A new Australian Research Council (ARC) Research Hub will focus on research partnerships that will deliver new advances for the rapid production of medical devices to improve the health of Australians and grow our multi-billion dollar medical devices industry.
ARC Chief Executive Officer, Professor Sue Thomas, declared open the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for Advanced Manufacturing of Medical Devices, based at The University of Queensland.
The new Research Hub is receiving $2.80 million over five years through the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs scheme, part of the ARC’s Industrial Transformation Research Program.
Professor Thomas said the Research Hub will develop new advanced materials, optimise designs and identify improvements in the processes involved in the manufacturing of medical devices, and train the next generation of industry-ready researchers.
“Working in collaboration with its partnering industry organisations, the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for Advanced Manufacturing of Medical Devices will drive the development of competitive technologies such as the rapid production of personalised medical devices for the repair of aortic aneurysm,” said Professor Thomas.
“The ARC Research Hub for Advanced Manufacturing of Medical Devices will endeavour to make the production of devices like the life-saving endovascular stent graft better, faster and more efficient.
“The impacts of this Research Hub will extend from the obvious direct health outcomes for Australians through these advances, but also to job creation and economic benefits—providing small and medium enterprises with new technologies and skills that can be transferred to the manufacture of products for other sectors.
“The Research Hub will also prepare new graduates with real-world skills ready to boost Australia’s manufacturing sector.”
Researchers based at The University of Melbourne will work closely with The University of Sydney, RMIT University; and University of the Sunshine Coast; and with partner organisations Cook Medical Australia Pty Ltd; Robert Bosch (Australia) Pty Ltd; Advanced Material Solutions Pty Ltd; Heat Treatment (QLD) Pty Ltd; and Queensland Manufacturing Institute Solutions Limited.
The Industrial Transformation Research Hubs scheme fosters collaborative research activity between the Australian higher education sector and industry, designed to focus on strategic outcomes that are not independently realisable.
For more information about this Research Hub, please visit the ARC Research Hub for Advanced Manufacturing of Medical Devices website. For more information about the ARC and the Industrial Transformation Research Hubs scheme, visit the ARC website.