Emeritus Professor Peter Andrews AO

Photo of Peter Andrews - the first Chief Scientist appointed by the Queensland Government.

Peter Andrews - the first Chief Scientist appointed by the Queensland Government.

Peter Andrews was the first Chief Scientist appointed by the Queensland Government and served in the role for seven years, from 2003 to 2010.

Peter is an eminent Queensland scientist and bio-entrepreneur who has been at the forefront of initiatives to develop the Australian biotechnology industry. Since 1985, he has founded or co-founded, and/or been a director for more than 10 scientific companies, two of which developed drugs for international markets. He is currently chairman of Implicit Bioscience and Vast Bioscience.

After receiving his Bachelor of Science with honours from the University of Melbourne in 1965, he completed his PhD in 1969 and then devoted himself to researching molecular design, intermolecular interactions, drug structure and activity relationships, and molecular diversity.

In January 2000, together with Professor John Mattick AO, he established Queensland's Institute for Molecular Bioscience - the only research institute in Australia to incorporate the full spectrum of molecular biosciences and work with national and international pharmaceutical industries to develop new therapeutics. He was also CEO of the Institute's commercialisation arm, IMBcom, from 2000-2003.

His achievements include the development of major research facilities at the Victorian College of Pharmacy (1980-1987), Bond University (1988-1990), and the Centre for Drug Design and Development (3D Centre) at the University of Queensland (1991-1999). He established the first Australian laboratory in the field of computer-assisted drug design at the John Curtin School of Medical Research (Australian National University) in 1975.

Peter is passionate about the need to encourage young Australians to found and build their own entrepreneurial enterprises, and is currently Chair of bluebox, QUT’s commercialisation organisation, and Life Sciences Queensland.

His book "Überpreneurs: how to create innovative global businesses and transform human societies", co-authored with social scientist Dr Fiona Wood, was published in 2014.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2004 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia.