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Biomedical technology for export

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5 September 1980

Minister for Productivity

Media Release 80/42


Statement by the Minister for Productivity, Mr Kevin Newman

Tens of millions of dollars in export earnings could result from a combined Federal/State symposium to be held next week to highlight a number of important hew developments in biomedical technology.

The Federal Minister for Productivity, Mr Kevin Newman, and the Queensland Health Minister, Sir William Knox, are co-sponsoring the symposilum.

Some of the developments, when launched commercially, could not only reap large export earnings but could also supply a multi­ million dollar boost to health care services.

Special representatives from industry and science will be invited to attend the symposium and comment on the projects, some of which are:

* A computer software package for hospital and medical laboratory management

* A radio telemetry heart-rate monitor

* A hydraulic lift for transporting wheelchairs vertically

* A bone-calcium level detector

* A precision temperature measuring device for ,

medical laboratories

* A new type of stable electrode

* A corneal cutter system

* A prototype of an intra-ocular cutter. .

The symposium is to be held on 9 September at the Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane.

Mr Newman and Sir William said today that any organisation or individual interested in these new developments in the life science field is:'invited to register for the symposium.


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Registrations may be made through Mr J. Holland, manager of the Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane (07) 35 0111 ext. 304. -

The purpose of the symposium is to identify and focus community attention on Queensland innovations in the life sciences industry that are suitable for commercial development.

Short presentations will be made on each of a number of promising innovations ranging from projects being developed to those now regarded as established and could lead to the creation of new technology-based companies. .

"The varied range of interests covered in the papers to be presented ensures the symposium will draw many observers with diverse interests", the Ministers said today.

"It may be there are some further private initiatives that are · unknown to us". ’

"We wish to identify any in this category and invite individuals who wish to be considered as participants or observers to register for the symposium".

Further information from: ·

Roy Muir Minister’s Office (.062) 733233

Win Mun'day Department of Productivity (062) 482809