Victorian biomedical research…on a roll

A little over 6 months into the new era, it’s appropriate to pay tribute to the original Members of the organisation for their foresight and support to enable the Cluster to morph into Biomedical Research Victoria (BioMedVic). 

As it seeks to improve the collaboration between the state’s world class R&D institutions, enhance interactions with government and industry and further capitalise on Victoria’s competitive advantage in biomedical research, BioMedVic is delighted to welcome 7 new Members to date - Alfred Health, Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute, Burnet Institute, Deakin University, Monash University, Monash Health and Western Health. We are also looking forward to successfully concluding discussions with several prospective members before year end.

The world-class reputation of the BioMedVic community was highlighted this week with the recognition and celebration through the awarding of the 2014 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science to Professors Sam Berkovic and Ingrid Scheffer (of The University of Melbourne, The Florey and Austin Health), whose discovery of the genetic pieces in the epilepsy jigsaw is bringing hope to families all over the world.
And to cap it off, today’s announcement by Minister Gordon Rich-Phillips that the Victorian Government has secured Melbourne as the headquarters for Australia’s largest-ever life sciences venture capital fund will ensure Victoria remains at the centre of the Asia-Pacific region for medtech, biotech, and the translation and commercialisation of medical research outcomes.  Set to raise $200 million, the MRCF Biotechnology Translation Fund will build on the successful track record and model of the Medical Research Commercialisation Fund (MRCF) developed by Dr Chris Nave and his colleagues. 

We live in exciting times!

Jan Tennent | CEO, BioMedVic
(L-R) Alan Stockdale, Ian Gust, Chris Nave (MRCF),
Minister Rich-Phillips & Garry Jennings
BioMedVic is fortunate to be guided by a distinguished and experienced Board comprising Prof Ian Gust (Chair), Dr Cathy Foley, Prof Stephen Holdsworth, Prof Bronwyn Kingwell, 
Prof David de Kretser, Prof Malcolm McConville, Dr George Morstyn, Dr Roland Scollay and Prof Jeff Zajac.

October marked the departure from the Board of Prof Doug Hilton, and his Alternate, Prof Peter Coleman, who had both served the Board with distinction for five years. The Board extends sincere thanks to Doug and Peter for their many valuable contributions and welcomes Prof Bronwyn Kingwell as the new Band 1 Member-elected Director.

This is also an opportunity to congratulate Ian Gust who was recently recognised by his alma mater, The University of Melbourne, by the conferring of one of its highest honours, the degree of Doctor of Medical Science honoris causa.  The ceremony program noted “Ian Gust continues to have a profound impact on the world’s scientific and health communities.  His eminent contributions to scientific knowledge and to ensuring the global impact of discovery, are experienced the world over.”

BioMedVic Annual Report 2013-2014 available online now

It's important for researchers to communicate their work clearly

Recipients of the BioMedVic scholarship
(L-R:) TinaMarie Lieu, MIPS; Sophie Broughton, St Vincent's Institute; Husna Begum, Baker IDI; Kathryn Backholer, Baker IDI; Hamish Innes-Brown, Bionics Institute; Lesley Cheng, The University of Melbourne.
BioMedVic supports the career advancement of up-and-coming health and biomedical researchers and was proud to provide fully-supported scholarships for six early career researchers from BioMedVic Member organisations to attend a media training for scientists workshop on 21 Oct.

Hamish Innes-Brown said "The format of having the media people come and do practice interviews really put us all on the spot and made us think. Much more involving than a lecture...Thanks again for the support to attend, it’s a fantastic initiative!".

BioMedVic looks forward to offering this opportunity again in early 2015.

UROP places 500th student!

Over 120 students, supervisors and UROP community members gathered at the Melbourne Brain Centre for this year's UROP Conference Day on 24 July.

An opportunity to welcome a new round of UROP, the Conference also celebrated UROP's 500th student, Madeline Nicholson (placed at the Bionics Institute).
UROP Students at the Conference Day
Conference attendees were treated to an opening address by Cameron Boardman, Executive Director DSDBI, Victorian Government and a keynote presentation by Prof Karen Day, Dean of Science at The University of Melbourne.  Prof Day shared her career experiences and highlighted the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration within biomedical research. 26 exceptional presentations were delivered by current UROP students and prizes were awarded for the best presentations in three categories:

VLSCI Prize: Best Computational Presentation
James Nguyen-Tran, MIPS (Supervisors David Chalmers, Colin Poutin & Dallas Warren)
CSL Prize: Best Biomedicine/Biotechnology Presentation
Maria Bergamasco, WEHI (Supervisors Anne Voss & Tim Thomas; Co-supervisor Bilal Sheikh)
BioMedVic Prize: Best Small Technology Presentation
Andy Boden, Swinburne (Supervisor Thomas Ameringer)

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20 Nov 2014 | MIPS, Parkville

BioMedVic & Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS) present "Nanotechnology and Medicines for Tomorrow", a full day Symposium on
  • Materials for Drug Delivery
  • Probing Biological Interactions
  • Cellular Processing & Behaviour
  • Translational Nanotechnology
followed by a FREE Public Forum by Laureate Professor Peter Doherty AC FAA FRS
View the program & register
Researchers are invited to submit poster abstracts, up to 6 will be selected for a 5 minute presentation and prizes will be awarded for the best poster by a current PhD and post doc. Read more... 

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New web portal connects business to R&D help

Victorian businesses and researchers can now easily access technical experts in universities and research institutes to aid R&D output.
CSIRO’s Rapid Automated Materials Processing Centre is a VPTN facility
PlatformConnect is a free online tool that enables you to connect with technologies and expertise in research organisations across the State who are keen to help you in areas ranging from stem cells to supercomputing, microscopy to manufacturing or nanofabrication to nutrition. 
Create a free PlatformConnect account and then take three easy steps:
  1. Post your project to automatically notify a set of Providers (VPTN facilities).
  2. Receive responses from Providers who can help.
  3. Choose a Provider and get started.
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