Australia welcomes New Industrial Transformation Training Centre to develop biomanufacturing technologies
Australian Research Council (ARC) recently announced the launch of a new Industrial Transformation Training Centre to push the boundaries of next-generation biomanufacturing technologies
The ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre in Additive Biomanufacturing was opened by the Hon. Karen Andrews MP, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, on behalf of Minister for Education and Training, the Hon. Simon Birmingham, at Queensland University of Technology.
The Training Centre will be led by Distinguished Professor Dietmar Hutmacher to undertake research that pushes the boundaries of the manufacturing of medical devices and implants, to develop new technologies and advanced materials that can be translated to innovations in medical treatment.
The Centre is structured into 3 synergistic and innovative programs: (1) Technology which focuses on high-throughput addictive biomanufacturing technology platforms, (2) Materials which focuses on development, characterisation and industrial up-scaling of bioinks, and (3) Clinical Translation which focuses on innovative approaches for clinical applications.
“ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres involve collaboration between leading university-based researchers with end-users to create translatable real-world innovations in an industry-focused environment,” said Chief Executive Officer of ARC, Professor Sue Thomas.
Some of the transformational advanced materials the Training Centre has already been working on include building a 3D printer for bioinks that can be used for regenerative medicine and creating custom-tailored replacement bone implants.
The ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre in Additive Biomanufacturing will work with: University of Wollongong; RMIT University; Deakin University; The University of Melbourne and with partner organisations Cochlear Limited; Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre; St Vincent’s Health; Osteopore International Pte Ltd; Shanghai Institute of Ceramics; and Anatomics Pty Ltd.
“An important part of ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres is the opportunity they provide to early career researchers, to gain an experience in an industry setting, within a highly driven research environment. This Training Centre will train up future research leaders by providing opportunities to Higher Degree by Research and postdoctoral students,” Professor Thomas added.
Queensland University of Technology is receiving A$3.7 million over four years, under the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres scheme.
The Industrial Transformation Training Centres scheme aims to foster close partnerships between university-based researchers and other research end-users to provide innovative Higher Degree by Research (HDR) and postdoctoral training, for end-user focused research industries that are vital to Australia's future.
The Industrial Transformation Training Priorities are research areas identified by the ARC that are updated from round to round. Its current priorities are: (1) advanced manufacturing, (2) cybersecurity, (3) food and agribusiness, (4) medical technologies and pharmaceuticals, (5) mining equipment, technology and services, and (6) oil, gas and energy resources.