Attendees of the recent TranZition Luncheon Series heard from two outstanding professional women in biotech who have led very different career paths - one in commerce/business and one in academia. The occasion provided an interesting and unique opportunity to explore the forks in their respective roads and allowed attendees to relate that to their own circumstances. Mario Pennisi - QCTN CEO was the moderator. To view more photos of the event, click here.


Trade Queensland event to introduce the new Trade Commissioner - Monday, 12 May 2008


The Hon. John Mickel MP - Minister for Transport, Trade, Employment and Industrial Relations introducing the new Trade Commissioner for The Americas (Los Angeles) The Hon. Peter Beattie and a recent Trade Queensland Event.


PEC Meeting - Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Graham Macdonald hosting a PEC meeting in the QCTN Boardroom.


Pharmaceutical Luncheon - Friday, 11 April 2008

On Friday 11 April, in conjunction with PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Queensland Government, QCTN sponsored a luncheon at The Tattersall's Club. The guest speak was Dr. Steve Arlington - Partner and World Authority with PricewaterhouseCoopers (pictured above).

The luncheon provided a unique opportunity to meet with an expert in the pharmaceutical industry who, amongst his many achievements, recently wrote and released the report Pharma 2020: The Vision. Which path will you take?

Invaluable industry insights as well as trends and issues affecting the industry were presented. Dr. Arlington also spoke about the major changes anticipated for the pharmaceutical industry over the coming decade as well as the indicators organisations should look for that could influence their ability to compete on both a national and international level.


The first SOS (Staff on Site) deployment - Monday, 3 March 2008

On Monday 3 March, the first SOS (Staff on Site) deployment was placed at ACRO Caboolture.  Michael Gabriel was welcomed to the service by Aletha Ward (SOS Deployment Co-odinator).  Michael has a background in Biology and Chemistry and is currently furthering his tertiary studies in Law and Commerce at The University of Queensland - St Lucia.  Michael has been deployed as a Data and Information Officer and will be focusing on database entry and administrative tasks at the Caboolture site. 

If you would like any further information on the SOS (Staff on Site) service please refer to our website or phone Aletha on (07) 3331 3999.


AusBiotech Business Development - Monday, 11 February 2008


QCTN members Brett Whitecross (BPA) and Ian Steinhardt (Q-Gen) on a site-visit of Thebarton during the recent AusBiotech Business Development Conference in Adelaide.


Visit from the Australian Ambassador from Spain - Tuesday, 18 December 2007

As part of his midterm visit from Spain, the Australian Ambassador Noel Campbell, is meeting with Mario Pennisi and discussing QCTN's plans for introducing members to the vast opportunities offered by Europe in general, and Spain in particular.


QCTN's Annual 'Dressing of the Tree' - Monday, 10 December 2007

On Monday 10 December, the QCTN office came together over a morning tea for the annual 'Dressing of the Tree' and welcomed in the festive season. To view other photos, click here!


Inaugural Annual Industry Reception for the Therapeutic Medicines and Devices sector - Thursday, 22 November 2007


To highlight the complementary medicines, medical devices and pharmaceuticals industries in Queensland, and in recognition of the priority status of the sector, the Department of Tourism, Regional Development and Industry held the Inaugural Annual Industry Reception for the Therapeutic Medicines and Devices sector. The guest speaker was Dr Larry Kelly - Director, TGA laboratories. Dr Kelly spoke about the 'Current Issues for the Regulation of Therapeutic Goods in Australia'.

Overall, the reception was well received and attended. Click here to view more photos of the night.


Presentation to the Queensland Government Trade Commissioners - Monday, 29 October 2007

On Monday 29 October, Mario Pennisi gave a presentation to the Queensland Government Trade Commissioners and spoke about QCTN, it's role and on the life sciences industry in each respective region. The presentation was handed out to each attendee and was well received.


BioCareers Night - Wednesday, 10 October 2007


Mario Pennisi and Clare Schodel (both QCTN) attended the AusBiotech Student Association BioCareers night along with approximately 350 students and sponsors. The night featured a presentation by the Former Australian of the Year - Professor Ian Frazer. Several QCTN Members were also present as exhibitors and sponsors - including Griffith University, IMB com, Mater Research Institute, Perkins Resources, TetraQ, Q-Gen and Q-Pharm. 

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Visiting the Wesley Research Institute - Tuesday, 9 October 2007

Left: Samantha Butler, Elizabeth Shannon (both Department of Tourism, Regional Development & Industry) pictured with Vince McFarlane (General Manager - WRI). 
Right: Elizabeth and Samantha with Wendy-Jane Murray (Tissue Bank Manager - WRI).

On Tuesday 9 October, the Queensland Government Department of Tourism, Regional Development and Industry visited Wesley Research Institute's Clinical Trial Centre (above left) and Tissue Bank (above right).


WIT Awards Gala Dinner - Saturday, 15 September 2007

On Saturday 15 September 2007, Otto Damsma attended the WIT Awards Gala Dinner at aChifley at Lennons. QCTN was the proud sponsor of the Biotech Rising Star Award. Through sponsorship of the Award, QCTN encourages the advancement of women in the biotechnology and technological industries.

The finalists were Dr Paige Maguire, Dr Willa Huston and Dr Amanda Mabbett - all of whom were worthy candidates. Otto presented the award on behalf of QCTN to this year's winner - Dr Paige Maguire.


PAH Week - Getting Started Workshop - Thursday, 23 August 2007

The QCTN sponsored workshop - Getting Started - at PAH Week was held on Thursday 23 August 2007. The speakers pictured above with Mario Pennisi (front left) and John Meyer (back left) were Gwynneth Petrie (front right), Ann Higgins (front centre), Dean Thorvaldsen (back right) and Jane Easson (back centre).


Clinical Research Excellence / CRX07 - Friday, 17 August 2007


This conference was a very important step in building on the strengths already present in clinical research in Australia.

National and international speakers came together to:
  • Meet world leaders in clinical research and learn from their success and experience;
  • Put clinical research and careers in clinical research under the spotlight and attract people from diverse backgrounds to a career in clinical research;
  • Provide a forum for Centres for Clinical Research Excellence (CCREs) from around Australia to share their experience and knowledge with others, as each has developed a unique approach to research attaining outstanding clinical research success;
  • Bring together clinical researchers who aspire to forming a CCRE with researchers who have successfully established a CCRE so that they can learn from first hand experience;
  • Raise the bar for the quality and competitiveness of Australian clinical research; and
  • Facilitate science-industry partnerships to assist CCRE formation, sustainability and collaborative partnerships.

Not only were QCTN a sponsor and exhibitor at CRX07, we are very excited to be the host of CRX08.

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Preclinical Drug Development Seminar - Friday, 10 August 2007


Even a brisk winter's morning didn't deter over 60 delegates from across Australia attending the Preclinical Drug Development Seminar, sponsored by TetraQ, QPharm and QCTN.

QCTN CEO, Mario Pennisi said 'QCTN is proud to support this event because people have travelled so far, which clearly demonstrates how important and needed this type of activity is in the industry'.


AOQ Members & Tech Division Launch Meeting - Thursday, 2 August 2007


Mario Pennisi from QCTN is pictured here on the right with Mario Pennisi - AOQ, following a meeting to discuss the opportunities for the two organisations to work together, below.



Members Networking Night - Thursday, 19 July 2007

The second Members Networking Night was held on Thursday 19 July 2007 at the Jaz Restaurant and Bar. The night was enjoyed by all who attended. Mario Pennisi opened the night with a short presentation that updated all members on the  highlights from January to July 2007 and what we have to look forward to in the near future.

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ISCT Sydney - Sunday, 24 June 2007


The 13th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Cellular Therapy took place June 24-27, 2007 in Sydney, Australia at the Sydney Convention Centre in Darling Harbour. QCTN was joined by Member Entities ERA, Q-Gen and CNS (booth above) and Mario Pennisi is also pictured with Dr Takahashi – winner of the booth prize.

With its IBC and soon to be established HREC, working in conjunction with a number of its members, QCTN is well placed to assist sponsors by facilitating early clinical investigations or cell therapy products.


DIA 2007 - Sunday, 17 June 2007

The 43rd Annual DIA was held in Atlanta from Sunday 17 to Thursday 21 June 2007. With more than 1,000 speakers from the FDA, EMEA and other regulatory agencies, together with 27 content-area tracks, and nearly 400 sessions, the presentations were geared to attendees of all experience and functional levels. The DIA Annual Meeting offered valuable professional cross-functional learning, continuing education credits and networking experiences. Mario Pennisi (QCTN) was photographed above with attending members Professor Tony Webber (President QCTN & Executive Director CNS), Aletha Ward and Judy Dodd both from Sunnybank Research Centre.

The presence at this year’s event marked the 10th year that QCTN CEO and President have now been exhibiting at DIA.

Sunnybank Research Centre General Manager - Aletha Ward said "the industry knowledge gained from attending the DIA coupled with the extensive networking opportunities resulted in trial opportunities within one week of returning from the conference. We will definitely be attending the conference annually, as this has been the most successful business development tool we have utilised”.

QCTN CEO Mario Pennisi commented that ‘When I first came to DIA all those years ago, we were the only Australian presence and were a bit of a novelty. When visitors came to the booth, it was evident Australia was only known as a great holiday destination. These days they see Australia, and QCTN, as an integral and strategic provider of global drug development’.
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Industry Symposium - Saturday, 16 June 2007

Mario Pennisi, QCTN’s CEO, pictured here with Queensland Government Commisioner Tak Adachi (QCTIO) and Professor Okuda at a recent symposium in Tokyo. Mr Pennisi and Commissioner Adachi presented to a large audience of industry and academic delegates about the strong Queensland market and performance, and the benefits of working with QCTN’s members as part of a global development strategy.


The Queensland - New Zealand Biotech Roundtable - Wednesday, 13 June 2007


On Wednesday 13 June 2007, delegates from New Zealand arrived to meet a cross section of leading biotech professionals operating in Queensland. Biotech is one of the Queensland Government's priority sectors, and a key outcome from the roundtable was to identify possible parnerships between Queensland and New Zealand with a view to further business collaboration and engagement with third markets. The theme of the roundtable table was "Converting the New Zealand & Queensland biotech relationship from paper to reality". 

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2007 Gangwon Bio International Symposium and Asia Business Partnering - Tuesday, 29 May 2007


As it is for Queensland and Australia, biotechnology is currently one of the highest strategic priorities in Korea because it plays a vital role in improving the quality of human life by resolving challenging problems such as health, food and environmental issues.

The Asian bioscience industry faces an exciting future. The technology offers not only new bioindustrial opportunities, but also limitless competition. To succeed in the international competition against advanced countries and multinational corporations, it is very important to create mutual cooperation among adjacent regions and clusters.

It was QCTN's honour and privelege to represent it's members and the Queensland Government at such an important meeting and we look forward to continuing the dialogue that commenced at this event.

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Official Launch of the 2007 edition of Innovation Australia - Tuesday, 22 May 2007

On Tuesday 22 May 2007, QCTN was invited to attend the launch of the 2007 edition of the Innovation Australia magazine along with 100 other delegates. As QCTN is a major sponsor, both Vince McFarlane – Treasurer of QCTN and QCTN CEO Mario Pennisi attended the launch which was held at Parliament House, Canberra. The guest speaker at the event was The Honourable Ian MacFarlane – Minister for Industry, Tourism & Resources, pictured with Vince (on the left) and Mario (on the right).
During the evening Minister Ian MacFarlane indicated that he is keen to visit QCTN to see how the organisation was helping Australian service providers achieve and deliver on Australia’s reputation as being regarded as the number one location for doing clinical trials.


QCTN Breakfast - WIT | Biotech - Tuesday, 22 May 2007


On Tuesday 22 May 2007, QCTN sponsored a breakfast which showcased the growth, regulatory issues and opportunities in clinical trials in Queensland. The breakfast also depicted the importance of highlighting clinical trials careers in Queensland and the difficulties involved when recruiting. Guest speakers included Suzanne Elliot (QPharm), Cindy Hall (PA Hospital) and Dianne Jackson-Matthews (ERA Consulting) with approximately 70 guests attending.
The three speakers provided interesting personal insights into their careers and the clinical trials industry and it was remarkable to hear how much they have each achieved to date.
It was indicated by Diane Jackson-Matthews that ERA decided to open the Australian office in Queensland because ‘this is where the growth is’.


The Fraunhofer Institute and QIMR sign a MOU at BIO 2007 - Wednesday, 9 May 2007

 Queensland Institute of Medical Research and The Fraunhofer Institute from Germany sign a Memorandum Of Understanding  Representatives of the Queensland Institute for Medical Research and The Fraunhofer Institute in the QCTN booth
The 2007 BIO International Convention, held last week in Boston, drew a record 22,366 attendees, a nearly 15% increase from the previous year, with representatives from 48 states and 64 countries. The convention made national and international news with policy announcements, innovative exhibitors and keynotes from industry leaders and advocates.  QCTN and 9 member organisations were well represented, and with about 5000 visitors to the booth, were kept busy. The highly visible pavilion was a hub for many of the Australians at BIO, and the meeting room located within the QCTN pavilion was well utilised, playing host to many key meetings.

QCTN CEO Mario Pennisi said “I’m very pleased to find that many of the BIO delegates see clinical trials in Australia, and QCTN as one in the same. Our efforts to have international stakeholders recognise Australia as a destination for undertaking clinical research are now starting to pay real dividends, and were very honoured to host the signing of an MOU between the Fraunhofer Institute and member organisation QIMR’.

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Excellence in Biotechnology and Investment 2007 - Tuesday, 20 March 2007


QCTN attended the two-day conference in Sydney, March 19-20, 2007. Many executives, investors and analysts visited the QCTN booth and learned about the services provided by QCTN Members.


Official Opening of Queensland Clinical Trials Network Inc. - Wednesday, 29 November 2006

On 29 November 2006, the Hon. John Mickel unveiled a plaque to celebrate the official opening of office facilities of the Queensland Clinical Trials Network Inc. in Brisbane.


QCTN exhibited at the AusBiotech2006 conference in Sydney. - Friday, 24 November 2006


As illustrated in the above pictures, the Hon Steve Maharey, The New Zealand Minister of Research, Science & Technology visited the joint QCTN and Queensland Government stand at the recent Ausbiotech Conference. The minister was eager to understand the role that QCTN played in attracting clinical trials to Australia and New Zealand, and was keen to further enhance that activity.

QCTN Chairman Prof Tony Webber and QCTN CEO Mario Pennisi at Ausbiotech discussed QCTN’s role in attracting additional clinical trials activity to the Australian and New Zealand markets, with the Chief Editor of BioSpectrum Asia Edition, Narayanan Suresh.


Australasian Regional Forum of BARQA established - Friday, 24 November 2006

During the clinical research conference, Louise Handy, Board Member of BARQA and keynote speaker, announced the establishment of the Australasian Regional Forum of BARQA. Andrew King has been appointed as the inaugural Chairman of the Forum. For more information on the Regional Forum, please contact Andrew.

It was with great pride that Andrew King accepted from BARQA Board Member,
Louise Handy the certificate officially advising that the Australasian Regional Forum
of BARQA was formally established.


2006 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) - Thursday, 2 November 2006

QCTN’s Mario Pennisi with Dr Neil Lewis, the happy winner of the business card draw at the recent AAPS meeting in San Antonio.

Dr Lewis was one of the several thousand delegates to call by the booth at this year’s meeting. "The increasing awareness of Australia as a destination for clinical trials is now quite evident" said Mr Pennisi, and he added that "pleasingly a number of the visitors to the booth indicated that they were aware of the EIU Report which placed Australia first, as a destination for undertaking clinical trials".


Australasian Clinical Research - Collaborating to Do It Right" - Wednesday, 25 October 2006

On 23rd, 24th and 25th October 2006 QCTN’s first annual clinical research conference was held . The organising committee had put together a conference program that proved to be interesting, informative and allowed to get a better understanding of modern aspects of clinical research, data management, pharmacogenomics and drug development. This inaugural conference was a conjoint conference with the Australian Health & Research Data Managers Association (AHRDMA, and was attended by more than 200 delegates.

Dr Jon Carrano GM and Regional Director for Phase Forward, Grahame Andrews project manager for Swift Call, Paul Newman Senior recruitment consultant for Pharmaceutical professionals and Andrew taylor Site Head, Clinical Management Group Pharma Development Operations for Roche, with Mario Pennisi, discussing QCTN’s role in the Australian Clinical Trials environment.


ClubBio 2006: "Breaking the Barriers" - Friday, 22 September 2006

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Chairman Mark Woolley

Janelle Katsamas

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Katrina Campion

Gabrielle McKee

Numerous Club-bio delegates were on hand to hear, chairman Mark Wooley, speakers, Janelle Katsamas (Peplin), Katrina Campion (GSK) and Gabrielle McKee (CNS) present during the QCTN sponsored session on Clinical Trials.


2006 Annual Scientific Meeting of the RAGCP, Brisbane - Saturday, 5 August 2006

RACGP 2006 Conference Committee Chairman, Dr Peter McKain thanked QCTN CEO Mario Pennisi for supporting the College’s 2006 ASM. 

Pennisi said "Attending the conference is a key part of getting the message across to Australian general practitioners that being involved in clinical trials is an important aspect of medical practice, and an integral part of satisfying those increasingly well informed patients who are looking for the leading edge treatments"

RACGP 2006 Conference Committee Chairman, Dr Peter McKain
thanking QCTN CEO Mario Pennisi for supporting the College’s 2006 ASM


DIA Annual Meeting, Philadelphia - Thursday, 22 June 2006

One of the biggest annual events is the American meeting of the Drug Information Association (DIA). The 2006 DIA Annual Meeting was held in Philadelphia, June 18 -22. This neutral forum for industry, academia and regulatory officials draws delegates from around the world. The meeting attracts about 10,000 delegates who are involved in the process of drug development and ‘life-cycle’ management of pharmaceuticals. 

QCTN CEO Mario Pennisi said: "We had a constant flow of visitors to the booth, and the level of recall of QCTN was excellent. Even more rewarding was the significant recognition and experiences of many of the visitors, of Australia as a reliable destination for quality clinical trials services".

Russell Neal, operations manager of QCTN member company, Clinical Network Services, attending to ’QCTN booth duties’ at the recent DIA meeting in Philadelphia.


Clinical Trials Day Activity - Friday, 5 May 2006

Mario Pennisi, CEO of QCTN, and John Strano, Deputy Director-General of the Department of State Development, Trade and Innovation, and Otto Damsma, QCTN Mario Pennisi, CEO of QCTN, and John Strano, Deputy Director-General of the Department of State Development Trade and Innovation, and representatives of the Wesley Research Institute

Although happening a couple of weeks before International Clinical Trials Day, the first event to promote clinical trials activities to the people of Queensland was held Friday night on May 5th in Brisbane as part of the event “Brisbane on the World Stage”.

Brisbane’s Lord Mayor Campbell Newman and Mr John Strano, Executive Director Manufacturing Industries & Investment of the Department of State Development, Trade and Innovation, were among the 300 visitors to the event. QCTN represented a number of the leading service providers of the Queensland industry including BioPharmaceuticals Australia (BPA), Clinical Network Services Pty Ltd (CNS), Q-Pharm Pty Ltd, TetraQ and Wesley Research Institute (WRI).

Together with representatives from Panbio, WRI and IMBCom, QCTN personnel Mario Pennisi and Otto Damsma were on hand to explain the range of activities being undertaken in Queensland.

Brisbane on the World Stage was an initiative of the Brisbane City Council. Mario Pennisi pointed out that QCTN could trace its origins to another initiative by Brisbane City Council which was the Clinical Trials Cluster.


QCTN Leadership meet with delegation of top U.S. State Biotechnology Leaders - Wednesday, 12 April 2006

President James Greenwood of BIO 2006 Meeting with Mario Pennisi, CEO QCTN Inc. and Terry Hurst, General Manager Q-Pharm Representatives from Queensland, Australia, at BIO Meeting 2006
President James Greenwood of BIO 2006 Meeting with Mario Pennisi, CEO QCTN Inc. and Terry Hurst, General Manager Q-Pharm Representatives from Queensland, Australia, at BIO

The International BIO Meeting was held in Chicago from April 9-12,2006. BIO is the world’s premier biotechnology industry conference.

Coinciding with the BIO meeting, Queensland Clinical Trials Network (QCTN)leaders, Professor Tony Webber, President of QCTN; and Mario Pennisi,Chief Executive Officer of QCTN; hosted a luncheon meeting with the six of the top U.S. state biotechnology industry organization leaders together with the CEO of Ausbiotech, Dr Anna Lavelle. The meeting, which occurred just prior to the opening of the annual Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) International Convention, was an opportunity for Webber and Pennisi to introduce Queensland’s emerging biotechnology presence and to exchange ideas on major issues confronting all biotech industry leaders. The event was designed to establish personal relationships with key state decision makers who have entrée to hundreds of biotech companies in key biotechnology regions across the United States and to confirm Australia’s ability and interest to work with US firms.

“This meeting brought together state biotech leaders from six of the largest and most influential regions in the U.S. to exchange ideas, to get to know each other and to discuss the merits of Australia as a destination of choice for hosting clinical trials,” said Professor Tony Webber. “The information we gathered and the positive feedback we received demonstrates the success of this meeting and will pave the way for a number of key opportunities,” he added.

With nearly 20,000 attendees convening at the BIO exhibition in Chicago, the QCTN meeting with state association leaders is a major plus in distinguishing Queensland and Australia from dozens of countries looking to attract U.S. interest in hosting clinical trials, manufacturing and other biotechnology business opportunities.

Mr. Pennisi commented: “At the end of the day, business is done person to person – not organization to organization. This was a great opportunity to get to know some very key people who can introduce QCTN to a number of biotechnology companies that we might otherwise not be able to reach. Following the lunch we were able to schedule meetings with many of our new friends and important dialogues were held. The benefit of this meeting has already been seen as we have secured a visit to Brisbane later this year by a delegation of biotech leaders from California.”


NZ BIO 2006 - Tuesday, 28 February 2006

Picture in booth of Ian Edwards Ausbiotech, Anna Lavelle CEO Ausbiotech, Jim Mclean Chairman NZBio, Elizabeth Shannon, Office of Biotechnology, Queensland Government Picture of Mario Pennisi, CEO of QCTN and Anna Lavelle, CEO of Ausbiotech
Ian Edwards, Ausbiotech, Anna Lavelle, CEO Ausbiotech Jim McClean, Chairman NZBio, Elizabeth Shannon, Office of Biotechnology, Queensland Government Anna Lavelle, CEO of Ausbiotech with Mario Pennisi, QCTN

NZBio was held in Auckland on 27-28 February with a theme ‘Biotech without Borders’.

With some 450 delegates and dozens of exhibitors, NZBio organizers were right in claiming the event was an overwhelming success. The strong Queensland presence in support of the hopes and aspirations of our New Zealand counterparts was noted by all in attendance including Education Minister Hon Steve Maharey.

QCTN CEO Mario Pennisi said ‘ the calibre of leads and the attention our booth attracted confirmed to us that there is an exciting and vibrant biotech sector in New Zealand and we are well placed to assist them in a number of areas - particularly in doing early phase clinical trials work’

He also commented that ‘many of the people we spoke to see the US as the market in which they ultimately desire to succeed, and they are also aware that by leveraging off the established Australian infrastructure they are able to do more of their development in a familiar, secure and cost effective environment in order to improve their positions’ ‘QCTN is well placed to help them succeed’ he went on to say.


AusBiotech Perth - Friday, 21 October 2005

Mario Pennisi and Rita Borzelleca give a visitor a tour of the booth!


International Clinical Trials Day - Friday, 20 May 2005

The inaugural international clinical trials day was held on May 20, 2005. James Lind commenced observing the effects of different treatments on the medical condition known as scurvy on this day way back in 1747. He noticed that the condition of sufferers to whom he gave citrus fruit improved within weeks, whilst those not consuming these fruits remained ill. His observations are recognised as representing the first recorded clinical trial, thus making May 20 a highly significant day in the history of medical research.

Events are held throughout the world on this date in order to recognise the importance of clinical trials, the ultimate aim of which is to improve the standard of medical care for all peoples throughout the globe.

The QCTN promotes this day to raise awareness of the importance of continuing to improve medical care for all Queenslanders, as well as those in other parts of the world who will benefit from the clinical research that Queenslanders are involved in.  Australia’s position on the globe, means that Queensland’s involvement in International Clinical Trials day is the first event being celebrated this year, and will be followed by activities later that day in Europe and North America.


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