Autonomous boats, green hydrogen and a treatment for strawberry birthmarks are among the winners of the 2023 KCA Australasian Research Commercialisation Awards announced last night at the KCA Annual Conference on the Gold Coast, Queensland Australia.
The KCA Australasian Research Commercialisation Awards, the premier recognition of excellence in research commercialisation, showcased the exceptional achievements of nominees from across the region, with nominations covering transactions valued at over $167 million and a staggering $250 million in venture capital raised. These figures underscore the profound impact of research commercialisation in driving economic growth and societal advancement.
Dr. Tim Boyle, KCA Director and Chair of the 2023 KCA Australasian Research Commercialisation Awards, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “The KCA Australasian Research Commercialisation Awards winners are exemplars of top tier work undertaken by technology transfer and research commercialisation professionals. In an ever-evolving world, research commercialisation professionals play a pivotal role in ensuring that groundbreaking discoveries are translated into tangible products and services for the benefit of society and the economy.”
The 2023 KCA Australasian Research Commercialisation Awards winners are:
- Best Industry Collaboration (sponsored by La Trobe University)- : OCIUS Technologies – UNSW
- Best Licensing Deal (sponsored by Hall & Wilcox): Strawberry Birthmarks – Massey Ventures and AFT Pharmaceuticals
- Best Spin-out (sponsored by IP Group Australia): Hysata, University of Wollongong
- Best Knowledge Exchange Initiative (sponsored by Campus Plus)- : Macquarie University – Australian Hearing Hub
- Best New Invention (sponsored by Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick): Hybrid Imaging Catheter – University of Adelaide
- Research Commercialisation Professional of the Year: Dr Alastair Hick – Monash University
The 2023 KCA Australasian Research Commercialisation Awards highlight the profound impact of research commercialisation on society and the critical role of technology transfer and research commercialisation professionals in translating publicly funded research into real-world solutions.