Karl Kelly Considered International Champion

NEW YORK: The State Government of Queensland Australia, South Carolina’s Sister State has recognized The South Carolina Biotechnology Incubation Program (SC BIO) CEO Karl Kelly as its leading champion ambassador in the United States for 2007.

Queensland Premier Peter Beattie today presented Mr Kelly with the Premier of Queensland’s Champion Award at the third annual Queensland Advance Expatriate Awards at an award’s ceremony in New York.

Mr Kelly was instrumental in coordinating the signing of the Letter of Intent on Biotechnology Collaboration between South Carolina and Queensland as well as a Memorandum of Understanding between the Queensland University of Technology and Clemson University.

Mr Beattie thanked Mr Kelly for his contribution in helping build Queensland’s international reputation in biotechnology.

“Karl’s mentoring assistance to Queensland companies such as Alchemia, Progen, Glykoz and Farmacule and ability to bring Queensland and South Carolina universities closer together has provided close international collaboration results in biomass to ethanol, rural technology development and nutrigenomics,” Mr Beattie said.

The SC BIO incubation program serves South Carolina’s research institutions including Clemson University, Greenwood Genetic Center, Medical University of South Carolina, NOAA Coastal Research Center, Savannah River National Laboratory, and University of South Carolina.

Mr Kelly said: "The research collaboration of Queensland and South Carolina advances the sister-state relationship by accelerating innovation, enhancing international recognition of life science resources, and opening access to vital international markets for emerging companies."

Last year, under Mr Kelly's leadership, SC BIO received the Palmetto Vision Award from the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce as a quality example that best exemplifies a public/private sector partnership in research, which promotes economic development in South Carolina.

Other award winners at the Queensland Advance Expatriate Awards were:

• The Dow Chemical Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman Dr Andrew Liveris received the Premier of Queensland’s Expatriate Achievement Award;

• Academy Award winning director, writer and producer George Miller received the inaugural Queensland-United States Personal Achievement Award; and

• President of Discovery Studios Clark Bunting received the inaugural Steve Irwin Memorial Goodwill Ambassador Award.

Media Contacts: Jason Mullen +1 213 304 6218
8 May 2007
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