About

Lighthouse Laboratories was established in February 2003 as a not for profit medical research charity. From humble beginnings in Western Australia Lighthouse is currently branching out with footprints in Western Australia, interstate and internationally.

With a founding research theme for child cancer neuroblastoma it is hoped that growth and expansion will enable additional research themes to be undertaken.

Unlike many research establishments Lighthouse has engaged in a relatively bold move by adopting an animal free medical research policy. Our position on this policy is one of choice and to not to be drawn into scientific or ethical debate.

The emergence and presence of Lighthouse has not been without drama and challenge. After overcoming many obstacles to enable inroads and accomplishments, on many operational fronts, Lighthouse was forced into a period of dormancy for several years. Now revitalized and keen to recuperate Lighthouse is once again stepping up to contribute on the medical research scene.

Registration & Endorsements

Lighthouse was initially registered with the federal Australasian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) (i.e. as public company limited by guarantee), this registration transitioned to the newly established federal Australian Charity & Not for Profit Commission (ACNC) in 2012. Lighthouse also holds an Australian Taxation Office endorsement as an Income Tax Exempt Charity with Deductible Gift Recipient Status (ITEC & DGR).  At a State/Territory level of government Lighthouse has obtained additional regional licences and permits for different charitable collection activities. To foster best practice in terms of scientific scrutiny Lighthouse also registered it’s institutional review centre (i.e.. Lighthouse Institutional Review Centre) with the federal National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Other professional related registrations relate to cooperation, policy and best practice commitments. Financial audits are performed by Greg Ledger Accounting Pty Ltd.

Mission

  • To enable and engage in medical research that is animal free – “Medical research to stop the human hurt without hurting animals.”
  • To enable and engage in medical research without an agenda aligned to an ulterior political or economic agenda (i.e. public foremost).
  • To figuratively recycle the human resource waste associated with the scientific/research community; i.e. the skill/experience waste.

Vision

  • To afford the public and the researcher the opportunity of choice (i.e. in line with equal opportunity laws/values) and the means to be able to support or partake in animal free medical research.
  • Understanding and harnessing Nature’s showcase for remedy and cure (e.g. alluding and exploiting the spontaneous regression phenomenon associated with cancer’s such as neuroblastoma).

Values

  • Efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Honesty, integrity and transparency.
  • Communication and cooperation

Strategic Direction

Lighthouse has three business priorities:

  • Presence (in terms of existing with relevant endorsements and licences).
  • Position (in terms of enabling Lighthouse the means to engage in various operational activities among the business divisions).
  • Perform (in terms of engaged operational activities that are leading to outcomes among the business divisions).

Lighthouse is striving to re-emerge from an imposed hiatus to a former position that was supported by an annual budget of $500,000 plus. As such, current strategies are focused on the following under the different business divisions:

  • Governance
    • Refine and develop all aspects of governance.
      • Expand capacity with the formation of several key sub committees.
      • Further refine/develop means for accountability, scrutiny and transparency.
  • Administration
    • Pursue 100% efficiency with public derived funds (e.g. donations) by utilizing alternate revenue streams to meet cost of income and administrative expenses (e.g. fee for services and corporate sponsorship).
    • Refine commitments/liabilities to mitigate risk/vulnerability, in consideration of the dynamic sectors for non profits charities and medical research.
  • Support & Services
    • Bring Lighthouse up to speed with being able to fully utilize the potential benefits associated with the fast evolving information and communication technology platforms in areas such as:
      • Science communication and technology transfer.
      • Fundraising outreach and engagement.
  • Science
    • Re-establish a research platform.
      • Re-develop an autonomous headquarter to coordinate research.
      • Re -establish satellite research groups/labs at public research sites (e.g. hospitals and universities).
      • Enable research capacity/infrastructure.
        • Wet laboratory research.
          • Cell and molecular biology.
        • Dry laboratory research.
          • Bioinformatics.
          • Computer modelling of biological systems.
        • Adopt an interdisciplinary approach
        • Implement/develop research methodologies and technologies that align to our animal free medical research policy.
    • Re-establish research projects
      • Child cancer research (e.g. neuroblastoma)
      • Diversify studies with complimentary research themes
    • Re-group and recruit research investigators
      • Engage several post-doctoral workers
      • Engage and support 10-20 postgraduate research scholarships
    • Re-establish and forge research alliances with external bodies and groups

Who the Charity Benefits

The charity primarily seeks to benefit the Australian community effected by medical related afflictions, such as cancer. In turn, these efforts also benefit the wider international community. Other ancillary benefits that are secondary might include employment and work experience opportunity plus, a sense community through public cooperation and support.

 

For Lighthouse it matters not who crosses the finishing line in race for change or a cure, it just matters that the finishing line is crossed by someone.

Location

With a founding headquarter in Western Australia Lighthouse also extends an operational satellite outreach interstate.

People

Lead by several directors, our workforce is comprised of both volunteers and paid staff. For many their input is a labour of love.

We are equal opportunity employer – Motive and will are qualities that we have a preference for.

Funding

Our funding streams have been diverse (e.g. grants, events, sponsorship, etc.); however, our principal income is via charitable fundraising activities. Examples include permitted donation collections at shopping centres and online portals via our website or, partnered crowd-funding sites. Occasionally, Lighthouse engages in permit raffles. To drive efficiency with public derived funds Lighthouse endeavors to meet the cost of fundraising (along with administration expenses) with alternate funding streams such as fee for services (e.g. Lighthouse Institutional Review Centre) and corporate sponsorship. As such, Lighthouse strives to use public derived funds for scientific/research related expenditure only (e.g. research premises, research staff, research equipment, research consumables and research communication)>

 

 

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