The IPAS / Trajan Scientific and Medical collaboration has been featured in the latest edition of BioSA News for May 2016 in an article titled ‘Magnify your Impact’. Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem has also been featured on the front cover of the article.
“Adelaide will become home to a new research and advanced manufacturing hub following a strategic collaboration between global medical technology development company, Trajan Scientific and Medical, and the University of Adelaide’s Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS).
The Hub will be based on the advances in the production of specialty glass fibres crucial in developing the next generation of chemical and biological sensors, and high-precision instruments.”
Trajan welcomes Australian Prime Minister to showcase its ‘disruptive innovation’ with academia and start-ups
Trajan Scientific and Medical (Trajan) has highlighted to Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that “disruptive innovation” is well underway locally and globally, welcoming him to the company’s Global Headquarters in Melbourne, Australia, to showcase Trajan’s pioneering partnerships with academia and start-ups that are set to become a critical new pillar of the Australian economy.
Chief Executive Officer of Trajan, Stephen Tomisich comments: “Trajan identified the vital role of collaboration with other sectors, including academia and start-ups, some time ago. To have the Prime Minister here shows his genuine interest in, and alignment with, what we are already doing. We are enthused and excited by the Government’s refreshed recognition of the importance of innovation within the context of collaboration to the nation’s prosperity.”
The Prime Minister’s visit comes as the Government announces three pillars to its innovation agenda, with the third pillar changing the way universities and academics are funded, making part of their funding dependent on engaging with industry and successfully creating start-ups from their research.
Mr Tomisich continues: “Rolling out new models to fund and nurture innovative start-ups, taking those brilliant concepts and ideas nestled in the labs and lecture halls of universities – Trajan identifies these opportunities and in doing so, essentially creates new IP-based, successful and sustainable ideas and enterprises that can deliver long-term economic benefit.”
During the visit, discussions covered Trajan’s fresh take on partnering with academia, including the University of Tasmania and The University of Adelaide, demonstrating true “disruptive innovation”, proving many of the Government’s longer term goals around collaboration and support of start-ups are already underway.
Trajan’s strategic collaboration with the University of Adelaide, supported by the South Australian Government, was announced in September 2015 and sees the realisation of a research and development and manufacturing hub based on a new generation of specialty glass products for the global science and medical equipment market.
The hub will help scientists in the University’s Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) and the School of Physical Sciences commercialize their research into products that ultimately benefit human health and wellbeing, and the products have the potential to be utilized in a wide range of medical and scientific applications including genetic testing, biomarker discovery and detection, environmental analysis, food safety testing, testing for drugs of abuse and therapeutic drug monitoring.
In 2013 an innovative collaboration between the University of Tasmania, Trajan and the Federal Government was announced, and saw the creation of the $5.2 million Australian Research Council (ARC) Training Centre for Portable Analytical Separation Technologies (ASTech) at the University. The Researchers are driving at revolutionary new technologies which could see complex medical and industrial testing brought out of the lab and onto a smartphone. The prospect of ‘miniaturizing’ analytical separation technologies – now conducted in large, specialized laboratories – could also produce huge efficiencies in time and logistics.
Bridging the gap between the academic world and real life is a major focus for Trajan, whose focus is on developing and commercializing technologies that enable analytical systems to be more selective, sensitive and specific for biological, environmental or food related measurements – especially those that can lead to portability, miniaturization and affordability.
Mr Michael Sukkar, Federal Member for Deakin, Victoria commented he was proud to have a business like Trajan in his electorate: “Energizing the growth and productivity of local business and enterprise in Deakin is important. Trajan’s business model, which is centred on supporting start-up companies and with its focus on collaboration, there is a very bright future for local innovation, research and development, manufacturing and industry.”
Mr Tomisich concludes it is an honour to be able to share Trajan’s story with the Prime Minister: “Trajan’s vision is that through science interfacing with society, we can impact the wellbeing of a growing number of communities globally. We are committed to helping the Prime Minister understand more about how Trajan’s collaborative model and technology direction is reflected in the Australian Government’s plans to support growth of the scientific industry here and overseas.”
Photonics Catalyst Program (PCP) Project leads to landmark Photonics R&D and manufacturing collaboration agreement between Trajan Scientific and Medical and IPAS
A research and development and manufacturing hub based on a new generation of specialty glass products for the global science and medical equipment market was announced at the University of Adelaide today.
The hub is part of a new landmark collaboration agreement between Trajan Scientific and Medical (Trajan) and the University of Adelaide, and supported by the State Government.
The strategic collaboration will help Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) researchers commercialise their research into products that ultimately benefit human health and wellbeing.
A/Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem, IPAS Deputy Director will be leading the collaboration with Trajan including the development of a range of specialty glasses and fibres to be used in the medical industry.
“Trajan’s skills in manufacturing – including processes and systems, quality control, and logistics – combined with our research expertise and facilities will enable transition of research outputs from the University and its partners into commercial manufacturing,” says Professor Mike Brooks, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research).
“This exciting collaboration will also open up new opportunities for research and accelerate the development of a significant cluster of photonics companies in South Australia. To be able to ensure our work is applied to real-world situations is a hugely exciting outcome and it will cement our position as a global leader in light, glass and optical fibre research.”
The products have the potential to be utilised in a wide range of medical and scientific applications including genetic testing, biomarker discovery and detection, environmental analysis, food safety testing, and testing for drugs of abuse and therapeutic drug monitoring.
“Trajan’s global operations and customer base, partnered with the international standing IPAS enjoys as a centre of excellence in photonics and specialty glass technologies, means this collaboration will provide an incredible global platform to promote South Australia,” says Stephen Tomisich, Chief Executive Officer of Trajan.
“Trajan believes it is essential to grow an IP-based Australian industry, and aims to lead the way in partnering with Australian academia and government to realise this.”
Minister for Health Jack Snelling said the State Government was pleased to support this partnership and had provided $346,000 in funding to help set up the new facility.
“Health Industries SA and the Department of State Development have played an important role in supporting the University of Adelaide and Trajan in identifying wider opportunities for the company to grow their presence in South Australia,” Mr Snelling said.
“This is a great example of an interstate company recognising the leading research underway in South Australia and setting up premises to tap into that capability and drive greater innovation within their business.”
Minister for Manufacturing and Innovation Kyam Maher said photonics is a key enabling technology that manufacturers are being encouraged to adopt to improve competitiveness via the State Government’s Manufacturing Works Strategy, along with nanotechnology and medical devices.
“Technologies like photonics can enhance a firm’s capacity to innovate in its products, manufacturing processes, capital equipment and engineering systems,” Minister Maher said.
“I’m pleased that Trajan has obviously recognised South Australia’s potential as a global centre of excellence for advanced photonics technologies and I welcome their investment in our state.”
The strategic partnership grew from the Photonics Catalyst Program – a joint initiative between the State Government and IPAS to build connections between SA industry and emerging laser and sensing technologies. Key to the partnership is the presence of the Optofab Node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility at the University.
Trajan’s focus is on developing and commercialising technologies that enable analytical systems to be more selective, sensitive and specific for biological, environmental or food related measurements – especially those that can lead to portability, miniaturisation and affordability.