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Monash and Newcastle Universities’ offer united research strengths to South East Asia

Building on the existing strategic relationship between the two universities, the newly opened Newcastle Research and Innovation Institute (NewRIIS) in Singapore hosted the joint event “Exploring Life Science Partnerships.”

Monash University Vice Provost (Research and Research Infrastructure) Professor Ian Smith said that South East Asia is uniquely positioned to take advantage of the presence world class universities like Monash University and Newcastle University bring to the region

“We are here, we are working together to take advantage of our harmonized research offerings and we are equipped for South East Asia’s opportunities in the life sciences collaborative research space.

“As organisations shift away from traditional asset-based partnerships to collaborative, non-asset based R&D partnerships, this pivot of change has revealed a value in industry working with the clinical and academic expertise which exists in universities such as Monash and Newcastle.” said Prof. Smith.

15 speakers from both universities showcased their research innovation strengths to the 100 industry and partner delegates, which aimed to build both academic and commercial collaborative links between the UK, Australia and South East Asia.

“Our recently established NewRIIS facility in Singapore provides us with a substantial opportunity. As Newcastle University focuses on developing strategic South East Asian research partnerships, we’re also benefiting from our strengthening relationship with Monash University in the region.” Said Professor David Burn, Pro-Vice Chancellor Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University.

The Monash-Newcastle partnership was established to build on the existing commitment within each institution, enabling strategic research synergies and maximum impact of research locally and globally. The partnership is already delivering world class research outcomes, including research papers in top journals and large international grants.

The partnership has a particular focus on combining complementary strengths in biomedical sciences and clinical medicine and the translation of those efforts to benefit patients and the wider population. 

Professor Andrew Walker, President and Pro Vice-Chancellor, Monash University Malaysia said the unique event reinforced the collegial benefits to Newcastle and Monash researchers as well as the South East Asian life sciences community.

“Monash Malaysia has been providing an academic-industry interaction model for a while now, but as we adapt to fertile sector growth across these nations, it’s encouraging to see the interest in our research capabilities during joint events like “Exploring Life Sciences Partnerships."