Life sciences industry

Innovation isn’t new in Queensland, from Smart State to Advance Queensland, we’ve led the way in taking big ideas and turning them into big benefits for our community – and now we’re a world leader in developing a potential vaccine for COVID-19.

Life sciences is one of Queensland’s priority industrial sectors, playing an important role in diversifying Queensland’s economy and ensuring Queensland workers have access to the new jobs of the future.

In Queensland, the industry is underpinned by strong research capability with our scientists working on everything from therapeutic, diagnostic and vaccine development to adult stem cell technology, ag-biotech, industrial biotech and tropical health research.

Queensland is making its mark as a major centre in medical imaging research, the development of promising biologic medical drugs, and growing capability around early-stage clinical trials. 

The biomedical industry in Queensland contributes $1.66 billion to the state economy, with the potential to grow by almost 40 percent by 2025-26.

The sector employs 11,700 people.

We work closely with Life Sciences Queensland who facilitates the future growth and sustainability of our life sciences industry. They highlight the key role that life sciences innovation plays to feed, fuel and heal our citizens.

Last updated 06 May, 2020
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