The Hon Peter Beattie, MP: Alliances and Objectives for Australian Trade

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Video title: The Hon Peter Beattie, MP: Alliances and Objectives for Australian Trade
Released on: December 04, 2009. © PharmaVentures Ltd
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In this episode of PharmaTelevision News Review, Paul Larsmon talks with The Hon Peter Beattie, former Premier of Queensland, The Hon Peter Beattie, who is Queensland Trade Commissioner for North and South America.

Filmed at AusBiotech 2009, they discuss:

• alliances and collaborations
• development over the last 10 years into “something special”
• objectives for the next 12 months
Alliances and collaborations
Fintan Walton:
Hello and welcome to PharmaTelevision News Review here in Melbourne, Australia. On this show I have the honorable Peter Beattie former Premier of Queensland and now Trade Commissioner for Queensland in North America and Sound America, welcome.
Peter Beattie:
Thank you for having me.
Fintan Walton:
Actually your role is for all of America's"
Peter Beattie:
Fintan Walton:
And Peter Beattie you, you are an a very experience man having been a Premier of an important state here in Australia, but one of the things you did was to start this Smart State Initiative which has transformed the innovation status of Queensland enormously but now you're out there in, in the America's and particularly focused on North America. In 2009 and a year that has been one of the probably one of the worst economic downturns that we've seen this side of the second world war, how can you as a Trade Commissioner going out there to, to the United States convince them that they should also look at their own home territory but to come to somewhere like Queensland and invest?
Peter Beattie:
Yeah, it's all about alliances and collaborations. The Americans are pretty smart I mean they know at the bottom of a global financial crisis when the economic has got high un employment and problems, it also got good equity and there are private equity funds and they've got to think well what happens when the economic crisis is over [ph], how do they position themselves, where they are gonna be, where they are gonna be is doing good Life Sciences, doing ClinTec they need to get the partnerships right, and what do we offer? Queensland in Australia offers a base for not just good research protection of IP but they are going to China, they are going to India and whether it's alternative fields or whether it's a Life Science outcome we have a geographical advantage, that concludes everything from clinical trials, like through as I said before ClinTec, so as from that point of view we've got good science, we tag at good science and partner and collaborate with good science, good institutions in North America and share the outcomes. That's the best way to do it at the time of tight money best way to do it is share the tight money by giving good science, partnering and collaborating and that applies to British Columbia, Washington States, San Francisco, San Diego, South Carolina all the institutions where we can partner.
Fintan Walton:
So has that been effective, I mean in this difficult time, how productive has that been for you?
Peter Beattie:
We've got relationships in centres of excellence that we've not had before. I've been in the United States now as the Commissioner for almost 18-months and here in Melbourne we've got representative from British Columbia, Manitoba who are partners of ours, we've got links with Washington Stage, South Carolina, San Diego and San Diego I reference I mentioned that because that has links in(indiscernable) BIO, so those links are already here and in South Carolina as well, they are already here, now they are here because we offer something and we've developed a new institutes like the Institute for tropical medicine in North Queensland that's new. Climate change is coming therefore Dengue fever, Malariais going to be in centres it wasn't before, that mitigates [ph] money for research, we are offering something special, we have to be special and we have to be the best in the world, we offer that and the American's want to partner, Canadian wants to partner and that's what we offer.
Development over the last 10 years into “something special”
Fintan Walton:
So the question is could you have done this, pursuing the fact that you are the Premier at the time 10-years ago, has -- have things changed enough within Queensland in order for this proposition that you put forward to the American's if taken place?
Peter Beattie:
Yeah, yeah couldn't happen 10-years ago we were (indiscernable) when it came to research and collaborations. We've got great science now, great institutions, fantastic people we are now credible, if we did try to do this 10, 11, 12-years ago people would have laughed at us but not anymore, because we have got good science, we are attracting people from around the world mixed with their own good local scientist that's what's happened it's been a cultural change, that cultural change now enables us to credibly partner with the world, that's what Queensland is so energetic in the world, I mean the two centres in Australia with good science are Victoria and Queensland and we've done it by looking at whole new areas that's why when it comes to tropical medicine, tropical research that would be the new frontier if you like of opportunities and research, but to answer your question directly no, this could not have happened 10-years ago.
Fintan Walton:
So when you wanted to set up collaborations for an individual like you, where do you operate, do you operate at the corporate level, do you work at the government, government level? Do you need to approach Washington or do you have to approach the Governors? Houses of the various states of America or do you have to go straight into corporate America, where do you go?
Peter Beattie:
It's both, corporate America and at a if you like a sub-national level. We cooperate with States like, I for example negotiated and signed an agreement with British Columbia, that was with the state and I met with Premier Campbell on a couple of occasions then we do deals with the University of British Columbia and University of Queensland, James Cook University and Simon Fraser that's how it works.
Objectives for the next 12 months
Fintan Walton:
So where do you, what objectives Peter Beattie do you " have you set yourselves for the next 12-months, what would you like to see as a tangible result of the work that you're doing?
Peter Beattie:
Joint research between Queensland Institutions, Canadian Institutions, American Institutions started to happen and Prostate cancer for example, Professor Colleen Nelson is the Professor at the University of British Columbia a professor at the Queensland University of Technology living in Brisbane and $2 million dollars is going from Government of Queensland to Prostate cancer research that collaboration would produce results, that is a clear example what we wanted to see happen, it's not just Life Sciences, we wanted to see in ClinTec, we wanted to see it in everything from timber research, mining research it's across the institutions, to answer your question before this is about institution to institution link, from there they will be commercialization of course we bring partners in from companies in corporate America, but well I say this is sub national, we shouldn't ignore the fact that the Obama administration is investing unprecedented amounts of money in Life Sciences and in ClinTec that's never happened before, so not only we've got private equity, we've got public equity there is the dimension that's changing, you know what will happen in the United States is in the number of these areas Life Science and ClinTec are partnered with China and India, we have to be part of that or we are left out and we gotta use your brains and that's what it is all about.
Fintan Walton:
your Honorable Peter Beattie, thank you very much indeed for coming on the show.
Peter Beattie:
It's a pleasure. Thank you.
Peter Beattie
Trade Commissioner
The Honorable Peter Beattie was the 36th Premier of the Australian state of Queensland for nine years and leader of the Australian Labor Party in that state for eleven and a half years. His premiership lasted between 20 June 1998 and 13 September 2007 when he retired electorally undefeated. Mr. Peter Beattie's key agenda has been to transform Queensland into Australia's Smart State by restructuring the education system, skilling the workforce and encouraging research and development and encouraging biotechnology, information technology and aviation industries to locate in Queensland. In 2003, the he was awarded an honorary doctorate of science from the University of Queensland"in recognition of his leadership and commitment to higher education through Smart State initiatives and his support for research in the fields of biotechnology and nanotechnology". Currently Peter Beattie works and lives in Los Angeles as Queensland's Trade and Investment Commissioner.
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