The New South Wales Deep Green Biotech Hub (DGBH) located at the University of Technology Sydney, will bring together researchers, SMEs, industry, start-ups, students and other stakeholders to bring NSW to the forefront of algae-based biotechnology innovation in Australia.
A world-wide focus on sustainable industries has renewed the interest in algae. With the support of the NSW Government the Biotech Hub will create jobs via an enabling, incubator environment to develop algae as a cost effective and sustainable source of:
- Animal feed
- Nutritional supplements
- Oil for fuel
- Industrial chemicals such as polymers.
The DGBH is supporting ideas, innovation and opportunities across a spectrum of different industrial sectors. The Hub will engage a number of industry advisors to help support and guide any entrepreneurs in the commercialisation of their ideas.
Contact Deep Green Biotech Hub Manager Dr Alex Thomson for more information on how to be involved in this groundbreaking program.
What to expect
- New companies and technologies
- Open access to algae-based biotechnology expertise
- Quicker identification of commercial opportunities for the algae-based biotechnology sector.
- Interdisciplinary problem solving for manufacturing roadblocks.
- Access to established facilities and infrastructure, for qualified prospects, to accelerate research and development.
- Pilot manufacturing facilities to produce validation samples of products, including GMP facility for pharmaceuticals, analytical equipment and tools and raceways and photo-bioreactors for aquaculture feedstock development.
Partnerships are critical to the successful operation of the DGBH:
- NSW Department of Industry (opens an external site)
- University of Technology Sydney
- Climate Change Cluster (C3) and Faculty of Science
- UTS: Hatchery and Hatchery+ programs
- Biofoundry (opens an external site)
- GE Healthcare Lifesciences (opens an external site)
Eleven of the State’s leading universities, and the CSIRO, are partnering with the NSW Government to develop a new statewide innovation network giving start-up businesses access to expertise and resources they need to make their idea a success.
A $1m NSW Government grant will support an innovative bio-manufacturing facility at UTS. Based on algae and known as the Deep Green Biotech Hub, it will connect industry, entrepreneurs and students to boost the state’s bio-economy.
The injection of a further $6 million into a NSW business innovation program will help to propel the state to the forefront of Australia’s algae-based biotechnology industry.
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Marine biologist Professor Peter Ralph is leading his team at the University of Technology Sydney to a world first in demonstrating algal production of pharmaceuticals on an industrial scale.