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    Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    United States trade mission boosts Queensland’s biotechnology future

    Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Friday, July 13, 2018

    United States trade mission boosts Queensland’s biotechnology future

    Queensland is bolstering its push to become a global leader in industrial biotechnology with Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick today embarking on a trade mission to the United States.

    Mr Dick said it was fitting that on the 20th anniversary of Queensland’s attendance at the annual BIO International Convention, Queensland was expanding its reach in the bio sector by sending a Minister to the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology for the second year in a row.

    The BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology provides a unique forum for business executives, government officials, academic researchers and industry leaders to share the latest advances in renewable chemicals, synthetic biology, enzymes, food ingredients, biofuels, algae and more. This year’s event is being held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    “To have a Minister representing Queensland at the world’s largest industrial biotech conference sends a signal to the international industrial biotechnology community that Queensland takes the industry seriously, and that we’re here to stay,” Mr Dick said.

    “This event is an opportunity to show-off Queensland to big business chiefs, industry leaders, investors and policy makers, and roll out the welcome mat for global companies to locate and grow industrial biotech business in our state.”

    Mr Dick said that Queensland would be the only Australian government with a speaking role or a trade stand at the Congress.

    “I aim to capitalise on this fact by shining the spotlight on our Queensland delegation, which will be passionately promoting the benefits of choosing our state to invest in industrial biotech.

    “The relationships we reaffirm and build during this global congress will support long-lasting, measurable outcomes for our state, including through attracting innovative projects to our state with the potential to boost our economy and deliver jobs for Queenslanders.”

    Minister Dick said the Queensland Government had fantastic success at the event last year in Montreal, including securing multiple projects to potentially develop multi-million-dollar high-tech biorefineries and high-skilled jobs for regional Queensland.

    “Since announcing their partnership with Queensland at the Congress last year, American company Mercurius Biorefining and Brisbane’s Leaf Resources have progressed their respective plans to use plant waste to produce fuels, chemicals and plastics," he said.

    “In February I was fortunate to join Mercurius CEO Karl Seck at Brisbane’s QUT Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities and see the incredible promise offered by the company’s patented REACH technology, which could see up to five commercial-scale biorefineries built here in the longer term.

    “The Palaszczuk Government provided incentives to both companies from the $20 million Biofutures Roadmap and Action Plan.

    “Mercurius and Leaf are part of a billion dollar plus pipeline of investment in a 21st century biofutures industry that could generate more than 2500 jobs in regional Queensland.”

    Queensland’s Biofutures Industry Envoy Professor Ian O’Hara said it was important for research and industry to work together.

    “Such collaboration can solve challenges and help us grow the biofutures industry in Queensland,” he said.

    “Having the Queensland Government at this premier global event will build on the tremendous achievements so far.”  

    Minister Dick will also meet with Boeing to discuss Queensland becoming home to Boeing’s largest autonomous systems development program outside of the United States.

    “Our government’s Drone Strategy recently secured Boeing’s commitment to the state and the autonomous vehicles program will grow Boeing’s Queensland workforce, delivering 131 jobs of the future,” he said.

    “This trip will be a chance to discuss future opportunities as part of the Queensland Aerospace 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan, and Queensland securing its position as an Asia-Pacific aerospace hub.”

    Mr Dick said he would also be meeting with the US Department of the Navy to reaffirm Queensland’s commitment to providing the US Navy a supply of alternative fuels to service their Great Green Fleet.

    “Our signed partnership underlines the huge potential to build a new industry that will make Queensland the biofuel hub of the Asia-Pacific,” he said.

    “We are in a period of optimism and opportunity for Queensland, and I am thrilled to showcase our great state and promote its potential on the world stage.”


    Media contact: Anika Hume 0447 320 039