Melbourne Chosen as New IBM Research & Development Laboratory Location
Melbourne, VIC, Australia – (News4us.com) October 25, 2011
The state of Victoria, Australia has been chosen as the new base of the first IBM laboratory to merge the US-based company’s world-class research and development laboratory in one single location.
A number of locations were being considered for a new lab in the Asia Pacific region by IBM, which in 2009 eventually led to the short listing of Australia as a viable candidate.
The location in Australia was said to have been shortlisted with the generous assistance of the Australian Trade Commission and the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR).
Officially opened in Melbourne on 14 October 2011 the IBM Research and Development Australia laboratory will concentrate on a wider range of global problems that require a more diverse and innovative set of research initiatives.
Focusing on the key areas of Smarter Natural Resource, Disaster, Healthcare and Life Sciences Management, the research and development laboratory will partner with noted Australian research institutions such as the University of Melbourne.
In a statement to the media the Senior Vice President and Director of IBM Research, Dr John E. Kelly III stated that the innovative and high tech lab will unite Australian scientists throughout their chosen fields of endeavour.
He went on to say that this research initiative would also further help to cement and unite industry experts and government to extend IBM’s global R&D footprint and accelerate world-class innovation.
“Research and development plays a vital role in IBM’s strategy for growth,” said Dr Kelly.
“We look forward to working with the Australian technical and scientific community on some of the most pressing problems and greatest opportunities of our time.”
IBM said it chose Australia because of its world-class talent, its robust economy, and the opportunities presented by its investment in a high-speed broadband network.
By 2015, the new facility is expected to employ 150 people and already IBM has begun recruiting world-class researchers from Australia and abroad.
Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr said: “This is a strategic win for Australia and recognition that Australia is able to compete for global investment opportunities and help create high-skill, high-wage, sustainable jobs for the future.”
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