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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    New name for Griffith’s pioneering drug discovery institute

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Wednesday, July 05, 2017

    New name for Griffith’s pioneering drug discovery institute

    A new-look name for Griffith University’s world-leading research institute was officially unveiled today by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

    Ms Palaszczuk said the renamed Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery (GRIDD) was investigating treatments to some of the globe’s biggest medical challenges and pioneering ground-breaking work into healing spinal cord injuries.

    “For more than 20 years this Institute has been at the forefront of drug research, leading new discoveries and making inroads in the global biotechnology sector,” the Premier said.

    “Now as GRIDD it will continue to grow Queensland’s reputation as a science and innovation hub, with researchers advancing major scientific discovery such as treatments with stem cells for spinal cord injury.

    “The new name positions the institute for the opportunities ahead and clearly highlights its overarching purpose to fast-track the search for new treatments targeting the world’s most devastating diseases.”

    The Premier said the Queensland Government was a proud partner of Griffith University and the world-leading research work undertaken by the GRIDD.

    “Since 2003 the Queensland Government has provided more than $20.9 million in funding for the Institute in the form of grants and loans to help support new discoveries and drive innovation,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “My Government’s $420 million Advance Queensland initiative is also investing in innovative medical research to support the knowledge-based industries and jobs of the future.

    “This year I announced $5 million in funding to help researchers at the Institute continue the exciting work in spinal cord injury repair pioneered by 2017 Australian of the Year Professor Emeritus Alan Mackay-Sim.

    “And last month, I launched the Government’s 10-year roadmap and action plan to help the biomedical sector in Queensland create up to 3000 extra jobs.” 

    GRIDD Director Professor Jennifer Martin the new name references the future vision of the Institute.

    “We are delighted to celebrate our new name with a new direction for our Institute.

    “The new name GRIDD references our vision to be a highly networked drug discovery hub tackling the world's most devastating diseases," Prof Martin said.

    Formerly the Eskitis Institute for Drug Discovery, GRIDD is a drug discovery hub dedicated to developing innovative new solutions for devastating diseases including cancer, drug resistance, infectious diseases, and Parkinson’s disease.

    Media Contact: Susan McGrady 0488 996 667