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The Building Global Bridges program provides grants of between $100,000 & $500,000 to Victorian life science companies to develop partnerships with Massachusetts companies in late stage life sciences R&D projects. The program helps Victorian innovation to accelerate, access expertise, develop skills & better reach global markets and international investors. Applications close 17 September 2013.

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Premier Daniel Andrews finalises ministers' portfolios

4 December 2014.   The BioMelbourne Network welcomes the new Victorian Government Ministry, as announced today by Premier Daniel Andrew. We look forward to working Ministers in supporting innovative businesses and entrepreneurship in the biotechnology and medical technology sector. In particular, we look forward to collaborating with Adem Somyurek the Minister For Small Business, Innovation an... read more…

Innovation Key to Jobs and Growth Under Labor

28 November 2014.  While the Napthine Government cut funding to science, technology, engineering and innovation by 60 per cent, Innovation and job creation will be key to Victorian jobs and growth under an Andrews Labor Government.Labor will establish the Premier’s Jobs and Investment Panel, using the unique insight of the private sector on how to invest $500 million to create high-skill, high-... read more…

VCGS Signs a Deal with Illumina for Non-invasive Prenatal Testing

27 November 2014.  The Victorian Clinical Genetics Services (VCGS), a subsidiary of the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Melbourne has signed an agreement with leading genomics company Illumina, to allow VCGS to offer its own Non-Invasive Prenatal Test (NIPT) based on next-generation sequencing technology.The deal adds to the VCGS prenatal testing portfolio. Currently VCGS provides mater... read more…

LBT Completes Australian Clinical Trials of APAS® Technology

26 November 2014.  Medical technology company LBT Innovations Limited (ASX: LBT) has completed two comprehensive clinical trials of its pioneering culture-plate analysis technology, the Automated Plate Assessment System (APAS®), at the laboratories of Healthscope Pathology in Melbourne and Adelaide.The trials successfully tested the efficacy of the APAS technology in detecting and reporting the... read more…

Global Kinetics Corporation Achieves Key Milestones for Expansion

6 November 2014.  Swedish regulatory affairs veteran and former head of European Medicine Agency to join Global Kinetics Board Key EU patent granted covering lead Parkinson’s KinetiGraph™ (PKG™) technology Aggressive expansion agenda for leading mobile health technology company Australian mobile health technology company Global Kinetics Corporation announced today that it has appointed... read more…

Completion of Rights Issue

6 November 2014.  MELBOURNE, Australia: Circadian Technologies Limited (ASX:CIR, OTCQX:CKDXY)  is pleased to confirm the completion  of  the  two for five  fully underwritten  non- renounceable rights issue (Rights Issue) announced on 6 October 2014.The Rights Issue offered up to 19,453,313 new shares at $0.175 per share to eligible shareholders. Eligible shareholders were those with a register... read more…

Victoria election 2014: Labor pledges $60m contribution for biomedical research centre

2 November 2014. The Victorian Labor Party says it will contribute $60 million to Australia's first research and education centre for biomedical engineering if it wins the November 29 state election.Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews said the investment in the Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery at St Vincent's Hospital would bring together doctors, scientists and researchers to help Victoria ... read more…

Specialised Therapeutics Australia Announces Breakthrough Cancer Drug Abraxane® to be PBS Listed for Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer

31 October 2014. • ABRAXANE plus gemcitabine to be PBS listed for Australian patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer from 1 November • ABRAXANE plus gemcitabine significantly improves survival outcomes • A new standard of care now available for all patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer Australian biopharmaceutical company Specialised Therapeutics Australia (STA) is pleased to announ... read more…

Accelerating commercialisation outcomes in Australia

31 October 2014.  Australian businesses and innovators will have access to the full suite of support streams to usher in a new wave of competitiveness and productivity growth under the Australian Government’s $484.2 million Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme.Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane today launched the final part of the package, the Accelerating Commercialisation stream, which i... read more…

New $200 million Biotechnology Venture Capital Fund secured in Melbourne

31 October 2014.  Minister for Technology Gordon Rich-Phillips today announced the establishment of the $200 million Biotechnology Translation Fund in conjunction with fund manager Brandon Capital Partners, the manager of the Medical Research Commercialisation Fund (MRCF).Minister Rich-Phillips said the Victorian Coalition Government has secured the fund's headquarters for Melbourne with a cont... read more…

d3 Medicine welcomes a new Director - Dr. Julie Bullock PharmD

30 October 2014.   Dr. Bullock has over 10 years of drug development experience within the FDA. Dr Bullock's pastappointments include Clinical Pharmacology Team Leader and Senior Clinical PharmacologyReviewer. Her regulatory experience was focused in the therapeutic areas of hematology/oncologyand coagulation. She has significant experience in facilitating pediatric drug development,streamlini... read more…

2014 Prime Minister's Prizes for Science

29 October 2014. Joint release with the Hon. Tony Abott MP, Prime Minister Tonight, we recognise and celebrate the accomplishments of Australian science and Australian scientists. Australia has a proud history in science and a wealth of scientific talent. Our people are full of great ideas. The Commonwealth Government will continue to provide the strong support that science needs to find th... read more…

Paving the road ahead for manufacturing in Australia

28 October 2014.  A forum on the future of Australia’s manufacturing sector will bring leaders of industry and academia together to debate the challenges that lie ahead and the role of innovation. The forum is one of the many events planned for Convention 2014 – Australia’s largest ever engineering event which is being organised by peak professional body, Engineers Australia (Melbourne, Nov 24 ... read more…

Join the team at the BioMelbourne Network

27 October 2014.  A fantastic new opportunity has come up as the Membership Engagement Manager at the BioMelbourne Network, the industry association for the biotechnology and medical technology industries of Victoria. Working closely with the Chief Executive Officer, you will design and implement the events programs that engage and serve the BioMelbourne Network membership and the wider life sc... read more…

BioMelbourne Network News

24 October 2014.  The BioMelbourne Network will say farewell to Program Manager Anita Petris, who is leaving the organisation in November. Anita has been with the Network for over five years and during that time has provided outstanding service to our members and to the wider life sciences sector. Her bright, efficient manner and her passion for technology and innovation has taken membership e... read more…

Creative Innovation 2015 Asia Pacific registrations now open!

23 October 2014.  From Disruption to Sustainable GrowthVision. Strategy. Innovation. GrowthThe world’s most innovative thinkers are coming to Melbourne! Creative Innovation 2015 Asia Pacific...world changing innovators, disruptors, futurists, inspired thinkers and curious souls gathered together in an interactive community. Creative Innovation 2015 Asia Pacific is the premiere conference for an... read more…

LBT Arwarded $250,000 Grant For WOUNDVUE

20 October 2014.  LBT Innovations Limited (ASX: LBT) has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the South Australian Government’s bioscience agency, BioSA, for the early stage development of its pioneering wound management technology Woundvue.The grant represents the maximum on offer under the BioSA Industry Development (BID) program, which provides essential funding   for   South   Australian   co... read more…

Victorian Government grant ensures world’s biggest supercomputing facility remains in Melbourne

20 October 2014.   A $6.65 million Victorian Government grant to the Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative (VLSCI) has assured Victoria maintains its competitive edge in the life sciences industry. The grant means that the world's most powerful supercomputing facility dedicated to life sciences will continue to operate in Victoria. Minister for Technology Gordon Rich-Phillips said t... read more…

d3 Medicine congratulates Alios Biopharma on the Announcement of a $1.75Bn Acquisition Agreement with Johnson & Johnson

16 October 2014.  On September 30, 2014 Alios BioPharma, Inc., a biotechnology company developing proprietary therapeutics for viral diseases, announced a definitive agreement with Johnson & Johnson whereby Alios will be acquired for approximately $1.75 billion in cash payable upon closing of the transaction. The transaction has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies.“We are... read more…

An Action Plan for Australia's Future

14 October 2014.  Joint media release with the Hon. Tony Abbott MP, Prime Minister. The Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda is a central part of the Government’s Economic Action Strategy to build a strong, prosperous economy for a safe, secure Australia. Strengthening Australia’s competitiveness is the key to future prosperity. Australia has experienced 23 years of economic growth... read more…