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New partnership in primary industries innovation

5 May 2021

The FRDC (Fisheries Research & Development Corporation) is joining the GATE - Global Ag-tech Ecosystem, an initiative established by the NSW Department of Primary Industries in 2018 to fast track innovation and primary industries research into impact. FRDC joins the GATE Board alongside research organisations Hort Innovation and Cotton RDC as well as corporate venture capital partner Sparklabs Cultiv8.

'The GATE is excited to have FRDC become a partner and extend our collaboration in innovation further in the aquaculture and fisheries space,' says Bruce Finney, Group Director of Business Development & Innovation with NSW DPI. 'The GATE supports start-ups and research teams to test and turn their ideas into real world solutions for primary industries and society.'

Patrick Hone,  FRDC Manager Director supports the partnership, 'The GATE is a unique program which will support our efforts to translate and apply our research. The value of the GATE is its members cross portfolio lens across commodities and primary industry systems. From seaweed for livestock feed to integrated marine management and emerging aquaculture industries, fisheries and aquaculture research is more and more intertwined with other primary industry research and technology sectors. The GATE supports this engagement and discovery of opportunities.' 

The GATE is now in its 4th year and has supported over 50 businesses and research projects to market, generating over $80million in investment and over 100 Australian jobs.