30 April - 01 May, 2018 | Novotel Sydney Central, Sydney, Australia

Conference Day One: Monday, 30th April 2018

8:00 am - 9:00 am Coffee & Registration


Professor Kerry-Anne Rye

Professor and Deputy Head (Research) of School of Medical Sciences
University of New South Wales

9:10 am - 9:50 am CASE STUDY: Creating Effective Partnerships With The University of Adelaide In Defence

Julie Owens - Pro Vice Chancellor Research and Strategy University of Adelaide
Australia is planning to break into the international market and become a leader in defence with over $1.5 billion to be invested in research for defence by South Australian universities. The University of Adelaide is one of the most highly funded universities for defence and has created some amazing wins within not just defence, but related industries such as within the health sphere, military law innovation and cyber security. Discover the truly innovative research that is occurring and the doors this partnership has opened, such as widening networks locally, creating new international partnerships and new partners in enterprise.

  • Discuss the impact of initiatives such as the Centre for Defence Industry Capability and the Innovation hub based in South Australia
  • Improving the engagement and network with the Defence Force and increasing communication so each party understands their capability
  • Growing future collaboration between Medium Enterprises and the University of Adelaide in research and encouraging cooperation

Julie Owens

Pro Vice Chancellor Research and Strategy
University of Adelaide

9:50 am - 10:30 am CASE STUDY: Doubling Commercial Deals And Industry Engagement Best Practice

Anna Grocholsky - Director of Commercialisation and Innovation Macquarie University
This session explores how Anna Grocholsky from Macquarie University has leaped ahead in the last two years, doubling their commercial deals and securing partnerships with companies such as Cochlear and Horticulture Australia. Understand their strategy to see successfully commercialised research, through programs such as Research Engagement, Impact and Commercialisation Framework, IP Guiding Principles and Startup Checklist.

  • Encouraging engagement and created connections with industry
  • Determining what to protect with IP and ensuring it will receive ROI
  • Ensuring education and communication is upheld when researchers are starting up to realise success.

Anna Grocholsky

Director of Commercialisation and Innovation
Macquarie University

10:30 am - 11:00 am Speed Networking

11:00 am - 11:30 am Morning Tea

11:30 am - 12:10 pm Research Innovation for Defence

The Australian government has transformed the defence innovation system with the introduction of the Next Generation Technologies Fund, the Defence Innovation Hub and the Centre for Defence Industry Capability. Industry, including universities, are now a fundamental input to Defence capability. Defence Science and Technology is leading a proactive program of collaboration and partnerships with industry and academia to give effect to the long-term initiatives in the Defence White Paper.  The Defence Science Partnerships with Australian universities and Strategic Alliances with industry are core strategies for doing business with Defence and achieving impactful research outcomes for the Australian military.  The Next Generation Technologies Fund has initiated progressive concepts such as the Grand Challenges program, the Defence Cooperative Research Centres and Small Business Innovation Research for Defence program which are attracting significant interest and innovative ideas to develop game-changing capabilities for Defence. 

12:10 pm - 12:50 pm Bringing Advanced Internet Services To Australia Through Technology R+D Partnerships And Innovation

Ray Owen - Chief Technology Officer, nbn Co
nbn was established in 2009 to design, build and operate Australia’s new high-speed, wholesale local access broadband network. Underpinned by a purpose to connect Australia and bridge the digital divide, nbn’s key objective is to ensure all Australians have access to fast broadband as soon as possible.
nbn has been structured as a wholesale-only, open-access broadband network. nbn provides services on its local access network on equivalent terms to all Retail Service Providers (RSPs), to provision for end-user needs. This is intended to level the playing field in Australian telecommunications, creating real and vibrant competition within the industry.

As NBN passes the halfway mark of building a nationwide internet access infrastructure for Australia through our range of fixed and wireless technologies we are looking to establish R+D partnership across Australia to enable further technology development and infrastructure support new internet services such as virtual and augmented reality networks.
This session will talk about some of the pioneering partnerships established in 2018 with university to explore the internet future and incremental innovation partnerships NBN intends to establish.

Ray Owen

Chief Technology Officer,
nbn Co

12:50 pm - 1:30 pm CASE STUDY: Understanding How Global Corporates Think, A Critical Skill For Successful Commercialisation

Andrew Kelley - Executive Director BioPacific Partners
A major challenge for researchers and tech transfer professionals is knowing whether your idea or innovation is commercially valuable – whether you’ve ‘struck gold’ or not – and what to do if you have. What matters in this regard is whether your innovation can change the lives of real people in valuable ways. A key to that is the global companies that take innovations to market every day. Andrew Kelly and his team at BioPacific Partners, work with global companies and with innovators across Australia & New Zealand, to close the gap. They have taken many ideas through to valuable deals between local innovators and global market leaders. In this session Andrew will use real examples to illustrate the path and the pitfalls, of engaging with the big guys.
  • Understanding the mind-set of big companies
  • Understanding what it takes to succeed in global markets
  • How to engage, and not engage, with big companies
  • Picking the right time, and preparing professionally

Andrew Kelley

Executive Director
BioPacific Partners

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Lunch

2:30 pm - 3:10 pm JOINT PRESENTATION: MTPConnect - A Novel Model For Translation of Medtech & Pharmaceutical Technologies

Dr Alfredo Martinez-Coll - General Manager of Stakeholder Engagement MTP Connect
MTPConnect was established in November 2015 as part of the Australian Federal Government’s $250 million Industry Growth Centres Initiative – an industry-led approach driving innovation, productivity and competitiveness by focusing on six areas of competitive strength and strategic priority, including MTP. The Initiative provides the framework to enable national action on key issues such as collaboration, commercialisation, international engagement, skills and regulation reform to drive excellence, and to create an economy that ensures Australia’s ongoing prosperity.

Each Growth Centre sets a long-term strategy to drive productivity and competitiveness for its sector outlined in its Sector Competitiveness Plan (SCP), which describes how to lift the capabilities of the sector, boost productivity and skills, create jobs, reduce regulation and engage with international opportunities. After broad sector consultation and review, MTPConnect published its initial SCP in December 2016 (HYPERLINK “http://www.mtpconnect.org.au/SCP” www.mtpconnect.org.au/SCP) and is already having an impact in the sector, such as through the Project Fund Program – a $15.6 million grant program funding collaborative, industry-led projects to improve the productivity, competitiveness and innovative capacity of the MTP sector. Alfredo will discuss:
  • Snapshot of the medtech/pharmaceutical sector in Australia
  • Constraints and barriers for growth
  • Sector megatrends
  • Sector growth priorities
  • Clinical trials
  • Case studies

Dr Alfredo Martinez-Coll

General Manager of Stakeholder Engagement
MTP Connect

3:10 pm - 3:50 pm Understanding Best Practice Of Changing Culture Effectively To Bridge The Gap Between Industry And Universities

Danielle Neale - Entrepreneur in Residence University of New South Wales
To change culture, collaboration between stakeholders is essential. In this session, Danielle Neale discusses her experience in implementing three major programs to bring industry and researchers closer together through the Innovation Central Sydney Hub, TechConnect and MakerGames. This session will also feature a perspective from industry or government about their collaborative efforts in the programs.

  • Identify how to alter behaviour through educating 1000 researchers in programs such as MakerGames on the soft and hard skills of commercialisation and communicating a value proposition
  • Improving culture within a university and educating researchers to be commercially minded with a focus on success and how to implement change
  • Assess the implementation of major initiatives, such as TechConnect, to support researchers and aid partnerships with enterprise such as Cisco, Google and Atlassian just to name a few!

Danielle Neale

Entrepreneur in Residence
University of New South Wales

3:50 pm - 12:00 am Afternoon tea

4:20 pm - 5:00 pm CASE STUDY: Proof Of Concept Funding To De-Risk And Increase Investment Readiness

Ellen Gorissen - Director of Commercialisation CSIRO
To maximise the economic impact of research, institutions need to demonstrate the value of their research to potential licensees and investors. In this session, Ellen Gorissen explores the importance of funding for a PoC to translate science benefits into commercial benefits and to de-risk technology ahead of commercialisation. This allows for more meaningful conversations with industry and results in deals that have balanced sharing of risks and returns.

  • Ensuring research is based off market need and therefore can be translated and commercialised
  • Identifying the characteristics of winning research and commercialisation strategy
  • Overcoming risk adversity to achieve innovation
  • Exploring Industry and Government roles in funding and investment for greater return

Ellen Gorissen

Director of Commercialisation


Roundtable A

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Determining The Role of Industry To Promote Opportunities For Universities
Dean Economou - CTO- Products Telstra

Dean Economou

CTO- Products

Roundtable B

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Creating Strong Partnerships in the Biomedical and Big Pharma Sector And How To Collaborate For Commercialisation
Anand Gautam - Senior Director and Head of External Science and Innovation Pfizer

Anand Gautam

Senior Director and Head of External Science and Innovation

Roundtable C

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Removing The Barriers To Create Truly Collaborative and Effective Partnerships
Andrew Kelley - Executive Director BioPacific Partners

Andrew Kelley

Executive Director
BioPacific Partners

Roundtable D

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Discussing The Successes of Incubators And Driving Their Outcomes

5:20 pm - 5:20 pm Closing Remarks From Conference Chairperson