New 
Industry 
Alliance 
for 
Central
 Coast & Hunter Region Biotechnology 
Future #HunterNet #CentralCoast #Hunter

HunterNet Media Release

18th October 
2015

New 
Industry 
Alliance 
for 
Central
 Coast & Hunter Region Biotechnology 
Future #Hunternet

New 
Industry 
Alliance 
for 
Central
 Coast & Hunter Region Biotechnology 
Future #CentralCoast #Hunter #CoastTimes News

HMRI
 Director, 
Professor 
Michael 
Nilsson 
and 
HunterNet 

CEO Michael Sharpe

With 
the 
signing 
of 
a 
Memorandum
 of 
Understanding last Friday, 
the 
Hunter
 Medical 
Research Institute
 (HMRI) 
and
 industry 
co‐operative
 HunterNet 
have 
formed 
a 
united 
front 
to encourage 
the 
growth 
of
 medical
 manufacturing
 and 
the 
health
 investment 
potential 
within
 the Hunter and Central Coast region.

HMRI
 Director, 
Professor 
Michael 
Nilsson 
and 
HunterNet 

CEO Michael Sharpe sealed 
the 
inaugural
 agreement
 in
 an 
official 
function 
on Friday which 
coincided with 
a 
formal
 visit 
by 
the 
Ambassador
 of
 Sweden Pär 
Ahlberger,
 as 
local researchers 
work
 closely
 with
 a
Swedish
 biotech
 company, 
medical
 research
 institute
, and 
government 
representatives
 to
extend 
the 
reach 
of 
HMRI’s
 asthma 
program 
globally.

“Through
 our
 alliance 
with 
HMRI, 
researchers
 will 
be 
able 
to
 create
 more
 of 
these 
type
 of international
 arrangements,”
 said Michael 
Sharpe.

“This 
initiative 
is 
really 
about 
the 
future
 as 
it 
marks 
a 
new 
level
 of
 cooperation 
between
 our 
local 
industries and
 medical 
researchers. By
 building
 these great 
opportunities 
for knowledge
 sharing and
 with 
a 
world‐class 
environment 
for 
smart
 people
 to 
work 
in, 
we 
can 
create 
both 
a 
healthier 
and 
wealthier 
future 
for 
our 
local community.

“The
 MoU 
aims 
to 
spur
 new
 collaborations
 through
 research 
investment,
 advanced manufacturing
 technologies 
and
 the 
exchange
 of 
technical
 information,
 with 
HMRI
 and HunterNet 
sharing
 a
 strategic
 vision 
to 
establish 
a 
biotech
 cluster 
for 
pharmaceuticals, medical 
devices 
and 
health care
 delivery 
in 
the
 Hunter
 and 
Central 
Coast.”

New 
Industry 
Alliance 
for 
Central
 Coast & Hunter Region Biotechnology 
Future #CentralCoast #Hunter #CoastTimesNews

Mr
 Sharpe 
said 
that 
formalising 
linkages 
and
 fostering 
new
 synergies 
between
 researchers and 
advanced
 manufacturers 
was 
a 
logical 
next 
step 
in 
the 
evolution 
of 
our 
region’s industry 
base.

“We
 are 
extremely
 excited 
to 
sign 
a 
collaboration 
agreement
 with 
our 
friends
 at 
HMRI.
Over 
the 
past 
few 
years 
we 
have
 witnessed
 an
 accelerated 
transition
 of 
businesses 
moving
into 
advanced
 manufacturing
 processes
 and
 technologies,
 particularly 
in 
the 
medical sector,” 
Mr
 Sharpe
 said.

“We
 know
 our
 region
 possesses 
the 
capabilities 
– now 
it’s 
time 
we 
match
 these
 capabilities
with 
the
 needs
 of 
local researchers
 to 
support
 their
 delivery
 of 
‘world’s
 best’ 
medical solutions.”

About
 
HunterNet
:

The HunterNet Co‐operative 
is 
widely
 recognised
 within
 Australian 
manufacturing 
and
academia 
as
 the 
most 
successful 
industry 
‘cluster’
 of 
its 
type
 nationally.
 The 
organisation
involves 
over 
200 
companies,
 active 
in 
national
 and 
international 
infrastructure
 and
 asset
management, 
energy 
and
 resources,
 defence
 and
 advanced
 manufacturing
 supply 
chains.
Through
 its 
membership,
HunterNet
 represents
 over
 70,000
 employees 
www.HunterNet.com.au  #hunternet