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

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