research programs

Program 1


Sustainable marine resources

Developing the cultivation skills, technologies and management practices to grow high quality marine bioproducts sustainably and cost-effectively, both now and into the future.

Research areas of focus:

  • Performance Selection
  • Breeding for Success
  • Optimised Production

Program 1 leader

A/Prof Catriona MacLeod

University of Tasmania

Program 2


Innovative Bioprocessing Technologies

Designing and delivering automated, modular biorefinery-based manufacturing to transform Australian marine biomass into commercially successful marine bioproducts.
Research areas of focus:

  • Biobusiness Toolbox
  • Biorefinery Configurations
  • Automated Biomanufacturing
  • Modular Biomanufacturing
  • Cooperative Business Models

Program 2 Leader

Professor Colin Barrow

Deakin University

Program 3


Australian Marine Bioproducts

Delivering, developing, validating and helping deliver a range of certified, evidence-based, high value Australian marine bioproducts into global markets.
Research areas of focus:

  • New Marine Bioproducts
  • Products with Enhanced Functionality
  • Products with Substantiated Properties
  • Products with Premium Formulations
  • Biobusiness Toolbox

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Program 3 leader

Professor Rob Capon

University of Queensland

Education and Training: Connect, Educate & Train (CET)


Facilitating industry uptake through workforce reform, connecting the industry to global networks.
Research themes and outputs:

  • Global Leadership
  • Upskilled Workforce
  • Global Industry Linkages
  • Regional Export Oriented Focus
  • Biobusiness Toolbox

Connect, Educate & Train Leader

Kirsten Heimann

Flinders University

Intellectual Property and Commercialisation

Via the MB‑CRC Partners’ Agreement, all project IP will at first instance vest in the independently governed MB-CRC IP management company. The MB-CRC IP management company, through its fully independent board of Directors, will then have flexibility to deal with Project IP in the best interests of the MB-CRC as a whole.  As a result of this above structure, the IP arrangements for any particular project can be established on a case-by-case basis.

By initially accumulating Project IP into the MB-CRC IP management company, MB-CRC IP deals with industry will be run through a single entity – improving the speed to market and avoiding potentially complex and slow administration processes for IP licensing or assignment from multiple research organisations.
The proposed IP handling structure for MB-CRC has been deployed successfully in a number of earlier CRCs and If any partner would like further information on the proposed MB-CRC IP handling model, please contact us.