ANDHealth, Australia’s leading digital health commercialisation organisation, in partnership with the Victorian Government, today announced it has received $2.4M from the Australian Medtech Manufacturing Centre and Biotechnology Fund to create the Victorian Connected Health Innovation & Commercialisation Centre (CHICC).

The CHICC has been established to drive the creation and commercialisation of digital and digitally enabled medical technology companies and raise Victoria’s profile as a leading centre for Australia’s fast growing connected health sector. 

ANDHealth CEO and Managing Director Bronwyn Le Grice said, “This investment by the Victorian Government represents a significant commitment to growing a strong connected health sector, comprising both digital and digitally enabled medical technologies. The CHICC will support the increase of medical technology manufacturing, create highly skilled jobs and ultimately deliver technologies that will result in better health outcomes for all Australians.” 

“Cutting edge medical technologies are increasingly leveraging the power of software to deliver improved patient outcomes. In many cases, medical technologies are powered by software which is instrumental in, or solely responsible for, the clinical benefit to patients. Software also makes these technologies more accessible and affordable for healthcare consumers and our healthcare system. The CHICC will act as a central resource to support accelerated commercialisation of these types of technologies in Victoria.” 

Funded by the Victorian Government and rolled out by ANDHealth, the CHICC and associated commercialisation programs are expected to engage 500 participants per year. The CHICC gives Victorian connected health SMEs access to leading international experts via an international expert in-residence program, targeted commercialisation workshops and access to collaborative and industry-led programs from across Australia.  

The CHICC will be based in Melbourne CBD, linking the BioMedical Precincts of Parkville and East Melbourne with the emerging technology hubs of Cremorne and West Melbourne. 

“This new Centre will strengthen Victoria’s nation-leading advanced manufacturing capabilities and our status as a growing hub for medtech production,” said Victorian Minister for Industry Support and Recovery, Ben Carroll. 

“We will continue to support local medtech manufacturers to create thousands of high-skilled jobs across our state.” 

“Our medical researchers and innovators are leaders in their field, regularly bringing world-first medtech products and devices to market that will change the lives of Victorians and people around the world,” said Victorian Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy, Jaala Pulford. 

Drawing on ANDHealth’s deep domain expertise, advocacy, global networks, and proven ability to deliver programs that achieve measurable health and economic impact, the CHICC will connect and communicate Australia’s connected health technology capabilities through the health, industry and government ecosystem.  

The project forms part of the Stronger Medtech Connections Program delivered by the Victorian Government’s $20 million Australian Medtech Manufacturing Centre (AMMC). AMMC aims to strengthen connections between manufacturers, researchers and innovators to grow Victoria’s medtech manufacturing sector.  

Further details will be announced soon on our website and in our newsletter.

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