Queensland boasts a critical mass of research centres involved in biotechnology and related sectors. They span the health and medical, agricultural, environmental and industrial sectors.
Biotechnology research in Queensland encompasses new industrial processes, new or improved crops or foods, and the development of antibiotics, vaccines, genomics and advanced imaging.
Key infrastructure and support
Queensland has nine universities including three of Australia’s largest. Most Queensland universities have biotechnology research programs with dedicated world-class research institutes and centres. Details of these universities and the 200 plus research centres in Queensland are available by searching the Queensland science capability directory.
Biotechnology is part of the much broader life sciences sector. The state’s industry-led organisation, Life Sciences Queensland, also represents the interests of many of the Queensland biotechnology research organisations.
Investment and collaboration opportunities
Discover more about Queensland's strengths and investment opportunities in biotechnology in the Queensland life sciences brochure .
Find out why top researchers and industry leaders are saying Queensland is one of the best places in the world for life science research.
Queensland has a globally competitive life sciences industry with a proven track record of success.
The Queensland Government has invested heavily in state-of-the-art research facilities which provide excellent base for scientists to work collaboratively.
Queensland biodiversity also presents significant opportunities for life sciences.
The researchers have achieved health breakthroughs such as Gardasil and Nanopatch that are world class.
Collaborating with researchers and investors, the Queensland life sciences industry will open up new opportunities.
Our investors and collaborators find it’s easy to do business here.
Professor Ian Frazer AC
The University of Queensland
Translational Research Ambassador
Chair of TRI Foundation Board
Co-inventor of Gardasil
Queensland has invested in over 20 years of providing the infrastructure that will enable businesses working in the life sciences to succeed.
It’s also invested heavily in education to ensure we’ve got the talent here to help businesses succeed.
Overall Queensland is just a great place to do biomedical research.
Chief Executive Officer
Life Sciences Queensland
Because we are a western economy in a tropical world Queensland has the opportunity to lead in tropical health and infectious diseases.
And of course our proximity to Asia gives us a unique position.
The Novartis deal which was announced around the pain research that was done by Professor Maree Smith has resulted in the largest exit of an Australian biotech to date.
And we know that we have more of those types of opportunities in the pipeline.
Dr Kym Baker
General Manager, Patheon Biologics
Patheon offer a one of a kind offering in Australia which is contract manufacturing of biotherapeutics which are destined for use in Australian and across the world.
Our customers love the clinical trial schemes that offers them that competitive advantage to get into the clinic faster.
Director Business and Project Management
We’ve been able to very successfully attract a lot of international business, in fact 90% of our customers come from overseas to work here in Queensland.
They see a high amount of value in the collaborations we have between the clinical trials sites, between the research organisations the universities as well as the government.
The incentives they can benefit from, the R&D tax incentives as well as the clinical trial access schemes that allows them to fast track into Phase 1 clinical trials faster than anywhere else in the world.
Professor Yaping Zhang
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Queensland has many excellent research institutions and incredible scientists and the Queensland Government encourages innovations and that is important for our collaboration.
Distinguished Professor James Dale AO, FTSE
Queensland University of Technology
We’ve got a very, very good regulatory environment for doing this sort of work and we can go all the way through to field trial.
We’ve got a very strong intellectual property environment as well.
So we’re starting to get a reputation for excellence in life sciences particularly in tropical crops.
Professor Yaping Zhang
Queensland is very nice to live, and a wonderful environment and a pleasant climate.
Professor James Dale AO
We’ve been the envy of most other states in Australia when we talk about the support we get in Queensland from particularly from the Queensland Government.
And of course that’s been translated into real outcomes which I think we’re seeing now tremendous outcome from that investment into life sciences in Queensland.
David Hoey, CEO Vaxxas
Queensland is a wonderful place to do business. It’s very straight forward. The technology that we’re working on here has the opportunity to fundamentally change the way that vaccination takes place around the world.
We’re working with the World Health Organisation, the Gates Foundation on programs that can fundamentally improve vaccination in the developing world.
But the best place that we’ve found to do that development is right here.
Queensland has amazing researchers, strong medical capabilities and an enviable lifestyle.
Queensland the right place for life sciences research and collaboration.
Translating research outcomes into real life solutions to many of the challenges we face today.
We encourage investors and collaborators to experience why Queensland is the right place for your next venture in life sciences.
Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology
Chinese Academy of Sciences
James Cook University
Life Sciences Queensland
QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
The University of Queensland
Tourism and Events Queensland
TRI (Translational Research Institute)
Queensland Life Sciences
For more information… www.qld.gov.au/LifeSciences
There are plenty of exciting opportunities for collaboration with or investment in Queensland's biotechnology sector.
Queensland biotechnology research centres
Queensland has more than 100 large institutes, facilities, research hospitals, precincts, to smaller laboratories and other research organisations involved in the biotechnology sector including:
- Advanced Water Management Centre (AWMC)
- Army Malaria Institute (AMI)
- Aus-China Centre for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (ACCTERM)
- Australian Infectious Diseases Research Centre (AID)
- Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN)
- Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS)
- Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine - Cairns (AITHM)
- Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine - Townsville (AITHM)
- Banyo Pilot Plant
- BioBank (BB)
- Bribie Island Research Centre (BIRC)
- Central Queensland University - Brisbane (CQUniversity )
- Central Queensland University - Bundaberg (CQUniversity )
- Central Queensland University - Cairns (CQUniversity )
- Central Queensland University - Gladstone (CQUniversity )
- Central Queensland University - Mackay (CQUniversity )
- Central Queensland University - Rockhampton (CQUniversity )
- Central Queensland University - Townsville (CQUniversity )
- Centre for Advanced Imaging (CAI)
- Centre for Animal Science (CAS)
- Centre for Biodiscovery and Molecular Development of Therapeutics (CBMDT)
- Centre for Biophotonics and Laser Science (CBLS)
- Centre for Biosecurity and Tropical Infectious Diseases (CBTID)
- Centre for Clean Environment and Energy (CCEE)
- Centre for Comprehensive Biomedical Imaging (ACRF-CCBI)
- Centre for Crop Science (QAAFI CPS)
- Centre for Genetics, Ecology and Physiology
- Centre for High Performance Polymers (CHPP)
- Centre for Horticultural Science (CHS)
- Centre for Immunotherapy and Vaccine Development (QIMR-CIVD)
- Centre for Integrated Preclinical Drug Development (CIPDD)
- Centre for Integrative Legume Research (CILR)
- Centre for Macroalgal Resources and Biotechnology (MACRO )
- Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis (CMM)
- Centre for Nutrition and Food Science (CNAFS)
- Centre for Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE)
- Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Systems (CSAS)
- Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture (CSTFA)
- Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities (CTCB)
- Clem Jones Research Centre for Regenerative Medicine (CJRCRM)
- Clinical Trials Centre (CTC)
- Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
- Community for Open Antimicrobial Drug Discovery (CO-ADD)
- Comparative Genomics Centre (CGC)
- Compounds Australia
- Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF)
- Diamantina Institute (UQDI)
- Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation (Dow Centre)
- Ecology Centre
- Ecosciences Precinct (ESP)
- Forest Industries Research Centre (FIRC-USC)
- Genomics Clinical Trials Centre (GCT)
- Genomics Research Centre (GRC)
- Griffith University - Gold Coast (GU)
- Griffith University - Nathan (GU)
- Health and Food Sciences Precinct
- Herston Imaging Research Facility (HIRF)
- Inflammation and Healing Research Cluster (INFLAME)
- Institute for Future Environments (IFE)
- Institute for Future Farming Systems - Bundaberg (IFFS)
- Institute for Future Farming Systems - Rockhampton (IFFS)
- Institute for Glycomics
- Institute for Integrated and Intelligent Systems (IIIS)
- Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB)
- Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI)
- James Cook University - Cairns (JCU)
- James Cook University - Townsville (JCU)
- Life Sciences Queensland Ltd (LSQ)
- Mackay Renewable Biocommodities Pilot Plant (MRBPP)
- Maroochy Research Facility
- Menzies Health Institute Queensland (MHIQ)
- Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence (PACE)
- Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH)
- QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
- Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI)
- Queensland Animal Science Precinct (QASP)
- Queensland Bioscience Precinct (QBP)
- Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies (QCAT)
- Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation, CQU (QCIF)
- Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation, GU (QCIF)
- Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation, JCU (QCIF)
- Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation, QUT (QCIF)
- Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation, UQ (QCIF)
- Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation, USQ (QCIF)
- Queensland Eye Institute (QEI)
- Queensland Herbarium
- Queensland University of Technology - Gardens Point (QUT)
- Queensland University of Technology - Kelvin Grove (QUT)
- Research Computing Centre (RCC)
- Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI)
- The University of Queensland - Gatton (UQ)
- The University of Queensland - Herston (UQ)
- The University of Queensland - St Lucia (UQ)
- Translational Research Institute (TRI)
- UQ School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences (SCMB)
- UniQuest Pty Limited
- University of Southern Queensland - Ipswich (USQ)
- University of Southern Queensland - Springfield (USQ)
- University of Southern Queensland - Toowoomba (USQ)
- University of the Sunshine Coast - Fraser Island (USC)
- University of the Sunshine Coast - Gympie (USC)
- University of the Sunshine Coast - Sunshine Coast (USC)
- Wesley Medical Research - Buderim Private Hospital (WMR)
- Wesley Medical Research - St Andrew's War Memorial Hospital (WMR)
- Wesley Medical Research - St Stephen's Hospital (WMR)
- Wesley Medical Research - Wesley Hospital (WMR)