Medical Countermeasures

Medical Countermeasures (or MCM) is one of DMTC’s newest programs and builds on extensive research and preparatory work undertaken by government, industry and research agencies.

Utilising funding from CSIRO and from DST Group through its Next Generation Technologies Fund, DMTC’s leadership of the program involves harnessing Australia’s capabilities to develop leading-edge, advanced technologies and to direct and deploy skills into activities that support Australian defence, health and national security outcomes.

Medical Countermeasures (MCMs) include vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics for the protection of military and civilian personnel against Chemical, Biological and Radiological (CBR) threats, emerging infectious diseases and pandemics.

The program is seeking to bring together best-practice industrial expertise and relevant public sector and research agency inputs under DMTC’s proven model of collaboration and co-investment from all partners.

How to get involved

DMTC anticipates calling for expressions of interest under successive future rounds of the MCM Program. The annual program development cycle with its key timeframes is illustrated here. Further information can be sought by contacting DMTC on (03) 9214 4447 or by email to mcm.eoi@dmtc.com.au.

Achievements to date

In its first two years, DMTC’s MCM Program has brought together eight industrial partners and 10 research partners, many of whom are new to the defence and national security sector, with additional projects already approved and in the project definition phase. Summaries of existing projects are available here.

Project submissions have been received from all over the country, collectively representing interest from over 150 prospective industry and research partner organisations.

The MCM program is firmly focused on advancing the development of technologies relevant to Australia’s national preparedness strategy, with application to both civil and military domains to develop an effective in-country capability in Medical Countermeasures.

It is the only program that brings together the key national stakeholders with representation from the federal Departments of Defence and Health, the CSIRO, the Medical Technology and Pharmaceutical Growth Centre and the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security. Further detail on the national and international elements of the engagement and governance framework for the MCM Program is available here.