Biotech industry gets boost with CSIRO investment

Australia’s biotechnology industries are set to benefit in the long term with a federal government decision to reverse years of declining support for CSIRO. The government announced on Saturday that it would spend $220 million upgrading the Australian National Animal Health Laboratory in Geelong (pictured) with the increasing threat of human pandemic disease and the…

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LBT Innovations extends analysis device uses Medical device manufacturer LBT Innovations has applied to the US Food and Drug Administration to extend the approved use of its APAS laboratory device which uses artificial intelligence to automate microbiology laboratory tests. The Adelaide company is seeking to add detection of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria to APAS’s…

Canberra calls in a manufacturer to map out a future for the sector

By Peter Roberts The federal government has turned to former Dow chemical CEO Andrew Liveris to help map a new future for Australian manufacturing in the post-coronavirus world. Liveris, an Australian, has been called up by Canberra’s National COVID-19 Coordination Commission to devise a long-term strategy to deliver a competitive manufacturing sector to help in…