Stryker has opened a research and development lab in Brisbane, in partnership with Queensland University of Technology, The University of Queensland, Metro North Hospital and Health Service and Queensland Health, to advance research focused on the development of innovative medical technology products.
Stryker’s R&D Lab is based in the world-renowned Herston Health Precinct, a place where 13,000+ clinical and non-clinical staff, scientists, researchers, and students in 30+ health facilities, medical research institutes, universities, and organisations, come together to deliver excellence in health innovation, education, research, training, and clinical care. Being located within this MedTech ecosystem allows the R&D Lab’s researchers and engineers to better collaborate with clinicians and understand their current and future needs, all at the site of care.
The R&D Lab builds on existing partnerships with clinicians, researchers, universities, healthcare providers and government that have already demonstrated the power of collaboration to accelerate the innovation process. Now, with an expanded focus on digital health, data science, robotics, clinical software applications, and advanced manufacturing research, the R&D Lab is poised to have a profound impact on the future of healthcare.
The Hon Yvette D’Ath MP, Queensland Minister for Health and Ambulance Services, said that having Stryker’s R&D Lab in the Herston Health Precinct is an exciting development for the State’s growing biomedical sector.
“This new R&D base is testament to the world-leading scientific research talent and medical infrastructure we have available here for global and local companies. The new Stryker R&D Lab will mean that Queensland researchers and Queensland patients will have access to the latest products and technologies, thereby improving health care”.
“The Queensland Government’s work to attract Stryker to set up this R&D base in Queensland is part of the Advance Queensland strategy to strengthen collaboration between business, universities, hospitals and government – with scientists, researchers and hospital clinicians all working to improve health outcomes for Queenslanders and people all over the world”.
Stryker Chair and CEO Kevin Lobo travelled to Brisbane to attend the celebration and stated: “We have a strong heritage of innovation and the possibilities of what will be developed in this lab are inspiring. Stryker impacts the lives of more than 100 million patients globally each year, and the R&D Lab will propel our abilities to make an even greater impact.”
“The partnership between Stryker, universities and government demonstrates our commitment to globally significant research and healthcare innovation,” explained Maurice Ben-Mayor, President of Stryker South Pacific.
“With the establishment of the R&D Lab, we can meaningfully collaborate with clinicians, researchers, scientists, and institutions from across Australia, to help transfer our leading research into real-world patient outcomes.”
Projects are already underway to apply artificial intelligence and machine learning to deliver insights and real-time decision support to healthcare providers, creating a data-driven approach to solving clinical problems.