A partnership between the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre, research institutions, the Queensland government and global medtech firm Stryker will establish a new medical technology innovation centre in Queensland.
The new R&D facility grew from work carried out in an $18 million Australian medtech manufacturing research project that is set to transform the way physicians surgically treat tumours and bone cancer.
The five-year R&D collaboration between Stryker, IMCRC and RMIT University, the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), University of Sydney, University of Melbourne and St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne has incorporated 3D printing, robotic surgery, design and advanced manufacturing.
The success of the project has catalysed further investment by Stryker in Australia with the University of Queensland (UQ) and Queensland University of Technology (QUT), including for this new R&D facility which will bring together researchers, clinicians and advanced manufacturers.
IMCRC CEO David Chuter said the new facility represented the right framework for collaboration, industry growth and transformation in Australia.
Chuter said: “IMCRC’s business model focuses on facilitating effective industry-led research collaboration by safeguarding investment, nurturing unique talent and translating technical know-how into commercial and globally relevant products, services and processes.
“Through our work with multinational industry partners like Stryker, we have seen what can be achieved by creating the right environment for collaboration between local industry and Australia’s world-class researchers.”
President of Stryker South Pacific Maurice Ben-Mayor said the project would drive forward medical technology innovation together.
Ben-Mayor said: “With a thriving ecosystem of world-class research, science and health sector capability, Queensland was a clear choice for Stryker to establish an Australian R&D presence.
“Through our work with IMCRC and university partners, we have come to an understanding of how vital collaborations of this nature are to research collaboration and to encouraging future project and engagement opportunities with local industry and research partners.”
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