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New science and medical equipment manufacturing hub set up in Australia

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A RESEARCH and development and manufacturing hub to produce specialty glass products for the global science and medical equipment market is set to open in Australia.

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The centre has been established through a collaboration agreement between Trajan Scientific and Medical (Trajan) and the University of Adelaide, and is supported by the state government of South Australia

The hub will help scientists in the University’s Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) and the School of Physical Sciences commercialize their research into products that ultimately benefit human health and wellbeing.

The products have the potential to be utilized in a wide range of medical and scientific applications including genetic testing, biomarker discovery and detection, environmental analysis, food safety testing, testing for drugs of abuse and therapeutic drug monitoring.

Stephen Tomisich, the CEO of Trajan, said his company’s goal is for the hub to become a global centre of excellence for advanced photonics technologies.

“Trajan’s global operations and customer base, partnered with the international standing IPAS enjoys as a centre of excellence in photonics and specialty glass technologies, means this collaboration will provide an incredible global platform to promote South Australia,” Tomisich said.

Professor Mike Brooks, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Adelaide said that Trajan’s skills in advanced manufacturing – including processes and systems, quality control, and logistics – combined with our research expertise and facilities, will enable transition of research outputs from the university and its partners into commercial manufacturing.

“This exciting collaboration will also open up new opportunities for research and accelerate the development of a significant cluster of photonics companies in South Australia. To be able to ensure our work is applied to real-world situations is a hugely exciting outcome and it will cement our position as a global leader in light, glass and optical fibre research,” Prof Brooks said.

South Australian Minister for Health Industries Jack Snelling said the government was pleased to support this partnership and had provided $346,000 in funding to help set up the new facility.

The strategic partnership grew from the Photonics Catalyst Program – a joint initiative between the South Australian government and IPAS to build connections between South Australian industry and emerging laser and sensing technologies. Key to the partnership is the presence of the Optofab Node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility at the University and Health Industries South Australia.

Trajan’s focus is on developing and commercialising technologies that enable analytical systems to be more selective, sensitive and specific for biological, environmental or food related measurements – especially those that can lead to portability, miniaturisation and affordability.

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