The Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia (KCA) Research Commercialisation Award was won by Curtin University and the People’s Choice Award by the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), announced last night at KCA’s annual conference dinner in Sydney.
KCA Chair Dr Erin Rayment, also Director (Office of Research Development), University of Southern Queensland (USQ), congratulated the winners saying that it was extremely important to recognise promising Australasian research and commercialisation of innovative ideas.
“Australia and New Zealand have great innovations and these KCA Awards are one way of rewarding the commercialisation professionals, as well as letting industry and other stakeholders know about the success stories in research commercialisation, industry engagement and entrepreneurship. That’s critical to this region’s international presence and raising our profile,” she said.
“At these awards our judges look for original projects or approaches that show clear business acumen and vision, whilst having an impact on society.”
- KCA Research Commercialisation Award – voted by selected judges
- People’s Choice Award – open to KCA Conference attendees to vote on
Curtin University’s submission was called the HiSeis exit.
HiSeis Pty Ltd was formed by Curtin in 2009 to commercialise new technology which applies seismic techniques usually used in oil and gas exploration to minerals exploration for better definition of ore resources.
Curtin University Commercialisation Director Rohan McDougall said Curtin had supported HiSeis through its successful establishment and growth as a minerals exploration service business.
“In 2018, we worked with the company to facilitate a sale that brought in new owners that were able to take the company to the next stage,” he said.
“HiSeis continues a research relationship with Curtin, employs Curtin graduates, has prominent alumni as shareholders and Curtin retains a shareholding to participate in future upside.”
ANSTO’s entry was called nandin – which means ‘look ahead’ in the Dharawal language of Southern Sydney’s indigenous people.
ANSTO’s Director, Innovation and Commercialisation, Dr Tim Boyle, said that nandin is an innovation centre based at ANSTO’s site at Lucas Heights in Southern Sydney.
“This is a unique space which enables industry partnerships, knowledge exchange and technology commercialisation,” said Dr Boyle.
“The centre’s focus is to enable industry engagement and research innovation through design, collaboration, and entrepreneurial learning and in the past 18 months, nandin has grown from a single member to now house 11 community startups, four ANSTO technology ventures, and serves as a base for seven industry clusters,” he said.
nandin was also recently awarded $12.5 million from the NSW state government to scale operations to include a next generation nuclear medicine facility, shared laboratory suites, a makerspace and a node of the Design Factory Global Network.
This year’s awards were judged by commercial leaders of innovation:
KCA – Natalie Chapman (gemaker), E: firstname.lastname@example.org M: +61 418 642 556
Curtin – Lucien Wilkinson, E: email@example.com M: +61 401 103 683
ANSTO – Phil McCall, E: PMcCall@apa.net.au M: +61 438 619 987