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Join us on this podcast series as we meet the icons of the biotechnology industry, exploring the current state of innovation in Queensland and what the future holds for our best and brightest. Hosted by Anthony Frangi, each episode will feature a new guest sharing their unique angle on the capabilities of the industry in Queensland.
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Joining us today is one of Australia’s best-known manufacturing industry expert, engineering consultant and keynote speaker, Shay Chalmers. Having gained her Bachelor of Engineering followed by a Master of Engineering Management, Shay initially worked overseas … and her global career has spanned a variety of manufacturing environments, from steel to medical devices. Today Shay owns and runs Strategic Engineering Australia. She also contributes her knowledge and expertise to six high-level industry, government and not-for-profit boards, including the prestigious World Economic Forum Expert Network. 
Joining us today is Professor Fabienne Mackay, the Director and CEO of QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Queensland.Professor Mackay studied Medicine and Biomedical Engineering before obtaining her PhD in Molecular Biology and Immunology from Louis Pasteur University in Strasbourg, France, and commencing her international research career.Among her awards is a trophy from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris for outstanding contribution in education and research as an expatriate.
Joining us today is biomedical engineer, inventor, scientist, entrepreneur and business-builder Professor Mark Kendall.Professor Kendall is the founder and CEO of WearOptimo, the company that recently announced it will soon begin manufacturing breakthrough microwearable medical technology in a 30 million dollar project backed by the Australian National University and signed off by the Queensland Government.He is also the ANU Vice-Chancellor's Entrepreneurial Professor.
Joining us today is Advance Queensland’s Deputy Director-General* for Innovation, Sarah Pearson. Across her career, Sarah has had a significant impact on innovation ecosystems in Australia and overseas. She has also led the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to: ·         build start-up ecosystems ·         empower entrepreneurs in the Indo-Pacific region ·         encourage women in STEM ·         engage globally in economic and commercial diplomacy based on innovation.  An innovation powerhouse, Sarah is an experienced board director, advisor & executive, scientist and change agent who revels in driving economic, social, environmental and diversity improvements. *Postion at time of recording.
Joining us today is distinguished molecular virologist Professor Paul Young who heads the University of Queensland’s School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, including the team working on a potential vaccine for COVID-19. Having gained his Bachelor of Science with honours at UQ and his PhD at the University of London, Professor Young has since built a career as a successful researcher, educator and administrator. He is also involved in research that concentrates on several infectious viruses including ·         the dengue virus – a serious mosquito-borne disease that is endemic in many tropical countries ·         and West Nile virus 
Join us on this podcast series as we meet the icons of the biotechnology industry, exploring the current state of innovation in Queensland and what the future holds for our best and brightest. Hosted by Anthony Frangi, each episode will feature a new guest sharing their unique angle on the capabilities of the industry in Queensland.
Joining us for episode one, after a distinguished career in the state public service is former Acting Queensland Chief Scientist, Dr Christine Williams.While in that role, Christine was accountable for the state’s science policy, providing strategic guidance across government departments, and involved in several reviews and enquiries.Christine is currently chair of Life Sciences Queensland, a peak body that brings industry stakeholders together so they can collaborate, grow and create a dynamic, internationally competitive and sustainable life sciences industry.
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