The University of Wollongong (UOW) has signed a strategic collaboration in Visakhapatnam (Vizag), India, bringing its expertise in 3D bioprinting techniques to India’s first integrated medical devices manufacturing zone.
AMTZ (Andhra Pradesh Medtech Zone) is India’s first integrated medical devices manufacturing zone being created to provide a one-stop solution covering common scientific, manufacturing and commercial facilities for medical device manufacturers and innovators.
Several research and training initiatives will be established under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which was signed on September 10, 2019.
Among the collaborative research initiatives being pursued by AMTZ and UOW is a project to develop a scan and printing package to produce 3D printed ears. This will be coupled with innovative programs to support widespread deployment of the technology in India and Australia. Joint training initiatives will primarily focus on 3D biofabrication.
UOW’s Translational Research Initiative for Cellular Engineering and Printing (TRICEP) will provide critical input into both research and training initiatives. TRICEP houses a research infrastructure to develop innovative technologies in 3D bioprinting, including printer manufacturing, biomaterials, and bioinks.
The UOW team was led by Distinguished Professor Gordon Wallace, AO, who is director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science.
Among those taking part in the signing ceremony were University of Wollongong Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Wellings, CBE; Distinguished Professor Gordon Wallace; UOW’s Global Brand Ambassador, Adam Gilchrist, AM; and Dr Jitendar Sharma, managing director & CEO of Andhra Pradesh Medtech Zone (AMTZ) and advisor (Health) to Government of Andhra Pradesh, India. Other members of the visiting delegation include representatives from Austrade and Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Professor Wellings said the MOU would provide avenues for further collaboration in research, teaching and manufacturing between UOW and AMTZ.