Herston Biofabrication Institute

As the first institute of its kind, Herston Quarter’s Biofabrication Institute in Brisbane, Queensland is a state-of-the-art setting for clinicians and academics to advance the possibilities of 3D biomedical technologies and digital health.

The Herston Biofabrication Institute is a key development in upholding the reputation of Brisbane’s Herston Health Precinct and the Herston Quarter as a world leading health and knowledge community. Biofabrication is an emerging health field that’s providing some of the world’s most innovative treatment and rehabilitation.

The Herston Biofabrication Institute works closely with academic partner University of Queensland for its transformative research into digital health and manufacturing of 3D biomedical technologies including printed bone, tissue and bioresorbable materials. 

The bespoke building design supports this collaborative approach, integrating cutting-edge technology with organic flexible spaces where clinicians, academics, industry and consumers can learn, collaborate and conduct research. It features a full mechanical workshop, a 3D printing lab, a digital innovation hub, a tissue culture laboratory and patient consultation rooms, as well as interactive public gallery spaces. 

The building had to be adaptable and functional while offering a calming and welcoming space for those undergoing treatment, reflecting the breadth of the groundbreaking work carried out, from research and education to treatment and rehabilitation. 


Metro North Hospital and Health Service


Yuggera and Turrbal Country
Queensland, Australia







Design team

Carolyn Solley, Doug Roxburgh, Stephen Watson, Tanne Marais


David Chatfield

The institute pairs clinical experts, design and engineering teams at Metro North for a holistic solution using truly futuristic technologies.”

Mathilde Desselle Metro North Herston Biofabrication Institute General Manager

The Herston Biofabrication Institute has already begun impacting the community. Their Burns & Trauma Collaborative program is currently working on skin engineering to assist burns patients, as well as the use of virtual reality to assist with pain management.

During the COVID-19 health crisis in 2020, the team identified a need for more protective face shields for healthcare workers and the 3D printers were perfect for rapidly increasing supply.

The facility was delivered through the fit-out of a full floorplate in an existing building on the Herston Health Precinct campus. This has resulted in a truly unique, high-tech space that has been tailored for the specific needs and vision of the Institute. 

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