Peter Andrews

Queensland’s first chief scientist Professor Peter Andrews has been appointed the chairman of qutbluebox, the independent commercialisation arm of the Queensland University of Technology.

Professor Andrews served as Queensland chief scientist from 2003-2010 and before that led multidisciplinary scientific teams in several Australian universities and co-founded six biotechnology companies.

“Building an innovation-based society in Australia requires not only business and community leaders who appreciate the opportunities offered by university research, but also entrepreneurial students and researchers who are willing, ready and able to create their own social and business enterprises,” Professor Andrews said.

“I look forward to working with both groups through bluebox.”

bluebox CEO Tim McLennan said Professor Andrews had an extensive understanding of the policy and economic development issues associated with science, research and innovation.

“There’s an extraordinary wealth of innovative ideas within QUT and our job is to help staff and students turn those ideas into businesses, creating the start-up founders of the future,” Mr McLennan said.

“Having first met Peter during his role as Queensland Chief Scientist, we know he will maximise the impact of our commercialisation and entrepreneurial activities.

“Australia’s innovation agenda is gaining increasing support from both governments and industry.

“Peter’s unique experience across government and industry and his own entrepreneurial endeavours will ensure bluebox’s industry and venture partnerships, as well as commercialisation, are aligned with real outcomes in this exciting environment.”

Professor Andrews replaces retiring bluebox chairman Hugh Nalder, who remains a member of QUT Council.