MIL-OSI Australia: US investor acquires stake in luxury Australian lodge brand

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MIL-OSI Australia: Australian digital diagnostics firm partners with QIAGEN on TB testing solution

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Australian digital diagnostics firm partners with QIAGEN on TB testing solution

22 Jan 2019
Australian digital diagnostics firm Ellume has partnered with German-Dutch company QIAGEN to develop a new tuberculosis (TB) testing solution for developing nations with a high disease burden of TB.
The new testing solution, QuantiFERON®-TB Access (QFT Access), combines Ellume’s ultrasensitive digital detection technology with QIAGEN’s existing latent-TB testing product, QuantiFERON-TB, which first gained FDA approval in 2001.
As well as developing the new TB testing solution, QIAGEN is acquiring a US$15 million minority stake in Ellume and the use of its intellectual property for the detection of latent TB. This new platform has the potential to expand the product menu beyond latent TB to include other illnesses, particularly those co-incident with TB, such as HIV.
QIAGEN intends to work with the World Health Organization (WHO), various non-governmental organisations and governments to support their TB control efforts, and in particular, achieve goals set by the WHO’s End TB Strategy.
‘We’re pleased to be partnering with a global leader such as QIAGEN to create a high-impact product such as QFT Access,’ says Dr Sean Parsons, Founder and Managing Director, Ellume.
‘At Ellume, we pride ourselves on developing integrated solutions and we’re confident of creating with QIAGEN a world-class product in QFT Access to address this major unmet need.’
The QIAGEN alliance builds on the recent announcement of a global partnership with GlaxoSmithKline announced in December 2018.
‘To have this second partnership with a company such as QIAGEN is a real validation of the technology we’ve created over the last five years,’ says Dr Parsons.
‘It shows us to be the partner of choice for global leaders in the industry due to the quality and value of the science we have created. This is particularly important as our ellume.lab products enter US clinical studies in preparation for planned commercial launch in 2020.’
Ellume is an Australian digital diagnostics company that develops, manufactures and commercialises accurate, connected products for health professionals and consumers. It focuses on the detection of common illnesses that affect the global population. Ellume has developed detection technology powered by a quantum dot nanoparticle, which integrates optics, electronics, biologics and software into an intuitive and high-performance digital platform.
QIAGEN was established in 1984 by a team of scientists at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf, Germany. Its holding company is now based in the Netherlands. QIAGEN specialises in isolating and processing DNA, RNA and protein from blood, tissue and other material samples for analysis. Its bioinformatics software and knowledge bases interpret data to report relevant, actionable insights, while its automation solutions tie these together in workflows. As at 30 September 2018, QIAGEN employed approximately 4,900 people in over 35 locations worldwide.
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MIL-OSI Australia: Student visa data now available by calendar year-to-date in MIP Orbis

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MIL-OSI Australia: Opportunities to develop higher education standards in Mexico

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MIL-OSI Australia: Introducing Austrade’s international education team in South Asia

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MIL-OSI Australia: Visit to the United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Belgium, Switzerland and the United States (Ministerial)

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Media release
19 January 2019
I will visit the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Switzerland and the United States from 19 to 26 January to pursue Australia’s economic and trade interests with government leaders, business and major international organisations.
The UAE is Australia’s largest trade and investment partner in the Middle East and meetings with my UAE counterparts and key business leaders will be aimed at identifying further opportunities for Australian companies in the UAE as well as promoting Australia as an investment destination.
I will also seek an ongoing commitment for the resumption of free trade agreement negotiations with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) which we believe would facilitate a significant increase in trade and investment within the region, including with the UAE.
My first visit to the UK as Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment comes at a crucial time in the United Kingdom’s history. Australia has a significant relationship with the UK underpinned by our shared heritage, common values, as well as our growing trade and investment ties with the UK which is our seventh largest two-way goods and services trading partner.
I will meet with Secretary of State for International Trade, Liam Fox, and Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (EU), Stephen Barclay to discuss the implications of Brexit for Australia and how quickly we can move to formal Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations once the UK has left the EU.
I will also be making my first official visit to Brussels where I will meet with European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström and European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan to progress negotiations on our comprehensive and ambitious FTA with the EU that will provide expanded opportunities for Australian exporters.
I will also address European Parliamentarians and business representatives on the mutual benefits of our growing economic relationship.
In Switzerland, I will attend the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos alongside ministerial counterparts, global business leaders and heads of major international organisations. This will be an opportunity to reinforce Australia’s commitment to economic openness, progress e-commerce and digital trade initiatives and promote Australia as an investment destination. 
While in Los Angeles for the 16th Annual G’Day USA, I will deliver the keynote address at the inaugural Signature Australia Tourism Industry Event and discuss how we can build on the success of the recent Dundee campaign and continue to attract more US travellers to Australia. I will also host roundtables with Australian and US CEOs on venture capital and innovation, and on US-Australia trade and economic policy interests.

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MIL-OSI Australia: New Australia-UK agreements will provide certainty to Australian exporters (Ministerial)

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Joint media release

Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment
The Hon David Littleproud MP, Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources
The Hon Karen Andrews MP, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology
19 January 2019
Australia and the United Kingdom have signed a new bilateral Wine Agreement and Mutual Recognition Agreement overnight in London, which will help ensure the continued flow of trade post-Brexit.
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham said these agreements would ensure arrangements already in place between Australia and the European Union for our wine and other exports continued to apply for the United Kingdom post-Brexit.
“This will mean Australian exporters can continue to benefit from existing arrangements for mutual recognition as they do currently, even if the UK leaves the EU without an agreement,” Minister Birmingham said.
“These agreements provide assurances to Australian exporters that they will be able to get their goods into the UK post-Brexit whether it be wine, medical devices or automotive parts without additional trade barriers or regulations.
“They are a significant and necessary step in our post-Brexit preparations, where we want to minimise disruptions to trade flows and provide as much certainty to Australian exporters as we can.
“On top of these, we’re committed to securing a comprehensive free trade agreement with the UK as soon as they are in a position to do so, which will even further boost trade flows between our two countries.”
Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said nearly a third of our exported wine went to the UK last year.
“This agreement protects Australia’s geographical indicators so UK consumers know our wine is fair dinkum,” Minister Littleproud said.
“We can grow our UK trade under this agreement and put more money in Australian wine grower’s pockets.”
The Wine Agreement replicates an agreement already in place with the EU, meaning the UK will accept Australian labelling standards and certification standards as well as winemaking practices.
Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the Mutual Recognition Agreement would ensure Australia and the UK continue to recognise the test reports and certificates issued by each other’s designated conformity assessment bodies.
“The Mutual Recognition Agreement will help facilitate trade flows between both countries, guaranteeing continuity of the existing mutual recognition arrangements post-Brexit,” Minister Andrews said.
“For Australian businesses, this will eliminate the cost and time of duplicative testing or the need for re-certification when their products arrive in the other country’s market.”

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