Griffith University’s Director and Head of Research for the Institute for Glycomics Professor Mark von Itzstein AO has been honoured with the Gold Coast Citizen of the Year award at the city’s 2020 Australia Day awards, marking the start of 20th anniversary celebrations for one of the Precinct’s flagship research institutes.
The honour recognises the commitment and success of Professor von Itzstein, who led the research team that discovered the world’s first drug for Influenza, Relenza, and has championed the strong vision for the Institute that has seen it grow from humble beginnings with a handful of staff to more than 200 researchers tackling infectious diseases and cancers.
“The vision that we started with 20 years ago has not changed, and as a unique leading medical research institute in the country, we strive to discover solutions to difficult diseases,” Professor von Itzstein says.
“I am honoured to accept the award on behalf of all members of the Institute, as it is the team that has driven the success of our translational research in fighting diseases of global impact.”
With a number of discoveries progressing into the commercial pipeline, the Institute most recently signed a landmark multi-million dollar co-development deal with Hong Kong listed China Grand Pharma’s newly established Australian company Grand Medical Ltd to develop a new drug for Human Parainfluenza Virus (hPIv).
Celebrating the vision
“And the future? Make no mistake, the fight against diseases is one of the world’s, and our Institute’s, most significant challenges, but I believe that the opportunities to solve these 21st Century problems are endless.
And we’re ready for the battle ahead.”
Professor Mark von Itzstein AO
Founder & Director
Glycomics Research Awards Evening, 20-02-20
Date: Thursday 20 February, 2020
Time: 5.30 pm
Venue: Institute for Glycomics Lecture Theatre (G26 4.09), Griffith University Gold Coast (map)
Dress: Smart casual
- 2020 Glycomics Honours & Masters Scholarships
- 2019/2020 Bendigo Bank Paradise Point Glycomics Summer Scholarships
- 2020 Glycomics Research Excellence Awards
RSVP here by 13 February, 2020 for this free celebration event.
20th Anniversary Grand Ball
Date: Saturday 15 August, 2020
Time: 7pm – 11pm
Venue: RACV Royal Pines Resort, Grand Ballroom
Dress: Black tie
Tickets: $220 per person incl GST, $2,000 incl GST for a table of 10
Sponsorship packages are now available to support this major fundraising event. Download the Sponsorship Proposal – Glycomics 20th Anniversary Grand Ball.