CSL Florey Medal

The Florey Medal is awarded biennially to an Australian biomedical researcher for significant lifetime achievements in biomedical science and / or human health advancement. In addition to the silver medal, the award carries a prize of $50,000 due to the generous support of CSL Limited.

This award was established in 1998 by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science in honour of the Australian Nobel Prize-winning scientist, Sir Howard Florey, who developed penicillin.

The Florey Medal is part of the Tall Poppy Campaign which aims to recognise and promote scientific and intellectual excellence in Australia.

The 2017 CSL Florey Medal was announced on the 6th of December at the AAMRI Annual Dinner. The winner was Professor Elizabeth Rakoczy from the Lions Eye Institute at the University of Western Australia.

In 2014 a new Young Florey medal was introduced to recognise significant early career research and communications. The Young Florey is generously supported by CSL Limited and carries a $25,000 prize.

The Medal

The Florey Medal is hand sculpted by Michael Meszaros. Michael has lived as a sculptor in Melbourne for nearly four decades, producing a wide range of work ranging from major public pieces to his speciality of medals. He learned this from his father Andor, also a sculptor and medallist of international reputation.

This work is closely based on a portrait medal Andor made when Sir Howard Florey sat for him in 1963, commissioned by the Florey Institute at Melbourne University. Michael met Sir Howard at the time. Using Andor’s original as a guide, Michael has remodelled it in this size, adding a different inscription, designing a reverse and casting it in bright sterling silver.

The award currently carries a prize of $50,000 thanks to the generous support of CSL Limited.

Read more about previous Florey Medal Winners

2017 – Professor Elizabeth Rakoczy

Professor Elizabeth Rakoczy is modifying viruses to use their powers for good. She’s created a new gene therapy for wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) that is reversing vision loss in clinical trial patients. Her treatment means one injection instead of several per year. Modified viruses are gene therapy’s delivery vehicles,... ...Read More


2015 – Professor Perry Bartlett

          When Perry started exploring the brain in 1977, the mature brain was regarded as static and unchangeable. He challenged this dogma and his work has led to a transformation in our understanding of the brain. In 1982 Perry predicted that there were stem cells in... ...Read More


2013 – Professor Ruth Bishop

  Fifty million children in the world’s poorest countries will be vaccinated against the deadly rotavirus by 2015, thanks to the breakthrough work of a quiet Melbourne researcher. Ruth Bishop’s rotavirus discovery led to the development of the vaccine currently being rolled out by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and... ...Read More


2011 – Professor Graeme Clark

Bionic ear inventor Prof Graeme Clark today accepted the CSL Florey Medal and $50,000 prize for his pioneering work over decades that has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide and looks like leading to even more innovation. Accepting his prize from Professor Rick McLean, Chair of... ...Read More


2009 – Professor John Hopwood

Professor Hopwood was honoured with the 2009 CSL Florey Medal for his life-long work into the diagnosis and treatment of genetically inherited disorders that affect children with devastating clinical effects leading to progressive destruction of the brain and other organs. Born in Melbourne, and educated at the Swinburne Institute and... ...Read More


2006 – Professor Ian Frazer

Professor Ian Frazer was born in Scotland and gained degrees in Science and Medicine at Edinburgh University. Australia was fortunate that he chose to come to Melbourne in 1981, moving to Queensland in 1985, becoming an Australian citizen, and pioneering research on the link between papilloma viruses and cancer.  He... ...Read More


2004 – Professor Peter Colman

Professor Peter Colman is the seminal contributor to the discovery of a new class of anti-influenza virus drugs, the neuraminidase inhibitors, which include what you may know as Relenza and Tamiflu. In the early 1980s Professor Colman determined the three-dimensional structure of neuraminidase. This protein is found on the outer... ...Read More


2002 – Professor Colin Masters

Professor Colin Masters' major research achievements include isolating and characterising elements of the primary pathway causing Alzheimer's disease. His findings are now the subject of intense world-wide research for diagnosis and drug discovery. Since his move to Victoria in 1988, Professor Masters and his collaborators have identified a novel metal-binding... ...Read More


1998 – Professor Barry Marshall & Professor Robin Warren

Barry James Marshall was born 30 September 1951 in Kalgoorlie and raised there and in Carnarvon before moving to Perth in Western Australia. Professor Marshall and his later colleague, Professor Robin Warren, were destined to meet and work together in WA. Robin Warren was born  11June 1937 in Adelaide and... ...Read More