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Brisbane ‘cleanroom’ to be used to manufacture cochlear implants

Cochlear is to invest in a $3 million ‘cleanroom’ in the Brisbane suburb of Newstead.

The Courier Mail reports that the facility will be used to bond wires a fraction of the size of a human hair to microchips.

Cochlear CEO Chris Roberts said that the investment reflects the company’s commitment to Queensland, where it has had a presence since 2007.

"Our own commitment to Queensland remains strong and our aim is to grow our manufacturing capabilities here, which will support Cochlear's ongoing global success," he said.

Roberts said that the items produced are used within the external components of cochlear implant systems.

Recently, University of Melbourne Research Fellow Dr Carrie Newbold, the HEARing Cooperative Research Centre (HEARing CRC) and Cochlear Limited developed designs for higher-performance electrodes which could substantially improve sound perception in the next generation of cochlear implants.

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