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CSL launches new campaign on trailblazers of medical research

Health Industry Hub | February 10, 2022 |
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Biotech News: Challenging the image of what a superhero looks like, 39% of Australians described medical researchers as modern day superheroes.

According to new research commissioned by CSL, a majority of Australians think medical research is vitally important to the country’s future with eighty three per cent (83%) of adults affirming that medical research plays a critical role in securing Australia’s health and prosperity,

The findings support the launch of a new campaign designed to celebrate the critical contributions of medical scientists in leading the world out of the pandemic and creating a healthy, safe, future for our communities.

The ‘Everyday Trailblazers’ campaign features eight CSL scientists including a samurai sword wielding research biologist, a women’s football-playing influenza vaccine production coordinator and a vintage car enthusiast who worked on CSL’s COVID-19 vaccines programs.

“Trailblazers are pioneers who are willing to take risks and forge a path where none currently exits. Trailblazers are innovative thinkers who challenge the status quo, opening new frontiers for others to follow,” said Dr Michael Wilson, Vice President Research, CSL.

More than half the survey respondents (54%) credited medical researchers with responsibility for many modern medicines, yet four out of ten people (44%) don’t believe scientists receive the praise they are due for developing breakthrough medicines.

“A crisis breeds trailblazers. The world has seen some wonderful examples of these throughout the pandemic, with medical scientists applying innovative thinking to find solutions at record speed,” said Dr Wilson.

“The passion of our medical scientists around the world delivers on our promise to make life better for people everywhere. They are creative, driven people who are willing to take calculated risks in service of big ideas. We’re very proud of our colleagues and excited to share their stories with the world – and hopefully inspire others to forge careers in life sciences,” said Dr Wilson.

Despite 42% of survey respondents describing medical scientists as creative problem solvers, only one in ten (14%) think they would be really interesting people to hang out with.

CSL’s campaign seeks to challenge stereotypes about people who work in STEM, demonstrating that these superheroes are relatable as ‘everyday’ people; parents, partners and friends, with eclectic personal interests and passions that inspire the creativity needed to drive new and better medical solutions.


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