14 November 2017 

Research to drive innovation in diagnostic devices

A new Industrial Transformation Research Hub—where researchers will work with industry to focus on developing better, faster, and more affordable diagnostic devices—has been launched at The University of Technology Sydney today.

Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, the Hon. Craig Laundy MP opened the Australian Research Council (ARC) Research Hub for Integrated Device for End-user Analysis at Low-levels (IDEAL Research Hub) today on behalf of Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham. 

The Research Hub is receiving $3.7 million over five years through the Industrial Transformation Research Hubs scheme, a key component of the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Program (ITRP), delivering research funding to enhance collaboration with key industries to find solutions to critical industry problems.

ARC Chief Executive Officer, Professor Sue Thomas, said the IDEAL Research Hub brings together a world-class, multi-disciplinary team of university scientists collaborating with industry partners.

“Researchers with expertise in biophotonics, microfluidics, molecular bioscience, device engineering and functional nanomaterials will collaborate with industry partners—each with their own area of specialist expertise—who will help to shape the research directions, collaborate in research activities, and drive the technology transfer.

“Working together, the IDEAL Research Hub will create innovative technologies that aim to vastly improve the sensitivity, selectivity, speed and cost-effectiveness of detecting biological and chemical molecules at low levels,” said Professor Thomas.

“These are the ‘next generation’ point-of-care diagnostic and detection devices that will help solve real-world problems across various industries, including public health, veterinary, agribusiness, manufacturing and environmental management.”

Researchers based at The University of Technology Sydney will work closely with The University of South Australia and a number of partner organisations including: Minomic International Ltd; Surgical Diagnostics Pty Ltd; Preg Tech Ltd; and Alcolizer Technology.

For more information about this research hub, please visit the IDEAL Research Hub website. For more information about the ARC and its grant schemes visit the ARC website.

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ARC Stakeholder Relations 
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