Auckland opens $23m medtech research centre

A new centre of research excellence (CoRE) for medical technology has opened at the University of Auckland with funding of $NZ23.6 million over five years.

Officially opened last week by tertiary education minister Steven Joyce, funding for the MedTech CoRE was secured by the Consortium for Medical Device Technologies last year.

The consortium, which involves Auckland, Canterbury and Otago universities, Auckland University of Technology, Victoria University of Wellington and Callaghan Innovation, aims to be a single point of contact for NZ's capability and resources in medical technology.

Areas of research focus are diagnostics and therapeutics, interventional technologies, assistive technologies, telehealth and health informatics, and tissue engineering.

Mr Joyce said New Zealand's medical devices and health IT industries are an emerging sector involving around 150 companies with an estimated value of $1 billion.

"The growth of this industry can be accelerated with the help of innovation, research and above all, collaboration," Mr Joyce said.

"MedTech will develop technologies for prevention, early diagnosis and management of disease.”

The MedTech CoRE brings together the roles of both clinicians and industry in developing health technologies, focused on areas where New Zealand can become world leading.

"By bringing together and developing a pool of talented academics and graduate scientists, the MedTech CoRE will help New Zealand's medtech sector continue to grow and contribute to the New Zealand economy," Mr Joyce said.

"In New Zealand and globally, we need affordable technologies with tested and measured health outcomes. The work done at MedTech CoRE will help make this happen more quickly."

Posted in New Zealand eHealth

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