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Bio Technology : July 2009
AusBioSTUDENTS AusBiotech Student Association report (L–R) Ausbiotech CEO Dr Anna Lavelle, with ABSA NSW Chair, Leo McHugh, and NSW student, Huang Wengi, at the AusMedtech 2009 trade exhibition. ABSA NSW Once again the Department of State and Regional Development opened its doors to host the AusBiotechGSK Research to Revenue event. Last year’s winner (and current ABSA NSW chairman) Leo McHugh spoke about his research along side Dr Franziska Loehrer from GSK and Dr Alex Birrell from ATP Innovations. The event, which was organised by TJ Low, attracted students and researchers with an interest in the commercialisation of research. Dr Loehrer entertained the crowd with an informative talk about the nature of science in big pharma, describing the drug development process. ATP Innovation’s Dr Birrell focused on start-ups and how a good scientific idea needs is a bit of business acumen to turn it into a best seller. Our next focus is preparing for the first ever AusMedTech careers night, with representatives from ResMed, and Cochlear, enticing students with internship offers from the comfort of Davies Collison Cave’s corporate boardroom. And stay tuned for more information regarding our always successful BioCareers fair to be hold in the first weeks of semester two. Report prepared by ABSA NSW committee member Jonathon Marks-Bluth For more information, contact Leo McHugh, Chair ABSA NSW firstname.lastname@example.org 60 Australasian BioTechnology Volume 19 • Number 2 • July 2009 ABSA QLD The first quarter of 2009 has been humming with ideas and everyone has been busily helping organise events. Different ABSA representatives attended the orientation week and market day activities at the several QLD university campuses. Students were asked to fill in surveys to ensure that ABSA QLD can provide a service that benefits them. The first event for the year, BioBeers, is new to Queensland and took place on May 13 at the Plough Inn, Southbank. This informal networking event acted as a welcome to students and provided them with the opportunity to meet with their peers from Brisbane-based universities as well as industry representatives from the broader life sciences sectors over a social drink. It was a great night with approximately 50 people attending. The AusBiotech-GSK Research to Revenue event was held On May 27 at the Queens Arms Hotel, Newfarm, with Dr Richard Lewis of Xenome and Dr Tracey Mynott of Incitive speaking on commercialising research. Coming events include: BioFutures in July; BioCareers in September; BioBall in August; Bio at the Bar in October; and possibly an industry site visit. It’s shaping up to be an exciting year! Lorae Harbottle-Purs, Chair ABSA QLD 2009 email@example.com