Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Cervical cancer vaccine inventor named Queensland’s Biomedical Advisor

Professor Ian Frazer, has been appointed the Queensland Government’s Biomedical Advisor and Chair of the Translational Science Hub Statement of Cooperation Steering Committee.

Professor Fraser is an internationally recognised industry leader in the biomedical field. He is recognised globally for his contribution to medical science, and particularly his work in developing the human papillomavirus (HPV) cervical cancer vaccine.

As Queensland’s new Biomedical Advisor, Professor Frazer will work with the industry to promote Queensland’s biomedical sector and encourage further investment into the Queensland biomedical ecosystem.

“Professor Ian Frazer is recognised globally for his contribution to medical science, the most significant being the creation of Gardasil, the cervical cancer vaccine,” said Deputy Premier, Steven Miles.

“Because the Gardasil vaccine was invented in Queensland and we were the first to embrace it, Queensland is projected to be the first place in the world to eliminate cervical cancer.

“Professor Ian Frazer’s incredible work has led to thousands of lives saved.

“I want to thank Professor Frazer for taking up the post and continuing his incredible contribution to global medical science, here in Queensland,” the Deputy Premier said.

Professor Frazer will also lead an expert steering committee for the Translational Science Hub to deliver the next generation of medical advancements.

“I’m honoured to be given the responsibility of Queensland Biomedical Advisor,” Professor Fraser said.

“I see great opportunities for Queensland Biotech industries going forward, particularly in the run up to the Olympics.

“We should aim to make Brisbane as a hub for biotech industries and a location for future Southeast Asia Bio meetings, building on the local expertise in basic and applied bioscience across our  universities and  biotech companies.”

In December 2022, global healthcare company Sanofi announced they would establish  a Translational Science Hub in Queensland that would connect with Sanofi’s mRNA Centre of Excellence based in the US and France

The Translational Science Hub  brings together Sanofi, The Palaszczuk Government, The University of Queensland and Griffith University, to establish world-first mRNA research in Queensland.

Professor Fraser will chair the Steering committee overseeing the implementation of the Translational Science Hub.

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