Bootcamp To Help Researchers Kick Innovation Goals

30 June 2016

The Andrews Labor Government will put $92,000 towards a first-of-its-kind skills development platform to help researchers fast track commercial rewards from their work.

Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis officially launched the STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) Bootcamp in Melbourne today, which will give Victoria’s biomedical researchers a competitive edge.

The first-of-its-kind in Australia, the online platform will provide biomedical PhD students and early to mid-career researchers with new skills and connections in research commercialisation and drug discovery to help address our greatest health challenges.

STEMM Bootcamp is a collaborative project spearheaded by Cancer Therapeutics Cooperative Research Centre and partner agency Biomedical Research Victoria, with support from the BioMelbourne Network, the Industry Mentoring Network in STEM and Women in Science Australia.

With one third of Australian clinical trial activity taking place in Victoria, the state is leading the country in developing innovative new drugs, products and devices and attracting global investment.

Victoria’s medical technologies and pharmaceuticals is a key growth sector in the Andrews Labor Government’s Back to Work Plan to boost local high-skill jobs – with the sector now employing more than 20,000 people and generating more than $10 billion for the state.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis

“Home to more than 180 biotech companies, 10 major medical research institutes, 10 teaching hospitals and nine universities – Victoria is leading the nation when it comes to medical research and development.”

"This first-of-a-kind platform will help our world-class researchers get better support to help them develop the right skills to take more great Victorian products to market and showcase their innovations to the world."

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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