Dr Floyd Taub

Dr Floyd Taub spearheaded several advances in science and medicine. His founding of Digene led to the first and most used DNA test to diagnose and prevent cancer. Cervical cancer is now rare in screened populations. As cervical cancer screening has produced the single greatest decrease in a major cancer, he will be asked: “Is medicine ready for new technologies that can prevent disease?”. He drove into clinical trials the first drug that (indirectly) modulates immune checkpoints and decreases myeloid derived immune suppression. Immune modulation has revolutionized cancer therapy, it is the only accepted therapy that can, unfortunately in too few cases, cure late stage cancer. Recently he has worked to amplify this effect. Immunotherapy may prevent incipient cancers from becoming clinical cancer. He developed the first quantitative image processing analysis of gene expression. He evaluated expression of 10,000 genes simultaneously. With Australian partners, he is now pioneering work on genes and organisms in the vaginal biome that may inhibit heterosexual transmission of HIV and reduce the lifelong medical, emotional and financial trauma of pre-term birth. He trained at Northwestern University (M.D.), University of Colorado (Pathology Residency), George Washington University (Pathology Fellowship) and spent 10 years at NIH in Bethesda.

Director and Founder of the Centre for Independent Studies

Professor of Public Policy and Director, Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University


Sociologist, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney.
Author of The New Authoritarianism

Director, Free Market Foundation, (Hungary)

Health Director, Health and BioSecurity, CSIRO

Director and Founder, Academy of Ideas, London, (UK)

Founder and CEO, Cognoscenti Group

Executive Director, The New Zealand Initiative (NZ)

Australian writer and columnist for the News Limited Press

Research Director, CIS

Programme Co-ordinator of the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning, The University of Western Australia

Chinese Canadian human rights advocate

Senior Research Fellow, Culture, Prosperity & Civil Society Program, CIS

CEO and Founding Director, China Matters

Former Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives and Cabinet Minister

Pro Vice-Chancellor Arts and Academic Culture, and Professor of History, Australian Catholic University

Cancer researcher and clinical oncologist, with Genesis Care Newcastle

Founder and President, Middle East Forum, publisher Middle East Quarterly Journal, (US)

Professor of Economics, University of Melbourne

Senior Research Fellow and Director, Culture, Prosperity & Civil Society Program, CIS

Internationally acclaimed novelist and journalist, (US)

Head of Economic Research, Reserve Bank of Australia

Executive Director, CIS

Professor of Economics at Stanford University; Senior Fellow in Economics at the Hoover Institution and Chair of the Working Group on Economic Policy, (US)

UQ-CSIRO Chair in Personalised Nanodiagnostics, Professorial Research Fellow, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, University of Queensland

Diplomat, American Board of Pathology

Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure

Liberal Party Member for Berowra

Australia’s Ambassador to China from 2007 to 2011, Chairman & CEO of Geoff Raby and Associates Ltd based in Beijing

Director of China and Free Societies program, CIS

Senior Research Scholar, Marron Institute of Urban Management, New York University, (US)