Alchemy Construct Delivers Australia’s First Medical Device Development Lab
Alchemy Construct has recently completed Australia’s first medical device development and manufacturing lab.
Neo-Bionica is a joint-venture between The Bionics Institute and the University of Melbourne and is situated within St Vincent’s Hospital. The lab is purpose-built to fast-track the development of new treatments for a number of diseases such as epilepsy, stroke and parkinsons.
The project, which took 6 months to complete, includes cleanroom technology and acts as a ‘dry-lab’ creating high quality conditions for research and with an open-plan workflow to foster collaboration.
Project Engineer Shabab Salahuddin said “the emphasis was on building a space which provided clean zones for the development of life changing electronic devices which are being used for conditions such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s and stroke.’’
The construction of the space faced some challenges with the aging, existing Daly Building. The project team worked collaboratively to bring the space to compliance, along with the removal of redundant services to accommodate the extensive mechanical systems.
Alchemy Director Jamie Nicolson called the project an “honour” to deliver.
“This new facility will transform medical research in this area. Since Alchemy began, medical and laboratory projects have been a fundamental part of our work and an area of strong expertise,” he said.
Bionics Institute CEO Robert Klupacs said that providing researchers and engineers with the capability to build clinical trial grade medical devices in Australia will increase the speed from initial concept to clinical application.
“Our Institute is renowned worldwide for developing life changing medical devices such as the cochlear implant… And yet, we currently depend on companies overseas to build prototypes of the latest medical devices for use in clinical trials.
“We estimate that Neo-Bionica will enable the translation from research to clinic of at least 20-30 new medical devices over the next 10 years,” Mr Klupacs said.
Neo-Bionica is being handed over this week and will be fully functioning by July.
The project’s completion signals a strong start to 2021 for Alchemy, with a number of civic and medical construction projects in the pipeline for the back half of the year.
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