International BioFest 2016 will be the largest-ever gathering in Australian life sciences, with three major conferences coming together in one week in one place as one integrated network.

International BioFest 2016 is expected to attract over 2,500 delegates to attend the academic, industry and investor events in Melbourne from 24 – 27 October 2016. The event will be a celebration of Australian and international life sciences and highlight Melbourne as one of the world’s great biotech hubs.








Hear Prof Sally McArthur, Director, Swinburne Innovation Precinct Swinburne University of Technology, discuss wound infection, and how biotechnology can offer solutions to wounds that linger over time.  Prof McArthur will present Controlling Biology at Surfaces: Exploring the effects of micro/nanostructure and chemistry on bacterial adhesion on Wednesday 26 October at IBS 2016.

Stem cells on their best behaviour, with DECRA Fellow Dr Peng-Yuan Wang, Swinburne University, and Dr Hang Ta, University of Queensland

A transformation of contemporary medical therapies is promised by stem cell research, offering breakthroughs in replenishing damaged cells in the body. Discover how Dr Wang investigates the surface properties of stem cells and how Dr Ta "homes" stem cells to treat cardiovascular disease. 

Nanostructured biomaterials for tissue regeneration with Prof Laura Cipolla, Milano-Bicocca University

How do researchers design biomaterials to establish key and controlled interactions with cells to induce the body's innate powers of self-repair? 

Distinguished Prof Margaret Brimble, Chair of Organic Chemistry and Director of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Auckland

Professor Brimble’s lecture will focus of her research – the synthesis of bioactive natural products and the synthesis of peptides, lipopeptides and glycopeptides as potential therapeutic agents.

Prof Gust to reflect on biotech industry past

Experienced in the prevention of hepatitis and AIDS that earned him an the Order of Australia and part of the team that transformed CSL into a major publically listed company, Professorial Fellow Ian Gust will deliver messages useful to people seeking global success in science, academia and start-ups.

Improving 'last resort' antibiotics: Dr Kade Roberts, Senior Research Scientist, Monash University

Dr Roberts will discuss how he and fellow team members of the Li Lab are developing novel, safer polymyxins for treating dangerous ‘super-bugs’, which represent a major global health problem. 



International BioFest provides delegates with a holistic view of current opportunities, representing the key fields of the global biotechnology ecosystem with events dedicated to academia, industry and investment. 



Melbourne accommodation in October is booking up fast, with the city’s popular Derby Day held the weekend following International BioFest. AusBiotech has negotiated a number of special rates for hotels within walking distance of the Melbourne Convention Centre and discounts of up to $120 per night are offered when booking direct.

Contact the AusBiotech reservation team to arrange your accommodation today.



International BioFest 2016 will be the largest-ever gathering of the life sciences in Australia, a not-to-be-missed opportunity to meet the entire biotech ecosystem in one place in one week.

Registration is now open. Click here to. book

Your options include:

  • Gold registration to attend all three BioFest events: International Biotechnology Symposium (IBS 2016), AusBiotech 2016 and Australia Biotech Invest 2016. Access all areas, networking events and AusPartnering business matching.
  • Silver registration to attend IBS 2016 and AusBiotech 2016, the BioIndustry Exhibition, related events and AusPartnering.
  • Single event registration to attend one conference of your choice, with associated exhibition and events, and access to AusPartnering,.
  • Day pass registration is available for IBS 2016 or AusBiotech 2016.

Note: BioFest gala dinner tickets can be purchased with any registration for just $98 each. Accommodation can also be booked during registration.

View full details to select your option here.