Protein Australia

16 to 18 July 2019
 The University of Queensland


Join us at Protein Australia 2019

Protein Australia brings together scientists from academia and industry to contribute to the development of protein science and protein technology.

This national scientific meeting will highlight the recent advances on protein research, with a focus on protein engineering and production for structural and functional study and as protein-based bioproducts. The themes include protein engineering and production, protein quality and characterisation, and bioprocess innovation for biomanufacturing.


Registration closes 1 July 2019

Early Bird Registration
(until 31 May 2019)

Full registration $220
Student $110



Queensland Bioscience Precinct Auditorium

The University of Queensland

St Lucia,

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Kuhner Student Competition

Pitch Your Research

Cash awards for winners


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Plenary Speakers


Fiona M. Wood, FRACS AM

Burns Surgeon and Clinical Professor
Ongoing quest to make a difference to people's lives

"The role of the Interdisciplinary Team in Translational Research

Manon M. J. Cox, PhD MBA

CEO and Vaccine Technology Innovator
Driving change in the vaccine industry

"A blueprint for successful product development"

Special Lecture on Wildlife Conservation

Presented by Craig Franklin, Deputy Head of School & Professor School of Biological Sciences at The University of Queensland.

Titled: "Why biodiversity is important - insights from extreme life: an Australian perspective". 

Followed by an interactive wildlife display. 


Confirmed Speakers


Ines I. Atmosukarto

Managing Director and Chief Scientific Officer
Lipotek Pty Ltd

"LipoChel liposomes, a versatile multivalent anchoring platform for recombinant proteins, with applications in flow cytometry and in vivo bio-imaging techniques"​

Kym Baker

General Manager
Patheon, part of Thermo Fisher Scientific, Patheon Biologics Australia Pty Ltd

"Manufacturing modern miracles"

Keith Chappell

Senior Research Fellow
The University of Queensland

"Rapid response pipeline for stabilised subunit vaccines"

Henry Chiou

Director of Product Management, Protein Expression & Transfection
Thermo Fisher Scientific

"Streamlining biologics development with the Expi systems"

David Craik

ARC Laureate Fellow
The University of Queensland

"Natural peptide-based scaffolds in drug design"

Craig Franklin

Deputy Head of School & Professor School of Biological Sciences
The University of Queensland

"Why biodiversity is important - insights from extreme life: an Australian perspective"

Anton Glieder

Professor in Biotechnology
Graz University of Technology


Gaurav Gupta

Senior Research Scientist
University of Oxford

"VLPs as carrier for potential vaccine candidates"

Manmeet Kaur

Research Fellow
The University of Auckland

"Protein based nanomaterials"

Catherine Owczarek

Director, Recombinant Proteins
CSL Limited

"Recombinant Protein Expression in Mammalian Cells: Bridging the gap between research and development"

Bernd Rehm

Professor and Director of Centre for Cell Factories and Biopolymers
Griffith University

"In vivo assembled polyester scaffolds for protein production"

Derek Richard

Professor and Scientific Director of Cancer & Ageing Research Program
Queensland University of Technology

"Understanding the role of DNA repair in disease and ageing"

Anne Skaja Robinson

Professor and Head of Chemical Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University

"Control of glycosylation in antibody expression in CHO cells"

Jason Ryan

Head, Upstream Bioprocessing
Luina Bio

"Bacterial and yeast recombinant protein production – An industrial perspective"

Sabine Suppmann

Head Protein Production
Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry

"A Protein Production Core Facility - the Good, the Bad and the Ugly"

Ross Wilson

Principal Investigator
Berkeley University of California

"Engineering CRISPR-Cas9 for cell-targeted therapeutic genome editing"



2-hour workshop on the different stages of recombinant protein production.
Postgraduate research students will share their research.
Separate Q&A panels for participants to ask the experts and drill into the technical details on protein production for various applications.
Vendors will share the latest developments in equipment and reagents.


Tuesday 16 July


9:30 am - Registration for Protein Production Workshop

10:00 am - Protein Production Workshop - Integrated approaches for making biomolecules

1:00 pm - Registration opens for Protein Australia

2:00 pm - Welcome 

2:05 pm - Opening for Protein Australia 2019 

2:15 pm - Opening Plenary 

3:15 pm - Session 1: Translational research

5:00 pm - Welcome Reception 

Wednesday 17 July


8:30 AM - Registration

9:00 - 10:30 AM - Session 2: Optimising expression platforms

10:30 AM - Morning light refreshment

11:00 AM - Kuhner Student Competition - Pitch Your Research

12:00 PM - Lunch

1:30 - 3:00 PM - Session 3: Platform technologies

3:00 PM - Afternoon light refreshment

3:30 - 5:00 PM - Session 4: Biotherapeutics and Vaccines

5:00 PM - Australian Wildlife Conservation Craig Franklin

6:30 PM - Networking evening with light refreshments 

Thursday 18 July


8:30 AM - Registration

9:00 - 10:30 AM - Session 5: Bioprocessing innovation 

10:30 AM - Morning light refreshment

11:00 AM - 12:30PM Interactive Ask the Expert

Panel 1: Microbial Expression
Panel 2: Animal Cell Expression
Panel 3: Protein Purification and Characterisation

12:30 PM Lunch

1:30 PM Session 6: Australian biotech industry showcase

3:30 PM Afternoon light refreshment

4:00 PM Closing Plenary

5:00 PM Closing Protein Australia 2019
Awards and Prizes

5:30 PM Protein Australia 2019 concludes


Protein Australia has secured exclusive accommodation discounts on a selection of accommodation options. Follow the links below for more information.








Registration includes all sessions and catering breaks.

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