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Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 16:15

New research centre gives Queensland a unique foothold in global markets

On the 1st March 2016 TRI hosted the first Innovation and Translation in Imaging Summit with the official opening of the TRI Innovation and Translation Centre in collaboration with Siemens Healthcare (IAT Centre).

The Palaszczuk Government’s injection of $3.25 million over three years to a new world-class medical innovation centre will ensure Queensland is at the forefront of global medical imaging technology. 

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, joined by Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy, Leeanne Enoch, today officially opened the new ‘TRI Innovation and Translation Centre in collaboration with Siemens Healthcare’, a collaboration between Queensland’s Translational Research Institute (TRI) and global medical devices developer and manufacturer Siemens Healthcare.

The Queensland Government has invested $3.25 million over three years to the centre as part of the Advance Queensland Future Jobs Strategy to open the door to new industry/research collaborations, tackle the big innovation challenges and build industries with global growth potential.

Ms Palaszczuk said a key focus of the new centre was on strengthening the working relationship between business and research.

“Government and medical research institutes can’t commercialise a medical innovation and make it available worldwide. Only organisations like Siemens Healthcare can achieve that,” the Premier said.

“By partnering with business, we can get critical research out of the lab and into the marketplace, and that means future jobs for Queenslanders.

“I had a very constructive meeting with representatives from Siemens during my US trade mission last year and I’m delighted to say that out of that meeting and the hard work of TRI and Siemens, this initiative has been borne.

“The fact that Siemens has partnered with Queensland shows how highly we are viewed in the global technology sector.”

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