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Titan joins forces against disease

9 August 2018

One of the world’s most powerful microscopes for biological research was launched today at Lucas Heights by the Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation Zed Seselja.

The $7 million, three-metre-high Titan Krios Microscope will allow researchers to see with unprecedented clarity the inner workings of human cells.

Assistant Minister Seselja said the microscope would open up new ways to attack diseases such as cancer, AIDS, Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

“This high-resolution electron microscope is a world-class addition to the fight against some insidious diseases.

“It will allow researchers to make medical breakthroughs of value not only to Australians, but to people around the world,” Assistant Minister Seselja said.

The microscope is currently located at Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation’s Electron Microscopy Facility at Lucas Heights in Sydney.

It will relocate to the University of Wollongong’s $80 million Molecular Horizons facility when it is completed in 2019. The facility will be a world leading centre for molecular and life sciences.

“ANSTO and the University of Wollongong are to be congratulated on the strong partnership they have formed. Collaboration between government, research institutions and industry are key to placing Australia at the cutting edge of research,” Assistant Minister Seselja said. 

“The Government is committed to supporting Australian research. The Government has invested heavily in research infrastructure, including funding of $520 million for ANSTO to operate the Australian Synchrotron.”

Media contact: Assistant Minister Seselja's office 02 6277 3187