Research commercialisation: challenges and solutions

Presented by the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) Queensland Division

Event details

Thursday 25 May 2023

2:00pm – 4:30pm AEST


The Precinct, Level 2/315 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006


This event is free and open to all


> Professor Bronwyn Harch FTSE, Queensland Chief Scientist

> Dr Dean Moss, Chief Executive Officer, UniQuest, The University of Queensland

> Professor Rowena Barrett, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Entrepreneurship), Queensland University of Technology

> Dr Peter Binks, Vice President (Industry and External Engagement), Griffith University

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Join us for a thought-provoking forum on the challenges and solutions of research commercialisation on Thursday 25 May 2023, from 2:00pm to 4:30pm AEST at The Precinct, Fortitude Valley in Brisbane.

Hear from our distinguished panel members, Prof Bronwyn Harch FTSE, Dr Dean Moss, Prof Rowena Barrett, and Dr Peter Binks, as they share their perspectives on successful research commercialisation and address the challenges and solutions. After the Q&A session, you will have the opportunity to network with fellow participants during afternoon tea.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to learn and connect with experts in the field.

Bronwyn Harch
Professor Bronwyn Harch FTSE

Queensland Chief Scientist

Professor Bronwyn Harch was appointed the interim Queensland Chief Scientist in October 2022. With a background in statistics and data science, Professor Harch has significant research and innovation leadership experience. She comes to the position having recently held the role of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research and Innovation) for The University of Queensland. Professor Harch has also held key leadership roles at both QUT and CSIRO.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Science (with Honours) in Australian Environmental Studies, a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching and a PhD in biometrics. Born in Queensland, Professor Harch is passionate about scientific and innovation endeavours that make our communities more secure, resilient and sustainable.

Professor Harch currently serves on several Australian and Queensland boards and advisory committees relating to science and innovation including the Federal Government Co-operative Research Centre Advisory Committee and the Queensland Government Innovation Advisory Council and was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in 2015.

Dr Dean Moss

Chief Executive Officer, UniQuest, The University of Queensland

Dr Dean Moss is CEO of UniQuest, Australia’s leading university commercialisation entity, managing the intellectual property of The University of Queensland. Dean has more than 35 years’ experience in science, academia, business, management and commercialisation in Australia, the US and the UK. He has been managing director or senior business development executive of several health and biotech companies worldwide, including Agen Biomedical, Launch Diagnostics, AMRAD ICT, AMRAD Biotech, and United Drug. Dean established the highly-successful York Medical Technologies as a start-up in the UK in 2004.

He is a board member of several Australian biotechnology companies and was a member of the investment committee of the pre-seed venture funds Uniseed, the Medical Research Commercialisation Fund and the New Zealand Government’s KiwiNet. Throughout his career, Dean has managed the raising of more than $200M in venture capital investment. He is Chair of the Group of Eight Universities Innovation and Commercialisation Group. In 2018, Dr Moss was awarded the title of Adjunct Professor in the Office of the UQ’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation).

Rowena Barrett
Professor Rowena Barrett

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Entrepreneurship), Queensland University of Technology

Professor Rowena Barrett is an expert in thinking innovatively and being entrepreneurial to get things done. As Pro Vice-Chancellor (Entrepreneurship) she leads QUT’s priority for entrepreneurship, creating the environment in which entrepreneurship amplifies discipline expertise for students, staff and alumni.

Rowena holds Science, Education and Commerce degrees from Monash and Melbourne universities, including a PhD in Industrial Relations. She has published widely in leading academic journals on the nature, development and management of work and employment generally and particularly in smaller and entrepreneurial firms. She is an acknowledged global academic expert on entrepreneurship and human resource management and has successfully led or co-led teams that engaged productively with research users around small business, innovation and entrepreneurship in Australia and the UK. She was awarded an ANZAM (Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management) Life Fellowship in 2018.

She is the Chair of the Queensland Government’s Innovation Advisory Council, working alongside the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur and engaging collaboratively with personnel from the Queensland government, corporate and start-up business community and university to deliver sustainable change to further spur innovation-driven entrepreneurship across the state.

Peter Binks
Dr Peter Binks

Vice President (Industry and External Engagement), Griffith University

Dr Peter Binks has been Vice President (Industry and External Engagement) at Griffith University since November 2020.  Dr Peter Binks has been Vice President (Industry and External Engagement) at Griffith University since November 2020. He leads a team of 10, and manages the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct Team, and Griffith’s plan for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic & Paralympic Games. Through 2022 he also oversaw Griffith’s research commercialisation unit, Griffith Enterprise.

Peter has a BSc (Hons) from the University of Tasmania, and a PhD from Oxford University, modelling the orbits of stars in galaxies, as a Rhodes Scholar. He has held senior leadership positions with BHP, Telstra and McKinsey. He ran a startup nanotechnology company (Nanotechnology Victoria), and a national scholarship foundation (the John Monash Scholarships).

Peter served on the Boards of medtech and energytech firms and the Institute of Railway Technology, and held advisory roles with the Defence Science & Technology Organisation and the Centre for Policy Development. He was CEO of the Business Higher Education Round Table.  Prior to Griffith, he was University Partnerships Director for accelerator and seed fund Skalata Ventures, and worked with the leadership team at Hydrogen Systems Australia (HSA). He served for 8 years on the Advisory Board of In2science, focused on STEM participation in low-SES schools. Peter is a Director on the Board of Engagement Australia.