Productivity Commission sidelined in Canberra’s focus on manufacturing

Comment by Peter Roberts In a move which will be welcomed by most in the manufacturing sector the Productivity Commission has been sidelined in the federal government’s programme to map out a future for the sector post Covid-19. As reported by @AuManufacturing on Friday, former Dow chemical CEO Andrew Liveris has been called up by…

Cochlear adds remote monitoring to its hearing implants

Hearing implant company Cochlear has won US Food and Drug Administration approval for its Remote Check software which will allow hospitals and physicians to remotely monitor their patients. Remote Check will now be rapidly rolled out via the internet, allowing healthcare providers to identify those in need of audiological care during the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.…

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…