As we near the end of the year, the Life Sciences WA Committee would like to thank our supporters for your contribution to help us achieve our goal of connecting, accelerating and promoting life sciences innovation in Western Australia.
2022 was a momentous year for Life Sciences WA. We played an important role in both Science on the Swan in May and the AusBiotech conference in October and used these high-profile events as a launch pad to promote, create new opportunities and showcase WA to the rest of the nation and wider globe.
Life Sciences WA celebrated International Women’s Day by inviting WA high schoolers to interview our female leaders about what it means to be a woman in life sciences today. We hosted events on the topics of investment, student careers and Agtech and kept in touch with our network through our regular newsletters. We also developed a community on LinkedIn of more than 1300 followers that actively celebrates and shares the success and achievements of those in life sciences in Western Australia.
We were fortunate to receive an X-TEND WA grant which, in partnership with ANDHealth and Talking HealthTech, has allowed us deliver a unique life sciences industry investment education series. The series includes a just launched podcast, The Life Sciences WA Investment Series: Investor Meets Innovator; a Life Sciences Investor Education Office Hours Program providing complimentary access to our network of experts for those considering a life sciences investment (which is still available until 31 December 2022) and a soon to be launched Digital Reference Guide. Please share these resources with anyone in your network who might be interested in learning more about investing in the life sciences. This program was supported by Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation as part of the New Industries Fund with the matched funding component of this grant provided through the MTPConnect Researcher Exchange and Development within Industry (REDI) program.
As a state WA has much to celebrate this year in the area of Life Sciences and we are immensely proud of our many local researchers and start-ups who have received awards and accolades for their work.
We also have much to look forward to following this year’s announcement of a Western Australian Comprehensive Cancer Centre to be developed on the QEII medical campus and The Co-Funding Partnerships Program, an initiative of the McGowan Government's Future Health Research and Innovation (FHRI) Fund which will provide financial assistance to support health and medical research and innovation projects. The Agricultural community also has much to look forward to and welcomed the announcement of a new $320 million world-class biosecurity and research facilities to be built and based at Murdoch University to protect and grow Western Australia’s primary industries.
We would like to thank Hon Stephen Dawson MLC and Hon Roger Cook MLA for demonstrating their support to Life Sciences WA this year. We would also like to thank our Committee Members for their ongoing commitment to ensuring the success of Life Sciences WA.
We wish you and your families a safe and happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you in the new year.