ANSTO opens the door to possibilities for great science, partnerships and ingenuity with the ANSTO Innovation Precinct
ANSTO, one of Australia’s largest government-funded science organisations, which uses nuclear science and technology to tackle complex problems and deliver outcomes and benefits in the areas of human health, the environment and industry, is evolving.
It will be the anchor institution for an expansive Innovation Precinct south of Sydney at the Lucas Heights campus. Building on a 70 year history of scientific achievements and contributions to industry, ANSTO is opening its doors to expanded international, national and local partnerships with industry, academia and the research community.
The three tiered development will comprise a deep technology incubator, graduate centre and high tech industry component in close proximity to ANSTO’s state-of- the-art scientific facilities in a stunning bushland location.
The focus is on collaborative research and industry engagement using nuclear science and technology to deliver real world benefits in nuclear medicine, advanced materials, agriculture and food.
With unparalleled access to the lion’s share of Australia’s landmark and national research infrastructure, including Australia’s only nuclear reactor, the Australian Synchrotron, particle accelerators and a suite of neutron scattering instruments, the opportunities for innovation to contribute to a more sustainable world are unlimited.
The multi-million dollar precinct focuses on innovation to accelerate solving industrial problems, boost technology transfer, bolster emerging industries and support the development of advanced products and services.
The deep technology incubator, nandin, which was officially opened in 2018, is a base for entrepreneurs, start-ups and small to medium sized businesses with a diverse range of businesses already in attendance.
The development expects to co-locate large and small industry partners with ANSTO. Three main areas of focus, Health, Advanced Manufacturing and Materials, Agriculture and Food build on ANSTO’s contributions to these disciplines using the latest scientific techniques.
In the area of human health, ANSTO produces radioactive substances for enhanced imaging techniques and novel treatments, analyses food and food sources for optimal health studies and measures radiation, explores prevention strategies and contributes to the development of new treatments for cancer.
With the operation of Australia’s only nuclear reactor and accelerator technology, ANSTO investigates the behaviour of materials in extreme environments. Materials science research has links to international project to develop clean fusion energy and advanced nuclear reactors.
Both ANSTO scientists and users from across the world use infrastructure and facilities in the search for enhancements to advanced manufacturing techniques and better food production processes.
The connection with graduates is to provide training and development to create the next generation of researchers, engineers and techno-entrepreneurs, who will shape industries of the future.
The focus of student engagement is to provide a deep learning experience to graduates and provide them the opportunity to undertake translation work to benefit industry.
ANSTO will build on a number of already successful technology transfers including a nano-particulate membrane for waste water solutions, sub-micron particle encapsulation for industrial and medical uses, ANSTO Synroc waste immobilisation technology, a new radiation imaging technology, mineral separation technology, biological and chemical deuteration and contributions to the development of new cancer therapies.
The Innovation Precinct looks to the GIANT Innovation Campus in France as a successful exemplar, which co-located national and landmark infrastructure and expertise. The campus contributes over $4B₡ each year to the Grenoble economy and has delivered over 10,000 industry jobs. With seven academic and technical centres for excellence, including health and energy, the campus responds to major challenges confronting society
Dr Anne Hellstedt
+61 2 9717 9491
Dr Tim Boyle
Director of Innovations and Commercialisation
Ph: +61 2 9717 9009
Mb: +61 475 940 678