Cicada Innovations granted $7.8 million to run a new biomedical incubator in Western Sydney

- August 3, 2023 2 MIN READ
Sally-Ann Williams
Cicada Innovations CEO Sally-Ann Williams
Deep tech incubator Cicada Innovations has been appointed by the NSW government to run a new biomedical incubator at the Westmead Health and Innovation District, 26km west of Sydney’s CBD.

Cicada was awarded a $7.8 million grant to help health and medtech startups to develop their research into lifesaving technologies at the Westmead Biomedical Incubator.

Investment NSW CEO Katie Knight said the medtech incubator will deliver jobs and  better medical care, praising Cicada’s pioneering support for deep tech startups, including a longstanding engagement with the biomedical sector delivering commercialisation training programs for medtech and biotech founders on behalf of the government. 

“With more than 20 years’ experience, Cicada Innovations was the best choice to lead this effort,” Knight said.  

“With the right incentives, NSW startups can deliver real-world patient outcomes to the market sooner,  and that means everyone in NSW wins.  

“Specialists in medical technology including cell and gene therapy, cancer research, infectious  diseases, immunology, and vaccines will all benefit from working within this inclusive ecosystem in the  heart of the Westmead Health precinct.” 

Cicada Innovations CEO Sally-Ann Williams said the new incubator will offer early-stage incubation,  capacity building programs, and links to institutional capital, mentoring, expertise, and support. 

“New South Wales, and in particular Western Sydney, has all the elements of a world leading innovation  precinct already in place. We are incredibly proud and grateful to extend our expertise and knowledge  to startups seeking to improve global health,” Ms Williams said. 

“We have nurtured deep tech startups for the past two decades, including successfully delivering NSW Health’s largest Commercialisation Training Program for the past nine years to over 2,500 researchers  and innovators.” 

Cicada, based at the revamped Eveleigh railway workshops, has nurtured several biotech startups, including synthetic skin company Elastagen, which US biopharmaceutical giant Allergan acquired in 2018 in a deal worth $350 million, and rapid diagnostic biotech SpeeDx.

More on the Westmead precinct is available at investment.nsw.gov.au/innovation/precincts.


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