Connecting innovative and passionate students with industry partners has been a primary focus for the University of Newcastle for more than 50 years.
The Biomedical Science field continues to expand, and so too does the need for partnerships that allow students to gain quality industry experience.
University of Newcastle Program Convenor, Doctor Karen Mate, highlights that students benefit greatly from gaining real-world experience with industry partners.
“The University of Newcastle is recognised for producing world-class graduates who are leaders in their field,” said Dr Mate.
“By providing students with the opportunity to complete work placements with industry partners, they are able to further develop their skills and can also contribute significantly to individual business outcomes.
“We are interested in connecting with new biomedical science industry partners to discuss how engaging our student-base can help with meeting their business needs.
“Our students have the skills and knowledge needed to impact the global advancement of medical research practice and policy, and industry have the opportunity to utilise this fresh talent to deliver innovative results, added Dr Mate.
Professor Robert Rush, Founder and Managing Director of biotech company Biosensis, who has partnered with the University of Newcastle for more than three years, comments on how engaging with students has benefited research advancement.
“The project has been useful and resulted in sufficient progress being made so far. In doing so, Biosensis has committed funds to employ the student as a post-doctoral fellow on completion of his degree,” said Professor Rush.
“We would certainly seriously consider further commitment in the future. Biosensis has a number of collaborations with global universities and enjoys the academic-industry approach which benefits both parties,” concluded Professor Rush.
Thanks to industry partners like Biosensis, student Sam Faulkner was able to collaborate with Biosensis on common research interests, gaining invaluable real-world experience.
“Industry support for undergraduate programs and students provide invaluable experience and insight into corporate research and corporate science and technology ways,” said Mr Faulkner.
“Traditionally, students get a taste of a variety of health and medical research disciplines but rarely work directly with industry to understand science on a commercial level.
“I have benefited significantly from this exposure and am grateful this experience has allowed me to foster networking and future study opportunities,” concluded Mr Faulkner.
While the University of Newcastle maintains existing partnerships with industry, there is a growing need to provide additional placement opportunities for students.
“These partnerships are vital to the academic and professional development of our students and also to the evolving landscape of local industry, Dr Mate continued.
“If you are a business in the biomedical field who is looking for access to students with select academic backgrounds, if you require expertise that is flexible and responsive to industry needs and would like to build research collaborations with the support of the University of Newcastle, we encourage you to get in touch with us.
“Through our research, and strong national and international partnerships, we’re driving innovation that challenges conventional thinking, breaks new ground and changes lives.
“Let our students help your business,” concluded Dr Mate.
For more information on how University of Newcastle biomedical science students can benefit your business, contact Dr Karen Mate – Program Convenor on Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org or 02 4921 5983