Construction will begin in May on a new hub at La Trobe University’s Bundoora campus, to accommodate “students, start-ups and Victorian businesses.”
According to a statement from the Victorian government, possible uses for the new centre included R&D on “products like anti-viral medication, water treatment solutions and portable farm technology.”
When completed next year, the facility would accommodate up to 10 companies and 40 research and business staff at once, with “access to purpose-built wetlabs, temperature-controlled storage facilities, laboratories, high-end digital equipment, and offices.”
A claimed 170 jobs would be supported by the new centre, including during construction. The build of the $23 million Digital and Bio Innovation Hub will be supported by $17 million from the Victorian government’s Higher Education State Investment Fund.
It follows an announcement last week of support for an upcoming “Manufutures2” hub at Deakin University, also supported through the $350 million Fund.
Picture: La Trobe Bundoora (nuvogroup.com.au)
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