Australia: AgriBio expansion boosts AgTech and innovation

A multi-million dollar expansion at AgriBio, an Australian bioscience facility in Bundoora, has just been completed — boosting biosecurity research and offering a new innovation hub for AgTech startups.

Spanning across 1600 square meters, the space is based at the Victorian Government and La Trobe University joint AgriBio Centre for AgriBioscience – with the new funding enabling the site to operate at full capacity.

The $7.5 million fit out includes a laboratory and office facilities for up to 90 staff and startup businesses. Up to four innovative startups will be given space in the expansion to help fast-track research and innovation outcomes from Agriculture Victoria to industry.

The first start up to be established will be SmartSense Agtech — a digital sensing AgTech business that will focus on rapidly improving digital technologies used across a range of key agricultural sectors including dairy, horticulture and grains.

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