19 April 2018


New research training centre to push the boundaries of next-generation biomanufacturing technologies

Australian Research Council (ARC) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Professor Sue Thomas, has welcomed the launch of a new Industrial Transformation Training Centre that will focus on developing next-generation technologies that will change the face of medical treatment for Australians.

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 today.

Queensland University of Technology is receiving $3.7 million over four years under the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres scheme.

Professor Thomas said the Training Centre, led by Distinguished Professor Dietmar Hutmacher, will 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.

“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 Professor Thomas.

“Just 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. They are also leading advances in robotic surgery.

“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.”

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 Pty Ltd; Shanghai Institute of Ceramics; and Anatomics Pty Ltd.

For more information about the work of this Research Training Centre, please visit the Industrial Transformation Training Centre in Additive Biomanufacturing website.

For more information about the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres scheme, please visit the ARC website.

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