MTPConnect launches voucher program to support medical manufacturing


MTPConnect, Australia’s growth centre for medical technologies and pharmaceuticals sector, has launched a new voucher program to boost the manufacture of medical products in Western Australia. 

The program is co-funded between the Western Australian government’s New Industries Fund and the University of Western Australia, to an amount of $400,000. This funding will be available via the MTPConnect WA Life Sciences Innovation Hub. 

MTPConnect managing director and CEO Dr Dan Grant said the vouchers are aimed at helping small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) build Western Australia’s medical products’ manufacturing capabilities. 

“Medical products are one of six national manufacturing priority areas for Australia,” Grant said. 

“We’re looking to help SMEs in Western Australia accelerate development of their medical device, diagnostic and pharmaceutical manufacturing projects and help WA-based manufacturers increase their capabilities in advanced manufacturing of medical products. 

“Through our new MTPConnect Manufacturing Voucher Program, which is now open, SMEs can apply for matched funding of between $50,000 and $100,000. We’ll support projects across the pre-production, production and post-production phases of the manufacturing cycle and all of the project’s activities need to be undertaken in Western Australia.  

“If your project can establish a capability to manufacture medical products that doesn’t currently exist in Western Australia, you are encouraged to apply.” 

Some of the eligible projects include: 

  • Small proof-of-concept runs for start-ups, or early stage companies 
  • The implementation or upgrade of a relevant quality management system 
  • The digitalisation of medical manufacturing technologies and processes 
  • Support for upscaling activities. 

The maximum project length for the program is nine months. All projects must be completed by 30 May 2022. 

Applications close on Thursday 11 June 2021. 

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