Showcase a hit with industry

“…at least three facilities have a new connection with a company and are discussion how they might work together.” This sort of connection is one of the key objectives of Discover. Connect. Grow.

First published: 23/09/2014

Updated at: 24/09/2014 at 12:07 pm

VPTN’s annual  Discover. Connect. Grow,  event was held at the Australian Synchrotron on 11 September, showcasing VPTN’s growth in disciplines such as engineering science, exercise and sports science, materials science, nano-science, mathematics and biosciences.

The event attracted almost 160 registrants including 56 industry personnel from manufacturing and electronic engineering, commercialisation and product development companies as well as representatives from the medical devices, pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors. They joined academic researchers and facilities staff and managers in the networking throng, to discover new capabilities, connect with each other and grow their networks.

Keynote speakers Dr Phil Marley from DSDBI, Prof Sue Charman from Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and John Macdonald from AusIndustry discussed benefits of utilising VPTN facilities to deliver on projects, mechanisms for industry to engage with publicly funded research infrastructure and how industry can access funding opportunities from both the State and Federal Governments.

Four case study presentations highlighted outcomes of specific projects developed by industry and core facilities working together. Outcomes presented included improvements in an automated pathology testing instrument which has led to an ARC linkage grant, a wrist-worn monitoring device for patients with movement disorders, an innovative oral device to aid the growing population of sleep apnoea sufferers and a NextGen DNA and RNA sequencing device.

We are aware that at least three facilities have a new connection with a company and are in discussion how they might work together. “This sort of connection is one of the key objectives of Discover. Connect. Grow. and we are especially pleased that people have made new meaningful connections,” said Karen Clarke, one of VPTN’s Network Managers.

Feedback from 98% of participants indicated they may follow up with a new contact from Discover. Connect. Grow.  and 100% of attendees said they’d learned something valuable on the morning.

The case studies and speakers were very well received and several found it “really interesting to hear about the successful collaborations and partnerships between platforms and industry,” said one participant. Tours of the Synchrotron and Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication followed the event with attendees affirming their delight in finding out about the technologies available for R&D.

VPTN would like to thank the event sponsors Tecan and Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick and the promotional partners involved.

Check out the photos here!

VPTN Showcase 2014 Discover. Connect. Grow.

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