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CNBP tech transfer on show at STA event

11 October 2018:

CNBP science and it’s translation into exciting new commercial ventures  was on show at the ‘Science meets Business’ event held in Brisbane, October 11th, 2018.

The event, coordinated by STA, brought national and international corporate leaders and entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and angel investors together with Australian research and commercialisation pioneers, to help advance activity in the science and translation space.

First CNBP’er to present at the event was Chief Investigator Prof Jeremy Thompson who shared his amazing startup story in establishing the business ‘ART Lab Solutions’. The venture uses advanced reproductive technologies to accelerate the improvement of livestock quality.

Next up was the CNBP inspired start-up ‘MEQ Probe‘. Featuring presenters CNBP Director Prof Mark Hutchinson, Jordy Kitschke (CEO of MEQ Probe) and Susan McDonald (Managing Director of Super Butcher), all three discussed elements of the innovative start-up that offers industry an advanced spectral analysis tool that can objectively measure the quality of meat.

“MEQ is a story of success for the CNBP in bringing science together with business to solve a multi-billion dollar problem of objective meat quality measurement and assessment,” said Prof Hutchinson. “At CNBP we have made a conscious decision to actively solve real-world pain points, and engage entrepreneurs to turn amazing research into companies, of which MEQ Probe is an excellent example.”

A/Prof. Daniel Kolarich, CNBP Chief Investigator at Griffith University who also attended the event noted that, “Science meets Business impressively showed that translation does not necessarily correlate with the initial intention of the innovation – that the sky really is the limit when it comes to maximising return from research.”

Below: Smiles from the MEQ Probe team having completed their case study to an active and interested audience at ‘Science meets Business’.

Commercialisation workshop outlines opportunities

17 May 2018:

Thursday 17th May saw CNBP, The Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) and Adelaide Enterprise come together at the University of Adelaide to jointly host a well-attended Commercialisation Workshop.

The event, with 45 participants comprising CNBP/IPAS researchers, students, Centre Associate Investigators and Chief Investigators looked to provide information, advice and discussion on commercialising technologies successfully, best-practice in starting and exiting start-ups, as well as tips for successful working relationships between academics and industry.

CNBP’s Business Development Manager Mel Trebilcock who helped coordinate the workshop saw the day as a great success.

“Firstly, Adelaide Enterprise provided an overview of a tech transfer office, templates relating to Invention Disclosures, Patents and the step by step process for a researcher ready to start the commercialisation process.”

“Then we had guest speakers – Melissa McBurnie (Brandon Capital) and Stewart Bartlett (from spinout company Ferronova), discuss their history of success and failure along the technology-translation journey, as well as talk about alternate  career pathways for researchers. They both provided some fantastic insights, including the adage that it’s okay to fail but that there is the need to stay positive and focused on your desired research outcomes.”

The afternoon session of the workshop saw attendees break-up into smaller groups and undertake a practical hands-on exercise whereby they had to work-up an invention based on household waste, to fill-out an invention disclosure, and to then provide a pitch to the whole room.

“This allowed for great involvement and interaction with an amazing amount of commercialisation experience being shared by attendees and guests,” says Mel Trebilcock.

New commercialisation workshops are also being planned by the CNBP for August.

“These will help prepare colleagues and collaborators to refine and learn the art of pitches with industry. It will also help them to lead ‘pitch teams’ presenting at a ‘Shark Tank’ style event to be held at this year’s CNBP Conference at Lorne,” she says.

A successful CNBP/IPAS commercialisation workshop at the University of Adelaide.

Miniprobes innovation featured

20 March 2018:

The CNBP spin-out company Miniprobes and its development of an inexpensive handheld scanner that can undertake microscopic analysis of surfaces has featured as a ‘success story’ as a part of the AUSInnovates campaign.

The handheld imaging device is able to accurately measure the thickness of surface coatings applied to products – often less than a tenth of a millimetre in thickness.

“We’re exploring two major international markets,” explained Dr McLaughlin, Miniprobes Managing Director.

“Our scanheads can examine metal parts in microscopic detail, and that’s important for industrial manufacturers working to fine tolerances, such as in the car and aerospace industries.”

“Another important application is in controlling the absorption rate of drugs, which is achieved by coating the drug with a thin chemical layer. Our device enables precise measurement of these layers by pharmaceutical manufacturers.”

The AUSinnovates campaign celebrates successful Australian commercialisation and is championed by gemaker, research-industry engagement and commercialisation specialists.

CNBP at ‘Science meets Business’

9 November 2017:

As silver sponsor at the annual STA ‘Science meets Business’ event held in Sydney, November 9th 2017, CNBP was extremely well represented, supporting a push to improve engagement and collaboration between the research sector and Australian industry.

In addition to having numerous Centre scientists in attendance – those with a strong interest and focus on commercialisation and translation of research, CNBP also had  senior personnel speak and present in a variety of capacities.

This included CNBP Director Prof Mark Hutchinson (pictured top left), who together with  Andrew Grant (Availer) discussed CNBP’s commercialisation success and the taking of ideas from ‘boom to the showroom.’  Deep dive (idea creation), value-add solutions, solving pain points and interesting new jobs were all touched upon in a quick fire exchange of views.

Additionally, Centre Investigator and Miniprobes founder Prof Robert McLaughlin participated in the ‘soapbox sesssion’ where three competitively-selected ‘soapbox leaders’ made compelling pitches, sparking robust discussion as they quizzed delegates for perspectives on new ideas to create useful collaboration.

“It was great to be at this years ‘Science meets Business’, bringing CNBP science and innovation to industry and learnings back again,” concluded Prof Hutchinson. “I look forward to hearing about other successful collaborations at next year’s STA event.”

Below – CNBP Investigator and founder of Miniprobes Prof Robert McLaughlin pitches his smart needle to a science/business audience.

 

 

Olympus visits CNBP at Macquarie University

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Centre personnel, laboratories and microscopes were on display at Macquarie University, Wednesday November 23rd, as guests from industry partner Olympus Australia took time out of their busy schedules to visit and to explore the latest in imaging developments taking place at the CNBP.

Hosted by CNBP node leader Prof Jim Piper and CNBP Associate Investigator Dr Yiqing Lu, Olympus Australia’s Kim Everuss (Sales Manager, MIS), Jian Shen (Marketing Manager, MIS), Chunsong Yan (Customer Experience Service Manager) and Clare Kelly (Product Manager specialising in confocal microscopy) were shown the latest in CNBP research, spoke with CNBP researchers and actively inspected tools and techniques related to the Centre’s luminescence related microscopy activity. Of particular focus was Centre work on a ‘plug and play’ time-gated imaging module that could be easily linked to current Olympus microscope setups.

Presentations from CNBP researchers also took place during the visit, outlining biological applications including biomedical diagnostics and drug delivery and leading edge research in the biology of pain.

Prof Jim Piper noted that the visit further cemented the fantastic relationship between the two organisations and that he looked forward to working closely with Olympus Australia with a view to facilitating industry-research benefits for both parties.

Below –  CNBP Associate Investigator Dr Yiqing Lu explains the technology involved in the innovative time-gated imaging module.

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Education session at Olympus Australia

Andy-Greentree-at-Olympus26 August 2016:

Olympus LIVE hosted a workshop today, involving a group of Quantum Physics researchers and  students from RMIT University and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP).

It was the first microscopy workshop of its kind involving Olympus, the University and Centre, giving students valuable exposure and hands-on experience with resident Olympus microscopy experts.

The initial planning for the event was coordinated by CNBP Chief Investigator Prof Andrew Greentree from RMIT University (pictured top left) and CNBP industry partner Mr Jian Shen from Olympus Australia. The day consisted of a training/education session that was part of the ‘Masters in Nanotechnology and Smart Materials’ course, which is in its first year at RMIT University.

The event was hosted by Olympus at their state of the art new facility at Notting Hill, Melbourne and included a theory session, hands on training on microscopes run by Olympus experts, and a tour of some of the facilities.

It is planned that this will become an annual event as part of the ‘Masters in Nanotechnology and Smart Materials’ course at RMIT.

Said Prof Greentree, “This is just another way that the Olympus/CNBP partnership is providing benefits above and beyond that of direct research.”

 

Business Insider panel discussion

Ewa Goldys Low Res Edit 015912 October 2015:

Molecular analysis, big data, the smart economy, commercialisation and Star Trek style advances in medical technology were just some of the topics covered by Centre Deputy Director, Ewa Goldys, as a panelist at today’s ‘Business Insider’ event.

Goldys joined Sean Hogan (IBM), Patrick Brennan (the University of Sydney) and David Hansen (CSIRO) in talking about the convergence of technology and medicine, on a panel discussion that took place as part of Business Insider’s ‘Smarter Health Partner Series’.

The well attended event saw a moderated panel style format, networking opportunities as well as significant informal discussion. Key themes included technology and collaboration, increasing use of super computing and big data, and recent developments in preventative health and early management of disease.

Image: L Ewa Goldys. R Sean Hogan.

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Olympus partnership launched

Olympus launch_web3 July 2015:

CNBP’s latest partner launch successfully took place 3 July 2015, with industry partner Olympus, at Olympus Headquarters, Tokyo, Japan.

The launch and associated visit over two days, saw members of the CNBP leadership team (Mark Hutchinson, Jim Piper, Brant Gibson, and Mel Trebilcock) meet with key Olympus Executives to actively reinforce and advance collaboration between both organisations, with a view to facilitating Industry-Research benefits for both parties.

With presentations from both CNBP and Olympus Executives, a symbolic CNBP offering of plaque and handmade scientific symbols, as well as a number of associated meetings, the launch was seen as highly successful by the Centre, with a number of positive outcomes. This included the broadening of the CNBP and Olympus personal relationships, the development of clearly defined expectations and involvement of both partners, as well as the clear communication of CNBP’s commitment to commercial outcomes with long term societal impact, in alignment with Olympus corporate vision.

Wide-ranging dialogue on future partnership opportunities were also undertaken by participants, with CNBP Director Mark Hutchinson noting that he saw value in “growing CNBP collaboration with Olympus in all three of its corporate domains – medical, science and imaging.” And that talks with Olympus in this regard had proved encouraging.

Discussions on the future directions of the partnership with Olympus and CNBP, both within Australia and internationally had also been promising said Hutchinson. Olympus currently funds two researchers, located at CNBP’s Macquarie University node in Sydney, Australia. Agreement by both partners to explore opportunities provided by the Australian Government Beacon fellowship scheme for short term international research collaborations was also a positive.

Feedback from Olympus Australia, who were in attendance at the launch, advised that Olympus HQ had a very good understanding of both the relationship and expectations of the partnership. Also, that the strategies of both organisations were well aligned in aiming to discover, develop and produce products, which will have a long term contribution and beneficial impact to society.

The CNBP visit included a tour of the head office of the Olympus Tokyo corporate area, as well as the training facility – the Olympus Techno Lab – and concluded on the second day with a tour and additional related meetings and presentations at the Olympus R&D facility.

Hutchinson, in summing up the launch, expressed pleasure in the “open interaction and around-the-table discussions with Mr Okubo, Mr Inoue and Mr Arinobe from Olympus Tokyo”, noting that the Olympus Executives had “seemed impressed by CNBP’s approach and model to translational research.” He concluded, “Olympus is a valued member of our partner global partnership network, which is continuing to grow within industry, university and government environments.”

Key personnel in attendance from Olympus Tokyo Headquarters for the launch were:
• Mr Toshihiko Okubo, Executive Officer Division Manager, Scientific Solutions Business Strategy Division and Scientific Solutions Business Global Marketing Division
• Mr Motoki Inoue, Manager Sales Marketing 1-Group, Scientific Solutions Sales and Marketing Department and Scientific Solutions Business Strategy Division
• Mr Eisuke Arinobe, Manager Academy Planning Group, Scientific Solutions Sales and Marketing Department and Scientific Solutions Business Strategy Division

Key personnel in attendance from Olympus Australia for the launch were:
• Mr JianShen, Sales Manager, MIS – Olympus Australia
• Dr. Kim Everuss, Sales Manager, MIS – Olympus Australia

Key personnel in attendance from the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics for the launch were:
• Prof Mark Hutchinson, CNBP Director
• Prof Jim Piper, CNBP Node Leader, Macquarie University
• A/Prof Brant Gibson, CNBP Node Leader, RMIT University
• Ms Melodee Trebilcock, CNBP Business Development and Events Officer

CNBP Node Director presents in US

jimpiper11 May 2015:

CNBP Director, Macquarie University Node, Prof Jim Piper has attended the ‘Enabling Technologies Technical Exchange Meeting 2015’, recently held in Arlington, Virginia.

The event, held under the auspices of the 2015 United States-Australia Joint Commission Meeting on Science and Technology, looks to enhance strategic scientific dialogue between the two countries as well as promote joint efforts in addressing complex problems facing the world today.

This year’s theme was ‘Enabling Technologies’ with Prof Piper giving two well received talks – ‘Supporting Structures for Australian Discovery Research’ and ‘Time-coded Luminescent Nanoparticles for High Contrast Detection of Specific (sub) Cellular Targets’.