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Modern Manufacturing Initiative opens for medical products

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Australia’s medical products manufacturers can now apply for funding under the Federal Government’s $1.3 billion Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI).

Medical Products is the second of the six National Manufacturing Priorities.

This will be supported under the MMI to help manufacturers scale-up production, commercialise their products and operations, and integrate into domestic and global supply chains.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said co-funding from the MMI will drive forward industry-led projects in this priority area, greatly improve our self-sufficiency, and open up new export opportunities.

“This support will help us make more medical products right here at home – creating more skilled jobs for Australians and helping build a resilient and competitive manufacturing base at the heart of our economy,” Minister Andrews said.

“Australia has pioneered many commercially successful medical products that have made it on the world stage, including the cochlear implant, the green whistle pain reliever and the cervical cancer vaccine,” she said.

Minister Andrews continued that through the Modern Manufacturing Initiative, we’re supporting more manufacturers to turn their clever ideas and research into commercial outcomes, and harness global opportunities.

The medical products National Manufacturing Priority road map, released on Tuesday, February 26, will guide government and industry investment under the MMI, and focuses on keeping sophisticated manufacturing capability in Australia.

The road map highlights specific areas of investment opportunity including smart monitoring devices and diagnostics, personalised implants and bionics, high-value pharmaceuticals, biologics and complementary medicines, cutting-edge treatments like mRNA vaccines, regenerative medicine and genomics, as well as digital integrated products and platforms.

“This dynamic, industry-led road map sets out the vision for the sector with a focus on high-value opportunities that will position medical products manufacturers for long term growth,” Minister Andrews said.

“Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic showed the remarkable capability and expertise that already exists within our medical products manufacturing sector, as well as our potential for future success,” she said.

She explained that the MMI is focussed on scaling-up that capability – both to create economic opportunity and to ensure the supply of critical products during times of crisis.

The $1.3 billion MMI is the centrepiece of the Government’s $1.5 billion Modern Manufacturing Strategy, an action plan to position Australia as a globally recognised, high-quality and sustainable manufacturing nation.

The road maps in the remaining priority areas will be released in coming weeks to coincide with the opening of their respective MMI funding rounds.

The remaining road maps are; Resources Technology and Critical Minerals Processing, Food and Beverage, Recycling and Clean Energy, and Defence.

Initial applications will be limited to the Translation and Integration streams of the MMI, with expressions of interest for the larger Collaboration stream to open in coming months.

Source: Minister for Industry, Science and Technology 

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