The world's leading economies such as the US, China and Germany are focusing on the knowledge economy because that is where fifty per cent of all future jobs will come from. Innovation and commercialising our world-class research as a driver of economic growth is fundamentally important to our future. Sadly, we are doing very poorly at it. As a result Australia is in the process of being left behind the rest of the developing world with a serious threat to our future living standards. It is the single most important challenge facing Australia's economy post the mining boom. Indeed it is the country's major challenge.


Peter Beattie AC was Premier of Queensland between 1998 and 2007, and for most of that time was also the Minister for Trade. He is Director of the Medical Research Commercialisation Fund; Ambassador for Life Sciences Queensland; a joint adjunct professor at The University of Queensland’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering & Nanotechnology & Institute for Molecular Bioscience and a member of The University of Queensland's Industry Engagement Council. He was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in 2012, and won the Biotechnology Industry Organisation’s inaugural International Award for Leadership Excellence in 2008.



About Peter Goodenough Memorial Lecture

The Peter Goodenough Lecture is an annual lecture to honour the legacy of giving by Mr Peter Goodenough (1935 – 2004) and is supported by the Peter Goodenough bequest. It is to be given by a prominent speaker who will target the role and importance of philanthropy and science funding to biomedical research.

The bequest, which included funding for a research laboratory is a showcase example of how members of the community can make a powerful and lasting contribution to the future health of all Australians. Mr Goodenough resolved to ensure his personal wealth would be directed to fighting MND, even though he knew he would personally not benefit from the research.