Biomedical engineers to create unique implants Monday, 02 July 2018

Budding biomedical engineers will work on innovative technologies to personalise orthopaedic implants to suit individual recipients while collaborating with industry on real-world challenges.

The Australian Research Council (ARC) has launched a new industrial transformation training centre at The University of Sydney set to focus on advances in important biomedical engineering research.

The ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Innovative BioEngineering is led by Distinguished Professor Hala Zreiqat with funding of $4.42 million over five years from the Australian Government.

CEO Professor Sue Thomas said the centre would support the next generation of biomedical engineers who will aim to “overcome industry-focused challenges in musculoskeletal regeneration”.

“Tangible outcomes of the training centre will include the development of next-generation implants, such as embedded bioelectronic sensors to assess and optimise the healing process,” Prof Thomas revealed.

“Researchers will engineer innovative technologies to personalise orthopaedic implants targeted for the unique biological, physical and lifestyle characteristics of each recipient.”

An integral role of ARC industrial transformation training centres is to provide the opportunity for early-career researchers to gain experience in a real-world industry setting, she said, within a highly driven research environment.

“This training centre will train our future research leaders, as they work directly with collaborating industry partners on real-world industry challenges,” Prof Thomas added.

The ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Innovative BioEngineering will collaborate with The University of NSW, University of Technology Sydney, Office of the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Swinburne University of Technology, Harvard University USA, Peter Brehm GmBH, Ti2 Medical, Allegra Orthopaedics, Osseointegration International and Osseointegration Group of Australia.

ARC has identified six priority areas for the Industrial Transformation Research program that will commence funding in 2018: advanced manufacturing; cyber security; food and agribusiness; pharmaceuticals and medical technologies; mining equipment, technology and services; and oil, gas and energy resources.