The Australian Research Council (ARC) has opened a research centre for the rapid production of medical devices to boost health outcomes and enhance associated industries in the country.
Based at the University of Queensland, the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for Advanced Manufacturing of Medical Devices will specifically work on devising competitive technologies, including production of personalised medical devices for repairing aortic aneurysms.
In addition to the development of new advanced materials, the facility will optimise designs and identify improvements in the processes associated with medical device manufacturing. It will also train the next generation of researchers with real-world skills.
Under ARC’s Industrial Transformation Research Program, the hub will get $2.8m funding over a period of five years.
ARC CEO professor Sue Thomas said: “The ARC Research Hub for Advanced Manufacturing of Medical Devices will endeavour to make the production of devices like the life-saving endovascular stent graft better, faster and more efficient.
“The impacts of this research hub will extend from the obvious direct health outcomes for Australians through these advances, but also to job creation and economic benefits-providing small and medium enterprises with new technologies and skills that can be transferred to the manufacture of products for other sectors.”
The research hub will also aim to form alliances between academia and industry to bolster the country’s medical device sector.
Currently, researchers at the University of Queensland have agreed to collaborate with the University of Sydney, RMIT University, University of the Sunshine Coast, Cook Medical Australia, Robert Bosch, Advanced Material Solutions, Heat Treatment and Queensland Manufacturing Institute Solutions.