Tech firm sets up lab in Gold Coast Health Hub

PRESS Release

A modified version of this article first appeared in the Gold Coast Bulletin on 10 October 2020

Datarwe CTO Dr Kelvin Ross and advisory board member Dr Brent Richards at their new space at Cohort

Tech firm sets up lab in Gold Coast Health Hub

TECHNOLOGY company Datarwe has opened the doors to it’s new AI lab within Cohort in the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge precinct.

Datarwe was founded in 2019 as a public-private partnership with the aim of government, industry, and healthcare providers collaborating to develop the world’s most comprehensive acute care medical research platform. It has received $1.5m in funding from the state government through the Advance Queensland program for it’s Precision Medicine Data Platform with Queensland Minister for Innovation, Kate Jones praising the platform as a significant resource for medical researchers that will develop new diagnostics, treatment protocols and med-tech products in Queensland.

The platform enables clinicians and medical researchers to rapidly collaborate in the development and delivery of trusted Artificial Intelligence (AI) clinical diagnostic tools and technologies direct to the patient bedside.

“We’re supporting local companies like Datarwe to tap into growth industries like this to create jobs and further the Coast’s economic recovery from COVID-19”.

“The government knows how important it is to develop industries on the Coast that have huge demand globally. We’ll continue to back local companies to grow within Lumina and create more jobs on the Coast” Ms Jones said.

The Precision Medicine Data Platform works by collecting de-identified patient data from hospitals’ Intensive Care Units’ monitoring devices and clinical notes before securely enriching the data in a way that it can be used by health care professionals to make timely decisions at the patient’s bedside.

Datarwe CTO Dr Kelvin Ross said establishing its headquarters within shared working space Cohort enabled easy access to world renowned researchers, scientists and health and technology experts.

“As a fast-growing technology company we are thrilled to be able to establish a base within the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct next to existing entrepreneurs and health tech start-ups,” he said. “Working within a collaborative space means that our team not only benefits from the existing shared facilities the Queensland government has invested in but it also means our team can have interactions with like-minded entrepreneurs, industry professionals and students. The proximity of our new lab to Gold Coast University Hospital, one of Queensland’s largest clinical teaching and research facilities, is a definite bonus.”

“Griffith University, one of Datarwe’s Foundation Partners is just across the road and the closeness is a definite advantage when we are collaborating on joint opportunities”.

“We are excited to be part of this unique location that nurtures emerging health and innovation startups and
we look forward to pushing the envelope for AI industry development, driving new research collaborations and creating jobs of the future in Lumina” Dr Ross said.

Datarwe joins Gold Coast Health, Griffith University and Cluster Biotechnology as anchor tenants at the Cohort Innovation Space.

Cohort has 2500sq m of space including 45 co-orking desks, 13 private offices with another 45 desks, three scientific labs and 150-person event space.

It is run by CoSpaces.