South Australia – Connected health innovation

South Australia is where health and life sciences research, innovation, manufacturing, and Australia’s most comprehensive clinical trials ecosystem, intersect with world-leading AI and hi-tech capabilities.
Cost effectively collaborate with world leaders in biotech, clinical trials, digital health, medical devices, ageing well, research, academia, clinical care and business development.

South Australia - Connected health innovation
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South Australia's landscape

World-class health and life sciences ecosystem

Leader for personalised health innovation

Unique clinical data sets and top AI talent developing next generation health innovation

World-class hi-tech capabilities

AI, AR, VR, quantum and data analytics leadership, and top 6 in the world for computer vision research

Australia’s most experienced and complete clinical trial ecosystem

43.5% R&D tax incentive

Supporting companies across R&D activities in Australia

Home of Australia’s medtech programs

Guiding product development from idea to manufacturing

GLP, GMP and CDMO manufacturing

State-of the art, FDA-accredited small and large molecules, radiopharmaceuticals, from R&D to commercial scale

Advanced device manufacturing capabilities

Expertise and capability for ISO 13485 

Top biotech and drug development

Largest concentration of clinical research in the southern hemisphere

R&D leader across STEM

Outperforms top OECD countries for research citation impact across most frontier STEM fields

Adelaide BioMed City - An ecosystem of innovation

Adelaide is Australia’s home for AI and data analytics driven innovation and is leading the nation in AI in healthcare.

  • Australian Institute for Machine Learning
  • Centre for Augmented Reasoning
  • MIT Adelaide Living Lab
  • Digital Health CRC
  • Research Centre for Immersive and Virtual Environments
  • Amazon Web Services Applied Sciences

Explore digital health in Adelaide

End-to-end clinical trials in South Australia

South Australia’s collaborative ecosystem connects deep clinical research, manufacturing and an end-to-end clinical trial supply chain with world-class infrastructure and digital capabilities for drug development, advanced manufacturing and health innovation.
As a strategic entry point for exploring the Australian trials sector, our expertise provides an efficient pathway to clinical trial conduct.

Start in South Australia to leverage the Australian Advantage


  • Efficient regulatory framework saves up to one year in regulatory timelines.

  • Investigational new drug application (IND) not required.


  • Globally accepted data with the highest quality standards for submission to regulatory agencies including the US FDA, UK HMRA, EU EMA, and Japan PDMA.


  • 43.5% R&D tax incentive

South Australian Advantage

Australia’s most experienced providers operate in South Australia, creating the nation’s most comprehensive, connected and supportive clinical trial ecosystem providing support across the entire supply chain:

  • Local ethics approval and an advanced ecosystem allows you to start trials in five to six weeks.

  • Save by collaborating with experienced partners, providing specialist advice for you to operate efficiently, de-risk and add value to your trial exploration, setup and conduct.

Our globally unique ecosystem provides a trusted and connected environment for you to partner and innovate, maximising value for your organisation.

Innovation and research hubs

Collaboration is in our DNA here in South Australia. You will have access to some of the best innovation precincts where high-profile businesses, academia, industry bodies and government are co-located and working together.
  • Adelaide BioMed City

    Adelaide Biomed City is one of the largest health and life sciences clusters in the Southern Hemisphere and brings together research, education, clinical care and business development.

  • Flinders Medical Centre (FMC)

    FMC has an international reputation as one of Australia’s finest public teaching hospitals and as a centre for research excellence. It is co-located with the Flinders University School of Medicine and Flinders Private Hospital.

  • Flinders Village

    A new development of a world-class health research facility, providing state of the art research facilities, as well as teaching simulation and clinical research spaces.

  • Lot Fourteen

    Lot Fourteen is a space that fosters collaboration and innovation across sectors and disciplines, including defence and space, artificial intelligence, digital health, machine learning and robotics, cyber security and creative industries.

  • Technology Park

    Technology Park is an established hub of defence and aerospace, advanced electronics, health, training, consulting, and information communication technology companies. Technology Park Adelaide provides a thriving environment for business collaboration and networking.

  • Tonsley Innovation District

    Tonsley is a hub for advanced manufacturing businesses and services specialising in high-growth sectors: health, medical devices and assistive technologies, cleantech and renewable energy, software and simulation, mining and energy services.

Business clusters

Our industry clusters provide strong intellectual and research foundations, providing opportunities to share talent, technology and infrastructure.
  • Adelaide Airport

    With global acknowledgement that aviation is a vital catalyst for economic growth, Airport Business District is a key economic gateway that seamless integrates zones for a range of industries.

  • Lot Fourteen

    Lot Fourteen is a space that fosters collaboration and innovation across sectors and disciplines, including defence and space, artificial intelligence, digital health, machine learning and robotics, cyber security and creative industries.

Investment opportunities

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Contact the Invest SA team

Mark Wheeler

Mark Wheeler

Director, Health and Acting Director, Critical Technologies, AI and Digital Health

Works with companies to develop projects, negotiate and structure investments, remove barriers, solve problems and support industry.


+61 466 357 625

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