- Over 130 biotechnology research centres
- 2,200 plus publications in the last 10 years
- Over 200 specialist biotechnology researchers
78 patent publications
Recognised as a global Advanced Manufacturing Hub by the World Economic Forum, Queensland excels in advanced manufacturing research undertaken with industry and international partners. In Additive Biomanufacturing topics alone, Queensland researchers had over 70,000 publications between 2017 and 2021, and the most recent of these, during 2020, were cited 3 times the global average (citation rate of attributable publications). Their research includes new material development (e.g. solar film), additive and subtractive manufacturing (e.g. bioscaffolding), robotics, robotic vision and artificial intelligence (in health, food, biosecurity and defence), micro and nanoscience, biofuels and other bioproducts, bioprocessing and synthetic biology.
Industry-research collaboration and commercialisation
Researchers at the Herston Biofabrication Institute combine engineering, design, computer and medical science in 3D scanning, modelling and printing of medical devices, bone, cartilage and human tissue - directly applied to the Queensland health industry.
Scientist and engineers at Queensland Centre for Advanced Materials Processing and Manufacturing discover new engineering materials and manufacturing technologies. AMPAM helped Cook Medical Australia to increase their revenue by $35 million.
The QUT Mackay Renewable Biocommodities Pilot Plant is pioneering research and innovation in biorefining. The Plant is hosted by Mackay Sugar Limited. Based on-site with an operating sugar factory, provides researchers direct access to biomass and sugarcane by-products.
The USQ Centre for Future Materials delivers world class research in the design and development of innovative materials for diverse engineering applications. The Centre is working with Gilmour Space Technologies and Teakle Composites under a Cooperative Research Centres Project to develop linerless filament wound composite liquid oxygen rocket fuel tanks for low cost space transport.
The Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology have worked in partnership with Myuma Group Ltd (an Indjalandji-Dhidhanu initiative) to develop a method of extracting nanocellulose from Australian spinifex grass. These novel nanofibres significantly reinforce products creating super-strong roads, tyres and super-thin condoms.
Researchers at the UQ Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) developed the needle-free vaccine delivery technology. This has been commercialised by UQ spin-off company Vaxxas into their High-Density Microarray Patch (HD-MAP) that delivers easily stored and administered vaccines.
Microalgal and macroalgal resource
The research by Prof. Peer Schenk from the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences at The University of Queensland has been commercialised by Queensland-based QPonics Limited for sustainable production of omega-3 and other nutraceutical, and food ingredient products from marine microalgae.
The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Hub (ARM Hub) (a Queensland Government, QUT, Urban Art Projects partnership) applied its expertise in robotics and vision technology to assist Verton Australia to develop the world’s first remote-controlled load-management system using revolutionary gyroscopic technology.
BlockTexx and researchers at the QUT Centre for a Waste-Free World have developed a process that transforms complex textile waste into a valuable commodity at a new large-scale textile recovery facility at Loganholme, Queensland.
Support for advanced manufacturing in Queensland
Queensland’s regional Industry Manufacturing hubs are co-located or closely affiliated with our regional universities. The Rockhampton Manufacturing Hub for advanced food, metal and rail manufacture and the Mackay Resources Centre of Excellence that focuses on mining equipment, technology and services (METS), resource recovery, and agriculture are at QCUniversity campuses.
Queensland supports a network of regional Innovation Centres and vibrant QiHub innovation community. The university-industry relationships with these hubs and centres are shown in the Strategic Visualisation Tool.
The Advanced Manufacturing 10 Year Roadmap and Action Plan positions Queensland as a leader in advanced manufacturing technologies, products, systems and services.
The roadmap is supported by the Queensland Industry Partnership Program (2021–2025) that is investing A$350 million in several priority industry sectors such as advanced manufacturing, hydrogen, biofutures, biomedical, defence, aerospace, space, resource recovery and METS.
Talent pipeline for advanced manufacturing
Most of Queensland’s universities offer under and post graduate courses and units in advanced manufacturing (For example: courses at QUT, courses at UQ, and courses at JCU). Queensland universities partner with the manufacturing and engineering sector to give undergraduates the opportunity to learn and network with professional engineers, designers and academics. The $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project provides such real-life experiences.
From their earliest years students in Queensland engage with STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) under the strategy for STEM in Queensland state schools and teachers access resources via the STEM Hub and the Queensland STEM Education Network provided by Queensland universities.
High school students can be industry-ready under the Advanced Manufacturing Gateway to Industry Schools program. This is long-term development program for a highly-skilled workforce delivered by the Queensland Manufacturing Institute.
Find out why top researchers and industry leaders are saying Queensland is one of the best places in the world for food and agriculture research.
The Department of Environment and Science commissioned two reports to support emerging science-based industries:
A University of the Sunshine Coast researcher who has helped develop a simple dipstick test to screen for the highly infectious Nipah virus says rapid detection is critical to controlling deadly outbreaks. “We have developed a simple test to screen for Nipah virus where it is inactivated in the first…
QUT has partnered with two Australian companies working in solar research and development on the project to produce perovskite solar cells that are significantly cheaper than traditional solar cells with comparable efficiency. The lead investigator on the team Professor Hongxia Wang said a consortium led by Halocell Energy, including First…
UQ researchers have identified a novel drug target with the potential to overcome drug resistance and prevent tumour regrowth in cancer patients. Associate Professor Helmut Schaider from UQ’s Frazer Institute said the newly identified molecule was not currently a target for treatment, opening the potential for drug development.
University of Queensland researchers are developing a plastic that breaks down in seawater to help turn the tide on marine waste. Dr Ruirui Qiao from UQ’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology is refining new polymerisation techniques for an affordable and biodegradable plastic to replace existing products.
A custom–built furnace that can heat materials to almost 3000 degrees Celsius has been installed at The University of Queensland to build components for Australia's burgeoning space industry. The furnace is the first of its type in Australia, allowing UQ researchers to make the next generation of ultra-high temperature composite…
A brand new class of anti-cancer mRNAs targeting liver cancer cells could be🔑 in this fatal fight. Our own Dr @SethCheetham won a $50K UQ Foundation Research Excellence Award this week to support this critical, life-saving research that could apply to other diseases in future🥳
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Traditional knowledge and biodiscovery in Queensland video
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