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The Bioresource Processing Institute of Australia (BioPRIA) is an institute engaged in creating new industries and transforming established ones through education and research. Located within the Department of Chemical Engineering at Monash University, BioPRIA was established in 1989 by the Australasian pulp and paper industry, in conjunction with Monash University, and with the continued support of the Australian Government.

BioPRIA provides world-class technology-based research, development and training enabling sustainable innovation for a competitive Australian bio-manufacturing industry.

Our research

BioPRIA has three main research platforms that aim to maximise the value of renewable forest resources to produce new value-add products of the future.

PALS

The ARC Research Hub for Processing Lignocellulosics into High Value Products (PALS) receives $6.8 million investment over 5 years from the ARC funding, industry partners and Monash University contributions.

BAMI

Bioprocessing Advanced Manufacturing Initiative (BAMI) ARC Industry Transformation Research Hub aims to explore the concept of biorefinery and to identify nanocellulose applications and speciality chemicals as key technologies.

DIAGNOSTICS

Diagnostics platform aims at engineering paper biodiagnostics for health, environment and food safety applications and to maintain the bioactivity of biomolecules immobilised on a surface.

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SAVING LIVES FASTER: MONASH, BIOPRIA DEVELOPS WORLD-FIRST LASER INCUBATOR FOR BLOOD

Monash University researchers have developed a way to slash the time to analyse blood test results prior to a blood transfusion. Lead researcher and physicist Dr Clare Manderson, from Monash’s Bioresource Processing Institute of Australia, spoke to the Herald Sun about the technology.

GLIF DEMONSTRATES ITS POTENTIAL AT MONASH UNIVERSITY OPEN DAY

GLIF was a huge success at this year’s 2019 Monash University Open Day for prospective students.
GLIF, which stands for Group Legible Immunohaematological Format, is a hand-held device that can determine one’s ABO blood type from only a drop of blood. Glif is a paradigm shift in blood group serology requiring no external elements to perform a rapid, reliable and self-interpreting ABO.

BIOPRIA AND VARDEN PARTNER TO PRODUCE SUSTAINABLE COFFEE CAPSULES

Every day, all over the world, millions of single-use coffee capsules (pods) are sent to landfill. Coffee capsules are typically made of a combination of plastic and aluminium, so they can’t be easily sorted and recycled. The team at BioPRIA, together with our industry partner Varden, are working on a sustainable, home-compostable solution to this problem – bio-based coffee capsules for home espresso machines.