From nuclear to knowledge – finalists announced for the 2015 KCA Research Commercialisation Awards

Celebrating Australian Success – Turning Knowledge & Research into business

For its second year running, gemaker is delighted to be the media sponsor for the Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia (KCA) Research Commercialisation Awards.

Cutting edge nuclear software; 1,000 terabyte DVD technology; a $US75 million up-front payment for biotech start-up; reducing red tape management systems; and open access libraries online are finalists for this year’s Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia (KCA) Awards.

The KCA Awards recognise research organisations’ successes in creatively transferring knowledge to the broader community and research into products or services where companies grow new industries in Australia.

This year’s Awards include Best Commercial Deal and Best Creative Engagement Strategy. The winners will be announced at the 2015 KCA Annual Conference, “Raising the Bar” Awards dinner on Thursday, 10 September, in Melbourne.

Bringing Australian research and industry is high on the government’s agenda to improve the commercialisation of innovation and research. This is reflected in the recent prong of industry growth centres, national research priorities and research funding allocation. Australian industry uptake is a big focus.

The finalists are as follows:

Best Commercial Deal

Australian Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) – RemLife

Swinburne University of Technology – Optical data storage breakthrough leads the way to next generation DVD technology

University of Melbourne – Largest bio tech deal for 2014

Best Creative Engagement Strategy

Defence Science and Technology Organisation – Defence Science Partnerships (DSP) reducing red tape with a standardised framework

Curtin University – Unlatching books many libraries at a time

This year’s awards are judged by commercial leaders of innovation; Chris Farquhar, Founding Partner of Aureae Portae; Topaz Conway, Accelerating Commercialisation; Erol Harvey, CEO, MiniFab; and Susan Oliver, Chair of Scale Investors

Wrays is the major sponsor of the 2015 Awards.

For the official full media release click here.

About the KCA 2015 Annual Conference: Raising the Bar

There is an increasing expectation from government entities for Australia to improve on the conversion of research to commercialisation with shown in much of the recent press and highlighted in report by one KCA’s members, CSIRO (2015 to 2020, Australia’s Innovation Catalyst, CSIRO ). Australia is criticised for not translating research as effectively as it could, yet increasing expectations are being placed on knowledge transfer offices from internal stakeholders who want to see more performance with less resource. On top of this, there is a lack of profile and a lack of perceived value for commercialisation and knowledge transfer. This years’ conference is ‘Raising the Bar’ working to provide solutions and provide the industry with the tools on how to raise their position and better advocate the profession as a collective. The conference will be held on the 10 – 11 September at St Kilda Baths.