Corporate Social Responsibility

Natural Environment

Australian tropical rainforests are places of wonder and rich biodiversity. QBiotics is developing novel pharmaceuticals sourced  from this unique ecology and understands the importance of conservation and the sustainable management of tropical rainforests. All of our discovery collections are made in a sustainable, exemplary and environmentally responsible manner.

Our collection activities have negligible impact on the forest environment because, using EcoLogic™ , we need only collect very small quantities of specifically-targeted sample types.

At QBiotics the resource access program is consistent with the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity and the Nagoya Protocol and we explicitly recognise ownership of the genetic resources we collect through legally-binding access agreements.

In the Community

QBiotics is developing a respected corporate profile in the community. We appreciate the responsibilities this brings and we strive to maintain and enhance our reputation for excellence, innovation and principled business practice.

We actively encourage the involvement of our staff in community activities, especially in providing science training and mentoring for high school and university students, and in contributing to initiatives to raise awareness and understanding of biotechnology, entrepreneurship, environmental issues, and the myriad values of tropical rainforests.

Animal Welfare

Conventional wisdom has dictated that great concern is shown in regard to pain and suffering when employing animals for  experimentation, and there exist regulated protocols to ensure that standards of care are adhered to for animals while involved in research studies.

At QBiotics we believe it is our ethical duty to broaden our role beyond the current standard of care inregard to responsibility for animals that are used in any way to further the cause of our pharmaceutical development and the company in general.

Consequently, we pay particular attention to the quality of life of animals participating in our studies. In addition, we extend our consideration for research animals beyond the finalisation of our research studies and implement retirement, rehoming and rehabilitation processes in such a manner that the remainder of their life is maintained under the highest possible standards of both physical and psychological welfare.

We also closely investigate the animal welfare approach of our research contractors prior to engaging their services. This does not stop at how animals used in research studies, but also includes the sourcing of animal products used in screening activities.