Monash University in Australia is partnering with research hospital Sheba Medical Centre in Israel to research and develop new medical technology, digital health advances, and models of care, as well as promote their commercialisation, production, and implementation in healthcare settings to benefit patients and communities both locally and globally.

As part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the partners’ focus will be on joint research and development projects in healthcare, such as digital health, remote care, cardiovascular health, precision medicine, innovative medicines, devices and diagnostics, and healthy ageing.

The partners will begin by focusing on cardiovascular research in the Monash Victorian Heart Institute, situated within the newly opened Victorian Heart Hospital on Monash University’s Clayton campus, with an investment of A$2m ($1.34m) from the Victorian Government.

With funding of A$1.5m ($1m), Monash plans to invest for broader operations under the MoU over the initial three years.

Monash Enterprise and Engagement deputy vice-chancellor and senior vice-president professor Doron Ben-Meir said: “Our new partnership with Sheba Medical Centre is another great example of how Monash University is investing in world-class partnerships to enable global research collaborations that can deliver health benefits for communities throughout Victoria, Australia, Israel and beyond.

“Monash’s Clayton campus is already situated at the centre of a research and enterprise ecosystem, the Monash Technology Precinct, that brings together world-leading research institutes and infrastructure with multi-national, national and small to medium enterprises.”

Monash Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Science executive dean professor Christina Mitchell said: “This MoU, with an outstanding institution like Sheba Medical Centre, will further help us to scale up the translation of our research into innovations that improve patient outcomes and help our communities.”

Furthermore, the collaboration intends to collaborate with industry partners to drive growth in the local MedTech manufacturing sector and create new training possibilities for health practitioners and researchers.