Westmead Innovation Quarter (iQ) has officially opened

The first stage of the $350 million Westmead Innovation Quarter (iQ) has officially opened (4 November 2022). It aims to deliver a world-class precinct to transform business, health, education and research in Western Sydney.

Westmead iQ is located in the Westmead Health and Innovation precinct. It is already home to some of the world’s leading research organisations. These include the university’s MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development and the NICM Health Research Institute. These three institutes conduct research across the following themes according to the Western Sydney University website:

  • Mental and physical health
  • Brain sciences
  • Biomedical and human technologies
  • Neuromorphic systems
  • Integrative medicine
  • Diagnostics and therapeutics
  • Health, culture and society
  • Health and wellness across the lifespan
  • Preventing and managing chronic disease

These institutes are co-located with CSIRO, Telstra Health, WentWest and Psych Central. They aim to provide a springboard to foster new ideas and inspire innovative research collaborations.

When full completed, Westmead iQ will comprise three towers with a total floor area of 43,000 sqm. This will include 4,000 sqm of retail space and basement car parking. There will be 39,000 sqm of A-grade office space for research, health and commercial purposes.

Business News Australia reported that the Federal Minister for Industry and Science, Ed Husic, officially opened the first stage of Westmead iQ. Western Sydney University Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover describes it as “major commitment” by the university to to find solutions to some of the nation’s most pressing and persistent healthcare challenges.

“Set within Australia’s largest concentration of hospital and healthcare services, iQ will elevate Westmead’s status as one of the world’s most advanced health and innovation precincts.”