Deputy Premier of Queensland the Hon. Anna Bligh MP, Announces Advance Queensland Expatriate Awards

LOS ANGELES, Monday April 3, 2006

Queensland Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for State Development, Trade, and Innovation, Anna Bligh, (pictured center) proudly presented the 2006 Queensland Advance Expatriate Awards at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles on Monday night.

The Premier’s Advance Queenland Expatriate Award recognizes the efforts of an outstanding Queensland expatriate and The Champions Award recognizes a prominent American citizen, for promoting the Smart State in the US.
The Expatriate Award was presented to Dr Gary Roubin (pictured left), cardiologist and internationally recognised pioneer in the development of the first FDA-approved coronary stent, as well as in pioneering the techniques of carotid stenting and embolic protection devices. In 1995, he was awarded a Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Queensland for his basic and clinical research in the development of coronary stenting.
Dr. Roubin is currently at Lenox Hill Hospital, where he has been the Chairman of the Department of Interventional Cardiology and Director of the Cardiovascular Interventional Suites since 2004. He has in recent years, committed himself to establishing a new paradigm in cardiovascular care to further innovations and excellence in patient treatment and care.
In presenting the award the Deputy Premier commended expats for playing an important role as special goodwill ambassadors, promoting Queensland in the United States.
Dr Paul Zorner (picture right), Senior Director of Business Development at Diversa Corporation, was presented with the Queensland Advance Champion Award. Dr Zorner is recognized for his prominent work on improving agricultural productivity, converting crop biomass to alternative fuels and using recombinant proteins in biological organisms for use in agricultural, industrial and human health applications. He is an inventor on over 30 issued US patents
Diversa has a 23 year association with Queensland and Dr. Zorner’s recent involvement with Queensland has been working closely with QUT and the Sugar Research Institute on alternative transportation fuels and as a successful board member of Queensland biotechnology companies.
Simon Anderson, Chair Advance Los Angeles welcomed the capacity filled Verandah Room and reinforced the role of Advance as 2005 Award recipient and chair of the Advance Queensland Network, Elissa Burke urged all Queenslanders in the United States to “open doors for the Smart State in the world’s biggest economy and important market for Queensland”.
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