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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    World-leading Queensland research institute celebrates 10 years of saving lives

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Monday, June 05, 2017

    World-leading Queensland research institute celebrates 10 years of saving lives

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk tonight congratulated pioneering clinicians at the Translational Research Institute (TRI) for a decade of life saving work and medical breakthroughs.

    Ms Palaszczuk said the institute had a proud history of translating scientific innovations into improvements in healthcare.

    “Ten years ago the Queensland Government committed $100 million to help create the TRI, to ensure more lifesaving medical research made it from the laboratory to the patient’s bedside,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “By supporting a research process which involves patients, clinicians and researchers working together to solve health challenges faster, this institute has a record of delivering better outcomes for patients.”

    Ms Palaszczuk said TRI was the first institute in Australia to take medical breakthroughs from research and trial to the manufacture of products.

    “The TRI was an Australian-first initiative for medical research combining clinical and translational research to convert medical breakthroughs and advance progress from laboratory discovery to applications in the community,” she said.

    “Professor Ian Frazer’s Gardasil was the first translation that provided learnings for the TRI members and using the institute’s model he created the publicly-listed company Admedus.”

    The Premier also paid tribute to retiring Founding Board Chair, Dr David Watson.

    “Under his leadership, Dr Watson helped to lead the project control group and chart the strategic direction of the institute,” she said.

    “Dr Watson’s vision has helped to change lives and the course of medical research in Queensland for the better.”

    The TRI is co-located with a biopharmaceutical company at Princess Alexandra Hospital and brings together the intellectual capacity and medical expertise of two universities and two hospitals.

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