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Research to Startup: A different road to impact

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The University of Queensland

AIBN Level 1 Seminar Room (Room 132)

Building 75, Cnr Cooper and College Roads

Saint Lucia, QLD 4072

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Think your research could have global impact? Now what?

Hear from researchers who have pursued a different path to gain global impact for their work - building a successful startup business.

Uniseed - a partner of the University of Queensland - provides investment funding to commercialise research-developed technologies that bring significant impact to communities. Uniseed has brought together a panel of researchers turned entrepreneurs that will share the highs and lows of their experience - from discussions with the Tech Transfer Office, leaving the university (or not!), raising capital, forming teams and being in business.

Every journey is different, but all have been fulfilling.

Our panel includes:

  • Prof Peer Schenk is internationally recognised for his expertise in plant biotechnology, including the development of new disease resistant plants. His research has led to the formation of Nexgen plants, an emerging plant trait company delivering non-GM solutions for a range of pathogens, production traits and consumer traits. Peer is currently Professor of plant and microbial biotechnology in the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences at the University of Queensland.
  • Prof Darren Kelly is a serial entrepreneur and CEO of two start-up companies, Certa Therapeutics which is developing novel drugs for the treatment of kidney fibrosis and OccuRx which is developing novel treatments for retinal eye disease. He was previously Founder and CEO of Fibrotech Therapeutics, a company that developed anti-fibrotic inhibitors to treat underlying pathological fibrosis in kidney disease, which was acquired by Shire Plc for US$75 million. Darren is the Associate Dean (Innovation and Enterprise, MDHS) at the University of Melbourne, the Director of Innovation and Enterprise at the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) and Director of Biomedical Research in the Department of Medicine, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne.
  • Dr Anne Bannister specialises in commercialising The University Queensland’s evidence-based technologies and programs which transform the way global communities tackle issues such as parenting, anxiety, literacy, disability, education, ageing, and cultural heritage. With previous executive management roles in commercial and charitable organisations, her expertise in building businesses based on commercialising IP was developed in her own start-up.
  • Dr Anthony Musumeci is Uniseed’s Brisbane-based Investment Manager specialising in engineering, digital and physical science start-up companies. Anthony previously worked for Black Sheep Capital investing in high growth early stage digital startup companies. Prior to this, Anthony worked at the commercialisation offices of the University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology translating, through licences and start-up companies, exciting scientific discoveries to the market place.

Come and join us for a unique panel discussion followed by drinks and canapes.

Seats are limited so please register early to avoid disappointment.

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Building 75, Cnr Cooper and College Roads

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