09 - 10 April, 2019 | Novotel Sydney Central, Sydney, Australia

 Conference Day One: Tuesday, 9th April 2019

9:00 am - 9:20 am Coffee And Registration


Tam Nguyen

Deputy Director Research, Adjunct Associate Professor
St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, RMIT University

9:30 am - 10:00 am OPENING KEYNOTE : Adapting to the Innovation Economy: Challenges and Opportunities from Emerging Trends

Neville Stevens AO - Chair, NSW Innovation and Productivity Council
The reasons to drive collaboration between Industry, Academia and Government are more compelling than ever in Australia’s current innovation landscape. While Australia is renowned for its research and innovation, the nation appears to lag behind its international competitors. In the 2017 Global Innovation Index, university-industry collaboration remains a challenge for many organisations across the country.

In response to this, the NSW Innovation & Productivity Council has commenced a project seeking to understand and address the gap between Research and Industry collaboration. This session will focus on the key priority areas identified by the IPC to guide future research investments.

  • Identify key priority areas for Australia’s innovation strategies and align research to industry requirements
  • Benchmarking state-level innovation performance with international economies to understand drivers of innovation
  • Case studies on what international economies are focusing on in their innovation performance and how Australia compares

Neville Stevens AO

NSW Innovation and Productivity Council



Connie Mogg

Director, Research and Revenue Accounting Services, Office of the Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice-President
Monash University

Roundtable B

10:00 am - 10:40 am Implementing Innovation Metrics to Benchmark Australian States with International Economies
Neville Stevens AO - Chair, NSW Innovation and Productivity Council

Neville Stevens AO

NSW Innovation and Productivity Council

10:40 am - 11:00 am Speed networking

11:00 am - 11:30 am Morning Tea

11:30 am - 12:10 pm CASE STUDY: Accelerating R&D in the Biopharmaceutical Industry through the Cooperative Research Centre - Project (CRC-P) scheme

Ian Nisbet - Co-Founder and Corporate Advisor, Cartherics Pty Ltd
The CRC-P scheme is designed to encourage collaboration between industry and academia on the achievement of three year, industry led projects. In 2017, Catherics Pty Ltd was the Lead Participant in a successful CRC-P application, receiving Commonwealth funding of almost $3M in support of a $12M project to develop allogeneic stem cell cancer immunotherapies. The other Participants in the CRC-P are Mesoblast Ltd, Cell Therapies Pty Ltd, Hudson Institute of Medical Research and Monash University. The project received ~$3 million from government funding, with ~$9 million being committed in cash and in kind contributions from the Participants over the three year project.

This session will describe how the CRC-P scheme encourages collaboration between universities and Industry, bringing them together to focus on an industry-led problem and drive research impact in the biopharmaceutical industry.

  • Leveraging the CRC-P scheme to accelerate industry-led projects and build collaboration between industry and academia
  • Overcoming cultural differences between key stakeholders to deliver impactful research
  • Factors to measuring success to prove ROI to Government funding

Ian Nisbet

Co-Founder and Corporate Advisor
Cartherics Pty Ltd

12:10 pm - 12:50 pm CASE STUDY: Preparing for a Digital Future with Australia’s First Digital Transformation Centre: Partnership between DXC Technology & Swinburne University

Prem Prakash Jayaraman - Head of Digital Innovation Lab, Swineburne University
Amy Lai - Principal Consultant – DTC Victoria Lead, DXC Technology
The DXC Digital Transformation Centre at Swinburne (DTC) will advance digital innovation to foster a new culture of research development and translation in Australia. It will allow researchers and students to develop and apply digital transformation solutions to solve real-world problems across a range of businesses, industry and government sectors. This session will explore:

  • An outside-in approach to capacity-based staffing to deliver outcomes quicker, growing inhouse capabilities and fostering innovation
  • Working collaboratively with industry partners to design and develop digital solutions from ideation through to implementation
  • A co-design and co-creation approach to solving major challenges drawing upon expertise from a multi disciplinary research ecosystem
  • Key pillars of measuring research success within the DTC and how the data can be used to inform future research demands
  • Development of new talent pool of students who will aim to support the evolving needs of workforces and communities as they prepare for a digital future

Prem Prakash Jayaraman

Head of Digital Innovation Lab
Swineburne University


Amy Lai

Principal Consultant – DTC Victoria Lead
DXC Technology

12:50 pm - 1:50 pm Lunch Break

1:50 pm - 2:30 pm PANEL DISCUSSION: Building a Sustainable, Innovative and Competitive Future for Australia led by Industry Growth Centre

Paul Hodgson - General Manager, NERA
Owen Pierce - Program Director, National Workforce Development, AustCyber
The global economy is entering “Industry 4.0” where artificial intelligence, machine learning, automatic and digitalisation are disrupting businesses across all industries. To address the concerns of Australia’s future workforce, the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science rolled out 6 Growth Centres to identify our key priority areas. With a focus on industry-led innovation, this panel will delve into the priorities of each growth centre and how they are driving innovation, productivity and competitiveness for Australia’s future.

This panel will focus on the key themes:
  • What emerging technologies and fields are currently being looked into for commercial research?
  • How are we ensuring our research aligns to commercial outcomes and business priorities?
  • Engaging graduates and researchers with relevant skills to ensure smooth transition into the workforce post-study.


Paul Hodgson

General Manager


Owen Pierce

Program Director, National Workforce Development

2:30 pm - 3:10 pm Deliberate Organisational Design to Increase Collaboration between Industry & University

Tim Boyle - Director Innovation and Commercialisation, ANSTO
ANSTO is the custodian of Australia’s most significant large scale research infrastructure and has multiple ties and collaborations with Australian and International universities and research agencies. Tim Boyle will discuss the importance of organisational structure in developing strong partnerships between Industry-Universities and to balance the paradigm of centrally coordinated industry engagement vs direct researcher relationships with industry.

  • What is best practice and where do commercial partnership opportunities originate?
  • How to optimise organisational structure to maximise the value to commercial partners
  • Insight into ANSTO’s Research Precinct that currently involves 400 researchers on industry projects

Tim Boyle

Director Innovation and Commercialisation

3:10 pm - 3:40 pm Afternoon Tea

3:40 pm - 4:20 pm CASE STUDY: Leveraging from International Partners to Grow Technological Capabilities in the Agricultural Sector

Erin Rayment - Director of Research Development, University of Southern Queensland
This session will take a look into University of Southern Queensland’s agricultural portfolio and highlight a number of key industry partnerships. By working closely with growers, research development corporations, Australian SMEs and global multinational organisations, i.e. John Deere, USQ develops advanced robotic sensing technologies to enhance autonomy in crop protection, biosecurity and animal welfare on-farm, with aims for on-farm adoption in the commercial farm conditions of today.

  • Leveraging from international partners to improve local capabilities
  • Aligning stakeholder expectations and driving collaboration in disruptive environments
  • Role of technology in improving productivity in the Agriculture sector

Erin Rayment

Director of Research Development
University of Southern Queensland

4:20 pm - 4:50 pm RMIT & 2XU Partnership: Improving the Functionality of 2XU’s Sports Gear with University- Generated Research

Olga Troynikov - Professor of Functional Materials and Human-Centred Engineering, RMIT University
Australia’s leading sports brand 2XU partnered with RMIT researchers to engineer the most advanced compression materials to improve the functionality of their products. Led by an industry issue, RMIT researchers conducted rigorous fabric testing to bring a solution to the market and is a fantastic case example of Australian-owned innovation applied to Australian-owned brands.

  • The process of commercialisation under this $14 million project
  • Challenges working with industry and how RMIT researchers addressed the barriers
  • How to continue the partnership once research has been translated – there is more for researchers to gain from collaboration with industry

Olga Troynikov

Professor of Functional Materials and Human-Centred Engineering
RMIT University

4:50 pm - 5:00 pm Conference Closing

5:00 pm - 5:00 pm Networking Drinks