Melbourne Biomedical Precinct

Melbourne Biomedical Precinct scientists were the first outside China to copy the coronavirus responsible for COVID-19. Melbourne's Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity has shared the discovery with the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Europe, and labs worldwide.

When you work with the University of Melbourne, you’re collaborating with one of the leading partners in the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct. The precinct is next to the University’s main campus in Parkville.

Precinct partners

Together, the precinct partners have been delivering medical care, research and education in Victoria for more than 160 years. And their researchers have fundamentally improved patient outcomes in Australia and overseas. Examples include Professor Ruth Bishop’s discovery of the rotavirus, and Professor Geoffrey Donnan AO, who has received international awards for stroke research.

The precinct is globally recognised for its innovation. As a result, it receives more competitive national biomedical research funding than any other precinct in Australia.

This network of skilled workers and leading institutes comprises more than 40 research, education and industry partners.

Partnerships include:

Learn more about where our Health and Biomedical Ecosystem partners are located in an interactive map:

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Commercialisation opportunities

As a University, we always strive to increase real-world impact. This means we encourage opportunities to support commercialisation of biomedical research, for:

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Start-ups
  • Governments
  • Industry

We want to partner with people who aspire to create better health outcomes for people of all ages. Through investing in research, you can help deliver lifesaving drugs and treatments. You can create employment opportunities. And in turn, you can help to boost the economic and social prosperity of communities globally.


The University’s Business Development Directors assist organisations looking to work more closely with the University. With senior industry experience, our Business Development Directors understand the expectations of businesses and entrepreneurs, and the University’s partnering and commercialisation processes.

If you have a general question about working with us, or about which Business Development Director can best work with you, send us an email at