Adelaide BioMed City

One of the largest life sciences clusters

The A$3.8 billion Adelaide BioMed City is one of the largest health and life sciences clusters in the southern hemisphere. Located in the CBD, it brings together research, education, clinical care and business development.

Royal Adelaide Hospital

The new RAH provides tertiary-level care and statewide services to patients, featuring:

  • 40 large operating theatres.
  • 800 beds, with all overnight bedrooms being single rooms with private en-suites.
  • A fleet of robots to help move supplies and equipment around the hospital.
  • Ambulances sending patient data ahead of arrival and test results available on monitors in patient rooms.

South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)


With state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment, the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) has attracted hundreds of researchers, practicing and producing world-leading medical and technological innovation, and nurturing a new generation of scientists, researchers and educators.

SAHMRI also houses a cyclotron producing radioisotopes and manages a world-class large animal research facility, available for preclinical testing.


Housing hundreds of researchers, this 17 level building is set to become the site of Australia’s first proton therapy unit, delivering cancer-destroying protons to the tumour site of otherwise inoperable cancers, without affecting healthy tissues. It will treat 800 patients per year.

University of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences Building supports medicine, nursing and dentistry students as well as around 600 health sciences researchers.

It houses the innovative, state-of-the-art learning environment Adelaide Health Simulation – the most high-tech healthcare teaching facility in Australasia.

Opened in 2017, the University’s new building will continue to build on the 130-year partnership between the University of Adelaide and the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

University of South Australia

The University of South Australia Cancer Research Institute opened in 2018, and is an integral part of Adelaide BioMed City on North Terrace, adding research, development and teaching capacity to South Australia in its war against cancer and a range of diseases. The newest addition to the biomedical precinct is home to UniSA’s research-rich School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences and the globally recognised Centre for Cancer Biology (an alliance between UniSA and SA Pathology).

Flinders University

Flinders University is a globally focused, locally engaged institution with a reputation for excellence in teaching, learning and research.

A highly research active university with a strong focus on Biomedical and Clinical Sciences, 90 per cent of Flinders research has been ranked at or above world class by Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

As Australia’s first medical school embedded in a hospital, our world-class teaching and research now reaches from the Flinders Medical Centre across our Bedford Park, Sturt and Tonsley campuses to the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) and multiple rural clinical locations throughout South Australia and the Northern Territory.

Our research achievements are underpinned by a robust network of partnerships with organisations and industries. Flinders is a foundation partner of SAHMRI.

Adelaide Convention Centre

The multi-billion dollar Riverbank Precinct includes an expanded Adelaide Convention Centre, redeveloped Adelaide Oval, Festival Centre, Casino, and the new world-leading Adelaide BioMed City life sciences cluster, all interconnected by walkways and a river footbridge.

Adelaide has one of the fastest airport to city transfers anywhere in the world (just 10 minutes) with regular direct international and domestic flights. Adelaide ranks as the most affordable capital in Australia as well as being undoubtedly the most walkable, meaning that delegates and organisers will enjoy exceptional ease and value during their event.

Tonsley Innovation District

Tonsley combines university-led research and development with vocational training and advanced manufacturing premises for companies, with an emphasis on biomedical devices, sustainable energy and clean technology.

A 61 hectare former automobile manufacturing site, Tonsley is being transformed into the ideal location for hi-tech development and manufacturing. Tonsley is great for startups, SMEs and global companies taking advantage of Adelaide.

Cell therapy manufacturing

The Cell Therapy Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (CTMCRC), headquartered at the University of South Australia’s Mawson Lakes campus, develops cell therapy manufacturing techniques to be rapidly translated to commercial scales. Its purpose-built clean room facilities are vital infrastructure for developing a cell manufacturing hub for the Asia-Pacific region.

Technology Park Adelaide

Adjacent to the CTMCRC is Technology Park Adelaide, an established hub of defence and aerospace, advanced electronics and information communication technology companies, anchored by global companies Optus, Kongsberg Protech Systems, Saab Technologies Australia and ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems Australia. Technology Park is home to more than 85 companies.

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Health Industries South Australia is the South Australian Government agency helping life sciences companies expand in Adelaide.