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CRCs build ‘business ready’ skills, say medics

Australia’s leading medical research institutes have warned a federal review that closing the Cooperative Research Centres programme would be “a significant step backward” for innovation.

The Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes says the CRCs bring together “a critical mass” of talent across industry and academia to tackle major research challenges.

The AAMRI represents more than 10,000 staff from 45 institutes. Its members include three of Australia’s biggest research centres – the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and the St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research.

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