We’re building Australia’s first collaborative worldwide accredited lab for producing protein for Phase-I and Phase-II trials.

The challenge

A road-block for local drug manufacturers

Typically, Australian biotech companies must head overseas to manufacture their potentially life-saving drugs for clinical trials in Australia.

Artist's impression of new cGMP facility, external view

Unfortunately, the associated high costs and long waiting lists for overseas manufacturing can prevent many smaller Australian companies from taking their new therapies beyond the laboratory.

Our response

Australia’s first cGMP facility

We’re looking to change that, by building Australia’s first collaborative worldwide accredited lab for producing protein for Phase-I and Phase-II trials.

Expected to be open by the end of 2021, our new Advanced Biologics Manufacturing Facility for rapid and cost-effective protein production will turn vaccine and drug candidates into safe and effective pharmaceuticals that can be manufactured at scale using industry-relevant techniques.

Artist's impression of new cGMP facility - internal view

The facility will be Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) accredited which meets the United State’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards, enabling Australian biotech companies to enter overseas markets.

The facility will also serve as a cornerstone for the proposed establishment of an Australian vaccine pipeline and will be an integral part of the Australian biosafety network, capable of rapid production of vaccines and anti-venoms in the case of emergencies.

It’s another way we’re helping Australia’s biomedical industry grow and compete globally through innovative science and technology.

This laboratory is part of the National Biologics Facility (NBF), with nodes at UQ, UTS and CSIRO and funded under the NCRIS scheme, administered by Therapeutic Innovation Australia (TIA).

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