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
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.”
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