How Brisbane’s Gelomics expanded to 21+ nations in 5 years


Pioneering a extra moral strategy to scientific trials on animals and people, Brisbane-based biotech startup Gelomics is having a life-changing influence in additional than 21 nations. Being part of Commerce & Funding Queensland’s Go World Export Program has been instrumental to their exporting success.

After we hear about scientific trials, it’s usually concerning the outcomes of a examine and never the ‘how’.

The details of the ‘how’ are sobering. Greater than 200 million animals are euthanised for analysis and improvement yearly. Over 90 per cent of drug candidates in human trials fail, regardless of animal testing. It takes a mean of 10 to fifteen years to develop a brand new drug, and the price to develop a drug is round US$2.6 billion.

Dr Christoph Meinert lives and breathes the ‘how’. Over the previous 15 years, the researcher-turned-entrepreneur has labored in a few of the world’s most prestigious labs and seen firsthand the obstacles to creating lifesaving remedies each single day.

“There’s actually tens of millions of cell and animal experiments carried out each single 12 months globally in tutorial and pharmaceutical laboratories,” Christoph tells Startup Every day. “However solely a really minuscule proportion of the info that’s produced utilizing such experiments truly predicts how human tissues and organs would react, for instance, to drug candidates.”

Whereas it’s been a well known difficulty within the life science business for a very long time, the know-how hasn’t been accessible to do one thing about it. Till now.

Evolution of a cell revolution

Whereas learning a PhD in Bioengineering on the Queensland College of Know-how, Christoph got here up with an answer.

In 2021, Gelomics launched its flagship product, the LunaGel™ 3D Tissue Tradition System, which permits human cells to become microscopic representations of human tissue in a petri dish.

Historically, cells are grown and examined in a two-dimensional plastic petri dish, which is a “extremely unnatural” atmosphere that results in deceptive information, says Christoph.

The outcomes are life-or-death: animal and human lives are misplaced because of defective and unsafe medicine. So labs utilizing Gelomics can undertake animal-free analysis that’s extra correct and cost-effective, in addition to being safer and quicker in figuring out unsafe or ineffective medicine earlier than they make it to trials in areas like most cancers remedy.

“Our 3D tissue tradition strategy represents a metamorphosis to drug improvement and has huge ranging implications for extra human and animal lives,” Christoph explains.

“It’s actually a sport changer. Scientists can now develop tissues which can be going to not solely replicate an actual factor, but additionally look, really feel, and behave prefer it. So you’ll be able to think about tiny, beating little coronary heart muscle mass or intricate vascular methods, useful livers and even microscopic little tumours that can be utilized for drug improvement.”


Breast most cancers tumour organoids grown in Gelomics’ product. Picture: Equipped.

Exporting Gelomics to the world

Exporting the innovation was going to be key to Gelomics’ success. Like many first-time founders, Christoph went on a steep studying curve.

“Exporting was fully uncharted waters for us,” he tells us. “We knew that with the answer we’ve, we’ve to go international to really have an effect on the business. So we launched into this journey studying about worldwide rules, cultural enterprise nuances, and in addition the significance of native partnerships by distributors that we had as properly.”

Commerce & Funding Queensland (TIQ) proved to be a transformative companion in Gelomics’ exporting journey. Gelomics utilized for TIQ’s Go World Export Program, which supplies export-ready Queensland companies monetary and on-the-ground help to finalise an export deal in a brand new market.

This system offers funding to assist small and medium-sized Queensland companies overcome particular challenges they’re going through with a deliberate export transaction into a brand new worldwide market, by matched funding as much as $25,000 (excluding GST).

Upon receiving the grant, Gelomics have been in a position to make inroads in Japan and get their first shoppers.

“The grant supplied us with invaluable introductions, mentorship and on-site help,” Christoph says. “It was good to have someone there to coach us and mentor us all through the method as properly. So it wasn’t simply concerning the funding, however it was additionally about bridging these cultural and enterprise divides, which was establishing belief and laying a basis for a partnership.”

Christoph says the grant helped kicked off what’s now a “very lively export program” with Japan. It additionally gave them the prospect to offer gross sales and advertising coaching on the bottom and get to know their distributor and key opinion leaders within the scientific fields they have been servicing.

Since then, extra nations have taken steps in the direction of eliminating animal testing, which is simply excellent news for Gelomics. At present, their 3D tissue tradition fashions are being exported to greater than 200 labs throughout the Asia-Pacific, Europe and USA.


Vascular tissue grown in Gelomics’ product. Picture: Equipped.


Apply for the Go World Export Program’s 2023 grants

Christoph recommends different export-ready Queensland-based companies seize the chance now earlier than purposes for this 12 months’s program shut on September 11, 2023.

“My recommendation can be to embrace the chance,” he says. “This system isn’t just a grant. It’s actually a partnership. It presents companies a wealth of assets, networks and experience that may be actually instrumental in navigating complexities of recent worldwide geographical markets, which are sometimes difficult to navigate initially.”

The Go World Export Program is at the moment on the lookout for progressive companies throughout a various vary of industries. Are you the following Gelomics?

Apply for the Go World Export Program now on your likelihood to obtain a $25,000 grant and help from Commerce & Funding Queensland that can assist you export to a brand new market.

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