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Nuclear tech the focus of new collaborative research precinct in Sydney


By David Schwartz
Published: May 14th, 2019

A Sydney, Australia suburb will soon be home to a new “Innovation Precinct” that’s anchored by a nuclear science institute, promising to boost tech transfer, collaborative research, and industry engagement.

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) will be the anchor institution for the expansive Innovation Precinct south of Sydney at Lucas Heights.

The development will include a deep technology incubator, graduate centre and high tech industry component in close proximity to ANSTO’s state-of-the-art scientific facilities. The focus of the precinct is on collaboration and industry engagement using nuclear science and technology to deliver real world benefits in nuclear medicine, advanced materials, agriculture and food.

The deep technology incubator, called nandin, officially opened in 2018 and already serves as a base for entrepreneurs, start-ups and small to medium sized businesses.

Developers expect the precinct to house large and small industry partners in the high tech industry centre. Three main areas of focus will be health, advanced manufacturing and industry 4.0, and agriculture and food science will tap into ANSTO’s expertise in these fields.

In the area of human health, for example, ANSTO produces radioactive substances for enhanced imaging techniques and novel treatments, analyzes food and food sources for optimal health studies, and explores prevention strategies and contributes to the development of new treatments for cancer.

With Australia’s only nuclear reactor and accelerator technology, ANSTO investigates the behavior of materials in extreme environments and collaborates internationally to develop clean fusion energy and advanced nuclear reactors.

The focus of student engagement within the graduate center will be to provide a deep learning, real-world experience to graduates that translates into benefits for industry.

The Innovation Precinct is modeled after the GIANT Innovation Campus in France, which co-located national and landmark infrastructure and expertise.

Source: PACE Today

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