Innovation Centre member, Servatus Biopharmaceuticals, recently employed Nicolas Kong, a USC Honours graduate (USC 2017 – Bachelor of Science Honours)), to work as a Research Assistant in their office at the USC’s Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast (IC) and their laboratory based at USC’s Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering (FoSHEE) at Sippy Downs.

Nicolas completed his Honours degree only a short while ago and is thrilled to be able to start his career with a scientific research company on the Sunshine Coast.  Nicolas said “I have been searching for suitable jobs in my field and considered the possibility of moving to a capital city or pursuing work unrelated to my degree. I was excited to be afforded this opportunity to work here on the Sunshine Coast. The experience I gained during my honours year at USC gave me the confidence and knowledge to take on unique challenges and create success. I’m grateful to be given the chance to apply my skills learnt at USC, and to gain industry training at a leading edge biotechnology company”.

Dr. Wayne Finlayson, Managing Director and CEO, Servatus Limited is interested in growing a biotechnology precinct on the Sunshine Coast and has endeavoured to utilise local graduates where possible.  Wayne said “It is great to have Nicolas join our team and we expect that he will quickly be able to contribute to our research efforts by utilising his practical experience and knowledge gained here at USC.  We hope Nicolas will be only the first of numerous USC graduates that can work in biotechnology on the Sunshine Coast as we continue to expand over the coming years”.

About Servatus Biopharmaceuticals:

Servatus is an Australian biopharmaceuticals company and is focused on the development of effective treatments for chronic and inflammatory diseases – especially auto-immune diseases – utilising our proprietary technology. Servatus are engineering “intelligent” directed changes into the structure of selected existing therapeutic proteins to improve their clinical utility.  Servatus are also researching and engineering next generation probiotics and live biotherapeutics for the treatment of microbiome immune related conditions.

An integral part of Servatus’ operations is the R&D activities performed in the laboratory at USC and Servatus has built a strong collaboration with the Innovation Centre and university research staff.  This collaboration will greatly facilitate the progress of Servatus research programs through sharing of technical expertise and resources, while providing a possible conduit for students and graduates into the rapidly developing and expanding biotechnology sector.

Another Innovation Centre member, Point Duty,  recently employed an international student Bikram Jeet Singh (USC 2017 graduate – Bachelor of Communication and Information Technology). Bikram is grateful to be given the opportunity to start his career as Testing Analyst with Point Duty, based at USC’s Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast (IC).

“Bikram commenced employment in early June and has been a great addition to the team” said  Stan Kaine, CEO, Point Duty.

Gaining a local position is the dream of many international students Bikram said, “I encourage other international students to consider working outside of the capital cities in developing areas such as the Sunshine Coast. I thank the USC staff for giving me the best educational training to start to my career. I would also like to thank Point Duty and the IC for this amazing opportunity.”

About Point Duty:

Point Duty develops and commercialises a range of software and hardware products focussing on unstructured data collection, data enrichment and integration.

The Point Duty Threat Hunter™ suite is used by investigators and analysts across a wide range of business sectors and in government agencies. From law enforcement, military intelligence and business intelligence Threat Hunter contributes to the intelligence cycle enabling high quality data collection across the clear, deep and dark web, entity extraction, translation, image analysis, data visualisation for the production of intelligence products.

As an IBM Business Partner Point Duty products are fully integrated into IBM i2 suite including Analyst Notebook (ANB) extending the capabilities for all i2 users.

Central to Point Duty success is an R&D program (based on the Sunshine Coast and Tasmania) that provides data users with unique solutions to collecting and managing unstructured data. While offering the current conventional channels to collecting from social media and the web, Point Duty has solutions that can offer higher quality data with automated collection and inbuilt