14 June 2017
Top honours for Australia’s foremost visionaries were presented at the ATSE Innovation Dinner in Brisbane today.
The prestigious Clunies Ross Awards, Australia’s premier innovation commercialisation awards, went to a select group of Australia’s pre-eminent innovators who have applied technology for the benefit of Australia and the world.
The Clunies Ross Awards have been running since 1991 and winners have included many Australians who have become household names through their achievements.
The 2017 Clunies Ross Award winners are:
Professor Andrew F. Wilks FTSE, co-founder and Executive Chairman of SYNthesis Pty Ltd, one of few Australian scientists who have stepped outside the security of the academic environment to focus solely on translating basic research to benefit humankind. His fundamental research on new cell-signaling enzymes, and the resulting new therapeutic drugs he and his team have developed, promise to continue to profoundly impact the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients worldwide. Media Release | Video
Mr Darryn Smart, Group Leader, Cyber and Electronic Warfare Division, Defence Science and Technology Group, has developed novel devices to counter improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and protect Australian Defence Force soldiers and vehicles as well as those of coalition partners. He and his team at DSTG in South Australia have designed, developed and produced four unique and highly advanced systems that have been commercialised with an estimated benefit of $64 million – showing how Australia’s cutting-edge technological development can make an impact on the global stage. Media Release | Video
Professor Mike Xie FTSE, Director of the Centre for Innovative Structures and Materials at RMIT University, has developed techniques widely-used across diverse industries including engineering, architecture, biomedicine and materials science, which have significantly reduced the weight and associated energy consumption of motor vehicles and aircraft as well as enabled strikingly elegant bridge and building designs. Media Release | Video
The Dinner was attended by 400 business leaders, entrepreneurs, decision makers, government officials, researchers and academics.
The keynote speaker was neuroscientist Professor Alan Mackay-Sim, the 2017 Australian of the Year.
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