Stryker’s New Brisbane R&D Laboratory—A Cut Above The Rest

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Stryker, a Medtech company, based in Michigan, US, has opened a new R&D lab in Brisbane’s Herston Health Precinct.

In October last year, the lab was announced as part of a five-year partnership between the Fortune 500 company and various Australian partners on additively manufactured just-in-time patient-specific bone tumour implants. This $18 million partnership is focused on providing better outcomes for patients through 3D printing technology.

In a statement released Friday, Maurice Ben-Mayor – President of Stryker South Pacific – said: “Stryker’s project with IMCRC demonstrated the importance of collaborative, open R&D and helped shape our current approach to innovation. We are delighted to take our next steps in Australia and support its future as a world leader in Medtech by opening our R&D lab.”

“Australia, with its world-class research institutions and highly skilled workforce, has the skills Stryker needs to create and produce cutting-edge medical technology.”

The $18 million project, supported by a $3 million grant from the Innovative Manufacturing CRC, began in July 2017 and is expected to last 4.75 years. R&D partners include RMIT, UTS, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, Melbourne University, and the University of Sydney.

“IMCRC is excited to partner with Stryker in this endeavour and to continue our collaborative work on modelling at the interface of medicine and engineering. As a company leading the way in medical technology, Stryker’s expansion into Australia will provide researchers, universities, and local industry with many new possibilities for collaboration, resulting in professional employment opportunities and pathways for collaboration,” said David Chuter, CEO and Managing Director of IMCRC.

The Queensland government has given incentives to the newly-established R&D facility at Herston, University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, and Metro North Hospital and Health Service.

The Stryker Brisbane R&D laboratory is one example of how the state of Queensland is becoming a world leader in Medtech. With the help of government incentives and partnerships with top research institutions, Stryker can push the boundaries of what’s possible in medical technology. This will undoubtedly lead to better outcomes for patients in Australia and worldwide.

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