InnovationAus Awards: Translation Hero finalists

Denham Sadler
Senior Reporter

Translating Australia’s world-leading research into commercially successful companies has long been a pain point for the country. But the tides are turning, and there has never been more focus on and efforts towards addressing this significant problem.

The 2022 InnovationAus Award for Excellence in the Translation Hero category highlights an individual or team for their excellence in taking the intellectual property fruit of deep technology research and successfully bringing it into the commercial realm.

This isn’t just for celebrating institutional research, it’s for corporates, startups or consortia of companies and institutions.

The finalists in this category are:

The 2022 InnovationAus Award for Excellence in Space, Earth Observation and Geospatial will celebrate Australia’s best and brightest in this sector.

Behind the finalists:

Canopus Networks is the result of research spun out of the University of New South Wales in 2018 focusing on providing better visibility application user experience for telecommunications firms.

This provides granular data to these companies around things like whether video streams are buffering, games are lagging or conference calls are glitching, helping them to fine-tune their networks. The team has gone on to raise $10 million for the insight platform.

MGA Thermal was born when a team of engineers at the University of Newcastle successfully patented and spun out their research into a recently invented type of thermal storage material – the Miscibility Gap Alloys.

These are capable of storing a significant amount of energy as heat in a safe and easy to use way.

This can revolutionise renewable energy systems by developing bespoke materials and designing innovative technologies using thermal energy storage solutions.

Silicon Quantum Computing is commercialising intellectual property developed by the team at the Australian Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communications Technology and is led by Professor Michelle Simmons. The company is pioneering quantum computing development for the betterment of humankind.

It launched in 2017 with $83 million in funding from a range of partners, including the federal government, NSW government, the University of NSW, the Commonwealth Bank and Telstra.

The InnovationAus 2022 Awards for Excellence are supported by: Investment NSW, AusIndustry, Australian Computer Society, Technology Council of Australia, Verizon, Mimecast, Microsoft Australia, Digital Health CRC (DHCRC), Agile Digital, METS Ignited, Innovation Manufacturing CRC (IMCRC) CSIRO, and Q-CTRL.

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