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MICEBTN - May-June • Page 17 ACC to benefit from BioMed City’s new cancer research facility - with more to come lOCATING one of the largest health precincts in the South- ern Hemisphere next to South Australia’s redeveloped conven- tion centre is helping position the city of Adelaide as a medical conference capital. The fourth major building in the Adelaide BioMed City precinct – the University of South Australia Cancer Research Institute – is set to open this month while the A$240 million SAHMRI 2 building, featur- ing the Southern Hemisphere’s first Proton Therapy Unit, is ex- pected to open in 2020. SAHMRI is South Australia’s first independent flagship health and medical research institute. The transformation of the for- mer rail yards on North Terrace has coincided with the A$397 million redevelopment of the neighbour- ing Adelaide Convention Centre (ACC) which was completed in August 2017. The centre became Australia’s first convention centre when it opened in 1987. The recent re- development has significantly increased its size, allowing it to bid for major conferences it previous- ly couldn’t accommodate. The centrepiece of the ACC re- vamp is a state-of-the-art 3000sqm plenary hall. With a 3500-seat capacity, the hall has more than 15 configurations that can accommo- date a wide range of conferences, exhibitions, banquets and other events. Medical conferences now ac- count for about a third of the cen- tre’s business and it has booked more than a dozen of them with more than 1000 delegates each to be held in the next two years. These include the 38th Austral- ian Dental Congress in May 2019, which could welcome up to 4000 delegates, and the Cardiac Soci- ety of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ) in August 2019. CSANZ will also be held at the centre in 2021 and 2023. Simon Burgess, general manag- er ACC said the centre could not have bid for the Dental Congress prior to the redevelopment while the proximity to SAHMRI and its world-leading heart research had been crucial in securing the CSANZ deal. He said having the health hub as a neighbour along the city’s River- bank had led to an estimated 10 per cent increase in medical confer- ence inquiries. “If we could choose our neigh- bours that’s what we would have chosen – the largest biomedical precinct in the Southern Hemi- sphere,” Burgess said. “What it’s done is help us focus our research, specifically over the key themes they are focusing on. “Any conference organiser coming here has the opportunity to work with UniSA and SAHMRI and the University of Adelaide or anyone in that whole precinct in terms of getting speakers, getting delegates and incorporating tours as part of the program.” The key players in Australia’s medical technologies were at the Adelaide Convention Centre for the 12th AusMedtech Conference earlier this month. The conference attracted 300 delegates, international speakers at the year’s largest gathering of the medtech industry in Australia. Glenn Cross, chief executive AusBiotech said Adelaide’s River- bank precinct, which covers 380 hectares of land around the River Torrens in the centre of Adelaide, had the ideal mix of facilities for hosting medical conferences. “In terms of Aus Biotech, we’re always pleased to bring our major conferences to South Australia, we think the convention centre and the precinct around it is world class,” he said. Burgess said the revamped con- vention centre was running more conferences now than at any other time in its 31-year history.