Nominations open for Prime Minister’s science prizes  


Nominations have opened for the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science, Australia’s most prestigious awards for outstanding achievements in scientific research and research-based innovation. The Science Prizes range between $50,000 - $250,000.

The Science Prizes are an opportunity for the biotech community to showcase their achievements and illustrate the value that biotech offers Australia economically and socially.

The 2022 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science include:

·    Prime Minister's Prize for Innovation;

·    Prime Minister’s Prize for Science;

·    Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year; and,

·    Prize for New Innovators.

AusBiotech congratulated The University of Sydney’s Professor Anthony (Tony) Weiss AM, who was presented with the $250,000 Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation 2021 earlier this month. One of AusBiotech’s original members, Prof. Weiss has been recognised for his trailblazing research into accelerating and improving the repair of human tissue.

In 2008, Prof. Weiss founded the Australian spin-out company Elastagen to commercialise his research and inventions. The company raised $35 million in venture capital and grant funding, completed clinical trials and scaled-up production. Ten years later, Elastagen was sold for $334 million to Allergan, one of the world’s 20 largest biopharmaceutical companies, in one of the largest transactions ever completed in the Australian life science sector.

Nominations close on 10 February and can be made here.