Workshop for Early Career Researchers
12 - 13 July 2017 | Future Industries Institute, Australia
Dr Stephen Rodda
Stephen Rodda is Chief Executive Officer of UniSA Ventures Pty Ltd.
He has a combined 16 years of experience in the areas of scientific research, research management, technology commercialisation, investment management and corporate governance.
Stephen has a successful track record in Australia, the US and Europe for attracting funding, publications in peer reviewed journals and has personally generated patentable innovations for commercialisation. He has been involved in technology commercialisation at every stage of the process including implementation of technology development and intellectual property (IP) strategies, capital raisings and has performed executive management roles in early stage companies.
Throughout his career, Stephen has played an active role in the formation and financing of more than 15 companies and securing approximately
$180 million in grants, investments and other funding.
Stephen has held Business Development roles where he has led efforts to commercialise technologies at various stages of development from a range of industry sectors. Stephen also has a valuable perspective of investment management from previous experience as Senior Investment Manager with a Venture Capital fund.
He was educated at the University of Adelaide gaining a first class Honours degree, a PhD in Biochemistry and was awarded the University Medal. Subsequently he was awarded the prestigious CJ Martin and Arthritis Foundation fellowships for post- doctoral training at Harvard University.
In addition, Stephen holds a Masters of Business Administration from La Trobe University, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has undertaken the Advanced Management Program (AMP) at the Harvard Business School.
Ms Jo Schneider
Jo Schneider is a CEO, serial entrepreneur, 2014 Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year (SA) and has featured in BRW, The SMH, Sky News and The Age.
But she started out studying Mechanical Engineering at UniSA and working in several engineering roles including as a Senior Manufacturing Engineer at GM Holden.
Learn how at just 22 she set up her first award-winning company, Animal Therapeutics, which is the sole distributor of Activo Med therapy equipment for performance horses in Australia and New Zealand.
And transferred her engineering skills into leading consultancy, DVE Business Solutions, driving positive change in the Education sector through people, process, structure and technology.
A/ Prof David Cropley
David Cropley is the Associate Professor of Engineering Innovation at the University of South Australia.
Dr Cropley joined the School of Engineering at the South Australian Institute of Technology (SAIT) in 1990, after serving for four years in the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy, including a deployment to the Arabian Gulf in 1988. Following the establishment of the University in 1991, he completed a PhD in Measurement Systems Engineering in 1997, and a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education in 2002.
Dr Cropley has taught a variety of courses on engineering, creativity and innovation at the University. His research interests lie in the measurement of product creativity; measuring innovation capacity in organisations, creativity in schools and education, creativity and innovation in terrorism and crime, and the nexus of creative problem-solving and engineering.
Dr Cropley is author of four books including Creativity in Engineering: Novel Solutions to Complex Problems (Academic Press, 2015); The Psychology of Innovation in Organizations (Cambridge University Press, 2015); Creativity and Crime: A Psychological Analysis (Cambridge University Press, 2013).
Now a recognised expert in creative problem solving and innovation, Dr David Cropley was a scientific consultant and on-screen expert for the Australian ABC TV Documentaries Redesign My Brain (2013), Life at 9 (2014) and Redesign My Brain, Series 2 (2015).
Prof Benjamin Thierry
Professor Benjamin Thierry is the University of South Australia Professor in Bioengineering and a Research Leader at the Future Industries Institute. He obtained his PhD in 2004 in Biomedical Engineering at McGill University and leads since 2009 the translational NanobioEngineering group (www.nanobioengineering.com) which primarily aims to develop and implement novel biodiagnostic and prognostic technologies. He was awarded a prestigious NHMRC Career Development Fellowship level 2 in 2014 and his research program is funded by the NHMRC, the ARC, the Ramaciotti Foundation, the SA Department of State Development and BioSA. In keeping with the translational focus of his research, a number of projects in his group are at the clinical trialling and/or commercialization phases. This includes Ferronova ltd pty, a spin-off company established to commercialize the cancer staging technology developed in the group. Ferronova has received investor valuation in 2016 and will be conducting a pilot clinical trial in late 2017 in collaboration with the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
Dr Matthew Lay
Matthew is a patent attorney at FB Rice and based in Melbourne. He completed his PhD at the University of Melbourne with the Centre for Quantum Computer Technology in 2006. His research involved semiconductor device fabrication and studying materials with accelerators, electron microscopy, and scanning probe microscopy. Matthew also did a post-doc at CSIRO where he studied heat treatment of alloys such as metallic glasses with positrons, synchrotron X-rays, NMR and mechanical testing. As a result of his applied research background, Matthew has a strong interest in protecting IP.
Since joining the IP profession in 2011, Matthew has gained experience in drafting and prosecuting patents as well as advising clients on patenting strategies. His patent experience extends over fields beyond his research background such as mechanical engineering, MRI and other analytical instrumentation, building construction, mining, medical devices and software.
Nehal Jain is the Program Manager of Microsoft Innovation Centre South Australia (MICSA). Alongside this, she is also studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Software) at The University of Adelaide. Her role involves working with start-up companies, universities, government and other community players to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in Adelaide. Prior to her current role, she has worked in a start-up herself. Hear about the services and facilities that the Microsoft Innovation Centre can provide, and how local entrepreneurs have made the most of the MICSA.
Rebecca O’Dell is the Learning Solutions Coordinator – Programs at Business SA where she is responsible for coordinating programs designed to assist South Australians to develop a business idea or concept. The South Australian Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (SAYES) assists young South Australians aged 18-35 make their business idea a reality. The Encore Entrepreneur program (EE) is designed to assist South Australians aged 35 + to develop a business idea or concept and provide the best possible chance to create employment growth and investment for the state. These programs involve participants attending workshops designed to provide an understanding of basic business fundamentals. With the support of a business mentor who provides tailored one on one specific coaching, participants complete the program with a comprehensive business plan targeted toward establishing a sustainable business model.
Prior to her current role, Rebecca worked in volunteer management in Local Government, not for profit and private sectors. Rebecca also has a broad range of experience in event management and has lectured and tutored at Flinders University in event design. Rebecca is passionate about continuous learning and providing opportunities for people in the community to contribute to their community.
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