Updated on 10 June 2013
Mr Mario Pennisi, CEO, Life Sciences Queensland, Australia
Life Sciences Queensland (LSQ), Australia, offers opportunity for industry stakeholders to come together and cooperate to grow their businesses and help create a dynamic, internationally competitive and sustainable life sciences industry in Queensland, Australia. LSQ is helping to shape the strategic direction of the industry in the State and influence public policy. It also provide members with tools, services, market intelligence and access to an international network of life sciences organizations with the aim of identifying new business opportunities and accelerating business growth. LSQ is also working to enhance Queensland's national and international reputation as a center of commercial and research excellence in life sciences.
Mr Mario Pennisi, CEO, Life Sciences Queensland, Australia, shares his thoughts on how the association is aiding life science organizations to develop into a reckoning force not only in Australia but also across the world
What is the total number of members of your association? What is the eligibility to become a member of your association?
We have over 100 members in LSQ. Our members have to be involved in, or supporting R&D and commercialization across life sciences sectors, including human, agricultural, animal, industrial biotech or marine.
Could you tell us about the major focus areas of the association?
Our main focus is to develop the industry by supporting local forums and providing our members with tools and opportunities to accelerate their business growth. We also undertake market outreach and business development initiatives that our members cannot readily or cost effectively achieve on their own. We play a leadership role in influencing public policy and opinion.
Could you kindly elaborate on the major developments, activities and achievements of your association in the last two years?
We have been in operation for around two years and in that time we have, recruited more than 100 members, worked with members on identifying market opportunities and developed plans to pursue them, worked closely with an incoming state government to provide an industry perspective on issues that matter to our members, and led international trade missions to the US, Canada, Japan and Europe.