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ATSE: Commercialisation of Biological Science

6 May 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Thursday 6 May 2021, Time: 6.00 – 8.30pm

ATSE Fellows and friends are invited to attend an event featuring Professor Sally Gras FTSE and Robert Klupacs FTSE speaking on the topics of food and pharmaceutical production and translating Australian R&D from academia to industry.

Food and pharmaceutical production: where biology meets engineering – Presented by Professor Sally Gras FTSE

Food and biopharmaceutical manufacturing are essential to Australia’s health and prosperity but these industries face technical challenges.  Engineers play a central role, applying new technologies and introducing innovation.  The intersection between engineering and biology also provides opportunity to translate science and create impact.

Translating Australian R&D from academia to industry: the key issues and lessons learnt over 35 years – Presented by Robert Klupacs FTSE

Australia has been known throughout the world as a country that punches above its weight for discovery and invention particularly in the areas of biotech and medtech but still remains one of the weaker nations in the world for translating invention into commercial outcomes. The opportunity for Australia economically, if it could improve in this regard, is enormous. The talk will focus on the possible causes for this poor translation as well as highlight, based on some recent examples, possible methods and approaches to achieve significant improvement.


6 May 2021
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm