Coming soon: A new home for biotechnology companies

Construction works are underway on La Trobe’s new Bio Innovation Hub at the Bundoora Campus. Scheduled to open in March 2023, the Bio Innovation Hub will provide new PC2 laboratory spaces, shared equipment and offices for rent to start-up and early-stage biotechnology and agritechnology companies.

The Bio Innovation Hub has been designed to have a mix of flexible laboratory spaces ranging from self-contained, lockable laboratory suites of 20 – 60m2 to benches in an open plan laboratory. Importantly, the facility provides access to shared suites containing tissue culture equipment, centrifuges, freezers, autoclaves, waste and storage; allowing companies to focus their resources on research rather than on capital. The Bio Innovation Hub laboratory spaces are complemented by stand-alone offices, hot desks, meeting rooms, breakout and kitchen spaces.

Director of the Research and Innovation Precinct, Alison Angleton, said that the Bio Innovation Hub will become a core facility of the Research and Innovation Precinct at La Trobe, allowing more industry partners to co-locate on campus.

“The Hub builds on our experience co-locating and collaborating with biotechnology companies Imunexus, AdAlta and Vivazome who are valued Precinct partners.” Alison Angleton said.

Dr Darren Coomber, Strategic Relationship Manager for the Research and Innovation Precinct said having the companies co-located will provide great opportunities for them to collaborate within a biosciences ecosystem.

“This will help to meet their research and commercialisation needs, be that with other small companies, with La Trobe’s researchers and students or by being able to access the University’s specialist research capabilities.”

La Trobe’s biotechnology related research and teaching occurs across the university in many schools and departments such as the School of Agriculture, Biosciences and Environment; School of Allied Health, Human Services and Sport; School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences; La Trobe Rural Health School; and Baker Department of Cardiovascular Research, Translation and Implementation.

With industry relevant research across the whole university, La Trobe has implemented research themes which bring together multi-disciplinary groups capable of taking on real world problems. Our Understanding and Preventing Disease, and Sustainable Food and Agriculture themes use advanced biotechnology skills and tools to deliver research that impacts industry and the community.

Our research expertise is supported through our specialist infrastructure which includes Bioimaging Platform, Proteomics and Metabolomics Platform, Genomics Platform, La Trobe Animal Research and Teaching Facility and the Statistics Consultancy Platform.

This powerful mix of specialist infrastructure and skilled equipment operators is available for use by industry and is a valuable resource for our co-located biotechnology companies.

The Bio Innovation Hub will also offer the opportunity for companies to access La Trobe’s pipeline of talented students through our student work experience placements, internships, and student programs.

Development of the Bio Innovation Hub has been supported by the Victorian Higher Education State Investment Fund.

Be a part of the Bio Innovation Hub

If you’d like to discuss if the Bio Innovation Hub would be suitable for your business, please contact Dr Darren Coomber, Strategic Relationship Manager, La Trobe University, d.coomber@latrobe.edu.au

La Trobe Industry contact: Hope Terdich, Manager – Marketing and Communications, h.terdich@latrobe.edu.au