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ABA Legal Group grows bioscience unit for local biotech investments


ABA Legal Group is seeing significant growth in its Bioscience Unit as it plans to capitalise on renewed government and investor focus on Australia’s local life science and biotechnology industries.

Driven by the impact of COVID-19 this change in national policy settings is best exemplified by the launch of the AUD $20 billion Medical Research Future Fund to support Australian health and medical research.

Initiatives like this, coupled with the country’s Research and Development Tax Incentive program, are creating a favourable environment for global biotechnology firms to establish operations within Australian jurisdictions.

According to ABA Legal Group Founder and Director Andrew Antonopolous, the continued growth of ABA Bioscience Consulting is to prepare for what he sees as a decade of growth in the healthcare and medical research start-up space.

“It is my firm belief that there is an opportunity right now for Australia to capitalise on its strengths in medical research, talent, intellectual property protections, policy settings, and government investment to establish itself as a global leader in the biotechnology field,” said Mr Antonopolous.

“These factors are working in our favour when it comes to growing our Bioscience unit where we support businesses looking to establish a presence within the Australian market through our end-to-end advisory offering. This sector has the potential to completely transform the Australian economy and we see our Bioscience unit as a strategic partner for boutique research providers looking for a more tailored approach when looking for local partners.”

ABA Bioscience Consulting focuses on providing businesses, researchers, and innovators the ability to plan and establish their presence in Australia. Its industry focus is on Australia’s Biotechnology, Medtech, BioPharmaceutical, Life Sciences and AgTech industries.

It works closely with its clients to educate them about commercial opportunities Australia has to offer.

This assistance comes in form of planning, company establishment, operations, corporate governance, corporate advisory, tax planning, and legal advice. It also works with its clients to identify the right clinical partners, and to have adequate support for the future success and commercialisation of their treatments and therapies.

It will ensure that companies moving to a new jurisdiction are covered across all areas of corporate tax, legal, R&D Tax Incentives, governance, and compliance. At the same time It will also assist with operational and administrative requirements so that businesses can take advantage and leverage the expedited Australian research environment.

According to Andrew, the opportunity is now for Australia to kickstart its Biotechnology and health science sector as the move to disease prevention rather than treatment gathers pace.

“We are at the cusp of a revolution in healthcare as we move to prevention rather than cure as we utilise the latest technology and genetic treatments.”

“It is exciting to see government and venture capital support for this sector because if this industry is harnessed correctly, the size and scale of these businesses will overshadow many other sectors of the Australian economy. I look forward to working with our partners in Queensland like the Cohort Innovation Space at the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct and across the country as we seek to nurture and grow this sector.”


Original story from ABA Legal Group. Note: Content has been edited for style and length.

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Nina Alvarez is a Content Producer for Healthcare Channel. Her interests include writing, particularly about the healthcare sector and the many ways it can improve to further benefit people from all walks of life.


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