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US - Australia Enabling Technologies Technical Exchange Meeting 2016 abstract book is now available for download

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The Ideas Boom: New opportunities and capabilities for innovation Brisbane 27 October 2016 at the TRI

Mind the gap: ANFF is closing the innovation gap between Australia’s best university researchers and innovative SMEs looking to adopt new breakthroughs for their next generation of innovative products.

By providing Australian companies with access to the same laboratories and technical support that have underpinned many of Australia’s most exciting scientific breakthroughs, ANFF is helping bridge the gap from idea to product.

27 October 2016
The translational Research Institute (TRI).
37 Kent St Woolloongabba, Brisbane.
2:00pm – 5:00 pm followed by networking over drinks and canapés.
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Places are limited so book a place.
RSVP: 20 October 2016.

2016 ANFF Annual Research Showcase

The ANFF Annual Research Showcase this year will be held on Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 November with a technology training day on Tuesday 15 November at the National Centre for Synchrotron Science (NCSS) building, Australian Synchrotron. This promises to be an exciting event with presentations of the latest ANFF research with a theme of Mind the gap. ANFF is enabling researchers to close the gaps between technological challenges and research outcomes through access to state of the art equipment and fellow researchers across the organisation. We look forward to welcoming you at the event.

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Serving Australian Innovation workshops - National Research Infrastructure for the MedTech & Pharma Industry

These workshops will provide you with a rare opportunity to engage simultaneously with five NCRIS facilities highly relevant for the MedTech and Pharma sector, to introduce their unique capabilities and how they can be accessed and to solve business R&D problems. The workshop will include five (5) twenty-five (25) minute presentations, followed by a Q&A session.

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ANFF Materials Node Director Prof Gordon Wallace wins 2016 Eureka Prize

Professor Gordon Wallace has won the prestigious CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Innovation and Science. Recognised for his work as an internationally renowned researcher in the field of electromaterials science, Professor Wallace was commended at the Eureka Prize gala dinner in Sydney, for his cultivation of a research vision in the area of ‘intelligent polymers.’

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Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham visit to ANFF Optofab Node; $16m Agility Funding announced

Yesterday, at Optofab, University of Adelaide, Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham announced an additional $16 million for critical research projects. Minister Birmingham said the investment from the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) Agility Fund would help unlock Australia’s potential as an innovation nation by “backing work that offers real and tangible benefits for Australians from all walks of life”.

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Wearable and Point of Care Biodiagnostics Workshop Monday 15 August 2016

This free workshop will focus on the latest developments in wearable technologies designed for point of care diagnostics and physiological monitoring. Supported by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science & Technology, the Monash Institute for Medical Engineering (MIME), Monash Chemical Engineering Department, and Harbin Institute of Technology, the workshop will comprise of presentations from invited experts. The full program will be released shortly and catering will be provided throughout the day.

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National Research Infrastructure Capability Issues Paper released

The National Research Infrastructure Capability Issues Paper has been released. The paper presents a range of issues relating to national research infrastructure capability areas and is the first step in working towards a shared view of the capabilities that require national research infrastructure to support current, new and emerging areas of research and innovation. It sets out the proposed capability requirements that will inform the development of the 2016 Roadmap.

In conjunction with the release of the Issues Paper, a range of consultations will occur around Australia from July. Dates and the registration form are available from the following link:

Professor Justin Cooper-White: Marshall and Warren Award

The UQ Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology’s Professor Justin Cooper-White was awarded the Marshall and Warren Award for the most innovative and potentially transformative grant from the 2015 project grants funding round.

His project, Direct reprogramming of adult cardiac fibroblasts to functional cardiomyocytes through targeted delivery, aims to restore damaged heart tissue to a functional state following injury.

“Current therapies have limited abilities to repair damaged heart tissue, but reprogramming cardiac fibroblasts could restore healthy function for survivors of heart disease” Professor Cooper-White said.

The proposal was developed with UQ School of Biomedical Sciences’ Dr Enzo Porello and AIBN’s Professor Ernst Wolvetang.