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

Conference Day Two: Friday, 31 March 2017

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8:30 AM Morning coffee

9:15 AM Driving the Commercial Agenda through Research Partnerships

John Best , Vice President Technology & Research & Development, Thales Australia

This session will delve into improving research partnerships to drive the commercial agenda from an industry partner perspective. It will explore the importance of individuals in interfacing roles, those liaising with internal stakeholders and research partners. Aligning distilling differing objectives to a common goal and ensuring that research does add value and is profitable to a business.
  • Understanding the research needs of internal stakeholders
  • Identifying which universities/research agencies to work with
  • Ensuring the research is effectively used internally
  • Isolating the skillsets and mindsets for an ideal interface
  • Addressing the challenges faced by an interface
John Best
Vice President Technology & Research & Development
Thales Australia
This session will look at the barriers that exist within the research ecosystem that impede knowledge transfer, prove to be an obstacle to industry engagement and limit commercialization.

It will address how Easy Access IP, Easy Access Research and Knowledge Transfer Metrics can be developed to drive collaboration and commercialization.
  • Evaluating Easy Access IP and Easy Access Research and their role in driving knowledge transfer and ensuring IP is used
  • Developing a narrative to gain support and buy-in to drive the shift
  • Discussing existing R&D incentives and moving away from research for publication
Kevin Cullen
CEO
UNSW Innovations

10:30 AM Morning Tea

IP is generally an impediment to collaboration and research partnerships. This session will explore how this can be turned around to facilitate better partnerships and commercial outcomes.
  • Identifying the important issues in developing collaborations, assisting them to understand what is important and how to protect their interests
  • Addressing with key issues before beginning the collaboration
  • Reducing the need for legal advice, freeing up resources to focus on building the partnership
  • Attracting funding
Patricia Kelly
Director General
IP Australia

11:30 AM Engaging Stakeholders by Communicating\ Value and Positive Impact for Better Research Commercialisation

Derek Williamson , Director, Museum of Human Disease, UNSW

The Museum of Human Disease depends on the general public to drive better research outcomes. They are critical to ensuring innovation, funding and government buy-in. This session will explore how this insight can be transferred to engage commercial and research parterns todriver better research outcomes.
  • Building an understanding of the technology and knowledge involved
  • Defining channels to convey this information to the stakeholders
  • Challenges and lessons learnt
Derek Williamson
Director, Museum of Human Disease
UNSW

12:00 PM Solutions Clinic

12:30 PM Lunch

1:30 PM Exploring how to Better Package Research into Products

Prof. Tanya Monro , Deputy Vice-Chancellor and vice President, Research and Innovation, University of South Australia

The key to attracting partners and funding is to link research to marketable products. The question is how do you package research to reflect this. This session will explore guidelines and provide a tool kit to package research into products.
  • Creating a value proposition for your research
  • Identifying a gap in the market and leveraging co-design to include feedback from end users
  • Devising a framework for packaging
  • Addressing the challenge of non-tangible products and packaging them as services
Prof. Tanya Monro
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and vice President, Research and Innovation
University of South Australia

2:00 PM Benchmarking Progress and Measuring Outcomes for Collaboration and Commercialisation

Brigid Heywood , Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, University of Tasmania

This session will look at quantifying research innovation outcomes and how they can be used to measure progress, identify gaps and measure ROI.
  • Identifying parameters to measure outcomes for research collaboration, partnerships and collaboration
  • Quantifying parameters
  • Investigating methods of measuring and capturing information
 Brigid Heywood
Brigid Heywood
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research
University of Tasmania

2:30 PM Building Effective Partnerships with End Users

Dr. Carolin Plewa , Deputy Director of the Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre (ECIC), Adelaide University

Building long-term partnerships between universities and end users, including industry, government and not-for-profit, is critical not only for the parties involved but also the society at large. Yet how can the development of such partnerships be supported at an organizational and relational level? This session will explore how to build long term, effective partnerships, drawing on relevant research, with a particular focus on:
  • Understanding the characteristics of successful partnerships
  • Establishing supportive mechanisms at a relationship level
  • Facilitating end user engagement at an institutional level
  • Communicating for mutual benefit
Dr. Carolin Plewa
Deputy Director of the Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre (ECIC)
Adelaide University

3:00 PM AFTERNOON TEA

3:30 PM Journey From Ivory Tower Academia To Medtech Company

Ilana Feain , Senior Research Fellow, Radiation Physics Laboratory, Sydney Medical School

Ilana Feain
Senior Research Fellow, Radiation Physics Laboratory
Sydney Medical School

4:00 PM Exploring Better Partnership Management to Deliver Improved Commercial Research Outcomes

Catherine Drinkwater PhD , Director, Research and Education, Cancer Therapeutics CRC

The biggest obstacle that stands in the way of effective research partnerships is a lack of awareness and understanding of the other party, their objectives and reasoning behind desired outcomes. For a mutually beneficial partnership it is critical to have a shared goal and build openness and trust. This session will explore this.
  • Understanding timelines and reconciling differences in timelines for industry partners and researchers
  • Aligning goals, identifying common objectives and working around differences
  • Defining best practice and how to achieve it
Catherine Drinkwater PhD
Director, Research and Education
Cancer Therapeutics CRC

4:30 PM Building Trust through Communication and Transparency for a Great, Mutually Beneficial Partnership

Prof. Sakkie Pretorious , Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Macquarie University

The challenge with businesses and researchers is communication. Coming from different world’s, with different drivers and motivations creates issues from the outset. This session will explore how both partners can open up channels of communication, understand each other, and advocate transparency to build trust and a mutually beneficial partnership.
  • Understanding each others motivations, drivers, goals and challenges
  • Devising an effective communication strategy
  • Exploring different channels to bridge the gaps and overcome the challenges posed by geographical differences
Prof. Sakkie Pretorious
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research
Macquarie University