Adelaide’s decision to build one of the largest life science hubs in the Southern Hemisphere has started to pay dividends, with the city attracting a major international biomedical conference.

The South Australian city will host the triennial World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering in 2024, welcoming more than 2,500 medical physicists, biomedical engineers and specialists from 89 countries.

The AUS$3.6bn Adelaide BioMed City is home to the new Royal Adelaide Hospital and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), the University of Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences Building, and the University of South Australia Cancer Research Institute. The SAHMRI II building, due to open in 2020, will house the Southern Hemisphere’s first proton-therapy research centre, specialising in fields including radiation biology, genetics, high-energy particle physics and nanotechnology. Proton therapy is cutting-edge cancer treatment that has the ability to deliver precise radiation to destroy tumour targets and save organs.

Adelaide is using this core of medical knowledge – located next to the Adelaide Convention Centre – to attract medical and health related business events, with the Adelaide Convention Bureau recently hosting its fourth BioMed showcase for event organisers in the sector.

Damien Kitto, CEO, Adelaide Convention Bureau, said: “The Bureau’s focus on Health Sciences events since the announcement of the construction of the Biomed city has paid dividends with over 40 per cent of all events won by Adelaide fitting this genre. Our strong relationships with the individual heads of the Universities, the hospital and various pillars of research within SAHMI as well as the relevant Government Departments and our Team Adelaide approach to securing these events will continue to return the results.

This will open the doors to trade investment, skilled migration and future development of the Health Sciences and Medical industry. We have world-class personnel, innovation and facilities in this city however waiting for the world to discover us is not an option – bringing it to our doorstep with events such as this is invaluable.”

The Team Adelaide bid was led by University of South Australia’s Professor Eva Bezak, one of Australia’s leading researchers in radiation oncology. She added:It will be an honour to be able to showcase the wonderful achievements that Adelaide has made in recent times in building the Biomed City and establish new relationships and partnerships leading to new collaborations and investment.

“Whilst we will of course have the traditional industries such as standard imaging, radiation, oncology, cardiology, nuclear medicine etc, we must be futuristic and look toward those types of industries on the horizon and on the rise and this is who we will also bring to Adelaide.”

The president of host organisation, the International Union for Physical and Engineering Science in Medicine (IUPSEM), Professor James Goh, said the enthusiasm of the South Australian bid alongside a presentation of the destination’s technology and research went in its favour.

He said: “IUPSEM is a global association with affiliations with leading organisations including the World Health Organisation and the International Science Council. Its charter is to project its image in biomedical engineering and medical physics to industry and education which is very much required. To have this congress in Adelaide – to bring in the world leaders – to showcase the latest developments and technologies at the exhibition presents significant opportunity in trade and investment for South Australia.”

(Via AMI, Health Industries South Australia)