Pharmaceuticals and Health Technologies
Pharmaceuticals and health technologies are knowledge-based, technology-intensive industries that are uniquely placed to develop and commercialise the outcomes of Australia’s long term investment in medical research.
The Australian pharmaceuticals industry comprises bio-medical research, biotechnology firms, originator and generic medicines companies and service related segments including wholesaling and distribution. The Department provides policy advice to the Minister for Industry on the pharmaceuticals industry and its operating environment.
The former Minister for Industry and Science, the Hon Ian Macfarlane MP, and the Minister for Health, the Hon Sussan Ley MP, have agreed to hold regular joint meetings with relevant industry stakeholders to discuss cross portfolio issues.
For more information and to register your interest, see the Health/Industry Forum page.
Clinical Trials Reform
Clinical trials are research investigations which involve volunteers participating in studies to determine the effectiveness and safety of health interventions. These include medications, medical devices, or interventions as a means to prevent, detect or treat diseases or medical conditions. Clinical trials are essential to providing the evidence needed to turn medical research or knowledge into treatments. The Department of Industry is currently working to streamline and support the Australian clinical trials environment to attract investment.