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Peter Mac joins BMS global immuno-oncology network

The Melbourne-based Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre has become the first Australian representative on Bristol-Myers Squibb’s International Immuno-Oncology Network. The peer-to-peer global network, comprised of 15 members including over 250 researchers and clinicians, aims to accelerate the development of cancer immunotherapies. Bristol-Myers Squibb has been at the forefront of immunotherapy development, also known as the ‘fourth pillar’ of cancer treatment, with YERVOY … Continue reading Peter Mac joins BMS global immuno-oncology network

WA Labor commits to medical research future fund

WA Labor has committed to invest interest generated from the state’s $1 billion Future Fund in medical research. The commitment comes just weeks before the 11 March state election at which the ruling Liberal government led by Colin Barnett is seeking a third term. Labor leader Mark McGowan says, if elected, the party will establish the Future … Continue reading WA Labor commits to medical research future fund

Company secures first cannabis licence as government acts on special access

The Office of Drug Control has issued the first licence under Australia’s new medicinal cannabis regulatory system as health minister Greg Hunt acts to accelerate access from overseas suppliers. The new research licence allows Cann Group to legally cultivate medicinal cannabis and conduct research on the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes. The company has also … Continue reading Company secures first cannabis licence as government acts on special access

Orthocell reports initial results from CelGro trial

Regenerative medicine company Orthocell (ASX:OCC) has announced positive initial safety and tolerability results for its CelGro collagen-based medical device, in a clinical study examining its use to augment the repair of nerve damage. The first two patients treated in the trial had previously suffered traumatic peripheral nerve injury resulting in the inability to bend their … Continue reading Orthocell reports initial results from CelGro trial

Victoria announces new grants for cancer research

The Victorian government has announced $20 million over four years for the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) alliance to deliver new clinical trials for cancer patients, as well as an additional $12.2 million to support cancer research projects. Minister for Health Jill Hennessy said the new funding boost will ensure more cancer patients can take part … Continue reading Victoria announces new grants for cancer research

Australia and NZ sign innovation treaty

Australia and New Zealand have signed a new treaty focussed on science and innovation. Industry, innovation and science minister Senator Arthur Sinodinos and his New Zealand counterpart, Simon Bridges, signed the treaty-level ‘Science, Research and Innovation Cooperation Agreement’ at the Australia New Zealand Leaders’ Meeting in Queenstown. Under the treaty, which is the first of its kind … Continue reading Australia and NZ sign innovation treaty

Immuron completes trial recruitment

Immuron (ASX IMC) has announced its IMM-124E Phase 2 clinical trial for the treatment of NASH (Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis) has successfully reached its full recruitment milestone of 120 randomised patients. Immuron is focused on oral immunotherapy utilising polyclonal antibody products to target immune-mediated diseases. The Phase 2, multi-centre, double-blind randomised clinical study is designed to assess the safety … Continue reading Immuron completes trial recruitment

Medical and biological engineering – call for abstracts 

Engineers Australia is hosting the 10th Asia Pacific Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering (APCMBE) in conjunction with the Australian Biomedical Engineering Conference (ABEC). The conference, to be held in Sydney from 17-19 July, will bring together all branches of biomedical engineering to focus on the role it has to play in improving health care outcomes. Authors … Continue reading Medical and biological engineering – call for abstracts 

Support for innovation – real or rhetoric?

The Turnbull government’s approach to innovation will be tested in the months ahead. Is it real or just rhetoric? Malcolm Turnbull replaced Tony Abbott as prime minister in 2015 and actively promoted ‘innovation’ as fundamental to Australia’s future prosperity. “…we all understand that our future prosperity depends on us being more productive and more competitive, more technologically … Continue reading Support for innovation – real or rhetoric?