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The Generator to host DNA researcher Derek Richard

The Generator Derek Richard
QUT Associate Prof Derek Richard is Science Director of the Cancer and Ageing Research Program and will be in Bundaberg next month to host an event at The Generator.

‘How to self fund your dream project' is the theme of The Generator's next event where participants will have an opportunity to meet and learn from DNA research professor Derek Richard.

The Brisbane-based QUT researcher, who is an expert in DNA stability and repair pathways, is no stranger to the Bundaberg Region, having made several trips in the past to chat to local students about his innovative projects.

Community Manager of The Generator, Tamar Boas, said she was thrilled to give residents another chance to meet Professor Richard.

“We asked to have him speak at The Generator Innovation Hub to give our community the opportunity to meet him and learn about his DNA research and innovative projects,” Tamar said.

“Meeting Derek would be especially interesting for local startup founders and entrepreneurs that are looking to commercialise their ideas and for anyone in the medical and biotechnology field.”

Tamar said A/Prof Richard funded his cancer and anti-aging research through multiple innovative entrepreneurial streams.

“For example, to fund the development of an anti-cancer drug, the researchers have teamed up with a champion coffee roaster in Byron Bay, in a fundraising venture, to develop a range of fair trade, ethically sourced coffee, tea and drinking chocolate,” she said.

“Join us at The Generator and find out about the innovative fundraising techniques that are being used in the biotech industry and beyond.”

About Professor Derek Richard

Professor Richard is known for his discovery of the human SSB family of proteins and characterising their critical role in maintaining genetic stability.

This work led to two patent applications and the commercialization of technology he developed.

Since moving to Queensland in 2004 he has licensed technologies to and works as a consultant for Cancer Therapeutics.

His latest research has led to the initiation of a clinical trial sponsored by Cancer Research UK.

Event details

What: ‘How to self fund your dream project' with Associate Professor Derek Richard
When: Thursday, 4 November, 12.30pm to 1.30pm
Where: Bundaberg Generator, 155A Bourbong Street (above the post office).

RSVP to the event here.