Published 06-10-2021
| Article appears in October 2021 Issue

Victoria to Open Advanced Food and Medicine Manufacturing Research Centre


The Victorian Government is funding the design of a new advanced research centre to move digital innovation forward in the state’s medicine and food manufacturing industries.

Dubbed the Faster, Smarter Pharma and Food Manufacturing Project and based at the University of Melbourne, the centre will be a place for researchers and student interns to investigate and develop digital and artificial intelligence solutions, such as increasing the speed and volume of medicine production, to support local industries that are competing globally.

“This project will drive innovation in some of Victoria’s most valuable industries while also preparing workers with the skills they need now and into the future,” the Minister for Higher Education, Gayle Tierney stated.

“Universities have a vital role in education and research as well as strengthening Victoria – which is why we’re continuing to back them.”

The spokesperson for the University of Melbourne Pro V-C, Research Partnerships and Infrastructure, Professor Mark Hargreaves, confirmed the development would create eight research positions and four student internships.

“We are delighted the Victorian Government is supporting this project, which will help future-proof the state’s food and pharmaceutical manufacturing sectors through world-leading research and training,” Professor Hargreaves said.


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