Calix and Pilbara Minerals plan lithium chemicals refinery

Industrial process technology company Calix and Pilbara Minerals have teamed up to develop a lithium chemicals refinery at Pilgangoora in Western Australia., The two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding for a scoping study for a lithium salt production facility using Calix technology at Pilbara’s existing spodumene concentrate facility. Following that the companies plan…

Opal Biosciences buys drug development business, eyes manufacture

Infections diseases therapy company Opal Biosciences has bought a specialist pharmaceutical formulation business, boosting its capabilities in developing new drugs for clinical trials and manufacture. The Melbourne company bought Formulytica Pty Ltd which has in-house laboratories for developing formulations for topical and injectable drugs. The company provides a fee-for-service business for local and international clients…

Quasar launches phased array satellite ground station

Space industry startup Quasar Satellite Technologies has raised $12 million to commercialise a breakthrough technology that allows ground stations to communicate with hundreds of satellites at once. With ground stations typically talking to a single satellite, Quasar’s technology based on CSIRO’s phased array research will communicate with the thousands of nanosatellites now entering low earth…