A world-class life science, research and innovation building is one step closer after ground was broken on Northwest Healthcare Properties’ $154 million development on the Gold Coast.
The new RDX development is located at the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct, a legacy of the 2018 Commonwealth Games and one of the most advanced health and knowledge innovation hubs in the Asia-Pacific.
RDX will result in around $150 million in private sector investment, support up to 182 construction jobs and facilitate a $372.49 million direct and indirect contribution to the Queensland economy while under construction.
Northwest Healthcare Properties Executive Director Chris Adams said RDX will further enhance the life science and research dimension of the broader Gold Coast health precinct.
Once the RDX development is complete, the health and innovation facility will allow onsite collaboration between multiple researchers, clinicians and innovators in one space. This will assist with the trailing of new products, training physicians, and improving outcomes for Queenslanders.
The world-class facility will attract the best people in the industry and encourage further investment in research, development training.
RDX will become home to Neutex, an Australian-first image-guided therapy, surgical and robotics training centre.
The Neutex Image-Guided Surgical Training and Technologies Centre, led by interventional radiologists Dr Hal Rice and Dr Laetitia de Villiers, is pioneering new precision approaches in a wide range of clinical areas – from stroke to cardiovascular disease, cancer and spine conditions – right here in Queensland.
They are also showcasing interventional solutions and trialling new technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics and novel 3D printed anatomical models.
Neutex’s world-first training centre is backed by global medical technology leader Philips, who’ve installed their multi-million dollar Azurion image-guided therapy system, a leading platform for interventional procedures, favoured for its intuitive, seamless approach that enables clinicians to focus on treating the patient.
RDX will also support other specialists to learn from the innovation happening in Queensland, and already Dr Rice and Dr Villiers have hosted more than 20 training neurovascular fellows from Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific.
The development of the facility is supported by the Queensland Government through the Advance Queensland Regional Futures Initiative.
Once fully tenanted, RDX will support an estimated 1,000 long-term jobs.
Construction of the RDX development at the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct is expected to be completed in 2025.