BIO 2014 Fellowship Winner – Derek Richard

Each year, IHBI, bluebox and QUT’s Division of Research and Commercialisation sponsor an early- to mid-career researcher to attend the Biotechnology Industry Organisation (BIO) conference in the USA. This year, Associate Professor Derek Richard has been selected as the 2014 BIO Fellow.

Associate Professor Derek Richard is a Principal Research Fellow and member of QUT’s Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI) based at the Translational Research Institute (TRI). Dr Richard’s long standing interest in DNA repair systems started during his PhD in microbial biochemistry at the University of Dundee (Scotland) and his move to Queensland in 2004 enabled the study DNA repair systems in the context of human disease. Dr Richard joined QUT in 2011 as a group leader after being awarded an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship. Dr Richard’s team at QUT investigate the cellular processes that allow cells to cope with genomic stress and how these processes are modified in disease. This research centres on the initial basic discoveries of how these processes function in normal cells to prevent disease, and then how these pathways go wrong in diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease. His team takes the fundamental discoveries made at the research bench and work towards translating these to the  bedside.

The BIO International Convention is the largest biotechnology industry conference in the world and attracts the biggest names in biotech, offers key networking and partnering opportunities, and provides insights and inspiration on the major trends affecting the industry. The event features keynotes and sessions from key policymakers, scientists, CEOs, and celebrities. The Convention also offers the BIO Business Forum (One-on-One Partnering), hundreds of sessions covering biotech trends, policy issues and technological innovations, and the world’s largest biotechnology exhibition – the BIO Exhibition.