The Need for Who Should Attend?
Seminar Program - Forums 1 - 5
Commercialisation Evening 1: October 10
• Research Scientists
OPPORTUNITIES & THEIR FULL MEASURE
• Industry Representatives
It is well recognised that the real competition for com- • Patent Attorneys & Lawyers The first evening forum is designed to explore the idea of a
mercial, technological and scientific leadership does not knowledge based economy and the part we play within it.
• Funding Groups Critical information will be gathered, and the expectations of
come from within Australia, but from overseas. With im-
proved collaboration between our world-class scientific • Government & Regulatory Agents all participants will be assessed to ensure satisfaction. Speakers
and business sectors, Australia has the capacity to not • Media Representatives will cover techniques for evaluating opportunities and assess-
only be globally competitive, but also globally directive. ing the commercial value of technology at the infant stage.
The commercialisation of Australia’s world-class re- Evening 2: October 24
search is hindered by a range of factors that hold back the The Forum Format
THE ESSENTIAL TOOLS
potential of both sectors. The cultural division between
research and business goes far beyond the simple • Five Evenings FOR COMMERCIALISATION
‘language’ problems encountered daily. In fact, diversion • Held over a two month period beginning October 10th,
Evening two will provide an explanation of the terms, struc-
of the two sectors is clearly evident in attitudes of stu- 2001
tures and issues that cause the gap between industry and re-
dents even at the undergraduate level. • Run from 6pm—10pm (finger food provided) search. These sectors will be compared, and the assets of each
• Each Evening will consist of: sector assessed. Legal and Funding issues will also be covered.
• Several Expert Speakers
• Professionally Facilitated Workshops Evening 3: November 7
• A strong Emphasis on Networking
AUSINDUSTRY: FUNDING & ASSISTANCE
• “Exit Booklet” - Each participant will receive this compre-
hensive guide to the series. Evening three will be dedicated to the wide range of products
Innovation & and services available from AusIndustry. A number of repre-
sentatives will present overviews which will be followed by a
Commercialisation 2001 Speakers funding workshop. A panel of AusIndustry specialists will be
available for consultation.
Prof. John Bailey - Carlton Consulting Group
Kerry Boulton - Nexus Business Coaching & FastTrack Vic. Evening 4: November 21
The Innovation and Commercialisation Seminar Series
Dr Carol Halsall - State Government of Victoria COMMUNICATION & THE MEDIA
will provide active solutions designed to break down the
barriers between research and industry. Rodger Bouette - Freehills Technology Services
Evening four will address the issues involved in communicat-
Dr Colin White - Invetech Operations Pty Ltd ing with all facets of the media: TV, Radio, and Print. Partici-
Prof. Geoff Stevens - The University of Melbourne pants will learn the complexities of media presentations from
The 2001 program will provide a structured, multi- Paris Brooke - SDA Biotechnology
disciplinary series providing active solutions to problems timing of media events and writing effective media releases, to
Alex Tarney - “Today Tonight”, Channel 7 preparing for interviews and dealing with Confidentiality is-
associated with the commercialisation of research, similar
to the highly successful 2000 series. Dr Shane Huntington - The Innovation Group Pty Ltd sues.
Dr Chris Sotiropoulos - The Innovation Group Pty Ltd
Jayne Facey - State Manager, AusIndustry (Victoria) Evening 5: December 5
One of the principal goals of the series will be to establish
Bill Loughlin - Deputy State Manager, AusIndustry (Victoria)
strong links that will endure long after the final forum. FUNDING, LEGAL & COCKTAIL PARTY
The series is devoted to the formation of consortia; to Colin Calver - Venture Capital Section, AusIndustry (ACT)
consolidate the issues raised during each evening forum, William Nevile - COMET Business Advisor, AusIndustry Evening five will contain a number of final presentations on
assess projects, and obtain funding to commercialise pro- Michelle Julius - COMET & Biotech Innovation Fund funding and legal issues. The series will be summarised and
jects. Gareth Dando - Melbourne Enterprises International final “exit booklet” materials will be presented. This will be
Bob Beaumont - Business Angel Services, VECCI followed by the official series Cocktail Party.
and many more to be confirmed…..