The relationship between Australia and Indonesia has never been stronger. Australia and Indonesia are close neighbours with a highly productive relationship.  Both countries have outstanding entrepreneurs and together we face the global issues of climate change, energy security and the rise in infectious diseases as our populations expand and drug resistance to disease increases. Australia has invested heavily in resourcing and promoting high tech industries: biotechnology, nanotechnology, green energy and drug discovery. This talk will highlight some key issues, opportunities and learnings for researchers and entrepreneurs in science.


Professor Matt Cooper
Professor Matthew Cooper completed his PhD in Australia in 1995 and then spent 13 years in the UK, first at the University of Cambridge, then 9 years in start-ups and biotechnology companies. This involved innovation, fund-raising, intellectual property generation, licensing, product development and commercialisation. He returned to Australia in 2009 as a NHMRC Australia Fellow at The Institute for Molecular Bioscience at The University of Queensland. He has consulted with private equity investment, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and diagnostics companies, was Managing Director of Cambridge Medical Innovations (part of Alere Inc.) and CSO of Akubio. He is an inventor and driver of several antibiotic drug discovery programs with lead compounds pre-clinical. He was the first to establish the mode of action of next generation glycopeptide antibiotics and elucidate how they kill resistant bacteria by localising in membranes. This observation led to renewed and inspired drug discovery efforts and assisted in the design and development of novel, membrane-targeting antibiotics. Prof. Cooper has publications in Nature Drug Discovery, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Cell Biology, holds 19 patents, has written two books and has launched nine product families.

About Global Leadership Series

The Global Leadership Series (GLS) is a lively program of events for alumni and community members. Join us for lectures and discussions with the best of the best UQ-related speakers on matters that impact your community and shape your ideas of the world.

The series is an opportunity for you to engage with great minds on global matters, participate in thought-provoking discussions and network with UQ alumni and community members. All alumni, parents, community members and friends are welcome to attend the Global Leadership Series events.

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