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Innovation Partnerships funding recipients 2016–17

The following recipients have been awarded funding under the Innovation Partherships program for 2016–17.

Project title Research organisation Project summary Industry partners Research priority Amount

New Treatments for Brain Disease

The University of Queensland

Responding to the urgent need for new therapeutics to combat neurodegenerative disease, this project will drive the development and commercialisation of a new drug for sufferers of Motor Neuron Disease and Huntington’s Disease. The project will enhance the drug development and commercialisation capacity in Queensland and bring a new drug to patients with devastating neurodegenerative conditions.

Alsonex Pty Ltd
Wesley Medical Research Ltd
Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Neurology Department
MND and Me Foundation Ltd
Huntington's Disease Queensland Inc
Translation of Health $960,000

Environmentally Responsive Biocomposite Fertilisers

The University of Queensland

Nutrient pollution, caused by fertiliser inefficiencies, is a pervasive and ongoing problem that contributes prominently to the decline of the Great Barrier Reef and increased production costs for Queensland farmers. This project aims to deliver a targeted next generation fertiliser for Queensland’s expanding agro-technology sector, as a commercial product for local manufacturers. These environmentally responsive fertilisers will be novel and cost-effective formulations based on urea, tailored biopolymers and functional additives, and a step towards high-yielding, high-efficiency agriculture.

Manildra Group
James Cook University
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Protecting our Biodiversity $400,000

Smart Ear Tag for Livestock

James Cook University

This project will develop a smart ear tag for livestock to enable near real-time geo-location and health monitoring. The smart ear tag will have vastly greater functionality than the current NLIS identification system, and cost only marginally more than existing tags. This technology will revolutionise the industry through enhanced animal welfare, improved land management practices and increased profitability. It will form the starting point of block chain traceability that will underpin the continued success of this important component of the Australian economy and help maintain and grow the premium status of Australian livestock products.

Production Technologies $1,500,000

Nanotechnology for Next-Generation Termiticides

The University of Queensland

Queensland has the highest incidence of termite damage in Australia. Termites affect our housing, forestry and timber industries and cause an estimated $1 billion in economic loss each year. Current control methods are costly and only partially effective. This project will develop new, low-cost and high-performance delivery systems, from which two termiticide products will be designed: a bait for direct killing of termite colonies, and a long-term barrier formulation with more effective soil penetration properties than is currently available. This revolution in termite treatment and control will have far-reaching benefits for a number of important industries in Queensland and Australia.

The University of Southern Queensland
Agrisolutions Australia Pty Ltd
Australian Timber and Pest Research Pty Ltd
Production Technologies $600,000

Assessment of Precision Melanoma Diagnostics

The University of Queensland

Early melanoma diagnosis is the best and most cost effective method to prevent metastatic melanoma but the diagnosis of malignancy is not absolute. Metastatic patients have a poor prognosis and are expensive to treat. Metastatic patients are treated with inhibitors but many do not respond or experience a relapse of disease. Currently there is a lack of a clinically useful blood and tissue-based test of disease activity. This project will develop a biomarker diagnostic kit for use with melanoma patients to guide treatment, better predict patient outcomes and reduce health care costs.

QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology
Translation of Health $120,000

The Queensland Drug Repurposing Initiative

The University of Queensland

This project will establish a large-scale Queensland Drug Repurposing Initiative based on the international Linked Clinical Trials model. The aim is fast-tracking new treatments for neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease using a focused drug repurposing approach. Drugs approved to treat other diseases, which have also shown robust evidence as disease-modifying treatments for neurodegeneration, have been prioritised by an international expert panel for Phase II trials to be conducted in major Queensland hospitals and research centres. This initiative will establish Queensland as a hub for drug repurposing while rapidly advancing cost-effective treatments for neurodegenerative diseases towards the clinic.

Wesley Medical Research (Uniting Care Health)
The Cure Parkinson's Trust, UK
Griffith University
Shake It Up Australia Foundation
Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital
Translation of Health $1,500,000

Avocado Tissue-Culture: From Lab-to-Orchard

The University of Queensland

This project will roll-out a novel tissue-culture system for avocado, to supply 500-fold more plants than current industry methods, as-and-when needed. The Queensland-owned technology will be translated to multiple industry-desired cultivars, multi-region field validation and market uptake-feasibility analyses (domestic/export). Using conservative estimates, Queensland avocado production could double to 70,000 tonnes/year ($960M/year) creating industry growth and jobs for regional Queensland.

University of Southern Queensland
Central Queensland University
Donovan Family Investments
Mac Farms Pty Ltd
L & R Collins Pty Ltd
Duravo Pty Ltd
Andersons Horticulture Pty Ltd
Millwood Holdings T/A Delroy Orchards Pty Ltd
Primary Growth Pty Ltd T/A Jasper Farms
Production Technologies $636,000

Indigenous Employment, Forestry Livelihoods Mining

University of the Sunshine Coast

This project will support the establishment of a diversified indigenous forest industry which will maximise Indigenous jobs by harvesting timber and non-timber forest resources from areas to be cleared as part of mining operations. Current bauxite practices include clearing and burning valuable native forest resources which can be used for indigenous economic development. The project is supported by the mining sector and will reduce waste and their environmental footprint. This project will provide proof of concept for wide-scale adoption by the mining sector. It will provide direct support to Wik Timber in its committed target of 65 new Indigenous jobs.

Green Coast Resources Pty Ltd
Wik Timber Holdings Pty Ltd
The University of Queensland
Production Technologies $600,000

Commercialise Multi-Modal Imaging and Stimulation

QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

This project will commercialise a new technique for diagnostic imaging in the clinical neurosciences, and patent an advanced method for medical devices that treat neurological disorders by brain stimulation. This will create a significant new player in the medical diagnostics and medical device industry, with IP controlled in Queensland.

Mater Hospital
Translation of Health $1,500,000
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Last updated
18 September, 2017

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