Where the next cure begins

In two decades, UQ's Institute for Molecular Bioscience has become one of the most influential and innovative research institutes. In Australia, we are the nation's #1 research institute for research outputs and a leading institute for commercialisation activity. 

Our journey started 21 years ago with funding from the Queensland Government, philanthropists Chuck and Helga Feeney, and The University of Queensland. The vision was bold and innovative: to position Queensland as a global epicentre for drug discovery. 

Whether it be for common diseases such as COVID-19, chronic pain, cancer and stroke, or for diseases in agriculture, IMB is where the next cure begins. 

Harnessing nature to cure disease

Our vision is to create a world with a cure for every disease. Our approach to drug discovery and agricultural innovation is unique and world-renowned. We harness our knowledge of nature to create sustainable cures for diseases that plague people, animals and plants. 

Our researchers use Australian venoms, plants and soils to stop superbugs in their tracks, to create better cancer treatments, to ensure patients survive strokes and heart attacks, to solve inflammatory diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, and to develop environmentally friendly and effective pesticides.

Our global impact

We strive to make treatments more affordable, and accessible to regional and remote communities across the globe. 

Our research outputs and global partnerships have made Queensland a global destination for drug discovery and development and positioned The University of Queensland in the world's top 50 universities.

Our translational culture and collaborative approach also set us apart. Our research has led to 12 spin-out companies, which have had an impact internationally, and brought considerable wealth and investment to Queensland. International and national pharmaceutical, biotech and agricultural companies preferentially partner with us, delivering Australia's largest-ever biotech deal, a NASDAQ-listed company, and 50 per cent of UQ's patent income. 

Training the next generation of changemakers

We are a crucial player in the local economy, providing over 400 jobs and training places. We are a cornerstone for delivering the highly-skilled, STEM-educated, entrepreneurial workforce of tomorrow. Connecting Queensland to our world, our alumni are entrepreneurial leaders in Australia, executive leaders in multinational companies, policymakers in international organisations, and highly sought-after opinion leaders.

At IMB, we dare to discover a healthy and sustainable future. 

Please join us on our journey.

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