Quantum Brilliance brings quantum power to supercomputer

Australian National University spin-out Quantum Brilliance is to add elements of quantum computing capabilities to one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers housed at Pawsey Supercomputing Centre in Perth. Quantum Brilliance will install what it says is the world’s first diamond quantum computing accelerator at the Centre. Accelerators do not require near absolute zero temperatures…

AnteoTech rapid test sensitive to Covid-19

Nanotechnology company AnteoTech has reported positive results from studies to assess the accuracy of its Covid-19 (SARS- CoV2) Antigen Rapid Test. The test is a disposable immunochromatographic test for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid antigen in specimens, allowing the diagnosis of Covid-19 in the early stages of infection. Brisbane-based AnteoTech reported a clinical study of…

More cash for next gen combat system

The federal government is to further expand Defence’s ‘next generation’ combat management system to include more naval platforms. Today’s announcement by defence industry minister Melissa Price expands the Navy’s combat management system to include Maritime Mine Counter Measures and Military Survey Vessels. Price said it would drive the next phase of growth and investment by…

TGA gives CSL local vaccine manufacturing approval

The Therapeutic Goods Administration on Sunday approved manufacture of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine (ChAdOx1-S) in Australia by CSL’s Seqirus vaccine division. This follows on from the 16 February 2021 approval by TGA of the overseas-manufactured AstraZeneca vaccine. The delay in both approvals is part of criticism of the federal government’s vaccine rollout – see separate…

Second local vaccine manufacturer push comes late

By Peter Roberts Pharmaceutical manufacturer IDT Australia is undertaking a feasibility study to assess the possibility of supplementing production of the Covid-19 vaccine in Australia. IDT will assess the possibility of using its sterile production facilities to supplement local supplies, following a Department of Health request. This comes as the federal government is being criticised…

Sparc deveops anti-microbial graphene

Advanced materials company Sparc Technologies has demonstrated bactericidal properties of its graphene based additives in an epoxy coating system. The company commissioned Flinders University, Adelaide to evaluate the coatings using an internationally recognised standard ISO 22196. The bactericidal activity was demonstrated in relation to Escherichia Coli, a commonly found and harmful bacteria. Graphene when added…