It is hoped that a new ARC Training Centre for Cell and Tissue Engineering Technologies (CTET), which has received $4.97 million in federal money over five years, will strengthen research connections with industry.
The multimillion-dollar investment for the training centre was made under the government’s Industrial Transformation Training Centre (ITTC) scheme.
Monash University has been chosen to lead the new centre, in collaboration with partners including the CSIRO, Queensland University of Technology, the Centre for Commercialisation and Regenerative Medicine and the Centre for Entrepreneurial Research and Innovation Limited.
Australian Research Council CEO Sue Thomas said the work of the new centre would bring long-term health benefits to the community, with a key aim of strengthening domestic cell and tissue engineering industries.
“The aim is to provide a highly skilled, ‘industry-ready’ workforce poised to consolidate and translate innovative technologies and to significantly improve and advance Australia’s joint biomechanics industry,” Thomas said.
“Researchers at this training centre have created industry-specific training programs for PhDs and postdoctoral fellows, with research carried out in industry-facing projects work.
“They will work with a range of partners to aid in expanding our biotechnology industries,” she said.
The centre plans to leverage its connections with UK-based Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult, Newcastle University (UK) and the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research, in addition to a network of Australian and international companies.
Interested PhD and masters candidates are being invited to apply for a range of cell and tissue engineering research projects.