Queensland’s growing biomedical sector is underpinned by internationally renowned excellence in scientific research and innovation. The state is home to more than 250 life sciences organisations, 85 core biotech companies, and 100+ biotech-related research organisations.1

Queensland has world-leading research institutes and science capability, with unrivalled expertise in tropical and infectious diseases and vaccine development and delivery. Growth in the biomedical sector is supported by the $755 million Advance Queensland program.2

A world leader in the biomedical field

Queensland is recognised around the world for its biomedical research and development. QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute is among Australia’s leading medical research facilities, and the University of Queensland hosts globally recognised research and drug discovery institutes. James Cook University in North Queensland is home to the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine.

Queensland is also home to Australia’s only 2 facilities fully dedicated to the cGMP-grade contract manufacture of biopharmaceutical active ingredients. The state’s streamlined clinical trial processes provide unique support to biomedical product developers, within a first-world regulatory environment that is 100% aligned with international standards.3

Queensland Government support

The Queensland Biomedical 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan (PDF, 1.2MB) is supporting the development of a biomedical sector recognised for its world-leading excellence in innovation, skills and facilities. Significant government incentives are available to support the engagement of overseas partners with Queensland biomedical projects and businesses.

Learn more about Queensland Government support for biomedical businesses and investors.

Case study – QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

We work on the most important problems of society today — cancer, infectious diseases and mental health … the fact that we’re based in Queensland is a big asset.Professor Frank Gannon, Director & CEO, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

Learn more about QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute.

Getting started

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To explore opportunities to invest in our thriving biomedical sector, contact us today.


1Queensland Government Department of Environment and Science, 2018, ‘Queensland life sciences globally competitive’, https://science.des.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/80263/qls-brochure-web-2018.pdf, accessed July 2020.

2Queensland Government Advance Queensland, May 2020, ‘Advance Queensland Initiative’, https://advance.qld.gov.au/advance-queensland-initiative, accessed July 2020.

3Queensland Government Department of State Development, Tourism and Innovation, Nov 2019, ‘Biomedical’, http://www.statedevelopment.qld.gov.au/industry/priority-industries/biomedical.html, accessed July 2020.