Category: Advocacy

New Fellowships a Boon for Victorian Researchers – and Patients

The year has kicked off with the launch of an exciting program aimed at developing the next generation of Victorian researchers, translating research to the clinic and boosting the state’s economy.

As the state’s leading network of health and medical research organisations, BioMedVic is delighted to be working with the Victorian Government to roll out the inaugural round of the Victorian Health and Medical Research Fellowships.
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It’s Our Time to Shine

biomed_research_vic_5069It’s time to celebrate – Victoria holds rank as Australia’s capital of health and biomedical research. But how will the sector evolve in 2017?

We recently learned that Victorian health and medical researchers, a majority from BioMedVic member organisations, secured over 40% of the NHMRC funding pie – and we celebrate this wonderful news wholeheartedly. Part of our success can be attributed to our well-established ability to work collaboratively in Victoria. One exemplar of this claim was the recent recognition of a longstanding collaboration between Jim McCluskey from the University of Melbourne and Jamie Rossjohn from Monash University. An international recognition was the Nature Index ranking Melbourne as one of the 10 centres around the world with the most intra-city research partnerships in 2015.

But we mustn’t rest on our laurels.

While it’s no secret that Melbourne thrives on collaborations and is inspired by innovation, we need to share not only our research infrastructure and skills, but our voice – particularly to government. A collaborative culture is needed to tackle the big challenges head-on, and to ensure our sector shines brightly and to its full potential. Because while we hear of grand political gestures, we need our combined expertise to come together to future-proof these plans.

BioMedVic has strong ties with the State Government which we use to advocate on behalf of our Members. We offer leadership in the sector and a robust connection to government decision-makers which withstands the pressures of short-term political cycles.

I want to remind Members that a collective voice is more powerful than that of any single member. This year, we saw just how powerful this voice can be.

In the run-up to the last state election, we met with policy makers from both parties, advocating for a long-term, well-coordinated Victorian innovation plan and suggested methods for establishing state-wide priorities and governance arrangements.

This year, we saw our advocacy platforms paying off with BioMedVic’s vision that Victoria become a global leader in health and medical innovation featuring in the Victorian Health and Medical Research Strategy 2016-2020. This strategy responded to many of the recommendations submitted by BioMedVic, and we are proud to see a collective vision of our Members reflected.

Like the Western Bulldogs, BioMedVic is going for back-to-back performance in 2017.

I sincerely thank you for your support this year and wish you all the best for the festive season, and hope that you return refreshed and inspired for the New Year.

 Jan Tennent

Strengthening Victoria’s relationships with Osaka

BioMedVic CEO Prof Jan Tennent bolstered international bridges for clinical research and trials this month, as she hosted a delegation from Osaka to discuss professional exchange opportunities abroad for Victoria’s clinicians and scientists. Continue reading

Victoria’s HMR sector set to grow

We’re excited to announce that Dr George Morstyn, Chairman of Biomedical Research Victoria, has been selected for a new panel established by the Victorian Government to advise on how to attract more investment and jobs to Victoria.

With the aim to drive leadership and excellence in Victorian health and medical research, the Science, Medical Research and Technology Panel will provide advice on attracting funding for medical research, protecting intellectual property, and the translation and commercialisation of research. Continue reading

All Eyes on Victoria at AusBiotech 2016

We’ve been busy in the lead up to the AusBiotech 2016 International BioFest conference this month, ensuring our researchers from academia and industry receive the attention they deserve. BioMedVic assisted the Victorian Government with the state’s presence at the event which attracted an estimated 2,000 delegates.

BioMedVic organised and managed the roster of the Victorian industry and research participants at the Government’s BioIndustry Exhibition booth.

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BioMedVic – Uniting Victorian Research

At the risk of mixing metaphors, there’s never been a better time for a grand coalition of health and medical research organisations such as is represented by Biomedical Research Victoria. Whether it forays into deep space or the human genome, history has shown that a united front will prevail.

Notwithstanding that the component parts will continue to pursue their own agenda, none can claim a ‘mortgage’ on the source of innovation or to have the exclusive ear of government. Some matters are best addressed, or have a better chance of being resolved, through a collaborative and collegial approach built on mutual respect and recognition of the synergy that can be achieved when all interested parties contribute.

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How to Split the Pie

coinsBring industry expertise to academia – this was the message I brought to Ian Frazer when he was in Melbourne recently with other members of the Australian Medical Research Advisory Board for a public consultation on the MRFF.

I recommended a portion of the Fund would be well spent on initiatives to embed colleagues with experience and a successful track record gained in industry into research. This suggestion was made rather than, or at least in addition to, the reverse – a call for increasing numbers of researchers to spend time in industry learning the ropes of commercialisation, which while admirable may take some considerable time to yield the results we hope for. The proposal was not surprising given my own experience and that of several BioMedVic Directors who can all attest to the two-way impact of building bridges between industry and academia, something BioMedVic has encouraged for some time. Continue reading

BioMedVic Members in the Spotlight at AusBiotech 2016

Members will be pleased to hear that – once again – Biomedical Research Victoria is assisting the Victorian Government with the state’s presence at the upcoming AusBiotech 2016 International BioFest conference.

The event is expected to attract over 2,000 delegates from around the world to Melbourne in October – and we have been busy ensuring Victorian researchers from academia and industry receive the attention they deserve.  Continue reading

Celebrating 15 Years of Advocacy

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As Biomedical Research Victoria celebrates its 15th anniversary, we take a look back at the history of the state’s leading network of universities, medical research institutes, academic hospitals, CSIRO and other research organisations. BioMedVic helps Victoria’s remarkable health and medical research community deliver better health and economic outcomes through advocacy and activities that lead to more investment, greater efficiency and world-class capability.

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