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The Seeds of Transition: Initiatives for the 2020 Economy and Beyond
BHERT News #35 - June 2016

Transition Initiatives for the 2020 Economy

A repositioned economy based on structural change enabling knowledge/IP translation and not restricted by geography is an outcome that will serve Australia well as we move further into the 21st century. And so it is that the contributors for this edition of the BHERT News bring a focus to initiatives that will be a part of this journey.

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Ken Boal

President's Message
Ken Boal, President BHERT

“Exciting times” is a phrase we have heard much of lately. It will of course mean different things to different people but at the Business/Higher Education Round Table it represents renewed opportunity, momentum, investment and focus....The strength of our resolve in repositioning the economy will in part rely on the level of collaboration between the sectors...

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Rodd Cunico

BHERT Member Profile, Dimension Data Australia
Interviewee: Rodd Cunico, Chief Executive Officer

Rodd Cunico talks about being a multi-national company operating in Australia, their collaboration with universities and other businesses, and what he believes will have a big impact on his company over the next five years.

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BHERT Fellow Dr Russell Howard

A call to arms: your country needs you
Dr Russell Howard, BHERT Fellow

People with novel ideas and their colleagues who can turn ideas into novel products and services are the gems we need to discover and then support. Dr Russell Howard urges you to leverage your talents and help Australia's inventors who are usually younger, naive in ways of the world and unable to project themselves beyond their speciality.

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Tony Peake, PwC Australia

PwC's 21st Century Minds Accelerator Program – Building Australia's future innovators
Tony Peake, Government & Public Sector Leader, PwC Australia

In 2016, PwC and the 21CM Community will be supporting 20 initiatives through an intense and bespoke acceleration process to help them achieve rapid and effective scale. At the heart of this community is collaboration.

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Elpis Barons and Stephen Tomisich

Trajan Accelerator: an initiative to build sustainable businesses driven by passionate people with great ideas
Elpis Barons, General Manager, Accelerator Group Trajan Scientific and Medical and
Stephen Tomisich, CEO, Trajan Scientific and Medical

Conceived in late 2015, Trajan Accelerator aims to help start-up businesses cross the 'valley of death' to build long-term sustainable businesses with the active support of Trajan. The model focuses on Medtech companies with technologies, capabilities or markets that will contribute to Trajan's vision that: by science interfacing with society we can impact the wellbeing of a growing number of communities globally.

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Reich Webber-Montenegro
John Carver

Science Next Collaborative: Promoting interactions between academia and industry
Reich Webber-Montenegro, Head, Strategic Partnerships & Development, Research and Applied Commercial, Asia Pacific, Merck, and
John A. Carver, Director, Research School of Chemistry, The Australian National University, SNC Ambassador

The capacity to innovate, grow businesses and create jobs increases when business and researchers work together.

The Science Next Collaborative aims to develop better collaborations between academia and industry to enable Australian scientists to successfully translate their research through to commercialisation

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Mark Woffenden

Mining the Perfect Storm for Minerals Innovation
Mark Woffenden, Chief Executive Officer, Minerals Research Institute WA

It is possible that the passing of the construction boom for the Australian minerals industry is not entirely a bad thing: it may in fact be a significant contribution to creating the 'perfect storm' that is driving enhanced innovation throughout the Australian minerals industry.

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Ken Boal

The Role and Opportunities for Universities in the Digital Economy
Ken Boal, President BHERT; Vice President, Australia & New Zealand, CISCO

If Australia is to be a genuine force in the digital economy, then universities will need to play several roles as sources of innovation and IP, talent managers and hubs of collaboration. From a talent perspective, universities must educate our future workforce to be prepared to innovate and thrive in a digital world, not just to be domain specialists. Universities also have an important role to help the industry navigate the digital transformation by bringing a broad range of knowledge and IP to the table.

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