Queensland Biomedical Engineer Professor Mark Kendall was leading the research team responsible for developing the biggest breakthrough in vaccine delivery since the invention of the syringe in 1853.

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has congratulated Queensland Biomedical Engineer Professor Mark Kendall for last night winning one of the inaugural The Australian Innovation Challenge awards.

Ms Bligh said Mr Kendall was leading the research team responsible for developing the biggest breakthrough in vaccine delivery since the invention of the syringe in 1853.

?Professor Kendall is the research leader behind the Nanopatch ? a product being designed to deliver vaccines without breaking the skin like a needle.

?Professor Kendall?s commitment to this project could revolutionise immunisation globally ? and in particular benefit developing countries.

?In August Vaxxas Pty Ltd announced a $15 million investment at UQ?s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology to allow Professor Kendall to continue his pioneering work.??

Premier Bligh said Professor Kendall was a great example of the success of the Labor Government?s Smart State Strategy.

?Professor Kendall was awarded a Smart State Fellowship in 2006 ? with Government providing $300,000 and UQ a further $960,000.

?He also received more than $1.2M under the Innovation Projects Fund in 2006.

?We announced at budget time that we would allocate $100 million in a new round of Smart State Funds.

?It?s people like Professor Kendall that reinforce our belief that this investment is the right thing to do for Queensland.??

Ms Bligh also congratulated organisers ofThe Australian Innovation Challenge for helping to support and highlight some of the nation?s best ideas.