Launch – J&J Innovation Partnering Office at Monash

Innovation in Victoria is set to flourish as Johnson & Johnson, in collaboration with the Victorian Government and Monash University, launched a Victorian office for identifying, nurturing and accelerating the commercial development of early stage health care solutions sourced from research organisations across the state.

BioMedVic CEO Jan Tennent was delighted to be in attendance when the new Johnson & Johnson Innovation Partnering Office at Monash (JJIPO@MONASH) was officially opened on 15 February by Victorian Minister for Health Jill Hennessy MP.

JJIPO@MONASH will enable greater access by Victorian researchers and companies to the global expertise in the scientist research, investment, and commercialisation arms of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, which span pharmaceuticals, medical devices and consumer products.

The commitment from Johnson & Johnson is a testament to the world-class health and medical research capability in Victoria.

With a focus on generating healthcare solutions through partnerships, Johnson & Johnson Innovation already has research collaborations with a number of BioMedVic member organisations including Monash University, the University of Melbourne, RMIT University and St Vincent’s Institute. Building on these connections, the JJIPO@MONASH will act as a hub to “coordinate and upskill the Victorian life science community and to develop programs which will facilitate greater connectivity at both a state and global level,” said Pro Vice-Chancellor of Monash University (Enterprise) Sarah Newton.

Jan Tennent said the long term commitment was “great for research, great for industry, and great for Victorians and for people everywhere.”

Victorian Government Vouchers are Back!

BioMedVic welcomes today’s news that the Victorian Government is investing in the future of Victorian businesses with $14.5 million in new funding to help businesses grow.

Under the Boost Your Business program, Victorian businesses will be able to apply for vouchers to access targeted services from January 2018. The vouchers will provide funding for businesses to engage registered service providers to undertake activities such as developing new products, improving business processes and systems, identifying new export markets, undertaking research and development or gaining certification.

The vouchers will be available under four different streams:

The first round opens on 29 January 2018 and more information is available here.

The Regenerative Medicine Industry Interface (RMI2)

BioMedVic is pleased to be a founding partner of the Regenerative Medicine Industry Interface (RMI2).

This consortium brings together

  • Basic and applied research capability (Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute at Monash University, CSIRO, The University of Melbourne) together with industry and networking associations (BioMelbourne Network, BioMedVic, AusBiotech) and an international technology transfer hub in partnership with the regenerative medicine industry.
  • Access to high calibre research students through the Monash University Graduate Research Industry Program (GRIP) for PhD students and Monash University Business School for Executive MBA students.
  • Commercialisation expertise and international access through a satellite hub of the Centre for Commercialisation of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM).

RMI2 is an initiative of the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI) in partnership with Monash and Melbourne Universities, the BioMelbourne Network and Industry Partners, to progress opportunities in Australia through research excellence, highly skilled workforce and a globally connected platform for commercialisation and investment.

RMI2 is offering two industry-led PhD programs for potential students interested in working in regenerative medicine. See the ARMI website for more information.

Spotlight on Melbourne’s life science collaboration

As we reflect on the year that was, BioMedVic warmly invites you to explore the key connections that are at the heart of Melbourne’s reputation as a City of Science and Innovation. We are excited to announce a new spotlight on life science research!

BioMedVic’s partner, Springer Nature, recently updated the Nature Index Melbourne Collaboration Map, by adding subject filters for life science, earth and environmental science, chemistry and physical science.

What exactly is the Nature Index Melbourne Collaboration Map?

The Nature Index Melbourne Collaboration Map is an online, interactive, updateable research network map which is powered by the Nature Index and sponsored by BioMedVic. It shows output and collaboration in high quality research between institutions in the greater Melbourne region.

The Nature Index tracks high-quality research and collaborations by measuring the contribution of institutions to a set of high-quality journals in the natural sciences. An institution’s contribution to these journals is its fractional count (FC), while article count (AC) is the number of an institution’s journal articles that appear in the Nature Index. Institutions are represented in their locations by circles on the map, with the size and colour of the circle representative of the institution’s FC.

When evaluating the collaborative effort between two institutions, a bilateral collaboration score (CS) is derived. This is sum of the FCs from articles with authors from both institutions. Local bilateral collaborations between institutions within the greater city area are represented by the lines on the map with the line thickness and colour representative of the strength of the collaboration, while the top international bilateral collaborations are listed in the popup box for each institution. The collaborations of child institutions that are part of a larger institution are shown as dashed lines. In most instances, only the primary location of an institution is mapped.

Not your average map

Confused at first glance? Below is a quick guide to help you find your way around the information presented on the Melbourne Collaboration Map.

All in the numbers

The Melbourne Collaboration Map puts publication data tracked by the Nature Index right at your fingertips. Here is what you can learn about your organisation:

Time to see how your organisation tracks! Explore the Melbourne Collaboration Map here.

Discount for Members

BioMedVic Members are reminded that they are entitled to a 10 per cent discount on job ads in Naturejobs including the job feed on the map. To list a job post, please contact Lisa Truong (lisa.truong@nature.com).

Nature Index Melbourne Collaboration Map

We warmly invite you to explore the key connections that are at the heart of Melbourne’s reputation as a City of Science and Innovation.

BioMedVic is delighted to sponsor the online interactive research network map produced by Nature Index, which shows output and collaboration in high quality research between institutions in the greater Melbourne region. This updateable map is based on publications in the top natural science journals tracked by the Nature Index website (www.natureindex.com), which is an open access platform owned by Springer Nature, publisher of Nature, with data published under a creative commons license.

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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

Printing the Human Body

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Imagine replacing an amputated arm with a perfect replica, or swapping a diseased kidney with a freshly printed, healthy organ.

It may sound like sci-fi, but at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne a group of biologists, material scientists, biomedical engineers and robotic experts are coming together to make that happen. The Advanced Biofabrication Centre, launched in October, is set to take bionic research and regenerative medicine to the next level. Continue reading

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

Inspired to Innovate

Academic researchers, board directors, investment leaders and business development managers were treated to an engaging talk on the future of innovation in Australia on the 18th of August at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health.

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Gerald Chan (left) inspired an attentive audience or innovation at Melbourne’s Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health.

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Special Seminar on 18 Aug: Dr Gerald Chan, CEO of Morningside, USA

Biomedical Research Victoria is pleased to promote:

“The Role of Universities in the Innovation Ecosystem”
Dr Gerald Chan
CEO, Morningside, USA

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