Monash University has announced a new partnership with Sheba Medical Centre which is based in the Israel city of Tel Aviv.
The Sheba Medical Centre is considered one of the world's leading research hospitals.
Under the new partnership, they will focus on research with the goal of developing new medical technology, digital health innovations and models of care. They will also facilitate their commercialisation, manufacture and adoption in health service environments and systems.
The partnership will be facilitated under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which was recently signed in Tel Aviv.
An early focus will be on cardiovascular research that is supported by a $200,000 investment from the Victorian Government. This funding builds on the $1.5 million Monash says it plans to invest over the first three years for broader activities under the MOU.
“Our new partnership with Sheba Medical Centre is another great example of how Monash University is investing in world-class partnerships to enable global research collaborations that can deliver health benefits for communities throughout Victoria, Australia, Israel and beyond,” said Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise and Engagement) and Senior Vice-President Professor Doron Ben-Meir.
“Monash’s Clayton campus is already situated at the centre of a research and enterprise ecosystem, the Monash Technology Precinct, that brings together world-leading research institutes and infrastructure with multi-national, national and small to medium enterprises,” said Professor Ben-Meir.
Monash’s Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Science, Professor Christina Mitchell AO, said the collaboration with Sheba Medical Centre was a unique opportunity to accelerate the translation of health and medical research into real outcomes, policies and practices.
“This MoU, with an outstanding institution like Sheba Medical Centre, will further help us to scale up the translation of our research into innovations that improve patient outcomes and help our communities.”
The collaboration aims to work with industry partners to stimulate growth in the local medtech manufacturing sector, while also building new training opportunities for health practitioners and researchers.