Innovation Connections Facilitators

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New South Wales


Dave Fleming

Dave Fleming

Partner: CSIRO
Location: Newcastle
Mobile: 0408 689 430
Email: dave.fleming@csiro.au

Dave is an Innovation Connections Facilitator for the Newcastle, The Greater Hunter and Central Coast region of NSW. His role is to connect local companies with the technical expertise and state-of-the-art equipment available from publicly funded research organisations. These connections can then lead to collaborative R&D projects to help companies develop their commercial innovations with the support of the research organisation.

Dave has spent the past 13 years working in a technology transfer and research business development role for the University of Newcastle through the R&D company Newcastle Innovation Ltd. He also has worked in the private sector, undertaking business development and business management roles for multinational and local companies.


Peter Milic

Peter Milic

Partner: CSIRO
Location: Sydney
Mobile: 0447 633 790
Email: peter.milic@csiro.au

Peter Milic has considerable multi sector experience that includes industrial biotechnology, biopharmaceuticals and food (FMCG).

His skills include project and account management, business development, licensing and IP management.

Initially Peter worked in the yeast industry as a fermentation expert then managed a team of food technologists primarily in the chilled dairy industry and more recently focused on technology commercialisation and the management of patent portfolios.

Peter has held positions with Burns Philp, Temasek Life Sciences Laboratories (Singapore), Agrana, UNSW via their commercialisation company NewSouth Innovations, and most recently managed business development and IP for the Sydney based start-up, Microbiogen.

He has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in biotechnology/biochemistry (University of New South Wales) and has completed a Masters of Business Administration (Macquarie University).


Gary Colquhoun

Gary Colquhoun

Partner: Business Foundations
Location: Sydney
Mobile: 0458 011 855
Email: gary@businessfoundations.com.au

Gary has over 19 years' experience at the interface of industry, academia and government facilitating the commercialisation of corporate and academic research.

With a background in photonics and laser engineering, his product management activity has led to new photonics and sensing products, services and processes in Environmental, Life Science, Chemical, Pharmaceutical and Military applications.

He co-founded Fibre Photonics Ltd in 2006 with a Russian scientist, specialising in mid infrared fibre optics and grew the company to over £1M GBP of bootstrapped sales inside four years. He later took the company through ISO9001:2008 certification and moved to South Australia in 2012 to commercialise research from the university base.

Gary has also worked as a consultant to the international Society for Photonics Instrumentation Engineers, increasing their engagement with the European Photonics industry. Here, he also implemented and chaired conferences on industrial photonics and imaging.

As a strategically capable director, executive, manager and mentor Gary has also been an active council member for the Scottish Optoelectronics Association and was company secretary for the trade body for a period of two years.


Mary Frey

Mary Frey

Partner: Business Foundations
Location: Sydney
Mobile: 0438 632 855
Email: mary@businessfoundations.com.au

Mary has worked in the SME and University environment in the following sectors: water recycling, analytical mining services, IT, medical devices, biotech, silica components for the electronics industry and more recently marketing and finance analytics.

Her business experience has been in the establishment, construction and operation of USFDA manufacturing facilities for the export market. She was one of three founding shareholders who implemented a business plan that formed the basis for a capital raising for Australia's first biological stem cell storage facility currently known as "Cryosite" which originated from the University of NSW Centre for Immunology in 1999. The company listed on the ASX in 2002.

Mary has been involved with R&D companies whose origins were University based both in the USA and Australia and she has worked as a catalyst, facilitator and champion of applied academic research for a number of years.


 

Bruce Thomson

Partner: CSIRO
Location: Wollongong
Mobile: 0409 513 906
Email: bruce.thomson@csiro.au

Bruce is the Innovation Connections Facilitator for Canberra, Albury-Wodonga, Riverina and the South East Region of NSW.

Bruce has worked with innovative SMEs for more than 25 years, on matters such as business strategy, skills development and acquisition, and research and development.

He has worked in a range of locations, both regional and metropolitan, and in diverse industries, including advanced manufacturing, food and agribusiness, ICT, mining and mining services and defence.

He is a strong believer in collaboration as a driver of innovation and business success. He has been involved in the development of business networks and facilitating engagement between businesses and research providers. The latter was a particular focus of his role immediately prior to becoming an Innovation Connections Facilitator. For six years he was Business Development Manager at the University of Wollongong, where he was responsible for connecting businesses with researchers and commercialising university developed IP.

The Innovation Connections role provides him with the opportunity to help SMEs tap into the research expertise of world class research providers around Australia.


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Australian Capital Territory


James Robinson

James Robinson

Partner: CSIRO
Location: Canberra, ACT
Mobile: 0459 876 082
Email: James.Robinson@csiro.au

James is an SME Innovation Facilitator for the ACT and south-west region of NSW.

James works with local companies to connect them with technical expertise and access to equipment available within CSIRO, universities and publicly funded research organisations.

Working with companies to understand R&D requirements and identifying relevant research organisation expertise, James also supports SMEs to access relevant government funding and assistance programs, such as Innovation Connections, which provides eligible companies with matched funding to support R&D projects.

James started his career in technical publishing before moving into the software industry, working with government, higher education and commercial customers in Europe, North America and the Middle East. James moved to Australia in 2013 to set up an Asia Pacific subsidiary of a UK-headquartered software company providing digital solutions to government.

Prior to his current position, James was a Business Development and Commercialisation Manager within CSIRO's National Research Collections Australia group.


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Queensland


Mitch McGuire

Mitch McGuire

Partner: NSW Business Chamber
Location: Gold Coast
Mobile: 0429 053 139
Email: mitch.mcguire@australianbusiness.com.au

Mitch has over 20 years' experience in the private and public sectors, across a range of roles and involvement in a variety of industries, encompassing corporate environments, local government, small to medium businesses, state government, start-ups, universities and not for profits. Mitch has managed businesses, product and service lines, budgets and crises; and also raised capital and secured grants. He has managed people, boards and shareholders, overseen university partnerships, supplier relationships, intellectual property portfolios, IP infringement actions and court proceedings.

Throughout this journey he's practiced innovation in all its forms. Whichever situation, Mitch is drawn to experimentation, improvisation, challenging orthodox thinking, testing, learning and changing the way value is created and business gets done. He is passionate about innovation and the role R&D plays in small to medium enterprises, and is particularly vocal about supporting businesses to embrace digital innovation and disruption to stay relevant and grow. Where improving the lives and experiences of customers is the desired outcome his past involvement in innovation execution, implementation and commercialisation (including failures) has led to valuable business lessons he enjoys sharing with clients. Mitch is also a keen student of innovation management thinking, a rapidly changing and evolving field of scholarship across all industries, everywhere.

Together with his own experiences he is always looking for ways in which this emerging knowledge can be relevantly tested and applied to his clients for their benefit. Mitch enjoys sharing his ideas, suggestions and advice whenever a contribution will add value. He is a member of the International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM) and the Australian Institute of Management. He is also a named inventor on Australian and several International patent applications.


Scott McNeil

Scott McNeil

Partner: CSIRO
Location: Brisbane
Mobile: 0467 764 486
Email: scott.mcneil@csiro.au

Scott has had a diverse career that includes working as a research scientist in universities and business; a business analyst in a start-up biotechnology company; in industry engagement for the Queensland Government; and as a business consultant assisting SMEs to commercialise their products and services.

This has enabled Scott to develop a clear understanding of the many issues and challenges SMEs face endeavoring to grow their business through engagement with different industry sectors including government, research organisations and other businesses. This diverse background has led more recently to the role of Innovation Facilitator, where Scott helps support SMEs in collaborating with research organisations and bridging knowledge gaps.

Scott has facilitated numerous projects between SMEs and the CSIRO that have led to the creation of long and productive relationships.


Mario Martini

Mario Martini

Partner: Ai Group
Location: Townsville
Mobile: 0409 066 475
Email: mario.martini@aigroup.com.au

Mario has been successfully applying innovation in industry for over three decades in the R&D of food, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, mining and agricultural chemical products, and their processes - for both the domestic and overseas markets.

As a senior manager, he has led a number of diverse manufacturing operations and commercial activities in Australia and has also been involved in technology transfer to and from the USA and China.

Most recently, with the Queensland Manufacturing Institute, Mario facilitated the implementation of Lean principles, and new processes and technology in SMEs in northern Queensland including the development of a new food industry in Far North Queensland.


David Martin

David Martin

Partner: Ai Group
Location: Brisbane
Mobile: 0408 283 258
Email: david.martin@aigroup.com.au

With over 15 years' experience in executive roles in the private and public sector, David's career has been diverse. He has worked in resource exploration as a geologist; mergers and acquisitions in the oil and gas industry; the development of resources and energy policy at both the federal and state level; maximising opportunities for Australian industry in major projects; and delivering financial assistance to innovative SMEs.

In his current role, David assists the business community to effectively engage and collaborate with research organisations across Australia. David finds the best-suited researchers to work with them, facilitates the development of project plans and commercial arrangements with the relevant research organisation. David works with nine Australian universities with over 30 campuses' and this work has resulted in over 100 successful research and industry partnerships to date.

Previous clients have included the 2014 Endeavour Awards winner for most Innovative Product, and the 2014 QLD Exporter of the Year.

David also led Australia's team in the 2015 Global Business Challenge, (a graduate business case/pitch competition to design sustainable solutions to global problems), and placed second in the world. In addition, David was selected by QUT's MBA program to represent the University at the prestigious John Molson Business Case Competition in Montreal Canada.


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Victoria


Greg Ward

Greg Ward

Partner: Deloitte Private
Location: Melbourne
Mobile: 0419 002 410
Email: gward@deloitte.com.au

Greg brings an extensive commercial background, having worked in various investment banking and corporate advisory roles in the United Kingdom and Australia for over 16 years, where he worked with major chemical and pharmaceutical companies in a range of capital market advisory transactions, including take-overs, asset acquisitions and disposals and corporate restructures.

He moved to commercialisation of university generated IP at the University of Sydney in 2008, where he was responsible for a wide range of science and medical technology related technologies.

Greg has extensive hands on experience negotiating large industry and university contracts, including licensing, research and commercialisation of early stage IP.

Greg established the RMIT University New Enterprise Investment Fund which is a $7 million fund set up to kick-start student enterprises. This fund saw the establishment of 15 businesses in the first year of its operations.

Greg was awarded a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholarship and has a Doctorate in Chemistry (Crystallography of Osmium Clusters). Greg is currently completing a Graduate Diploma in Law.


Kevin Thomson

Kevin Thomson

Partner: CSIRO
Location: Clayton
Mobile: 0438 155 815
Email: kevin.thomson@csiro.au

Kevin commenced a research career in materials engineering and then moved into the plastics industry. His experience ranges from materials development through to the design and manufacture of finished products across industries including automotive, medical devices, plastics and packaging.

He worked as a consultant for 10 years, including three contracts with start-up companies, and carried out many projects in recycling, sustainability, energy efficiency, market research and new product development.

He has extensive experience managing collaborative projects with CRCs, Universities and CSIRO. He has been a Facilitator for Innovation Connections and the former Researchers in Business scheme, since 2011.

Based in Victoria, he connects companies with any eligible research organisation including Universities and CSIRO.


Joseph Dodd

Joseph Dodd

Partner: CSIRO
Location: Clayton
Mobile: 0435 134 935
Email: joseph.dodd@csiro.au

Joe has almost 20 years' experience working in the pharma, biotech and medical technology industries in Australia and the UK. Joe started his career in the microbiology laboratories of a pharmaceutical manufacturer before moving into business development for a drug and patent information company and then becoming Asia Area Manager for a UK-based pharmaceutical business.

Joe moved to Australia in 2006 where he worked for UK Trade & Investment providing market development strategies and advice for biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device companies and facilitating collaborations between Australian and UK organisations.

Joe is a Research Facilitator for Victoria. He works across the five industry growth sectors but with a focus on the Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals sector, along with the Food and Agribusiness sector and ICT, Digital and Professional Services.

Joe's role is to help connect Australian companies with the technical expertise they need across the research sector to help them resolve technical issues and develop commercial ideas.


Jim Grigoriou

Jim Grigoriou

Partner: Business Foundations
Location: Melbourne
Mobile: 0429 122 523
Email: jim@businessfoundations.com.au

Jim's first foray in business creation was bagging chicken manure, carting it to the nearest road and waiting for buyers. He realised that colourful signage with a difference was needed to arouse curiosity.

Working with SMEs to generate IP for the creation of profits and jobs feeds his need to contribute to our first world society.

Since 2008, he has also supported a Papua New Guinea NGO, the Foundation for People and Community Development that is working with seven communities resisting the entrance of commercial logging operations.

Overseas experience includes time in the United States of America teaching at Chicago's DePaul University, part of a team driving an instrument start up enterprise in North Carolina, and living in Ghana and travelling parts of West Africa.

Jim's qualifications include a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) and a Master of Enterprise Innovation.


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South Australia


Neil Clarke

Neil Clarke

Partner: AMTIL
Location: Adelaide
Mobile: 0408 280 601
Email: nclarke@amtil.com.au

Neil entered the IT industry in 1987 after ten years in the civil aviation sector. Neil has held IT technical and managerial positions in SMEs in diverse areas such as warehousing, product costing, network design, implementation services, technical consulting and software development.

Neil has held Director and Managing Director roles in two private companies developing the businesses from start-up to successful multi-million dollar businesses focussed on software system development for shop floor and industrial data capture.

With experience in small and large companies, Neil applies his diverse knowledge to help businesses overcome challenges in the selection and implementation of IT systems that will help automate and improve workflows and information flows within the business. Having worked in both vendor and customer roles, Neil has a good understanding of the challenges businesses face in the selection and implementation of complex systems. Neil enjoys using his hard won experience to assist businesses of all sizes to get IT projects off the ground.


David Monck

David Monck

Partner: CSIRO
Location: Adelaide
Mobile: 0422 882 290
Email: david.monck@csiro.au

David has extensive management experience in the food industry with small and large, internationally focused manufacturing companies. This includes direct experience with related services (Packaging, Food Technology, Food Science, Processing Equipment, Freight, Logistics, Agriculture, Waste, Water, Energy, and Research & Development).

He has mainly worked in the private sector for various manufacturing and retail companies domestically and internationally including George Western Foods, Qantas, International Tastes, Hilton Hotel Group (UK), De Vere Leisure Group (UK).

David has owned his own small food service business and has been a Technical Food Advisor for the South Australia Centre for Manufacturing (SACFM).


Richard Penman

Richard Penman

Partner: AMTIL
Location: Adelaide
Mobile: 0409 169 978
Email: rpenman@amtil.com.au

Richard is an Innovation Facilitator with the Australian Government’s Entrepreneurs’ Programme and he specialises in translating technology for business.

Husband, proud Dad, Airforce technician, Rigger, Network Engineer and Pacific Zone IT Manager, Richard now provides independent advice to Businesses on technology options and solutions.

After working with over 250 Businesses, spanning 13 different industry sectors, Richard says his main role is to translate technology options into realistic solutions for Business.

Richard holds a Master of Information Technology.


Andrew Richardson

Andrew Richardson

Partner: Business Foundations
Location: Adelaide
Mobile: 0438 529 288
Email: andrew.richardson@businessfoundations.com.au

Andrew has participated in collaborations between SMEs and research organisations in many different roles: as a postdoctoral researcher on a linkage project, as a researcher in industry coordinating projects with academic partners, and as a Director in a start-up company that successfully licensed IP to a major whitegoods manufacturer.

Originally studying optoelectronics and laser engineering, Andrew moved into fundamental research in biophysics before returning to applied research in the field of optical sensing. Here he gained experience in sensor development, early phase prototyping, and project management.

Facilitating connections between SMEs and the research community is aided by the three years Andrew spent in technical sales of scientific equipment within Australia, where Andrew became familiar with the research capabilities of a broad section of the Australian research community.

As an Innovation Facilitator in South Australia, Andrew is passionate about providing opportunities for SMEs and Publicly Funded Research Organisations to collaborate for impactful outcomes.


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Western Australia


Ken Green

Ken Green

Partner: Business Foundations
Location: Perth
Mobile: 0467 769 267
Email: ken.green@businessfoundations.com.au

Ken has over 15 years of senior management experience in high technology companies in Europe and the United States of America. He is currently an Innovation Facilitator, a role that involves translating business problems and opportunities and brokering relationships with expertise and resources in universities and other publically funded research organisations such as the CSIRO.

Ken works at the 'interface' between business and research but also across business sectors and scientific disciplines; boundaries where some of the most interesting industrial applications of technology and knowledge occur.

Ken was previously a Director with a UK photonics start-up which grew from eight to 80 staff over 10 years and ended up being sold to the world's largest optics manufacturer. He has been involved in university spin-outs from Southampton University and technology acquisitions out of the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in London.

He has held technology transfer and industry engagement roles in the UK with the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the Extremely Large Telescope at the European Southern Observatory and the Aurora mission to Mars for the European Space Agency. Prior to this role Ken was involved in establishing commercial IP diligence processes for a major UK clearing bank that enabled them to enter the venture capital market to finance growth companies rich in intangible assets but lacking traditional security provisions.


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