An AU$10 million biopharmaceutical initiative with strong industry support will be established at The University of Queensland to train the next generation of scientists and enhance Australia’s capabilities in the pharmaceutical sector. Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) researcher Associate Professor Stephen Mahler will direct the Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Training Centre for…

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The New Zealand Government announced this week that they will invest $410.5 million over four years in science and innovation through the Innovative New Zealand package. By 2020, the annual investment in science and innovation will have increased by 15 per cent to $1.6b billion per year. This is one of the largest single investments…

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Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today announced that New Zealand has joined Australia’s Medical Research Commercialisation Fund (MRCF). “The MRCF is an early-stage venture capital fund, which provides capital and hands-on expertise to support the development and commercialisation of promising biomedical discoveries. New Zealand’s research organisations can now sign up to gain access to…

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Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce recently launched the Our Land and Water National Science Challenge, which aims to enhance primary sector production and productivity while maintaining and improving land and water quality. The National Science Challenges are dedicated to breaking new ground in areas of science that are crucial to New Zealand’s future. The…

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Australian koalas are being successfully cured of a life-threatening disease, chlamydia, and released back into the wild, thanks to the help of global animal health company, Ceva Santé Animale. Between 30 and 50 per cent of the Australian koala population in the wild were suffering from chlamydia. There were fears that the sexually transmitted disease,…

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The Australian Government will invest more-than $1 billion to give all Australians with Hepatitis C access to breakthrough cures that could all but eradicate the deadly and debilitating disease within a generation. The Turnbull Government will invest more-than $1 billion to give all Australians with Hepatitis C access to breakthrough cures that could all but eradicate…

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Through the National Innovation and Science Agenda, the Australian Government will invest $1.1 billion to incentivise innovation and entrepreneurship, reward risk taking, and promote science, maths and computing in schools by focusing on four priority areas: Culture and capital, to help businesses embrace risk and incentivise early stage investment in startups Collaboration, to increase the…

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High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge has today announced a $7million research investment funding projects that build the science required to develop innovative new foods, including those that will help babies sleep through the night and better protect children against allergies. Funding is also being given to research that will provide the science for new protein-packed…

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Australia’s first venture capitalist has been appointed Chair of Innovation Australia. Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Christopher Pyne congratulated Bill Ferris AC on his appointment to the independent body, which was established by the Government to enhance Australia’s innovation performance. “Innovation is critical to economic development. Australia has strengths but also some challenges. That’s…

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