Australian innovation behind life-changing medicines

Innovation is at the centre of the story behind Gardasil, the world’s first cervical cancer vaccine. Professor Ian Frazer and Dr Jian Zhou had been trying to find a treatment for HPV, the virus that causes cervical cancer. A chance discovery shifted their focus to finding a preventative vaccine. As of September 2021, more than 350 million doses of Gardasil and 110 million doses of Gardasil 9 (which replaced Gardasil) have been administered worldwide. Spray-on skin is another world-first developed in Australia. Professor Fiona Wood recognized the potential of tissue engineering technology to treat burns.

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