Tonsley Innovation District combines university-led research and development with vocational training and advanced manufacturing premises for companies, with an emphasis on biomedical devices, renewable energy, clean technology, software and simulation
A 61 hectare former automobile manufacturing site, Tonsley has been transformed into the ideal location for hi-tech development and manufacturing.
Tonsley offers opportunities for purpose built facilities for sale or lease, and is great for startups, SMEs and global companies taking advantage of Adelaide.
Europe's largest engineering company, Siemens, is a significant tenant at Tonsley and a major provider of medical imaging equipment to South Australia's public health system.
Head of Siemens in South Australia Mr Adam D’Achille has said establishing at Tonsley "will give us more scope to broaden our business opportunities”.
Micro-X is the developer and manufacturer of an ultra-lightweight medical x-ray unit and in 2015, they moved their operations to Tonsley.
Adelaide has decades of experience in world’s-best-practice manufacturing in the automotive and defence industries, providing highly-skilled workers and a solid supply chain that are now being successfully applied to medical manufacturing.
“We chose Adelaide because of the state’s vision for medical device manufacturing and an environment that supports emerging technology companies,” said Micro-X CEO Peter Rowland.
Flinders at Tonsley is home to the School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics, the Flinders Medical Device Research Institute and the Centre for NanoScale Science and Technology – all of which work alongside Tonsley’s other partners.
More than 150 staff and 2,000 students are located at Tonsley and the campus promotes collaboration. It’s a place for students to interact with business and where business interacts with researchers in areas such as engineering, medical devices, nanoscale technologies, and digital health to make the new products and processes of the 21st century.
The Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) supports the development of cutting-edge medical devices through unique collaborations between researchers, industry, end-users and government.
The program facilitates the development of medical devices by coordinating the efforts of key stakeholders. It provides a mechanism for the development of prototypes, proof of concept and/or commercialisation planning for potential Australian medical device products. They have a particular focus on finding solutions for clinicians, the ageing and the disabled.
The MDPP is possibly the best model for fostering University/Industry collaboration that I have encountered in an Australian university.
– Dr Steven Farrugia (Vice President, Technology) – ResMed Ltd
TAFE SA’s newest campus, the Sustainable Industries Education Centre (SIEC) at Tonsley, conducts trade training for the building and construction sector, training about 800 students per day within 45,000 square metres of trade training infrastructure.
TAFE SA is the largest provider of vocational education and training in South Australia. The organisation delivers more than 1,000 courses to an average of 80,000 students a year at campuses across South Australia.
Health Industries South Australia is the South Australian Government agency helping health and life sciences companies invest in Adelaide.
Forty-three and a half per cent of R&D costs will be reimbursed in cash to eligible companies with an aggregated annual turnover of less than A$20 million. Read more