New Research Centre for Drug Development

The Federal Government is providing $3.1 million over five years to set up a new research training centre at the University of Melbourne that will advance clinical trials and testing.

Through organ-on-a-chip and bioprinting enabling technologies, the ARC Training Centre for Personalised Therapeutics Technologies aims to improve selection of new medicines for progress to clinical trials and to develop opportunities for selecting personalised treatments.

Minister for Education, Dan Tehan, said the centre would develop new technologies that removed long-standing barriers to drug discovery and development.

“These centres will also turn research into commercial opportunities for Australian businesses, creating jobs and a stronger economy” Minister Tehan said.

The ARC Training Centre is a multidisciplinary collaboration between academic researchers and industry partners.

The joint venture brings together research nodes at the University of Melbourne; the University of Western Australia; Monash University; the CSIRO; the National University of Singapore; and 15 partner organisations, including several biotech companies.

Through this collaboration, the Centre also aims to train an expert workforce that will drive Australian innovation.

For more information: http://www.manmonthly.com.au/news/new-research-centre-improve-organ-chip-technology/