Bioentrepreneur, academic and promoter of knowledge-intensive industry development in Australia. Founder, CEO and Chairman of a string of life science companies; ex-Chief Scientist to the State of Queensland.
Professor Andrews is an eminent scientist and bio-entrepreneur. He was appointed as Queensland’s first Chief Scientist in 2003, retiring in December 2010.
Professor Andrews completed his PhD in the pharmacological applications of quantum chemistry at the University of Melbourne in 1969. He has since led multidisciplinary scientific teams at several Australian universities, and has been at the forefront of the development of the Australian biotechnology industry as a founder or board member of more than 10 scientific companies.
In 2000, together with Professor John Mattick AO, Professor Andrews founded Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience – the first of several world-class biomedical research institutes established under the Queensland government’s Smart State Strategy.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2004 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia.