The two-day conference in Sydney was chaired by Accelerating Australia’s Steering Committee Chair, Associate Professor Kevin Pfleger, and brought together key opinion leaders from universities, CSIRO, Cooperative Research Centres, government, industry and funders, including national funding bodies and venture capital.
There is clearly a lot of activity in the innovation space at the moment, and considerable drive from diverse stakeholders to seize current opportunities.
Common questions were:
How can we link academia and industry more effectively?
How do we best understand the needs of end-users?
How do we change culture to enable innovation to flourish?
How can we coordinate training programmes so they are matched to people’s needs?
These are all questions that MTPConnect are pushing to address for the Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals sector, and are a key focus of many of the projects funded by the 2016 MTPConnect Project Fund Program, including Accelerating Australia.
Presentations at Research Innovation 2017
Improving Research Outcomes By Enhancing the Linkages between Researchers and Industry
Dr. Leanna Read Chief Scientist of South Australia Government
Bringing it ON: Early results of Australia’s first ScienceTech Accelerator
Elizabeth Eastland, General Manager Strategy, Market Vision and Innovation, CSIRO
Exploring Better Partnership Management to Deliver Improved Commercial Research Outcomes
Catherine Drinkwater PhD, Director, Research and Education, Cancer Therapeutics CRC
The Future of Commercialisation of Research: The Changing Role of Researchers and Commercialisation Arms
Cameron Turner, CEO, Progel and Entrepreneur in Residence, University of Queensland Business School
Panel Discussion: Scaling Research and Driving Innovation for Better Commercial Outcomes
Moderator: Natalie Chapman, Managing Director, gemaker Pty Ltd
Panelists: James Alexander, Founder and Program Manager, INCUBATE
Matthew Salier, Director, Flinders University
Peter Devine, Chief Executive Officer, Uniseed
Exploring Partnership Models and Identifying the Best Fit to Maximise Research Impact
Dr. Tony Peacock, Chief Executive, Cooperative Research Centres Association
Government as a Partner in Commercialisation and Translating Research
Anne O’Neill, Director, Office for Health and Medical Research, NSW Ministry of Health
Engaging Stakeholders by Communicating Value and Positive Impact for Better Research Commercialisation
Derek Williamson, Director, Museum of Human Disease, UNSW
Removing the Barriers of Effective Knowledge Transfer: Discussing Easy Access IP, Easy Access Research and Knowledge Transfer Metrics
Kevin Cullen, CEO, UNSW Innovations
Driving the Commercial Agenda through Research Partnerships
John Best, Vice President Technology & Research & Development, Thales Australia
Driving Collaboration and Innovation in the Rapidly Developing field of Data Science
Adrian Turner, CEO, Data61
Effectively Translating Exceptional Research
Kevin Pfleger, Head, Molecular Endocrinology and Pharmacology, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research and Chief Scientific Advisor, Dimerix
University-Industry collaboration and IP: New evidence and tools for taking action
Patricia Kelly, Director General, IP Australia
Leveraging Digital Innovation to Drive Research Innovation.
Dr Sean Gallagher, Senior Advisor to DVC (R&D) (Strategic Engagement – Centres and Institutes), Swinburne University of Technology
Building Effective Partnerships with End Users
Dr. Carolin Plewa, Deputy Director of the Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre (ECIC), Adelaide University
Reassessing how Grants are Awarded to Implement a Change for Greater Commercialisation and Translation
Dr Tony Willis, Executive Director, Research Programs Branch, National Health & Medical Research Council
Understanding and Exploring a Research Translation and Commercialisation Framework
Prof. Sakkie Pretorious, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Macquarie University