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An innovative appointment

March 2016

We sat down with a couple of Club Melbourne Ambassadors to see what they thought about Dr Alan Finkel’s appointment as the Chief Scientist of Australia.

Dr Alan Finkel AO took up his role as the 8th Chief Scientist of Australia in January of this year. His appointment is particularly fitting shortly after the Prime Minister emphasised that the future economy needs to be focussed on innovation to enable Australia to fully realise the societal and economic benefits that will result from increased intensity in the sciences.

Dr Finkel’s experience stretches across academia and industry both local and international, making him an ideal candidate to support the articulation and implementation of the National Innovation and Science Agenda, thus fulfilling Malcolm Turnbull’s mandate.

But what does the science community think of his appointment? We asked a couple of Club Melbourne Ambassadors what they thought.

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Melbourne at epicentre of global biotechnology

March 2016

Both Melbourne and the biotech industry are set to benefit this October when International BioFest 2016 becomes the focus of global biotechnology.

 Hosted at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), this event will be the largest-ever gathering in Australian life sciences, with three major conferences coming together in one week in one place as one integrated network.

AusBiotech is a national industry organisation comprising of companies and individuals seeking to advance the biotechnology and life science industry in Australia by offering representation and services. AusBiotech is an expansive network of over 3,000 members in the life sciences.

AusBiotech 2016 is its national conference. To have it in Melbourne is a major win for the city, especially considering it will be joined by 17th International Biotechnology Symposium and Exhibition (IBS) and Australia Biotech Invest, making it the largest gathering in the life science sector in our nation’s history.

It will be held at MCEC from the 24-27 October and expects to attract over 2,500 delegates from all over the world.

Club Melbourne Ambassador Dr Anna Lavelle, Chief Executive Officer of AusBiotech, believes the Australian biotech industry is positioned for fast global growth and development.

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Club Melbourne Awards - 21 March 2016

March 2016

Club Melbourne Ambassadors awarded for securing another $50 million in economic impact for Victoria.

Club Melbourne Ambassadors were last night awarded for securing 13 international conferences in 2015 – worth an estimated $50 million to the State of Victoria – at the program’s annual awards ceremony held at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC).

This figure doubles the worth of conferences secured by Ambassadors in 2014, with the Club Melbourne Ambassador Program continuing to be a valuable asset for Victoria in its tenth year.

Presenting at the awards ceremony, MCEC’s Chief Executive, Peter King acknowledged the significant contribution Ambassadors make through volunteering both their time and expertise to the program.

“We are incredibly proud of our Ambassadors who work tirelessly with our team and partners to lead and deliver major international conferences for the state,” Mr King said.

“MCEC is the gathering hub of Melbourne – it is the place where people from around the world come to network, learn and create business opportunities.  “Club Melbourne is such an important element in our strategic plan and we look forward to continuing our ‘Team Melbourne’ partnership to secure business events for the state,” Mr King added.

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MCB showcases Melbourne Knowledge IQ

March 2016

International and domestic business events media attending the Asia Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) attended the first ever industry media famil dedicated to showcasing Melbourne as a knowledge city.

Facilitated by Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) the media famil was designed to show media through experience that Melbourne is a city with differentiated appeal, by highlighting Melbourne’s intellectual capacity, and how Melbourne’s knowledge capital is a key driver to securing significant business events to Melbourne.

Media were hosted at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity and given an exclusive tour of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC).

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Immunology enters a promising golden age

December 2015

Over 3000 participants are expected to flock to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in August 2016 to be presented with the most recent advances in immunology research and clinical treatments at the International Congress of Immunology.

The field of immunology has hit an exciting new phase in recent years due to a number of significant discoveries that has allowed scientists to develop a form of cancer therapy that has been extremely successful in treating advanced cases of melanoma and lung cancer in 30-40 percent of patients.

This may very well transform oncology and cancer treatments, as immunotherapy promotes the immune response of patients to fight off tumours cells instead of relying on chemotherapy and radiation, both of which can be very toxic to the body. It also has the potential to be used to treat other conditions, such as asthma, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as create more potent probiotics.

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