Vaccines are one of the fastest growing sectors in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. Vaccine technology developer Vaxine, in a project with partners Mylexa and the Australian Respiratory and Sleep Medicine Institute (ARASMI), is bringing together a community of researchers, developers and industries to drive growth of Australian vaccine development.
The AusBiotech Sector Snapshot (October 2017) revealed that there are currently over 130 ASX-listed life sciences companies with a market capitalisation of over $50 billion. It's indicative of a burgeoning sector that is one of the key areas of economic growth in Australia.
Australia's drug discovery capabilities received a significant boost this year with the installation of state-of-the art, automated compound storage and screening facilities in Queensland.
At a time when technological advances focused on making life easier are being released on a daily basis, a Melbourne-based company, Sleeptite, is developing technology to make life better for older Australians.
For a patient, being able to access innovative therapies and medical tests through a clinical trial can sometimes be a matter of life and death.
Founded in 2008, the Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) started as an ideas incubator for the medtech-minded in South Australia. A decade later, the MTPConnect-supported program is expanding into other states and the big, bold ideas for new medical devices continue to flow.
Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as an urgent global health priority affecting humans, animal health and agriculture; resulting in the organisation putting together a global action plan in 2015.
Medical technology start-up Indee Labs, partnered with the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF-SA), the University of South Australia and other institutions to develop a gene delivery device that has the potential to save lives of thousands of people living with a life-threatening diseases like blood cancer.
With input and participation from many host organisations such as the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, Cancer Council NSW among others, Macquarie University science students are given the opportunity to have industry-based elements added to their University degree.
The Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA)'s pilot implementation of the Australasian Tele-Trial Model uses tele-health or videoconferencing technology to support patients living outside major metropolitan centres to access clinical trials in their areas.
South Australian start-up Carina Biotech, born out of the Australian government-funded Cooperative Research Centre for Cell Therapy Manufacturing (CRC CTM), is developing Chimeric Antigen Receptor T cell (CAR-T) technologies to treat solid and paediatric cancers.
A collaboration between MTPConnect, CSIRO's Data61 RIBIT.net, is bringing together students and industry in the Australian life sciences sector to develop skills, broaden horizons, and deliver industry placements for the future stars of the sector.
Patient recruitment to clinical trials can often be challenging, however, there is a new smartphone and web-based platform that is helping to fill that need.