St Vincent's Hospital Biofabrication Centre

St Vincent’s, one of Melbourne’s major hospitals, is driving medical innovation, helping to position Victoria as a global leader in the fast-growth industry of biomedical engineering.

In July 2017, a group of members visited the Biofabrication Centre, which is connected with the Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery. Uniquely, the centre is located within a hospital, right on the edge of the CBD. Within these unassuming buildings on Nicholson Street in Fitzroy, brain cells are being grown, and a ‘BioPen’ is used for the growth of other body parts. From restoring sight, to limb repair and regeneration, biomedicine has the potential to treat illness in ways that have never been possible before.

On this fascinating tour, members learnt a lot about biomedicine, and that the key to the success of this research is multidisciplinary collaboration and the fusion of medicine and technology. The team is comprised of people with backgrounds in medicine, science, engineering and physics. What they have in common is the passion for achieving results and restoring dignity for patients. They are open to working with researchers from far and wide, with several university partners, and enjoy showcasing their work by conducting tours of the centre.

Finally, members were shown a remarkable artwork display that demonstrated their different approaches to solving problems and challenges.

This story originally appeared in the Business Excellence Magazine, Volume 10, Issue 3, Spring 2017.

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