Cohort Innovation Space and Griffith University have announced a new partnership that will support Australian health startups across the country and provide exciting opportunities for research students and researchers in the areas of healthtech, medtech and biotech research and development.


The three-year commitment announced today will see Griffith University participate in the LuminaX HealthTech Accelerator, a 14-week innovation program that fast-tracks commercialisation and market readiness for up to 10 Australian startups each year.


The partnership will foster and grow student internship opportunities, research projects and clinical trials within the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct, allowing Griffith University students to practically apply their knowledge within the emerging healthtech and medtech sectors.


Griffith University hosts many state-of-the-art research facilities, including the purpose-built Griffith Health Centre, Menzies Health Institute Queensland, the Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery, the Institute for Glycomics and the Advanced Design and Prototyping Technologies Institute (ADaPT). These generate innovations with the potential to become biomedical startups.

Griffith University Vice President Industry and External Engagement, Dr Peter Binks, noted the importance of the partnership: “We are very impressed with what Cohort has achieved in the Gold Coast Health & Knowledge Precinct.  This is a key collaboration for us, which will support health students to gain startup skills, and create new pathways to commercialisation for our R&D in the health sector.”


“We want to encourage our health students to be innovators who can translate and commercialise the next generation of health technologies,” said Dr Binks.


Griffith University is at the forefront of health education and research in Queensland, offering a wide range of accredited degrees including medicine, dentistry, dietetics, social work, nursing, pharmacy, physiotherapy and psychology, and supporting broad healthcare and medical research programs.


Griffith University joins the Queensland Government, City of Gold Coast, and Mater Hospital as partners in the 2023 program.


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Cohort Innovation Space is a launchpad for health and technology startups, innovators, new businesses and entrepreneurs. As one of Queensland’s largest innovation spaces, Cohort includes a digital transformation centre, an accelerator, student incubator, PC1 and PC2 science labs, 46 coworking desks, 21 private offices, 3 meeting rooms, 2 boardrooms and a 150 person event space.