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Recent announcements

29 December 2022 - Awards open for rising stars of medical research

The Victorian Government is encouraging the state’s brightest health and medical researchers to apply for the 2022 Premier’s Awards for Health and Medical Research.

5 September 2022 – Breakthrough For Kidney Disease Patients

Victorian-led research is now aiding in the early detection of kidney disease so it can be treated sooner.

31 August 2022 – Leading pandemic therapeutics centre in Melbourne

A new centre will be established in Melbourne’s biomedical precinct to advance Victoria’s pandemic preparedness and fast-track the design and development of life-saving treatments.

25 August 2022 - Funding to accelerate life-changing medical research

The Victorian Government is backing Victorian scientists to combat global health challenges, including ovarian cancer, with more grants to fast-track research breakthroughs.

28 July 2022 - More support for medtech manufacturers

Two local medtech manufacturers are investing and growing in Victoria, cementing the state’s reputation as a global leader in healthcare innovation while creating around 280 new high-skilled jobs.

14 June 2022 - Innovation challenge to drive medtech manufacturing

The Victorian Government is working to improve the lives of people with disabilities and health conditions by backing the state’s brightest minds to deliver new locally manufactured medtech.

8 April 2022 - Leading lights of health and medical research honoured

The Victorian Government recognised Victoria’s rising medical researchers at the Premier’s Awards for Health and Medical Research at a ceremony on Monday 4 April 2022.

4 April 2022 - Victorian biobank now globally recognised

Victoria is now home to a state-of-the art and globally accredited biobank featuring blood samples, plasma, saliva, tumour tissues, breast milk and mouth swabs, as the Victorian Government continues its investment in medical research.

9 March 2022 - New funding to support Victoria’s medtech manufacturers

A new Victorian Government grant program will help grow medical technology (medtech) production in Victoria, creating new high-skill jobs and cementing the state’s reputation as a global leader in healthcare innovation.

5 March 2022 - Blood donors sought for new COVID-19 research biobank

Calling out for Victorians willing to roll up their sleeves and donate blood for a research initiative into COVID-19.

2 February 2022 - First RAT manufacturing facility set to open in Victoria

The Victorian Government is supporting local manufacturing of Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) in Victoria, that will deliver millions of tests for Victorians.

25 January 2022 – Newborn screening for rare genetic disorders offers hope

A new centre will be established in Melbourne’s biomedical precinct to advance Victoria’s pandemic preparedness and fast-track the design and development of life-saving treatments.

23 December 2021 – Backing world-leading research into COVID-19 treatments

The Victorian Government is backing research into new coronavirus treatments, including a nasal spray medication that envelops the virus and reduces household transmission.

16 December 2021 – Infectious Disease Institute partners set a new foundation

The Victorian Government is working to further safeguard Australia in the fight against coronavirus and future pandemics, by signing the Australian Institute for Infectious Disease (AIID) Foundation Partners Agreement.

15 December 2021 – Victoria to become home of mRNA vaccine manufacturing

Victorian scientists and manufacturers have created Australia’s first mRNA COVID-19 vaccine candidate, with clinical trials to begin in early 2022.

30 November 2021 – Victoria makes Australia’s first mRNA vaccine candidate

Victorian scientists and manufacturers have created Australia’s first mRNA COVID-19 vaccine candidate, with clinical trials to begin in early 2022.

22 November 2021 – Support for women in mRNA and medical research

Women-led medical research will be prioritised in the Victorian Government’s new RNA research acceleration fund and the next phase of the successful Victorian Medical Research Acceleration Fund.

18 November 2021 – New world-class clinical trial facility for Geelong

Geelong will host human clinical trials for groundbreaking medical research and speed up the development of new treatments with Australia’s largest clinical trials provider, Nucleus Network, opening its first satellite clinic in the region.

16 November 2021 – Growing Victoria’s mRNA vaccine capabilities

In partnership with the Victorian Government, world-leading synthetic biology company Ginkgo Bioworks will establish an office in Melbourne, bolstering Victoria’s position as the national leader in mRNA research and manufacturing.

25 October 2021 - Victoria leads fight against brain cancer

A new centre backed by the Victorian Government is leading the nation’s fight against brain cancer and bringing fresh hope to brain cancer patients and their families.

29 September 2021 – New laboratory to support local medical innovations

Neo-Bionica is a new joint venture between the Victorian Government, the Bionics Institute and the University of Melbourne that will fast-track the time it takes to develop and trial medical devices, including new treatments for people with diabetes.

Case studies

Generation Victoria (GenV)

A ground-breaking research project tracking the wellbeing of an entire generation of young Victorians is providing researchers with invaluable data from communities across the state.

Navi Technologies

A new smart device is enabling doctors and nurses to accurately pinpoint where to insert central venous catheters required to deliver lifesaving medications to sick newborns.

COVID-19 NAbTest

A new finger prick test developed by the Burnet Institute and the Doherty Institute can assess a person’s immunity to the virus by measuring their levels of neutralising antibodies to COVID-19.

Page last updated: 12 January 2023