Victoria’s first mRNA innovation hub backed by state government

A collaborative team of Melbourne researchers from Monash University and the University of Melbourne have received $5.4 million from the Victorian government to establish The Victorian mRNA Innovation Hub to develop next-generation mRNA vaccines and therapeutics to treat a range of diseases.

The Hub is made up of four nodes and brings together mRNA experts from the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS), the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity (Doherty Institute), the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI) and the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology. The Hub is headquartered at MIPS and Monash RNA.

The funding, which is part of the state government’s mRNA Victoria Activation Program initiative, aims to develop new technologies that will underpin mRNA therapeutics and vaccines that are more effective, cheaper and faster to produce. At the same time, the Hub will train a cohort of cross-disciplinary mRNA scientists to drive next generation mRNA innovation and production in Victoria.

Project board member and Director of Monash BDI, Professor John Carroll, said that this investment will help generate new IP that will stimulate the local biotech industry, creating jobs and economic growth for Victoria and the nation. The investment is testament to Victoria’s commitment to being at the forefront of medical innovation.

“Last year the Victorian government made a significant $50 million investment to establish mRNA Victoria, an initiative responsible for leading the state’s world-class RNA and mRNA industry. By funding the launch of this Hub, we are in a stronger position than ever to boost local RNA capability and provide vaccine and medicine security for future generations,” Professor Carroll said.

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