New clinical cleanroom manufacturing and training facility launches in Brisbane

The Hon Karen Andrews, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology is opening the Translational Research Institute’s (TRI) new state-of-the-art clinical cleanroom manufacturing and training facility, T3 Cleanrooms, and the inaugural MTPCareers Symposium on Wednesday 14 October 2020.

The new cleanroom facility will help significantly speed-up the translation of Australian medical innovations into clinical practice, and will be available to researchers, start-ups and companies to manufacture sterile products on a small scale.

Professor Scott Bell, CEO of the TRI says the T3 Cleanroom facility is the outcome of a successful partnership with Australian biotech, Vaxxas Pty Ltd, to secure funding from MTPConnect to build clinical manufacturing and training capacity.

Based in dedicated commercial space at TRI, Vaxxas worked with us to identify a critical gap in medtech manufacturing and skills for companies needing to scale-up production for clinical trials, which led TRI to develop the unique T3 Cleanrooms.”

Professor Scott Bell, CEO of the TRI

Having access to this vital facility is enabling Vaxxas to progress its innovative vaccine technology from preclinical to clinical trials and is a great example of the translational pathway that exists at TRI to foster the commercialisation of Australian medical innovations.

“Importantly, while based at TRI, Vaxxas has secured millions in funding from the US Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), Merck and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support human clinical trials of its micro-patch technology to deliver vaccines worldwide.”

MTPConnect CEO, Dr Dan Grant says the Growth Centre’s funding is improving critical research infrastructure to global standards to help accelerate the translation of new medical innovations, while also boosting the workforce skills of Australia’s new generation of scientists.

“Giving Australian researchers and start-up medtech and pharma companies access to high

Alion Awarded $73 Million Task Order to Provide Joint Training Synthetic Environment Research and Development

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The U.S. Navy has awarded Alion Science and Technology a $73 million task order with a 60-month period of performance to provide Joint Training Synthetic Environment (JTSE) Research and Development (R&D) for Joint Staff J7, Deputy Director Joint Training (JS J7 DDJT) Environment Architecture Division (EAD). Alion was awarded this contract under the Department of Defense Information Analysis Center’s (DoD IAC) multiple-award contract (MAC) vehicle. These DoD IAC MAC task orders (TOs) are awarded by the U.S. Air Force’s 774th Enterprise Sourcing Squadron to develop and create new knowledge for the enhancement of the DTIC repository and the R&D and S&T community.

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“We are dedicated to our continued customer partnership to develop joint virtual environments to prepare for Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2),” said Katie Selbe, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Alion’s Cyber Network Solutions Group. “Alion has a deep understanding of the JTSE program and its requirements. Our team has been at the forefront of developing Joint Synthetic Training Environments for over 20 years and provides a seamless transition for on-going capability development.”

The JTSE is one of the critical enablers that supports the delivery of trained, capable, and interoperable Joint Forces. The scope of this effort includes providing a full range of application design, development, and integration efforts to modernize the technical architecture supporting joint forces training exercises. The architecture must enable the use of current technologies to assist with information management as well as an evolutionary transition from the Joint, Live, Virtual and Constructive (JLVC) Federation to a data-centric, web-based single digital environment that supports collaborative exercise planning and execution.


The DoD IAC program operates as a part of Defense Technical Information Center and provides technical data management and research

Sydney Airport names new technology chief – Training & Development

Sydney Airport has appointed Sidone Thomas as general manager, technology, data and digital, replacing Nick Watts, the former general manager of technology. 

Thomas joined the airport in July 2019 as general manager, customer strategy and digital to lead the development of an end-to-end customer experience strategy. 

Prior to that, she spent 12 years at commercial property business GPT Group, beginning in marketing before being promoted into customer experience, digital and innovation roles.

Before joining Sydney Airport, Thomas was the head of digital and marketing at GPT Group for more than three years. 

Thomas replaces Sydney Airport’s general manager of technology Nick Watts, who announced he is leaving his role after four-and-a-half years at Australia’s busiest airport. 

Over the weekend, Watts posted on LinkedIn he would be taking a short break “then looking forward to a new challenge.” 

“It’s time for me to move on from Sydney Airport, and even though the impact of Covid on aviation has been devastating, I’m sorry to be leaving such a great team at this time,” he wrote. 

“Technology is a great enabler of change, and I’m really proud of everything we achieved together to improve the passenger experience, and transform our own operations.” 

Watts joined Sydney Airport in May 2016 as head of technology services. During his tenure he was responsible for passenger experience, including introducing biometrics and automated check-in, operational resilience and technology commercialisation. 

Prior to that Watts held senior technology and IT roles with Dick Smith, Optus Business and Alphawest.

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Slingshot Aerospace & Leading Hollywood Visualization Studio THE THIRD FLOOR Reimagine Next-Gen Space Training

Companies bring together data and immersive design expertise to create space training simulation tool for U.S. Space Force

Slingshot Aerospace, Inc., a leader in situational awareness technology, announced today that it has received $2 million to develop the Slingshot Orbital Laboratory, an immersive space simulation tool for the Space Force. This includes a $1 million Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase 2 contract from the United States Space Force and an additional $1 million from ATX Venture Partners. The company has partnered with THE THIRD FLOOR, the world’s leading visualization studio helping realize blockbuster films and shows such as Gravity, The Martian and The Mandalorian, to co-create a space visualization solution that is interactive and physics-based.

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Nominal image of Slingshot Orbital Laboratory. (Graphic: Business Wire)

“Space operators need to understand complicated concepts like astrodynamics, the effects of various items in orbit, and how spacecrafts maneuver among other objects in space—all of which demand more adaptive, interactive, and tailorable educational tools than what we are currently using,” said Col. Max Lantz, Commandant, National Security Space Institute, United States Air Force. “Building an immersive environment to drive better comprehension of these foundational theories will be vital to support the Space Force.”

Slingshot Orbital Laboratory will be an easy-to-use tool that is suitable for current and future space operators, whether the individual has a GED or a PhD. Slingshot Aerospace will create a solution to teach students and seasoned professionals the fundamentals of space domain awareness, including complex astrodynamics. Its purpose is to provide a new, modern, and engaging way to perceive, comprehend, and predict object relations in space and orbital scenarios.

For this contract, Slingshot Aerospace will provide the space domain and data expertise while THE THIRD FLOOR

InVeris Training Solutions Rebrands from Meggitt to Shape Future of Simulation and Live-Fire Training

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On July 1 of this year, Pine Island Capital Partners acquired Meggitt Training Systems. We had an opportunity to interview several principal members of the newly rebranded company, InVeris Training Solutions, as the new name and logo debuted on October 7. But first, a brief history lesson.

If you are old enough to have been working in law enforcement back in the early 1980s, you’ll likely remember that super-cool, high-speed, no-drag training system called FATS or Firearms Training Systems, Inc. Founded in Atlanta, Georgia in 1984, FATS was the first interactive projected training system that allowed for training law enforcement and military personnel with firearms… but no bullets being fired. This made the training inherently safer and, over time, less costly. FATS steadily evolved over time so that the video simulations could branch, resulting in multiple possible outcomes for a given scenario beginning. In 1990, FATS delivered its first virtual training system to the United States Marine Corps.

Across the past 36 years since its introduction, the system has continued to evolve and improve to include lane marksmanship systems, an indirect fire training system and even a simulated mortar system. In 1996 they began integrating 3D CGI environments, greatly enhancing their ability to provide an even greater depth of branching options and potential outcomes to all simulations. We could go on, but the bottom line is that FATS never sat on its laurels; it continued to evolve and continually improve, gaining in capability and value to both law enforcement and military training.

In 2008 Meggitt PLC acquired FATS and combined it with live-fire training specialist Caswell International to form Meggitt Training Systems. The name may have changed but the aggressive evolution did not and further increases in capability and programming occurred every year from 2014 on. Perhaps