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    Minister for Housing and Public Works and Minister for Science and Innovation
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    Collaboration key to growing Gold Coast’s knowledge economy

    Minister for Housing and Public Works and Minister for Science and Innovation
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    Monday, November 16, 2015

    Collaboration key to growing Gold Coast’s knowledge economy

    The importance of collaboration between the research and business sectors will be a key focus of tomorrow’s (17 November) Advance Queensland forum on the Gold Coast.

    Minister for Science and Innovation Leeanne Enoch said the meeting with Gold Cost business, industry, entrepreneurial, startup and university stakeholders aimed to encourage greater collaboration in a bid to grow Queensland’s knowledge economy.

    Ms Enoch will be joined by two local guest speakers – Dr Baden U’Ren, who is Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at Bond University and co-founder of the startup Ditterich Agriculture, and Dr Chris Davis, the General Manager at Griffith University’s Institute for Glycomics.

    “We know that business collaboration and innovation is associated with a 70 per cent increase in the likelihood of delivering unique and innovative ideas and products,” Ms Enoch said.

    “With so many research and knowledge hubs on the Gold Coast, the region is well positioned to take advantage of the opportunities a knowledge economy will provide.” 

    Ms Enoch said the Palaszczuk Government’s $180 million Advance Queensland initiative aims to create highly skilled, knowledge-based jobs and position Queensland as an attractive investment destination with a strong innovation and entrepreneurial culture.

    “We are delivering a comprehensive suite of programs that will tap into existing knowledge and creativity,” Ms Enoch said.

    “Advance Queensland will help position Queensland as a place where innovators, researchers, startups, universities, industry and government work collaboratively to translate great ideas into commercial opportunities.”

    Ms Enoch said collaboration was an integral part of the work being led by Dr Davis at the Institute of Glycomics, which oversees clinical trials, drug and vaccine technology commercialisation, and fundraising for research from industry, government and philanthropy.

    “Dr Davis’s work in a biotechnology startup and as an innovation and commercial development manager seeking venture capital investment provides him with a wealth of experience that will be of interest to attendees,” she said.

    “Similarly, Dr U’Ren’s success at a startup event in San Francisco’s Silicon Valley this year is a prime example of how research and entrepreneurship could be used to deliver improved commercial outcomes, such as increased profits or productivity.  

    “Dr U’Ren’s pitch for early-stage startup Ditterich Agriculture, a handheld grain analysis and management tool designed to provide crop farmers with increased margins, beat five competitors to win StartupHouse Battlefield.

    “While the prize provides Ditterich Agriculture with a month’s use of space in Silicon Valley, the Gold Coast can proudly claim this startup as its own, and as Minister for Science and Innovation I want Queensland to become the home to even more startups and entrepreneurs.”

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