30-31 March, 2017 | Hilton Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Conference Day One: Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Day 2

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8:45 AM Opening Remarks from the Chair

Kevin Pfleger , Head, Molecular Endocrinology and Pharmacology, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research and Chief Scientific Advisor, Dimerix

Kevin Pfleger
Head, Molecular Endocrinology and Pharmacology, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research and Chief Scientific Advisor
Dimerix
The innovation ecosystem is constantly evolving creating opportunities to drive collaboration and commercialisation of research. This session will bring together representatives of these stakeholder groups, to address potential partnerships, different models and the impact on the future economy in a bid to move away from over reliance on traditional industry sectors.
Mark Sowerby
Chief Entrepreneur of
Queensland

9:30 AM Improving Research Outcomes By Enhancing the Linkages between Researchers and Industry

Dr. Leanna Read , Chief Scientist of, South Australia

Policy, tax incentives are critical to facilitating better collaboration, translation and commercialisation. The current government is focused on driving change to encourage R&D and increase business impact with the National Innovation Agenda and the R&D Tax Incentive Review. This session looks beyond the recommendation, to the nitty gritty of policy making for change.
  • Addressing the paradigm shift from
  • Investigating the role for government in facilitating commercialisation and translation
  • Exploring fracture points within the ecosystem (differing incentives, disconnect between researchers and business) and leveraging policy to bridge those gaps
Dr. Leanna Read
Chief Scientist of
South Australia
This session will delve into the Victorian innovation agenda that focuses on building future industries and moving away from reliance on traditional industry sectors. It will explore the role of university/business collaboration in achieving this. It will also address applying new technology to more traditional sectors.
  • Engaging the research sector and industry
  • Finding common ground to facilitate collaboration
  • Opening up new information channels for better partnerships
  • Exploring the opportunity of new opportunity
Dr. Amanda Caples
Lead Scientist of
Victoria

10:30 AM Speed Networking

An effective structured interactive session designed to help you expand your network through one-on-one focused conversations. Bring plenty of business cards.

11:00 AM Morning Tea

11:30 AM Reassessing how Grants are Awarded to Implement a Change for Greater Commercialisation and Translation

Dr Tony Willis , Executive Director, Research Programs Branch, National Health & Medical Research Council

This session will assess the way grants are traditionally awarded. They are currently dictated by publication, however this doesn’t encourage commercialisation. This session will look into driving a shift to facilitate commercialisation.
  • Identifying levers that incentivise commercialisation and translation
  • Managing the change from publication centred grant
  • Addressing potential resistance
Dr Tony Willis
Executive Director, Research Programs Branch
National Health & Medical Research Council
The October 2016 R&D Tax Incentive Review was aimed at identifying opportunities “to improve the effectiveness and integrity of the R&D Tax Incentive, including by sharpening its focus on encouraging additional R&D spending.”

This session will explore the real impact of these recommendations, geared towards attracting R&D, on researchers and businesses in Australia.
  • Assessing how the recommendations will effect researchers
  • The expected outcome for businesses
  • Investigating the overall benefits and areas for improvement
  • Learning from other countries: Making R&D more attractive
  • Where to from here: Plans for the future
From accessing new venture funds, leveraging international partnerships and tapping into the entrepreneurship of start-ups to drive commercialization and knowledge transfer
  • Alternate models for commercialization and knowledge transfer
  • Building partnerships with start-ups and venture funds 
  • Exploring new funding models
Dean Moss
CEO
Uniquest

2:30 PM PANEL DISCUSSION: The Role of Incubators in Scaling Research and Driving Innovation for Better Commercial Outcomes

James Alexander , Founder and Program Manager, INCUBATE

Nick McNaughton , CEO, ANU Connect Ventures

This session will explore the role of incubators in driving commercialisation and research innovation. As autonomous bodies, incubators are able to drive innovation by taking advantage of university resources, such as capability, technology and facilities without hindrance of the processes and red tape.
  • Setting up an incubator: Maximising opportunities of the resources and the benefit of autonomy
  • Building a community bad increasing customer uptake 
  • Exploring sustainable funding 
  • Scaling and commercialising research 
  • Effectively working with partners
James Alexander
Founder and Program Manager
INCUBATE
Nick McNaughton
CEO
ANU Connect Ventures

3:10 PM Exploring Partnership Models and Identifying the Best Fit to Maximise Research Impact

Dr. Tony Peacock , Chief Executive, Cooperative Research Centres Association

One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to building deep, meaningful partnerships for maximum business impact. The partnership model chosen is critical to the bottom line and the success of collaboration. This session will explore different partnership models, what has worked and what hasn’t and identifying the best fit
  • Addressing the benefits Vs. challenges of different partnership models
  • What has worked and what hasn’t
  • Finding common ground and aligning the major drivers for both partners
  • Building and maintaining effective communication channels
  • Accessing the major collaborative support programmes
Dr. Tony Peacock
Chief Executive
Cooperative Research Centres Association

3:40 PM Afternoon Tea

4:10 PM Investigating A Novel Model to Building Effective International Partnerships

Michael Browne (FRSA) , Head of European Research & Innovation, UCL European Research & Innovation Office (International)

Michael Browne (FRSA)
Head of European Research & Innovation
UCL European Research & Innovation Office (International)

4:50 PM PANEL DISCUSSION: Identifying a Best Practice Model for Calculating Partner Investment

Daniel Grant , Pro Vice-Chancellor Industry Engagement, La Trobe University

Cameron Turner , CEO, Progel

The key to a great partnership is demonstrating the ROI for enterprise partners. It is a long term partnership and the results are not immediate, this presents a challenge when working with partners who need a quicker ROI.

This session will identify a best practice model to capture long term results and demonstrate quick wins in a way that meets partner requirements without compromising the research commercialisation.
  • Uncovering partner KPIs for research commercialisation
  • Isolating and integrating parameters that measure this
  • Demonstrating quick wins
  • The power of narrative
Daniel Grant
Pro Vice-Chancellor Industry Engagement
La Trobe University
Cameron Turner
CEO
Progel
  • Finding Common Ground for a Shared Goal and Better Partnership 
  • Identifying Skillsets for an Ideal industry- University Interface 
  • The Best Partnership Model 
  • Packaging Research into Products