Science & Technology Australia (STA) has partnered with #AUSinnovates to share the success stories of Australian innovation and commercialisation.
The project aims to highlight the significant contribution of Australian science and technology to innovative and life-changing inventions and applications for research.
The initiative already features Stormseal, a product that helps people stay safely in their storm-damaged homes after cyclones; iCetana, which uses artificial intelligence and security camera footage to predict and prevent risks to public safety; and Indee Labs, which has developed cheaper and more effective way to deliver modified therapeutic genes into human cells when treating certain types of cancer.
STA Chief Executive Officer Kylie Walker said the idea for the project was sparked by a challenge from Minister for Small and Family Business, Workplaces and Deregulation, Craig Laundy at last year’s Science meets Business event.
“Mr Laundy challenged the science and technology sector to be bolder in sharing our successes in turning great scientific research into innovation success stories,” Ms Walker said.
“When #AUSinnovates sought our support to do just that, STA was eager to help highlight the many successful projects being led by talented Australian scientists and technologists.”
Since 2016, scrutiny of Australia’s ability to apply and commercialise research has intensified, catalysed by the Performance Review of Australian Innovation, Science and Research.
“The performance review found that we were good creators of knowledge in the science and technology sectors, but lagged behind in its application,” Ms Walker said.
“Other indicators have shown that this is changing – and fast.”
Last year, strong growth in joint university-industry patents was reported by IP Australia, and this month Australia ranked 3rd in the world for innovation as part of the 2018 Consumer Technology Association’s International Innovation Scorecard.
“I encourage all our members and STEM professionals across Australia to help us celebrate Australian innovation success by visiting #AUSinnovates, and by sharing their own wins with us too,” Kylie said.
“Nominate someone you think is doing Australia proud, and help us find out how we are striving to lead the world to apply and commercialise our scientific research.”
#AUSinnovates is an initiative of technology commercialisation company gemaker, and aims to celebrate home-grown examples of commercialisation that may not have made headlines, but are making a positive difference in Australia. Find out more at https://www.ausinnovates.com.au/.