QUT Gets $3M to Develop Australia’s First Human Microbiome Biobank

QUT has been awarded a $3 million grant to build The Australian Human Microbiome Biobank.

  • Majority of microorganisms from the human microbiome have yet to be cultured in the laboratory.
  • This biobank will make thousands of novel microorganisms from the human microbiome available to researchers and commercial entities.
  • These microorganisms have the potential to enhance biotherapeutic opportunities in a market estimated to reach $2.6 billion in seven years.

The three-year project, funded by a Medical Research Future Fund National Critical Research Infrastructure grant, will build a new cultivation platform to enable the isolation and genomic characterization of tens of thousands of microbial strains from the human body.

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