Healthtech

Queensland biotech Microbio has developed a rapid Covid-19 test that can also tell if you are infectious

- October 26, 2020 2 MIN READ

Australian biotech venture Microbio announced this week that it has developed a new type of COVID-19 test with the potential to both determine if someone has the virus and also indicate whether they are infectious. The Brisbane-based startup says its InfectID-COVID-19-R test has been independently validated to identify the presence of the virus when still… Read more »

Deep Tech

CICADA TURNS 20: How deep tech startup SpeeDx is helping the fight against superbugs

- September 8, 2020 2 MIN READ

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Australia’s first ever incubator, Cicada Innovations. To date, Cicada Innovations has incubated more than 100 startups, and helped more than 300 companies raise in excess of $450 million in venture capital and government grants, create hundreds of jobs, build local manufacturing capability, file more than 500 patents and… Read more »

News & Analysis

Chinese investors back $45 million fund for South Australian biotech

- December 11, 2019 2 MIN READ

Emerging South Australian biotechnologies will be accelerated through a Chinese-backed AU$45 million investment fund aimed at commercialising health research for the global market. The Adelaide China Biotech Investment Fund is backed by a group of private investors based in Nanjing, China. The group is led by Mr An LuFan, Executive Director of D&R Pharmaceuticals, one… Read more »

News & Analysis

A biotech startup hoping to vaccinate against gum disease launches with $14 million

- September 26, 2019 < 1 MIN READ

Launching Denteric are: Melbourne Dental School Head of School Professor Mike Morgan, CSL Senior Vice President of Research Dr Andrew Nash, University of Melbourne Vice-President (Enterprise) Doron Ben-Meir, COHR CEO & Director of Research Professor Eric Reynolds, Member for Higgins Dr Katie Allen and Brandon Capital Investment Manager Ingmar Wahlqvist A new biotech company Denteric, which… Read more »

News & Analysis

A new medtech funding program is offering up to $1 million to life science startups

- July 19, 2019 < 1 MIN READ

A new biotech funding program for startups working on new therapies, technologies and medical devices is offering up to $1 million in matching grants to help companies develop their ideas through to the proof of concept stage. The Biomedical Translation Bridge program is an initiative of the Medical Research Future Fund. It’s run by MTPConnect –… Read more »

News & Analysis

Australia’s biggest science investment fund has another $210 million for medical research startups

- May 2, 2019 2 MIN READ

Australian VC firm, Brandon Capital Partners, has just raised another $210 million to invest in commercialising medical research, and is already on the hunt for another $250 million as it edges towards $1 billion in science investments. The 5th Medical Research Commercialisation Fund, MRCF5, raised AU$210 million from existing investors, taking the total in the… Read more »

News & Analysis

The CSIRO is sending two startup founders to Stanford as part of its accelerator program

- May 2, 2019 2 MIN READ

Two Australian scientists and startup founders will head to America’s prestigious Stanford University to study after impressing the CSIRO’s with their ideas during the organisation’s recent ON Accelerate program. Stephen Trowell, founder and MD of Parts Per Billion, and Melanie White, co-founder and director of Inova Medical, will receive $30,000 each towards travel and their… Read more »