Taiwan-based project manager Dr Jade Hsu is part of a team that develops and commercialises new drugs and brings fresh hope to sufferers of liver diseases and cancers.
Jade studied a Bachelor of Biotechnology at The University of Queensland (UQ), providing her with the fundamental basis for a career in scientific research.
“UQ is a highly ranked university in Australia, is well known in Taiwan and recognised internationally,” she said.
“The University is known to produce cutting-edge research, especially in Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines.
“I was part of a research team at The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute investigating if this virus is spread between family members.
“I believe my bachelor’s degree opened the doors for me to explore research.”
After completing her undergraduate program, Jade wanted to deepen her knowledge of the biotechnology industry and commenced a Doctorate of Biotechnology at UQ.
“I believe my doctorate degree opened the doors to the biotechnology industry for me,” she said.
“The combination of business commercialisation and science skills that I have acquired during my doctorate have helped me tackle many projects that I come across in my job.”
As part of her program, Jade completed an internship with a US regulatory firm for therapeutic drugs which inspired her to take her career path in the field of drug development.
She now works as a project manager for new drug development at Medigen Biotechnology Corporation in Taipei, Taiwan. The company focuses on the development of new therapies for liver diseases and cancers.
Her role involves screening and selecting drug candidates, communicating with clinical research and contract manufacturing organisations, monitoring and reviewing project costings, and assisting in local product registration and marketing.
“One of the most rewarding aspects of my job, is knowing that I can participate in the process of potentially changing patients’ lives,” she said.
While at UQ, Jade was involved as a committee member of the Taiwanese Australian International Student Association.
Her advice to students wanting to study at UQ is to “be like a sponge, absorb as much knowledge and learning experience as you can. The learning experiences that UQ offers through theory and practicals will certainly be invaluable to you in the future.”
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