Telix, GMS and Monash Awarded $23M Federal Government Funding as part of $71M Australian Precision Medicine Enterprise (APME) Project
Melbourne (Australia) – 4 April 2022. Telix announces that it is part of a $71.2 million Australian Precision Medicine Enterprise Project, which has been awarded $23 million in Federal Government funding
Telix is pleased to announce that it is part of a $71.2 million Australian Precision Medicine Enterprise (APME) Project, which has been awarded $23 million in Federal Government grant funding under the Manufacturing Collaboration Stream of the Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI).
The MMI is a key element of the Australian Government’s Modern Manufacturing Strategy, which aims to help Australian manufacturers scale-up, compete internationally and create jobs. The Manufacturing Collaboration Stream, one of three MMI funding streams, provides funding for a small number of large, transformational projects.
The APME Project brings together industry partners Global Medical Solutions’ (GMS) Australia subsidiary, Global Medical Solutions Australia (GMSA) and Telix Pharmaceuticals with Monash University to address the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) manufacturing gap in the Australian radiopharmaceuticals manufacturing sector. Australia has a long-term problem securing medicines and we have witnessed the impact of this in COVID-19 vaccination supply delays and disruptions.
The project will support large-scale innovative development and manufacturing of precision medicines and theranostics for the Australian and Asia Pacific markets, with business-to-business and business-to-research collaboration (University and Industry) at its core.
At the heart of APME’s vision is the fit-out and build of a high energy cyclotron, which will be the source of critical radioisotopes, many of which are currently imported into Australia. This will foster the development and manufacturing of precision medicines, further contributing to making radiopharmaceuticals an industry of national significance. The APME will be strategically co-located at the Monash Technology Precinct, which includes Monash University, Monash Biomedical Imaging Centre, BrainPark, the Victorian Heart Hospital and the Australian Synchrotron. The co-location of healthcare, industry and research partners promises to promote a further level of collaboration, create jobs, export opportunities, secure Australia’s medical supply chain and accelerate the speed at which patients benefit from innovation.
As a project partner, Telix will benefit from the increased capacity to develop and manufacture theranostic radiopharmaceuticals in Australia, strengthening its global supply chain for both clinical and commercial products.
The APME project partners will contribute $41.2 million over the three-year project period, including a $25 million contribution from GMS and $11.2 million from Monash University. As one of the project partners, Telix intends to contribute $5 million over the three-year period, subject to the establishment of a formal consortium agreement and receipt of grant funding. This contribution delivers specific production capabilities and infrastructure that are needed to clinically and commercially deliver Telix’s future pipeline of products in the Asia Pacific region over the next five years.
CEO Telix Asia Pacific, Dr. David N. Cade stated, “Australia is a leading innovator in terms of clinical development and isotope supply for nuclear medicine, which was recently included in the Australian Government’s list of critical technologies in the national interest. However, there remains a significant need to achieve sovereign isotope and drug product manufacturing capabilities suitable for the future of the industry, both commercially and academically. Telix is pleased to contribute to the creation of a piece of key infrastructure to enable the production of radiopharmaceuticals for the Asia Pacific region. We would like to thank the Australian Federal Government for funding, and our partners GMSA and Monash University for collaborating on such a high-quality proposal.”
GMS Senior Vice President, Operations and Business Development, Shahe Bagerdjian added, “GMS is proud to partner with Monash and Telix to develop and operate the state-of-the-art APME. We’d like to thank all of the Australian Federal Government stakeholders in recognising the importance of the APME and we are thankful for their grant contributions which allowed the APME to become a reality. There’s no better country in which to build the APME and we firmly believe the APME will both address supply security concerns for Australia as well as accelerate Australia’s rise as the premier destination as a regional biotech hub. We are excited to continue to expand our CDMO services for the fast-growing theranostics sector.”
Monash University President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Margaret Gardner AC continued, “The establishment of the APME is a key asset for the future of innovative medicines manufacturing. The APME is vital for Australia to have a sovereign capability to manufacture and commercialise clinically essential radiopharmaceuticals as well as new theranostic drugs for cancer treatments.”
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