UQ Emeritus Professor recognised as Queensland Great

Emeritus  Peter Andrews AO
Emeritus Peter Andrews AO
A University of Queensland Emeritus Professor has been named a Queensland Great for his efforts to create and foster the state’s knowledge economy.

Biotechnology pioneer Emeritus Professor Peter Andrews AO co-founded UQ’s first research institute and served as the state’s inaugural Chief Scientist.

UQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry AC said the award recognised the transformative role Emeritus Professor Andrews played in establishing the biotechnology sector in Queensland.

"Emeritus Professor Andrews co-founded the Institute for Molecular Bioscience , which is recognised as one of the most influential and innovative research institutes in the world," Professor Terry said.

"Under his stewardship, several companies were spun out, including Protagonist Therapeutics, which is now a multi-billion-dollar international biopharmaceutical company.

"Emeritus Professor Andrews left UQ to become Queensland’s first Chief Scientist, providing strategic advice to the State Government on harnessing research and innovation to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits.

"I extend my heartfelt congratulations on this outstanding accomplishment."

Emeritus Professor Andrews received his award from Premier Steven Miles at a ceremony on Queensland Day, 6 June.

"This is a great honour that could never have happened without the support of my family and the contributions of my colleagues," Emeritus Professor Andrews said.

"It’s a golden opportunity to share the prospect of visitors to the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games being blown away by the proliferation of innovative Queensland companies generating economic, societal, and environmental benefits for people, around the globe."

The nomination was supported by former Premier Peter Beattie AC, a UQ alum who is also a Queensland Great.

"Emeritus Professor Andrews always gave visionary advice backed by experience," Mr Beattie said.

"He was notable for his ability to work across government to ensure a prominent place for science in public policy and discourse, and to devise strategies to attract investment in Queensland’s knowledge industries.

"There can be few people who could claim such an impactful and sustained contribution to the state of Queensland."

Emeritus Professor Andrews was one of 7 Queenslanders recognised in this year’s Queensland Greats Awards, honouring extraordinary individuals who have made a significant contribution to the development of the state.