Medical and Scientific: MRNA research gets $2m injection

04 May 2021 - Medical and Scientific

As governments race to establish domestic supply of so-called messenger RNA vaccines amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Queensland's Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology has received new federal funding for RNA and DNA research. The $2.2 million is designed to complement recent investments in later stage, large-scale mRNA manufacturing, which can be quickly designed to help stop emerging variants of viruses and other diseases. The university's Trent Munro said the facility would provide an important connection between research and development organisations and largescale manufacturers seeking to work with the vaccine technologies. ‘‘The idea of Australia getting into the commercial mRNA manufacturing is a really important discussion,'' Professor Munro said.

Australian Financial Review; 04/05/2021; Page 7