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CNBP’s RMIT node officially launched

RMIT-launch_web29 September 2015:

Senator Bridget McKenzie, Martin Bean Vice Chancellor and President of RMIT University, and Professor Calum Drummond RMIT Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation and Vice-President, jointly launched the RMIT Research Node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) at a formal event today, Tuesday September 29, 2015.

The event, which was timed to coincide with the opening of a new $3m  state-of-the-art laboratory for CNBP at RMIT, saw a full turnout, with CNBP representatives from all research nodes (the University of Adelaide, Macquarie University and RMIT), plus invited guests, all in attendance.

In addition to launch speeches by the Senator and RMIT’s Martin Bean and Calum Drummond, were speeches by CNBP Director Mark Hutchinson, CNBP RMIT node leader Brant Gibson and Fiona Cameron, ARC Executive Director for Biological Sciences and Biotechnology.

All looked forward to the exciting discoveries that would take place at CNBP’s RMIT research node, with the event concluding with the formal unveiling of the CNBP plaque, networking opportunities and lab tours for both guests and off-site CNBP researchers.

The new CNBP laboratory facility at RMIT will house two state-of-the-art scanning confocal microscopy systems with the focus on studying florescent properties of nano-particles and biomaterials. Also housed in the new space are staff and research offices, meeting rooms, visitor offices and specimen preparatory areas.

A day of CNBP workshops and presentations took place on the Wednesday, the day following the official launch, with CNBP-RMIT researchers providing an overview and update of their activities to visiting CNBP team members.

 

 

 

SAHMRI partnership officially launched

SAHMRIlaunchforweb23 September 2015:

Personnel from The South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) and the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) came together today, to officially launch and celebrate a research partnership between the two organisations in the area of nano biophotonics.

SAHMRI, partnering with CNBP by hosting the Centre’s cardiovascular theme ‘Inside Blood Vessels’, will help to translate CNBP research into tangible outcomes. Using new probes and sensors developed by the CNBP, SAHMRI researchers will look to develop effective approaches to explore and better understand the factors at play within blood vessels and vascular health.

During launch proceedings, SAHMRI Executive Director, Professor Steve Wesselingh, spoke of his excitement at being able to link his researchers with such cutting edge physics and chemistry. He was also pleased that links between the two organisations will soon be further enhanced with CNBP postgraduate chemist Malcolm Purdey joining the SAHMRI research team from next year.

Professor Mark Hutchinson (CNBP Director), Professor Andrew Abell (CNBP Chief Investigator), Professor Steve Wesselingh (SAHMRI Executive Director) and Professor Stephen Nicholls (SAHMRI Deputy Director and CNBP Chief Investigator) all spoke during the launch proceedings, with the event culminating with the presentation to SAHMRI of a CNBP partner plaque.

CNBP looks forward to its ongoing collaborations with SAHMRI in this exciting area of research.

Pictured L to R below: Mark Hutchinson, Steve Wesselingh and Stephen Nicholls.

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Learning to innovate at commecialisation workshop

ATP Innovations_sq30 July 2015:

The focus was on commercialisation at the recent “Entrepreneurs workshop” organised by the EMCR Network NSW, in collaboration with ATP Innovations, a leading startup incubator/accelerator in Sydney.

Attended by a number of early and mid career CNBP researchers (Alfonso Garcia-Bennett, Arun Dass, Andrew Care, Denitza Denkova, Xiaoxue Xu and Annemarie Nadort), the event, held July 30th 2015, aimed to inform and empower EMCRs on the roadblocks in the successful translation of research.

Speakers at the workshop included:

-Jennifer MacDiarmid, CEO of EngeneIC
-Shaun Jackson, founder of Kinacia, co-founder of ACBD
-Alan Taylor, Executive Chairman of Clarity Pharmaceuticals
-Helen Pask (MQ), Startups in Physics
-Eitan Bienstock (Director for Growth) ATP Innovations startup accelerator
-Bill Kerr, Department of Industry, Research Connect

A panel discussion (chaired by Alfonso Garcia-Bennett) also featured, with topics relevant to entrepreneurship and commercialisation covered – such as Entrepreneurial Skills, Networking, Finance, Startup grants, USA/Australia/EU Investors, IP issues and success in entrepreneurship.

In terms of outcomes, CNBP researchers at the event advanced their knowledge on commercialisation and partnership strategies, learnt about pitfalls and opportunities through the life stories of the experienced speakers and strengthened their networks with the life science industry in Sydney.

Additional event information is available from the following web site –

http://www.nswemcr.org/entrepreneurs-workshop/

RMIT team visits CSIRO Clayton

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28 July 2015:

CNBP researchers Tony Orth, Ashleigh Heffernan, Andrew Greentree and Brant Gibson, all from the Centre’s RMIT node, visited CNBP Partner Investigator Yonggang Zhu, at the CSIRO Clayton site on July 28th 2015.

Explored were ongoing collaboration opportunities, as well as a tour of Dr Zhu’s impressive laboratory facilities.  Thursday October 1st, 2015 will see a partner launch between CNBP and CSIRO, further strengthening ties between the two organisations.

European focus

Herbert Foo22 July 2015:

Dr Herbert Foo, CNBP Technical Officer, visited the Otto Schott Institute of Materials Research (OSIM), the Institute for Physical Chemistry (IPC) at Friedrich Schiller University (FSU) Jena and the Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT) in Jena, Germany for six weeks from the 17th June to 22 July, 2015.

At OSIM he performed glass fabrication and characterisation experiments together with members in Prof Lothar Wondraczek’s group, which is an internationally renowned group for glass science research. Herbert also performed initial experiments using Tip Enhanced Raman Scattering (TERS) Raman spectrometry analysis for amino silane functionalised glass slides at Prof Volker Deckert’s group at IPC and IPHT. This group is famous for their expertise in TERS Raman spectroscopy imaging with 10 nanometers spatial resolution. Initial experiments were performed collaboratively by Herbert and Dr Zhenglong Zhang. The results were promising which suggests this technique is feasible for surface analysis for thin film. Herbert also performed a presentation, introducing CNBP to Deckert’s group meeting on the 2nd July 2015.

On the 13th July, 2015, Herbert joined Dr Georgios Tsiminis and Dr Erik Schartner from the Adelaide node of the CNBP in a day visit to IPHT.

A productive series of visits, Herbert had a lot of fruitful scientific discussions with members in FSU Jena and IPHT. He also gained a lot of hands-on experience in advanced glass fabrication and characterisation techniques as well as with surface analysis techniques using TERS Raman spectroscopy. More collaboration in these research areas are expected in the future.

Partners with Peking University

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The Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) and Peking University cemented ties in a partnership launch and associated workshop, that took place in Beijing, China on Monday 13th July, 2015.

Launch activities included introductions, organisational overviews, as well as a hosted tour and lunch, facilitating engagement and discussion between CNBP and Peking University attendees. A specific highlight was the Cyrstal Ball Ceremony, in which the CNBP-Peking University partnership was prominently displayed on a revolving LED screen.

Following launch proceedings, an afternoon of alternating science seminars was then undertaken by both Peking University and CNBP researchers. Science discussions continued throughout, opening up invitations for lab tours the following day and alignment of projects to move jointly forward with.

CNBP Director Mark Hutchinson was upbeat following the launch, noting the continued strong engagement with Peking University in providing students to nodes of the CNBP. He also emphasized CNBP connection and establishment of new relationships with new Professors within the Institute of Molecular Medicine at Peking University and Peking College of Chemistry.

Other areas of discussion at the launch included potential collaboration of science projects and mutual agreement  to participate in joint funding opportunities. Also proposed, was a further CNBP visit to Peking, or alternatively, another nanophotonics workshop to be held in Australia at one of CNBP’s University nodes.

In summing up the partner launch activity, Prof Hutchinson noted that CNBP’s visit was extremely well received and had secured CNBP’s partnership with the Peking University for the term of the Centre and beyond.

Key people in attendance from CNBP for launch: 

Mark Hutchinson, Jim Piper, Jin Dayong, Yiqing Lu, Deming Lu, Jiajia Zhou, Guozhen Liu, Brant Gibson, Andrew Greentree, Philipp Reineck, Antony Orth, Daniel Drumm and Mel Trebilcock.

Key people in attendance from Peking University: 

Dr Peng Xi (College of Engineering), Dr Changhui Li (College of Engineering), Dr Yujie Sun (BIOPIC), Dr Liangyi Chen (Institute of Molecular Medicine, PKU), Prof Chunhua Yan (College of Chemistry), Prof Jianling Sun (College of Chemistry), Prof Qian Su (BIOPIC) and Dr Juntao Gao.

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CNBP researchers visit IPHT Jena

IPHT visit13 July 2015:

From the 28th of June to the 3rd of July, Dr Georgios Tsiminis and Dr Erik Schartner from the Adelaide node of the CNBP visited the Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT) in Jena, Germany, as part of a longer trip that also included oral presentations at the CLEO Europe 2015 International Conference and company visits throughout Germany.

The two CNBP members gave a seminar to the Fiber Optics work on their recent work on comparing different fluorescence optical fibre sensors (Dr Tsiminis) and on optical fibre thermometry for in vivo applications (Dr Schartner), followed by a lab tour of the IPHT fibre fabrication facility and measurement laboratories. They also met up with another CNBP researcher, Dr Herbert Foo, who is on a long-term visit in Jena working on advanced glass-making.

The rest of this long-term visit was spent working at the laboratory of Prof. Dr Juergen Popp, IPHT, a world-renowned expert of Raman spectroscopy for sensing applications. Dr Tsiminis and Dr Schartner worked with with Dr Christian Matthaeus and Dr Sebastian Dochow from the Raman group. Their work involved gaining hands-on experience with some of the optical fibre Raman probes developed within the group and their deployment for in vivo and ex vivo measurements.

Initial experiments were conducted in bacon cuts, highlighting the difference between fat tissue and red meat in terms of their respective Raman spectra, with fat tissue showing the typical lipid Raman signature that was absent in the collagen-rich red meat part of the sample.

Further experiments were then performed inside a sample of rabbit aorta (preserved in formalin) that enabled the monitoring of fat concentration along the length of the aorta, allowing the pinpointing of areas were fat accumulates inside the blood vessel and therefore locations of possible blood narrowing, a big concern for heart disease.

The CNBP researchers also visited the Schott Glas Museum and got an overview of the early stages of high quality and precision glass making, as well as the Optischen Museum Jena, featuring the history of optic technologies through the ages.

Overall this was a very successful and enjoyeable visit to IPHT in Jena that produced the first parts of shared work and expertise with the CNBP collaborators led by Prof. Dr Juergen Popp. This initial work and fruitful discussions set the base for a future collaborative work project on using Raman spectroscopy to monitor cardiovascular health and we look forward to welcoming some of our IPHT colleagues at the CNBP retreat in November.

Image: Researchers in front of the IPHT building in Jena, Germany. From left to right: Dr Georgios Tsiminis (CNBP), Dr Herbert Foo (CNBP), Dr Erik Schartner (CNBP), Dr Stephen Warren-Smith (IPHT), Prof. Dr Hartmut Bartelt (IPHT) and Dr Linh Nguyen (IPAS).

A close and ongoing partnership with HUST

HUST_launch_web8 July, 2015:

The Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) and the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP), celebrated their close and ongoing relationship with a successful partner launch at the Wuhan located  University, on Wednesday July 8th, 2015.

HUST, with a long history of collaboration with individual CNBP researchers prior to recent partnership activity, formally signed up to a partnership agreement in 2014. Both organisations are now working together on a number of biophotonic projects, with arrangements in place for HUST students to work at CNBP research nodes in Australia.

Following presentations and formalities by both parties (led by Prof Shaoqun Zeng for HUST and by Centre Director Mark Hutchinson for the CNBP), open discussion took place on a number of topics including on current projects, as well as opportunities for potential future collaborations.

This was then followed by CNBP science talks and laboratory visits to the Optical Bioimaging Core Facility, the Optoelectronic Microscopy Facility and the Exhibition Hall of Wuhan National Laboratory Optoelectronics.

Feedback from the launch was extremely positive with further exploration and discussion between CNBP and HUST to take place on increased student engagement, as well as on the publication of joint papers and joint grant applications in areas of shared interest. CNBP also extended an invitation to HUST to attend its Annual Retreat in November 2015, which was positively accepted by Professor Zhihong Zhang.

Professor Hutchinson summed up proceedings noting, “The launch was a great success and provided a perfect platform for open discussion to commence with new and old contacts from both HUST and CNBP, to move collaborations and project discussion forward based on translational research.”

Key personnel in attendance from CNBP:

Mark Hutchinson, Mel Trebilcock, Andrew Greentree, Jeremy Thompson, Yinlan Ruan, Daniel Drumm, Vicky Staikopoulos, Guozhen Liu, Philipp Reineck and Antony Orth.

Key personnel in attendance from HUST:

Prof Yi Hailin, Mr H E Gang, Prof Shaoqun Zeng, Prof Changsheng Xie, Prof Zhang Zhihong, Prof Guo Weihua, Prof Xiao Cheng and Xiaochun Xiao.

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Lab visit to HUST-WNLO in Wuhan, China

Vicky staikopoulos7 July 2015:

CNBP Research Fellow, Vicky Staikopoulos has only good things to say following a successful laboratory visit to partner collaborators located at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China.

In a post visit report she notes –

“CNBP team members were invited to spend a couple of weeks in the labs of the affiliated WNLO (Wuhan National Laboratories for Optoelectronics) to generate some work that would form the pilot data for potentially on-going collaboration & future publications. I thought this would be a great opportunity to learn some new imaging techniques for live animal work and opted to attend.”

“The idea put forth to Prof. Zhang and her team was use of our Chronic constriction model of neuropathic pain in the sciatic nerve, to then observe morphological or signal output changes in the spinal cord of live animals.”

“We attempted this work and in the process generated our first data that shows that this approach is feasible. We also learnt that we needed to improve some of our technical processes as regards future activity. Additionally, I learned about some of the limitations in carrying out live animal imaging and also undertook some new surgical techniques.”

“It was a great environment to work in, the students and staff at the institute made me feel welcom and were very generous with their time despite having their own work to do. They were willing to explore new ideas even if they hadn’t tired the activity themselves before.”

“I would highly recommend this facility to any CNBP student wanting to spend some time working in an overseas lab. This was a thoroughly rewarding place to visit.”

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