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New COVID technology: Victoria has entered the non-invasive wearable and wearable medical technology space with her plan for new COVID testing equipment. Higher Education Minister Gayle Tierney made the announcement last week. Photo by Rodney Braithwaite

A snap sensor capable of detecting COVID-19 and smart bedding monitors for elderly residents are among projects to be developed with the Government of Victoria to support a groundbreaking new medical device prototype facility at RMIT University.

Higher Education Minister Gayle Tierney last week announced a $12.7 million investment by the state government in the new $16 million center at RMIT’s city campus as part of of the Victorian Higher Education State Investment Fund.

The Victorian Medical Device Prototyping and Scale-Up Facility will be the first ISO-accredited prototyping center in Asia-Pacific to focus on the development of wearable and near-by non-invasive medical technologies, which are used for diagnosis and monitoring of a range health care problems.

Wearable devices refer to wireless electronic devices that can be worn as accessories, embedded in clothing, or implanted in the body, while wearables are smart devices that can sense and send data, but do not need a connection. to be attached to a person.

The facility brings together start-ups, small companies and researchers to collaborate on field and clinical trials for products seeking to bring to market.

Initial projects include:

• An instant sensor to detect COVID-19 and other infectious respiratory diseases such as influenza and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus;

• Smart bedding products for elderly care, using stretchable electronic technology (ultra-light, skin-like electronics) to monitor sleep and vital signs; and

• Minimally invasive portable devices for health monitoring and diagnostics.

The universities of Swinburne, Deakin and Monash are collaborating with RMIT on the design of the facility – but once open it will be available to all Victorian universities as a place to collaborate with industry.

The Victorian Government’s $350 million Victorian Higher Education State Investment Fund is supporting universities with capital works, applied research and research infrastructure to support jobs and the state’s economic rebound from the crisis. coronavirus.