Connecting the Dots of Medical Research, Commercialisation and Innovation
Join a panel of entrepreneurs and researchers experienced in the commercialisation of medical research in Perth at the Centre for Entrepreneurial Research and Innovation on Tuesday the 5th of December from 12.00pm to 2.30pm
How can we grow a vibrant, sustainable and economic future in WA within the medical technology and life science sector? One option is to develop sustainable high-knowledge,value driven, thriving companies.
ECU Office of Research and Innovation, ECU School of Medical and Health Sciences and CERI are delighted to collaborate to share insights and recent developments.
There will be a series of short presentations followed by a panel session.
Charlie Bass – Founder and Chairman of The Centre for Entrepreneurial Research & Innovation (CERI)
CERI works with post-graduate and research institutes across all WA Universities. CERI works with post-graduates and researchers across all WA universities and research institutes to instil an entrepreneurial mindset and provide mentoring and knowledge that will foster a start-up culture in high knowledge and high-value industries in WA.
Charlie’s working life included founding two very successful ASX- listed resource companies, Eagle Mining Corp and Aquila Resources. He was also involved in a team of telecommunication engineers in the US to pioneer a high speed wireless internet.
Pauline Zaenker BSc, MSc, PhD candidate at Edith Cowan University
Pauline Zaenker is an emerging junior researcher and PhD candidate in her final year at Edith Cowan University. Pauline specialises in the identification and validation of blood based biomarkers, in particular tumour-associated autoantibodies, for the early diagnosis, prognosis and monitoring of treatment success of cutaneous melanoma skin cancer. For her PhD, Ms Zaenker was awarded the prestigious Inspiring Minds scholarship which enabled her, along with her supervisors, to identify a signature of autoantibodies (provisional patent lodged May 2017) that could facilitate the early diagnosis of melanoma and allow routine screening for this cancer via a simple blood test. Whilst completing her PhD, Ms Zaenker has also undergone training at the Centre for Entrepreneurial Research and Innovation (CERI) and was awarded the 1st place at the inaugural pitch night. Ms. Zaenker is now preparing to pursue a career as postdoctoral research fellow to further the development and commercialisation of the diagnostic melanoma blood.
Sam Birmingham – Co-Ordinator of Startup WA, a multiple company founder and recognised leader in Perth’s innovation ecosystem. Amongst other projects, Sam brought Startup Weekends to Perth, supported the rollout of CoderDojoWA and lectures on entrepreneurship at UWA.
Dr Caroline Chapman BSc, PhD, MBA – Research Development Advisor at Edith Cowan University
Caroline brings together her passion for medical research and her interest in supporting researchers to develop not only their careers but the impact and possible commercialisation of their research. Caroline started her career in molecular oncology, gaining her PhD at The Beatson Institute for Cancer Research in Glasgow UK. After several postdoctoral researcher positions Caroline’s expertise in genetics lead her to the Heart Research Institute and PathWest in Perth where her research aimed at analysing the health risks associated with genes when they interact with their environment. Her 15 year research career lead to successful grants, publications and the graduation of many students.
Michael Roelens – Engineering Manager – Terra15 Pty Ltd
Michael has a background of successfully translating research and development into commercialisation. He developed his skills in optoelectronics and optical fibre communications during his PhD work at the University of Southampton, followed by a post-doc at the University of Sydney. The latter research project quickly became the subject of an intense commercialisation phase executed at a multi-national fibre-optic component manufacturer (Finisar WaveShaper and WaveAnalyzer). He subsequently joined up with former colleague Nader Issa to start up terra15 at CERI. Together, they are developing and commercialising a new generation of fibre-based distributed acoustic sensors.