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The Australian Research Council has awarded $1.8m in funding to a Swinburne training centre aimed at fostering closer links between industry and research.
The ARC Training Centre in Biodevices and Diagnostics will assist companies to develop the next generation of innovative and profitable products to deal with community healthcare needs.
The multi-disciplinary centre will train 10 PhD students and two postdoctoral researchers, integrating entrepreneurship and innovation training and practice with industry and end user-led research to develop new products and manufacturing processes.
“This is a new model, where students will work closely with industry partners, obtaining real world experience in identifying the most compelling opportunities for research and development,’’ says centre director Paul Stoddart.
“This is about developing researchers with appropriate skills while improving working relationships with industry. Students will identify end-user needs in hospitals, care homes and other health care environments and match them to our industry partners. Australia has a vibrant medical technology industry with revenues of over $10 billion per annum and we want to build on that.”