9 February 2017

First meeting of the ARC IDEAL Research Hub Steering Committee at University of South Australia. The IDEAL Research Hub aims to enable rapid, time-critical detection of low-abundance molecular and cellular analytes with resulting technologies used at medical points of care, ordinary workplaces and centres of activity to test for tiny levels of targeted molecules. The initial focus is early diagnosis of disease and point-of-care drug testing, but the technology platform could be used to sample food and environmental toxins. The Hub expects these disruptive technologies to make Australian biotechnology, diagnostics, veterinary, agribusiness and manufacturing firms globally competitive.

The key to the success of the Hub is the collaboration between Hub partners – two universities and four industry partners. The strong commitment from our industry parties is reflected in their high level of involvement with the establishment of the Hub which has included attending four establishment and planning workshops. The Hub partners have in-principal agreement on how the Hub will operate.