Monthly Archives: April 2017
Trajan Scientific and Medical (Trajan) has been named one of the top 20 leading “Businesses of Tomorrow” in Australia.
Commissioned by Westpac and conducted by Deloitte, the Businesses of Tomorrow study identified companies that are shaping Australia’s future. Judging criteria included: track record of delivery, ability to meet future challenges and contribution to the community, industry or economy.
Trajan‘s strong collaborative relationship with researchers, such as IPAS within the University of Adelaide, allowing the company to be at the forefront of innovation, was a contributing factor in gaining a place in the top 20 list. Furthermore, Trajan’s evolution from an engineering business to market-focused company allows Trajan to “remain agile and adaptable to market needs”.
A branch of Trajan has been colocated with IPAS since September 2016, following the Photonics Catalyst Program, a joint initiative between the South Australian government and IPAS to connect industry with research.
A full report on the top 200 Australian Businesses of Tomorrow can be found here.
Tim Nelson will be commencing his position as the IPAS Project Manager on 24th April.
Tim’s background is in biomedical engineering and he previously worked at The Bionics Institute in Melbourne, developing and trialling novel implantable devices and strategies for the prediction and treatment of seizures in patients with chronic epilepsy. As an engineering professional, this also incorporated aspects of intellectual property identification and commercialisation strategy development. He studied post-graduate Management at Melbourne Business School prior to taking up a role with Save the Children (Vanuatu) in the development and humanitarian space. As Director of Operations, he was responsible for a large-scale humanitarian program over a 10-month period following Cyclone Pam.
Most recently, Tim worked in the Research & Business Partnerships branch of the University of Adelaide as an industry-engagement specialist, with an interest in innovation, entrepreneurship and tech-transfer.
Prof Andre Luiten has been appointed as a member of the National Committee for Physics (NCP), with tenure until 31st March 2020. The NCP is one of 22 national committees within the Australian Academy of Science(AAS), with the broad aim of fostering links between domestic and international scientists within disciplines to the academy.
Dr Ben Sparkes kicked off the 2017 IPAS Seminar Series with his presentation titled “Gradient Echo Memory: A GEM for Quantum Information Processing”.
Gradient Echo Memory (GEM) is based on photon echoes and is a more precise and efficient form of quantum memory and storage for light.
Ben joined the Precision Measurement Group two months ago, following a postdoc at University of Melbourne and undertaking his PhD at Australia National University. He is an ARC DECRA Fellow and is looking forward to expanding his research within IPAS.