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About Us

A world leader in the development of medical devices, the Bionics Institute solves the world’s most challenging conditions with innovative technology.

Our Story

The Bionics Institute is an internationally recognised, independent medical research institute that solves medical challenges with technology.

We lead the world in the research and development of innovative medical devices and therapies to improve human health.

Our multidisciplinary team comprises world-class scientists, engineers and researchers, and our laboratories are located at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, close to our clinical collaborators.

Together we transform the lives of people with a range of conditions, including hearing impairment, Crohnʼs disease, Parkinsonʼs disease, epilepsy, stroke, arthritis and diabetes.

Our Vision

Our vision is to lead the world in the development and translation of bionic health solutions.

Our Mission

Our mission is to create medical devices and make a positive impact on the lives of people living with challenging medical conditions.

Our People

Our multidisciplinary team comprises world-class scientists, engineers and researchers, and our laboratories are located at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, close to our clinical collaborators. Together, we transform the lives of people with a range of conditions, including hearing impairment, Crohnʼs disease, Parkinsonʼs disease, epilepsy, stroke, arthritis and diabetes.

Our research is supported by our excellent capability providers in histology, pre-clinical research, data analytics and clinical research management. The Institute is backed by a dedicated Board and professional research support team, which includes HR; IT; finance; legal and commercialisation; research governance; grants management; philanthropy; and marketing and communications.

Our Impact

Our impact is underpinned by our business model that aims to translate our research into clinical applications, which in turn generates revenue that contributes to funding of further research and development.

Bionics Institute CEO Robert Klupacs has significant expertise and experience in commercialisation and building research strategies, which have led to the establishment of three spin-off companies since 2017.

Our History

The Bionics Institute has an impressive track record of translating medical device concepts into clinical reality, dating back to 1986 when it was founded by Professor Graeme Clark.

Professor Clark led the team that created Australiaʼs cochlear implant, which has given hearing to more than 600,000 deaf people around the world.

Since then, Bionics Institute researchers have developed medical devices that will change the lives of people living with hearing impairment, vision loss, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and Crohn’s disease.

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Our Partners

Partnership and collaboration are integral to the DNA of the Bionics Institute. Our research collaborations span the world, from the clinical collaborators at St Vincents Hospital Melbourne, where our laboratories are based, to prominent medical device researchers in the US, Europe and Asia.

The University of Melbourne Department of Medical Bionics is located at the Bionics Institute and forms part of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences. We also have a close affiliation with the University of Melbourne Department of Biomedical Engineering.

A key partner in ACMD, Australia’s first hospital-based bioengineering research centre located at St Vincents Hospital Melbourne, we will be moving into the new ACMD building when it is complete in 2025.

Work with us

Working at the Bionics Institute, a world leader in the development of medical devices, is both inspiring and rewarding.

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Annual Reports

Find out more about our research achievements in our Annual Reports.

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