Trajan supporting science through collaboration.
Since 2017, Trajan Scientific and Medical has supported 12 industry projects with The University of Melbourne's Faculty of Science, in the Master of Biotechnology and Master of Data Science degrees. Projects run for approximately 9 months and prepare students for industry. Topics are diverse and range from understanding the commercial landscape of skin cancer diagnostics, to monitoring heart health through blood microsampling by exploring bioinformatics approaches for the interpretation of Metabolomics datasets.
Trajan’s CEO, Stephen Tomisich, shared “When the faculty first suggested this program to Trajan, we immediately endorsed the opportunity. In our view, the Masters of Biotechnology program is the ideal degree that introduces the commercial and research challenges that the industry experiences. We’ve embraced the Projects in Biotechnology enthusiastically and over the past 7 years introduced research topics we feel would challenge the candidates but importantly, provide Trajan with a ‘state-of-the-art’ overview.”
Prof. Andrew Gooley, Trajan’s Chief Scientific Officer, pictured here (far right) with the University of Melbourne's Masters students at the Melbourne office.
In 2021, the faculty approached Trajan to introduce the Master of Data Science Industry Project – “To date, the Masters of Biotechnology projects were focused on researching the technologies that enrich personal health through scientific tools and solutions. Ultimately, it is the data obtained from these technology solutions that delivers impact on human health. Hence, the opportunity to engage the Master of Data Science candidates to explore complex data sets collected from diverse workflows was perfect timing.” commented Prof. Andrew Gooley, Trajan’s Chief Scientific Officer.
Dr Daniel Czech, Director of the Master of Biotechnology at The University of Melbourne, shared “We see rich collaboration with industry partners like Trajan Scientific and Medical as the key transformative experience that students need to become innovative and productive graduates. The silver lining is that industry can benefit just as much from their fresh perspectives and their proximity to the university ecosystem."