Calix partnering in antimicrobial resistance research program

Recently completed collaborative studies with the University of Queensland Centre for Superbugs, supported by the Government’s Entrepreneurs program, has confirmed that Calix materials are both antibacterial and bactericidal and the mode of action has a low resistance development potential. This outcome aligns with efficacy data from independent agricultural studies indicating the materials provide quantitative suppression of bacterial crop diseases and, importantly, a broad spectrum of fungal pathogens, with a safe, environmentally friendly magnesium-based material.

It is anticipated that CRC partners will work together to develop and optimise new and novel antimicrobial materials for application in agriculture, water treatment and animal health.

As part of the SAAFE CRC, Calix will continue to develop its Biotech material manufacturing capability to develop and optimise new derivative materials. This exciting program compliments a $1m Australian Government Manufacturing Modernisation Fund (MMF) grant to Calix last year, which is helping to develop and transform our Biotech manufacturing and research capability at Bacchus Marsh in Victoria.

Calix’s involvement in the SAAFE CRC is in addition to our partnership in the CRC-P for Advanced Hybrid Batteries (announced August 2019), the Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre (FBI CRC) (announced March 2020), and the Heavy Industry Low-carbon Transition Cooperative Research Centre (HILT CRC) (announced in June 2021). In all cases, Calix is able to leverage our current investments in our various line-of-business development programs into a wide research, industrial and stakeholder network, while continuing to own and exploit our core IP.

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