Institute of Health and
Biomedical Innovation
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About the Medical Engineering Research Facility

About us

The Medical Engineering Research Facility (MERF) supports medical devices research and development cycle in a state-of-the-art QUT facility. We enable cutting-edge research here at QUT, and also support health research advances at the Prince Charles Hospital.

We have capabilities for preclinical studies, including post-explantation evaluation, and facilities for hands-on skills training for surgeons, theatre staff and sales personnel.

Backed by rigorous academic research from the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, we provide preclinical research models in small and large animals for the assessment of new biomaterials, medical devices, implants and surgical techniques. We have a strong focus on applications in orthopaedics, but our capabilities extend to all clinical fields.

We provide a responsive service in a GLP -accredited environment, with well-established animal and cadaver research, and training models. Our dedicated team comprises international experts and includes surgeons, veterinary scientists and a quality assurance personnel.


Our facility was officially opened in 2008 at The Prince Charles Hospital, Chermside. The Queensland Government Smart State Facilities Fund provided $5 million to build the facility and QUT contributed $4.15 million for completion and fit out, with additional funding and equipment support from industry partners Medtronic and Stryker.

The Prince Charles Hospital continues to support us through provision of land, equipment and staff funding.

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Medical Engineering Research Facility