The University of Melbourne’s $140 million core research and development facility, Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute (Bio21 Institute), is a multidisciplinary research centre specialising in medical, agricultural and environmental biotechnology. Accommodating more than 500 research scientists, students and industry participants, the Bio21 Institute is one of the largest biotechnology research centres in Australia.
The Bio21 Institute seeks to improve human health and the environment through innovation in biotechnology and related areas, driven by collaborative research and dynamic interactions with industry.
The commitment to establish the Bio21 Institute was the University of Melbourne’s original contribution to the Bio21 Cluster project, now known as Biomedical Research Victoria. Established in 2002, the Bio21 Institute was officially launched on June 8th 2005 by Victorian Premier Mr Steve Bracks, joined by University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis, Innovation Minister Mr John Brumby and Health Minister Ms Bronwyn Pike. In 2015, the Institute celebrated 10 years since its founding.