Conference Day Two: Tuesday, 1 May 2018

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


Kevin Pfleger

Head of Molecular Endocrinology and Pharmacology
Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research

9:10 AM - 9:50 AM Assessing The Impact Of Policy To Encourage Commercial Research And Foster The Entrepreneurial Mindset

The Australian Government has a major role to play in creating policy that incentivises and rewards researchers on their commercialisation of research. This session will discuss how his policies have been impacting universities and enterprise to foster the entrepreneurial mindset- allowing researchers to delve into exploratory research, while achieving a commercial output.

  • Discussing the research that has been funded and its commercial impact
  • Understanding how universities, research councils and the government have interacted to create commercial outcomes
  • Discussing specific ways for universities and enterprise to utilise policy to achieve commercialisation

Session Reserved For
Australian Government

9:50 AM - 10:30 AM CASE STUDY: Early Stage Biomedical Innovation - Blurring The Boundary Between Philanthropy And Commercial Investment

Kevin Pfleger, Head of Molecular Endocrinology and Pharmacology, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research
Research institutions receive grants and philanthropy to carry out research into a range of diseases in order to bring treatments closer. However, a major barrier to achieving impact that benefits patients is translating the research, often down a commercialisation pathway. Investors, and even ‘early stage funds’ still want the research to be ‘derisked’ to a certain degree before they will invest in it. How do we overcome this gap?

  • Collaboration at this early stage to spread the risk, particularly with respect to commercialisation expertise and process
  • Education of researchers to understand the different skill sets required to commercialise
  • Expert industry mentorship, often provided without direct financial gain
  • Value proposition for those funding early stage innovation, including governments, industry growth centres, universities, research institutes, companies and philanthropists.


Kevin Pfleger

Head of Molecular Endocrinology and Pharmacology
Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Morning Tea

11:00 AM - 11:40 AM CASE STUDY: Changing The Culture Of Public - Private Sector Partnerships Through National Industry 4.0 Strategy

Professor Aleksandar Subic, Deputy Vice- Chancellor (Research and Development), Swinburne University of Technology Jeff Connolly, Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Pacific
Changing the culture of universities and industry is no small task, but is an issue that must be solved if Australia wants to have a healthy research ecosystem with impactful commercialised research. Siemens have granted $135 million to digitise Swinburne University of Technology’s Factory of the Future and the national network of Industry 4.0 Testlabs. This will be rolled out across the country with one lab in each state and has just received a $5 Million grant from Mathias Corman to support the initiative. Professor Aleksander Subic discusses the successful joint case study of how changing culture in university to bring industry and researchers closer together has been essential to the success of the program, with an industry perspective from Jeff Connolly.

  • Understand Swinburne and Siemens’ experience in creating the Factory of the Future and Industry 4.0 Testlabs.
  • Identify how to alter behaviour and thus culture and how to fast track change
  • Encourage researchers and foster culture change to create the entrepreneurial mindset with a focus on success and how to implement change
  • Addressing culture change within business management to understand the value of research and how to be more involved with researchers
  • Understand the limitations and lessons learned to avoid failure


Professor Aleksandar Subic

Deputy Vice- Chancellor (Research and Development)
Swinburne University of Technology

Jeff Connolly

Chief Executive Officer
Siemens Pacific
This session looks at understanding the cycle and reliance businesses and universities have on each other- one to create truly innovative products, and the other to ensure commercialisation and ROI are met.

  • How to find partners and manage relationships
  • Assessing the role of growth centres in fostering communication and collaboration
  • Understanding the importance of funding to create innovative products that benefit the community



Leah Grantham

Director of Partnerships & Corporate Relations
University of Adelaide

Professor Aleksandar Subic

Deputy Vice- Chancellor (Research and Development)
Swinburne University of Technology

Timothy Boyle

Leader of Business Development

Jeff Connolly

Chief Executive Officer
Siemens Pacific

12:20 PM - 1:20 PM Lunch

1:20 PM - 2:00 PM CASE STUDY: Partnering and Implementing Solutions From Commercialised Research In Clean Energy

A leading university and Energy provider are collaborating to research a pumped hydro project using seawater. The proposed project could have the capacity to produce 100-200 megawatts (MW) of electricity with six-to-eight hours of storage and support South Australia with cleaner, reliable and affordable energy. This session will discuss the wins that they have had so far, and their vision for the future of clean energy.

  • Understand the process and partnership model they have adopted for success
  • Discuss IP models and how each party have effectively gained value and expect to gain ROI
  • Learn how the industry understood the value proposition and have communicated effectively over the life of the project

2:00 PM - 2:40 PM Understanding The NHMRC’s Commercialisation Scheme And The Health Innovation Advisory Committee To Break Barriers And Encourage Commercialisation

Nicholas Johnson, Director of Research Grants, National Health and Medical Research Council
The National Heath and Medical Research Council has an integral role in Australia’s innovation ecosystem. Therefore they have created some exciting initiatives, such as Development Grants which funds Australian researchers to help them over the valley of death by getting them through the Proof-of- Concept stage and fast track commercialisation. The Health Advisory Committee also has a major part to play to revise policies and processes to make it easier for researchers to move flexibly between industry and academia. Nicholas Johnson will discuss the major wins they have had with these two initiatives and the future focus for Australia to advance in creating commercialised, innovative research.

  • Discussing the Development Grants and Commercialisation Scheme’s progress- including how it has helped researchers and focus for the next year
  • Understanding the Health Advisory Committee’s advancement and discussing how its changing for the future
  • Identifying what the next steps are for Australia’s research ecosystem

Nicholas Johnson

Director of Research Grants
National Health and Medical Research Council

2:40 PM - 3:10 PM Afternoon Tea

3:10 PM - 3:50 PM CASE STUDY: Measuring and understanding the ROI of research and commercialisation through the full lifecycle of a collaboration

Stephen Rodda, Chief Executive Officer, UniSA Ventures
For any collaboration the alignment of objectives between the partners is important. Despite this, the measurable outputs, or return on investment (ROI), as considered by individual partners are likely to be different. Whether it’s an industry partner, licensee of IP or a spinout company, understanding these measures of ROI and time frames for achieving them can help to ensure success of the collaboration. In this session, Stephen Rodda will explore different elements of collaborations and how they are measured to understand the full ROI across the lifecycle of a collaboration and how this approach has been leveraged for UniSA to achieve a significant increases in commercialisation outcomes.

  • Discussing creating collaboration with global companies and investors for mutual benefit to drive licencing and allowing access to capability
  • Ensuring research is based off market need and therefore can be translated and commercialised
  • Understanding the opportunities for universities to leverage research expertise and infrastructure for local economic development and commercial engagement
  • Understanding how to capture ROI and measure success


Stephen Rodda

Chief Executive Officer
UniSA Ventures

3:50 PM - 4:30 PM CASE STUDY: Starting Up After University: How To Translate Research To A Commercialised Innovation

Alex Grant, Chief Executive Officer, Myriota
Listen to a success story in a start up by on of Australia’s most innovative start ups and names best new business by Telstra’s 2017 SA Business Awards. Understand the specific examples and steps that were taken, and what essential support was required for a successful start up.

  • Turning ground breaking research into revolutionary commercialisation
  • Challenges and best practice: understand what the challenges have been and what has helped for the success of the start up
  • Understanding the support needed and the most effective ways to foster start ups at universitieswith a particular focus on UniSA and commercial enterprise exactEarth’s support


Alex Grant

Chief Executive Officer

4:30 PM - 4:30 PM Closing Remarks From Conference Chairperson