Compounds Australia is a facility where any organisation can deposit molecules and natural product extracts. The samples can be accessed by the scientific community as biological probes or potential starting points in a drug discovery program. The following policies have been developed to manage the operations of the Library.
Intellectual property policies
Ownership of intellectual property policy
Compounds Australia does not claim intellectual property rights (IPR) to any chemistry submitted by users or biological targets/assays that will be tested against the compound library. Nor does it claim IPR for subsequent developments undertaken by users of Compounds Australia. The Library recognises traditional knowledge and IPR of Indigenous peoples where collection of specimens was undertaken with this knowledge.
Notification of changes to the sample deposit category policy
If you wish to pursue a collaboration to develop a marketable product, you must inform Compounds Australia of your intention to withdraw or restrict your same’s access to other users, and the scope of the anticipated use of the compound. Compounds Australia facilitates collaborations between chemists and biologists undertaking biomedical research. As such, a pure compound or natural product extract may display favourable activity against a particular biomolecular target or biological assay. If you wish to pursue a marketable product based on this activity, you must notify Compounds Australia immediately of your:
- Intention to withdraw or restrict the sample’s access to other users
- The scope of the anticipated use of the compound in broad terms, e.g. anticancer, if the compound is to be restricted.
This information will be used to update the Sample Deposit Category.
Policies addressing the depositing of natural product extracts or natural products isolated from the biosphere
Compliance with the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity
This policy aims to conserve biological diversity, ensure sustainable use of natural resources and provide fair and equitable sharing of benefits derived from the use of genetic resources. Article 15 of the Convention on Biological Diversity recognises the sovereign rights of states over their genetic resources. This article also recognises a state’s authority to decide upon appropriate access to, and benefit sharing arising from, its genetic resources.
The Commonwealth of Australia is a signatory to the UN CBD. As such, Compounds Australia is duty bound to comply with legislation enacted by the states that give effect to Article 15. Compounds Australia:
- Will accept extracts, molecules and other genetic material derived directly from the biosphere where the depositor can warrant that access and benefit sharing agreements have been entered into with the applicable state authorities;
- Will suspend access to any samples in doubt until bona fide documentation is sighted;
- Will not accept extracts, molecules and other genetic material derived directly from the biosphere where the depositor cannot warrant that access and benefit sharing agreements have been entered into with the applicable state authorities.
Access rights, traditional knowledge and intellectual property of Indigenous peoplesCompounds Australia will suspend access to any samples derived from the biosphere where a dispute arises following collecting activities relating to access rights by Indigenous peoples, traditional knowledge and Indigenous intellectual property. The suspension will remain in effect until a satisfactory settlement is reached. Confirmation in writing attesting to the settlement must be signed by all parties involved and sighted by Compounds Australia.
Policy for acknowledging Compounds Australia
Users are required to acknowledge the supporting role of Compounds Australia, the Queensland Government Department of State Development and Griffith University in any article, presentation or conference proceeding. Words to the following effect are acceptable:
"This research was facilitated by Compounds Australia; a joint initiative of Griffith University and the Queensland Government through the Smart State Innovation Fund administered by the Department of Tourism, Regional Development and Industry."