Life Sciences Futures Showcase will highlight LSQ Members

Life Sciences Queensland Limited (LSQ) will host the Life Sciences Futures Showcase on May 22nd 2015, at Brisbane Technology Park, to foster discussion around key life sciences sectors within Queensland, and provide an opportunity for its Members to inform industry stakeholders and students of how they are contributing to the State’s future.

The Showcase will cover four themes; Innovation Futures, Health Innovation, Advanced Manufacturing and Agricultural Innovation, and feature high-level industry panelists speaking on the context of each area.

LSQ CEO Mr Mario Pennisi said the event’s purpose carried on from the recent I-20 event that the industry organisation held in November 2014 – to highlight the role of life sciences innovation as a key driver of economic and social development; as well as foster business growth and collaboration and ignite interest in future life sciences careers.

“We aim to continue a dialogue around the value of the life sciences and innovation as key influences on economic development in Queensland,” Mr Pennisi said.

“LSQ has 160 Members across all areas of the life sciences contributing to Queensland’s future, and the Showcase will feature a number of them.

“With various ministers and shadow ministers expected throughout the day, including Minister for Science and Innovation the Hon. Leeanne Enoch MP, among LSQ Members participating in the Showcase will be Professor Helen Chenery, Professor Dietmar Hutmacher, Mr Trent Lund, Professor Mark Kendall, Professor Maree Smith, Derek Robinson, Alex Baker, Professor Ian Wronski, Associate Professor Neena Mitter, Dr Joanne Macdonald, Dr Aleta Knowles and Dr Dimity Dornan AO.”

“The Showcase will allow LSQ Members to tell their story and highlight the valuable work they are doing to an audience of researchers, academics, investors, commercialisation bodies, policy makers and other industry stakeholders, as well as students who may be interested in pursuing a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – or STEM – career.”

Mr Pennisi said the Showcase was open for submissions from LSQ Members to present their innovative work, and urged those who were interested to contact .

“There are very limited available spaces remaining for LSQ Members to present at the Showcase, and I urge them to get in contact with LSQ in order to secure a presentation place and highlight how their work contributes to the development of Queensland’s economic development and future sustainability and success,” he said.

The Showcase will also include a component highlighting the importance of STEM career pathways with a co-located Future Careers Exhibit, where a number of LSQ Member Tertiary Institutions will offer stimulus and advice on life sciences career options available to students.

LSQ is an industry-led organisation, working closely with its Members and government to provide leadership, promotion, support of innovation and growth opportunities for life sciences firms and organisations in Australia.

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