We are one of Australia’s flagship biomedical research institutes

Established in 2000, through investment from Griffith University and the Queensland State Government, we strive to be world leaders in developing next generation drugs, vaccines and diagnostics for diseases of global impact.

Our advantage is our focused approach towards drug, vaccine and diagnostic technology discovery and development using world-leading scientific expertise and dedication to discovering preventions and cures for a number of human diseases including infectious diseases and cancers.

The Institute boasts some of the world’s most renowned research leaders and state-of-the-art facilities. This rich research environment provides exceptional postgraduate education programs for the nation’s future scientists.

Our leadership team

Director

Professor Mark von Itzstein

Mark has international standing in glycoscience, medicinal chemistry and drug discovery, particularly in the area of anti-infective drug discovery.

He has established an internationally-recognised research program that is investigating the discovery of novel anti-microbial drugs, including novel anti-influenza drugs, anti-parainfluenza and anti-cancer drugs based on carbohydrate-related pathways and the outcomes of these programs are apparent from his publication record.

The story behind Mark

Griffith Experts profile

Deputy Director

Professor Michael Jennings

Michael has international standing in infectious diseases research with a focus on glycoscience, genetics, epigenetics and vaccine development, particularly in pathogenic Neisseria and Haemophilus influenzae.

His current research is investigating the molecular basis for interactions between a range of pathogens and the human host and the application of this data to develop strategies for diagnostics, prevention and treatment of disease.

General Manager

Dr Chris Davis

Having more than thirteen years management experience in innovation, working at the academic/industry interface, my role is to lead a group of professionals dedicated to the strategic and operational development of the institute. Our prime focus is on translation of our scientific discoveries into social and economic benefit, locally and globally.

Chris has held a number of board positions. He is member of the Gold Coast Advisory Council, member of the Institute's Executive Group and member of the Institute's Standing committee.

Our researchers

Meet the experts who make up our Institute and find out more about our individual research strengths.

Our board of advice

The Honorable Robert Borbidge

Chair

The Honourable Robert Borbidge was the 35th Premier of Queensland and served in the State Parliament for just over 20 years.

Rob is Chairman of a number of business boards and was appointed to Chair the Legacy Committee for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. He is a Trustee of the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital.

Mr Pat Crotty

Deputy Chair

After a long career in the Queensland Police Service, Pat served as the State Secretary of the National Party of Australia Qld from 1997 – 2002.

Pat has spent the past 14 years working in real estate on the Gold Coast and currently works at Vertullo Professionals Real Estate at Paradise Point.

Mr Bob Gordon

Bob Gordon has more than 50 years’ experience in journalism, including 13 years as editor-in-chief of Gold Coast Publications Pty Ltd—publishers of The Gold Coast Bulletin.

Bob has recently been appointed Board Member, Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation.

Ms Anna Reynolds

Anna Reynolds worked for AM, PM and The World Today, before moving to ABC local radio Brisbane.

Ms Reynolds moved on to News Ltd as a feature writer for the Courier-Mail. She held a number of section editor positions before becoming Managing Editor. She has also worked as a government media advisor.

Mr Luke O’Dwyer

Luke O’Dwyer is a former Australian rugby league professional. Luke was signed as a foundation member of the Gold Coast Titans.

Following his football career, Luke moved into a Business Development role with the GC Titans. Luke is now General Manager of Phone A Flight.

Mr Paul Sanders

Paul has built a reputation as one of the leading Sport Administrators in Australasia known for his leadership skills and ability to drive positive cultural change. Paul is a Griffith University Graduate, Member of the Professional Golfers Association of Australia and a Director of the Board of Sanctuary Cove Body Corporate Services Pty Ltd.

Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct

Asia—Pacific’s emerging health and innovation hub, the 200-hectare Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct, is a unique global business location for industry development, research collaboration and jobs of the future.

Supported by $5 billion in infrastructure, including the world-class Griffith University and two major hospitals, the Precinct is transforming Australia’s leading lifestyle city. With a combination of expertise, infrastructure, land and lifestyle unique in Australia, nine hectares of greenfield land are available for health and innovation investment, serviced by the Gold Coast light rail and with easy transport access.

The Institute for Glycomics is the flagship Life Sciences institute within the GCHKP, which has a strong global investment attraction strategy for leading biotechnology companies, leveraging clinical research and trial opportunities with the co-located Gold Coast University Hospital and Gold Coast Private Hospital, as well as Menzies Health Institute Queensland.The GCHKP, which currently boasts almost 10,000 staff and more than 18,000 students, is set to employ over 26,000 people—11% of current Gold Coast jobs—generating gross value of $2.9 billion for the city’s economy.

The GCHKP hosts the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Athletes Village, to evolve into a vibrant $550 million mixed-use community to live, work and learn, surrounded by seven hectares of parklands.

The Precinct is being developed in a unique partnership between all three levels of government and private investment, with a project office funded by City of Gold Coast, Griffith University and Gold Coast Health facilitating infrastructure development and investment attraction.The GCHKP represents a smart investment in Australia’s fastest growing major city, with a stable, diversifying economy, competitive taxes, skilled workforce and a climate and lifestyle second to none.Investment incentives are available.

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