Post Conference Workshops: Wednesday, 2 May 2018


8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Case Study: Implementing Research Innovation In The Medical Sector And Discussing The Challenges To Overcome For Success

Ian Nisbet, Co-Founder and Corporate Advisor, Cartherics Pty Ltd
This session discusses the challenges that the medical companies face when implementing research. Ian Nisbet has unique experience in both the industry and universities and will discuss from concept to production the true challenges faced by the companies and the universities alike, and what can be done to change the industry for successful outcomes.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Increasing industry engagement and commercialisation of research
  • Addressing major differences in culture and how to overcome it
  • Ensuring expectations of universities and industry is met to increase collaboration and mutual benefit

  • Understand the values of companies and how to align university and company values
  • Address how to drive development and leverage opportunity within industry
  • Create a plan to increase collaboration and industry engagement


Ian Nisbet

Co-Founder and Corporate Advisor
Cartherics Pty Ltd

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM MORNING TEA


10:30 AM - 12:30 PM Creating Strategic International Partnerships To Increase Competitiveness In A World Sphere Continued

UNSW has unveiled an unprecedented $100 million innovation partnership to give research and development a major boost to create a new science and technology precinct at UNSW. Understand how this partnership was created, the benefits provided, how UNSW created a PoC for success, and the lessons learned from the partnership so far.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand how to create a partnership and overcome difficulties with the international market
  • Distinguish the benefits on offer from an international partnership and understand Deakin’s perspective
  • Assess UNSW’s lessons learned and suggested best practice for their plan and what the future hold

  • Realise the importance of ROI and benchmarking
  • Write a Roadmap and PoC for your partnership program
  • Learn from a real use case of how to implement your PoC

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM LUNCH


1:30 PM - 3:30 PM Impact from Research: Empowering the Entrepreneurial Researcher

David Burt, Director of the ON Program, CSIRO
Researchers are increasingly being challenged to demonstrate the real-world impact of their science and technology. The biggest enabler of impact from research is changing the mindset of researchers themselves – convincing them to think, act and communicate about their science in new ways.

David Burt has spent the last three years helping researchers all over Australia discover how to adopt an entrepreneurial mindset and use customer discovery and business model design tools to map their pathway to impact. This method is the core of the CSIRO’s ‘ON Program’ - Australia’s only deep-technology accelerator designed to help researchers take their value from the lab into the world as a product or service.

This session explores the ON Program method in detail and is relevant for both researchers as well as people supporting commercialisation and technology transfer.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand how to help researchers adopt an entrepreneurial mindset and more effectively communicate with industry and community stakeholders
  • Analyse how to help researchers get their commercialisation deals across the line with a case study from CSIRO’s ON Program

  • Understand how to help researchers communicate effectively with industry and create the networks and connections necessary for an impact pathway



David Burt

Director of the ON Program



4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Understanding How To Blend Research And Industry For Improved Culture, Collaboration and Partnerships

University and industry are constantly transforming their roles and focus. In the past, universities were not inventing and true innovation was left to corporations. Now the tables are turning and corporates are beginning to rid their labs and facilities for research and are beginning to use the innovations that universities can provide. However the culture still remains, that corporates perceive universities as providing little additional value to what they can do themselves.
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. In this session, a highly experienced Entrepreneur, Silicon Valley Strategist, Board Director, Angel Investor and now Director of Business Development, discusses the experiments and particular problems he has been solving for over three decades and how he is rejuvenating engagement with industry to translate research into impact for society.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Reinforce that research is a universities business and enable researchers to use *industry expertise
  • Understand issues around IP, how the industry operates, why companies may want to commercialise research and what they need to invest
  • Understand the limitations and lessons learned to avoid failure

  • Create a process to change culture within a university and how this is a benefit to you
  • Understand the changing environment of investment in research from an angel investors perspective
  • Realign the values of industry and university and create programs to satisfy both establishments needs