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Building the future through science

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25 Feb 2011

A new world-class interdisciplinary research facility will see La Trobe University build on its global reputation for excellence in biological sciences, Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr said today.

The La Trobe Institute of Molecular Sciences will become a national hub for growing Australian industries, thanks to an $85.8 million funding boost from the Gillard Labor Government.

Launching construction of the new facilities at La Trobe’s Bundoora Campus in Melbourne, Senator Carr praised La Trobe’s commitment to collaboration.

“Molecular sciences, including biotechnology, offer new hope for the sick and new opportunities for Australian business. The new Institute will allow the talented researchers of La Trobe University to work directly with industry and researchers in other institutions to realise that potential,” Senator Carr said.

“The Australian Government is proud to invest in projects that help our entrepreneurs capitalise on the great strengths in our research community.”

The Institute will also open its doors to the wider community, helping Australians understand the contribution of molecular science to our health and prosperity.

“La Trobe has a proud reputation for nurturing talented secondary students who want to make a difference through science and research.

“The university’s outreach program has gone from a single school two years ago to more than 10 schools this year, and will continue to grow exponentially once the new Institute opens.

“La Trobe will also use the new facilities to encourage public awareness of science, and receive in exchange direct input from the people who are the ultimate beneficiaries of their work.”

The government’s commitment to building Australia’s education and research infrastructure is reflected in the level of funding through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy, Education Investment Fund and Super Science initiatives.

To find out more about the Gillard Government’s investment in Australia’s research infrastructure, visit