More than 30 industry partners joined their SCMB staff collaborators and other UQ colleages for a School-sponsored breakfast at Hillstone, St Lucia Golf Links, 3 June, to hear about a successful UQ-industry partnership.

Participants from private enterprise, government, research centres and secondary schools were welcomed by Head of School, Prof Paul Young, who showcased SCMB's research and teaching activities and encouraged attendees to explore opportunities for collaboration.

Dr Victoria Gordon addressed the 70-strong audience about the companies she founded and is CEO of, EcoBiotics and QBiotics, and their journey from small start-ups to privately-listed companies with international operations.

Using compounds from rainforest trees and working with the lab of Assoc Prof Craig Williams in SCMB amongst others, Dr Gordon's companies have achieved success in treating advanced topical cancer tumours in companion animals and are now progressing to trials in humans.

Dr Gordon's work was recently featured in an article in The Weekend Australian Magazine: Have Victoria Gordon and Paul Reddell found a new weapon against cancer with blushwood?

The well-received breakfast event was followed by a meeting of the School's Industry Advisory Board. The Board discussed further ideas for student placements in industry, promotion of the School's scientific facilities to external users, and continuing and professional development activity. It also received a presentation by the leader of the School's Infection and Immunity research theme, Dr Kate Stacey, on the work of the members of the theme and its real-world applications.

To view more photos from the event, visit the Facebook album.

For further information about the School's industry collaborations, or to express an interest in collaboration opportuniities, please contact School Manager, Mr Mark Starkey.

Image at right:  Members of SCMB's Industry Advisory Board assemble for a meeting following the breakfast.

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