The Ian Potter Foundation is pleased to announce that Museum Victoria has been awarded $500,000 to help establish The Ian Potter Australian Wildlife Biobank.
The Biobank will be a liquid nitrogen cryo-facility that will house and protect Museum Victoria's past and future faunal tissue collections supporting critical wildlife research and public engagement.
The Ian Potter Foundation has been a strong supporter of Museum Victoria's biomolecular research program supporting the establishment of the Museum’s DNA Laboratory back in 2002 among a number of other projects. This Biobank will build upon and further enhance this work enabling the Museum to expand and better protect its 40,000 strong collection.
The new capabilities of this Biobank facility will transform the Museum’s collection and enable exciting collaborative research opportunities in areas such as conservation biology, evolutionary studies, adaptation and natural product chemistry.
The facility will the first of its kind in Australia and will sit beside and collaborate with the tissue storage banks at the National History Museums in London and New York further positioning Museum Victoria as a leader in natural sciences collection preservation.
Museum Victoria has a proven commitment to conducting innovative research in collaboration with like-minded organisations, that maximises their ability to contribute to the cultural, scientific and economic life of Victoria, and further strengthens alliances with academic communities across the globe.
Janet Hirst, Chief Executive Officer of The Ian Potter Foundation said, “Museum Victoria has been a key research institution in Australia for over 160 years. Throughout its history, the museum has responded to changing intellectual and scientific issues and undertaken research of international significance. This grant enables them to take a quantum leap forward ensuring they remain at the forefront of international standards, while helping to preserve our unique faunal heritage for the benefit of our community now, and in the future.”