Investment in Queensland start-up to deliver new treatment options

The Australian Government will support a world-leading laboratory in Northern Australia to develop a new treatment for people who have inflammatory bowel disease.

Page last updated: 14 August 2018

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Joint Media Release


The Hon Greg Hunt MP
Minister for Health

Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Minister for Jobs and Innovation
Senator for Western Australia

The Hon Craig Laundy MP
Minister for Small and Family Business, The Workplace and Deregulation

The Hon Warren Entsch MP
Member for Leichardt


14 August 2018

The Turnbull Government will support a world-leading laboratory in Northern Australia to develop a new treatment for people who have inflammatory bowel disease.

Inflammatory bowel disease is a chronic life-long autoimmune disease that affects about 85,000 Australians.

ParaGen Bio (PGB) Laboratories, based at James Cook University in Cairns, is a new immunology business developing the next generation of therapeutics.

It will receive $367,000 through the Australian Government’s Biomedical Translation Fund (BTF).

BTF fund managers OneVentures Management invested in PGB Laboratories, whose research identified a novel class of proteins from hook worms that could help reduce inflammation.

PGB Laboratories will harness the therapeutic potential of hookworms and develop treatments for inflammatory bowel disease.

The Australian Government has contributed $250 million towards the $500 million BTF program, with the balance made up of private capital. It is administered by three private sector fund managers.

The $367,000 investment in PGB Laboratories is a terrific example of how the fund is supporting promising new therapies in Australia.

Inflammatory bowel disease is chronic and debilitating, and results in significant costs for individual sufferers and the Australian economy at large.

The BTF is helping Australian start-ups to take their biomedical discoveries out of laboratories and helping to support Australian patients.

The fund assists businesses at their most critical point—where they have an idea, but lack the capital to develop and get that idea to market.

By working together, we are putting more of our cutting-edge therapies on the fast track to market, where they are needed by patients around the world.

For more information visit the BTF website.

(ENDS)

Authorised by Greg Hunt MP, Liberal Party of Australia, Somerville, Victoria.

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