A national research hub that promotes advances in high-tech medical devices has been officially launched in Brisbane.

Based at The University of Queensland, the Australian Research Council (ARC) Research Hub for the Advanced Manufacturing of Medical Devices is developing advanced materials and processes to drive new technologies in medical devices.

The multi-million dollar hub brings together university researchers and industry partners from around Australia, including Brisbane-based Cook Medical Australia.

Speaking at the launch at Cook Medical’s Eight Mile Plains’ facility, ARC CEO Professor Sue Thomas said the hub research would deliver both patient and industry benefits for Australians.

‘This research hub’s industry-focused research collaboration will develop new, advanced materials and processes that will not only lead to tangible health outcomes for Australians, but also drive new technologies and skills that are vital for the competitiveness of Australia’s medical devices industry,’ Professor Thomas said.

Cook Medical Australia General Manager Dr Samih Nabulsi said the hub would contribute to greater export opportunities for Australian-based medical devices companies.

‘Our primary goal with this partnership is to improve patient health outcomes while identifying process efficiencies and advances in the materials and technologies involved with manufacturing medical devices,’ Dr Nabulsi said.

‘The AMMD research hub will result in increased growth opportunities for the sector, which, in turn, translates into more jobs and increased global market share for Australian-manufactured medical technologies.’

The AMMD research hub brings together researchers from The University of Queensland, the University of the Sunshine Coast, and RMIT with industry partners including Cooke Medical Australia, Robert Bosch (Australia), Heat Treatment (Qld) and QMI Solutions.

The Australian Government and other partners are investing significant resources in the hub, with cash and in-kind funding from all contributors totalling more than $10 million.

The research hub is based at the University of Queensland and was officially launched at Cook Medical on 27 April.

Cook Medical is a multinational company that chose to establish its Asia-Pacific operations in Brisbane.

The company recently had to expand its Brisbane workforce to cope with increased export demand for its high-tech stent devices.

Cook Medical’s Queensland success story was also profiled recently during Trade 2018 presentations held in conjunction with the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

The biomedical and life sciences sector is identified as an emerging export strength in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

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