Taking Australia from the farm to the pharm (2015–2020)

Plants produce unique cyclic peptides (mini-proteins) to protect themselves from pests and pathogens. This project aims to chemically redesign them to produce stable protein-based drugs. This is significant because the exceptional stability of cyclic peptides overcomes what until now has been a major limitation on protein drugs. But the project will do more than just borrow knowledge of cyclic peptides from plants; it will place re-engineered genes into pharmed plants to produce novel stable pharmaceuticals that can be eaten. Expected major outcomes will be new knowledge underpinning an innovative approach to protein production and a new pharming industry for Australia to produce high-value drugs and agri-chemicals in plants.
Grant type:
ARC Australian Laureate Fellowships
  • ARC Laureate Fellow - Group Leader
    Institute for Molecular Bioscience
    Affiliated Professor
    School of Biomedical Sciences
    Faculty of Medicine
Funded by:
Australian Research Council