The University of Newcastle, Australia

UON teams to accelerate their research into practice

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Three University Of Newcastle teams will successfully test their research and ideas with the CSIRO’s On Prime pre-accelerator program.

Over 160 teams competed nationally for 39 spots in the program – and competition was fierce. All three of our entries were successful in their application and will now accelerate their ability to put their research into practice.

BrachVet: from human to horse, led by Dr Yolanda Surjan

A new option to examine the best treatment approach for OSCC/POSCC in horses. A five-year-study by the chief investigator Dr Yolanda Surjan points to translation of currently accepted, evidence-based, clinically-proven skin treatment of humans to the veterinary sphere.

BiomarX led by Dr Kirsty Pringle
Endometrial cancer is the most common gynaecological malignancy, with Australia having one of the highest rates in the world. There are no simple tests for early diagnosis, however, this team believes they have identified a new, non-invasive diagnostic test.

Rapid Imaging led by Dr Jamie Flynn
The need to progress from 2D histology approaches to more effective 3D sample preparation has been hampered by the cost and speed of technology. However, this new 3D histology service (Rapid Imaging) encompasses tissue clearing, staining, imaging, image processing and data analysis through a simple web interface makes 3D histology fast and cost-effective.

Our three teams will get a hands-on, practical learning and business model development approach to learning over the next eight weeks. With five face-to-face sessions culminating in a showcase event – successful teams will be eligible for follow-on funding to make their dreams a reality.

The ON program is Australia’s sci-tech innovation accelerator which aims to not only uncover Australia’s amazing research, but to propel it to high-potential ventures.

39 teams make their way through the ON Prime program to compete for one of 10 positions in ON Accelerate where market-validated ideas will be built, developed and tested.

Big ideas in food and agriculture, energy and medical technologies will boost Australia’s performance in the innovation space – with the aim of taking an idea from the lab to the market.


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