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Biomedical and life sciences

Growing Queensland's biomedical and life sciences industry

The Queensland Government has committed to developing knowledge-based jobs through its Advance Queensland initiative. Funding has been allocated for developing and implementing 10-year roadmaps for innovative industries, including a Biomedical and Life Sciences Roadmap.

Queensland's Biomedical and Life Sciences 10-Year Roadmap

The department is preparing a Biomedical and Life Sciences 10-Year Roadmap, in consultation with relevant stakeholders, to diversify Queensland's industry base, create high-value, well paid, knowledge-based jobs and drive export growth.

The life sciences sector in Queensland includes activities in human and animal health and disease (biomedical sciences). The life sciences sector also encompasses applications in agricultural, environmental and industrial biotechnology.

The roadmap will focus on the application of the biomedical life sciences to leverage existing Queensland industry strengths and capitalise on the Queensland and Australian governments' investment in research, development and innovation.

The roadmap will target the following industries:

  • medical devices and diagnostics
  • pharmaceuticals
    • traditional and biopharmaceuticals
    • vaccines/drug discovery
  • complementary medicines
  • supporting digital technologies.

Major investments in the biomedical segment of the life sciences industry in Queensland, made by previous governments, have resulted in a mature research capability and a small but growing community of startup companies. Queensland also has a handful of large, multinational biomedical and life sciences manufacturing businesses. Established and emerging health and knowledge precincts provide opportunities to further grow the sector through existing and new enterprises.

Discussion paper

To help inform a 10-year roadmap and action plan for this industry, the department released a discussion paper (PDF icon 2.4 MB) on 26 June to stimulate broad engagement with stakeholders and obtain constructive feedback.

The paper included a series of questions to assist readers and to encourage discussion and feedback.


Consultation sessions were held throughout the state in July and August. Consultation closed on 5 August 2016. Submissions received on the discussion paper are being reviewed and considered to ensure the eventual roadmap and action plan, scheduled for release in late 2016, effectively guides future decision-making for a productive, innovative and sustainable biomedical and life sciences sector in Queensland.

Media releases

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