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Research for What?
40 minutes | 25 days ago
Collaborate: why, when, how? with Mark Elliott - Collabforge
In this week’s episode of Research for What?, I talk with Mark Elliott, Managing Director and Founder of Collabforge. Mark has made it his career and business to help individuals and organisations collaborate. Here he shares tips on how to establish successful collaborations that will deliver innovative outcomes. A clue? Setting clear expectations early. He also explains how to keep momentum through long and multi-disciplinary projects. If you want to learn when and how to collaborate efficiently in a complex team, what to do before, during and after a large collaborative project, listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spotify or Google Podcasts. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
39 minutes | a month ago
Why publish and who decides what a great paper is? with Justin Gooding - ACS Sensors
In this week’s episode of Research for What?, I talk with Prof Justin Gooding, ARC Laureate Fellow in the school of Chemistry at UNSW Sydney and Editor-in-Chief of ACS Sensors.Justin shares his views about the benefits of publishing for researchers from both academia and industry and tips to find the most suitable journal. Justin explains his role as editor-in-chief in attracting and selecting 'the best science'. We discuss the peer-review process, open access and who decides what makes a great paper. Justin also shares his thoughts on impact and impact factors...Listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spotify and Google Podcasts for tips to get your work accepted. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
35 minutes | 2 months ago
What challenges do women in research face and why is it impacting everyone? with Melina Georgousakis - Franklin Women
In this week’s episode of Research for What?, I talk with Melina Georgousakis, Founder and Director of Franklin Women. Franklin Women is a grassroots organisation for women working in health and medical related careers. As I wanted to be more aware and conscious of women under-representation in research, I took the risk to expose my unconscious biases and ignorance on this very important (and sometimes controversial) topic!! My goal was primarily to better understand and talk about the challenges faced by women in research. Melina offers some advice for women (and men!) to tackle those challenges faced by women, and other under-represented members of our community. Importantly, she discusses why increased diversity and experiences generate better Research and Science, for everyone (individuals, organisations and communities more broadly). I asked Melina what initiatives exist and why they are different; and what works and what doesn’t work. Melina talks with passion, compassion (!) and respect for a cause she feels extremely strongly about. She explains who can help make a difference and how. For better Science & Research!Listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spotify and Google Podcasts. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
56 minutes | 2 months ago
How to Maximise Research Impact?
How can researchers boost their scientific discoveries for the benefit of our broader society? This virtual event was part of National Science Week and was recorded on the 21st August 2020.Designed primarily for research staff and students, this event was centred on a hypothetical scenario where a researcher, Dr Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan from the Indian Institute of Science, was seeking opportunities to boost the impact of a scientific discovery. Five experts from different specialties, ranging from academia, publishing and commercialisation, made their pitches:Marcel Dinger, Head of School and Professor at the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences at UNSW, will represent academiaJustin Gooding, editor-in-chief of ACS Sensors, will represent publishingJulio Ribeiro CEO of Inventia Life Science will be our start-up founder and entrepreneurNatasha Rawlings investment manager at Uniseed will be our early-stage investorMarthe D’Ombrain, Senior Director and Head Global Research Innovation at CSL, will represent the giant global biotech company On-call is Nicholas Milne, Engineer, Patent and Trade-Mark Attorney at Patentec. Nicholas was here to answer any questions about Intellectual Property. Experts called on Nicholas when they needed any clarification about Intellectual Property.In the final act, Erin Rayment, Chair of Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia and Director Engagement at the Queensland University of Technology, brought her expertise and experience to help our researcher clarify impacts.Which pathway did the researcher follow?You can also watch the video here. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
32 minutes | 3 months ago
What are accelerators and should you join one? with Hamish Hawthorn
Since Y Combinator was created in 2005, start-up accelerators are booming and competing to attract founders and researchers alike. But what are accelerators and should you join one?In this week’s episode of Research for What?, I talk with Hamish Hawthorn. Hamish has been the founder, director, advisor and investor of many start-ups. He was the Chief Executive of ATP Innovations, one of Australia’s first and largest incubators for start-ups and scale-ups. Hamish has vast experience working with founders through accelerator programs and has even been described as the god-father of the Australian start-up ecosystem. Here, he describes what accelerators really are and what they offer and gives insights to researchers who want to commercialise their discoveries. Can you really get mentorship, networking, education, market validation, and customers in 10 weeks?Listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spotify and Google Podcasts. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
39 minutes | 4 months ago
Philanthropy and Research - trust, honesty and communication - with Anna Guillan Founder of NELUNE Foundation
How can researchers connect with philanthropists and supporters? In this week’s episode of Research for What?, I talk with Anna Guillan. Anna is the Deputy Chair ofTourism Australia and the Australian consultant to Kerzner International, a global operator of luxury resorts.More relevant to this podcast is the fact that Anna is the co-founder of the NELUNE Foundation, which she established with her friend Nelune Rajapakse in 2001. Today, they have raised over $33M to support patients diagnosed with cancer. Their work at the NELUNE Foundation supports NSW public hospitals and research facilities to provide and improve cancer patient care.In this episode Anna explains how the NELUNE Foundation was born to help provide better care for under-privileged or marginalised patients. Anna talks about how the NELUNE Foundation subsequently began to support long-term and complicated research projects, as new needs developed. In particular, Anna explains how the Rebecca Wilson fellowship was established to support a young cancer researcher at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. Anna explains the importance of relationships with the Foundation’s supporters and researchers. Without a strong scientific background, Anna and Nelune aid projects and people they can trust because of their integrity, honesty and ability to communicate. They build human connections with ‘young bright minds’ who share the same passion for helping others. Here, Anna gives some great tips for young researchers to communicate their work in a meaningful way that can be understood by potential supporters.Lastly, Anna hopes her contribution helps foster more collaboration in research, between teams, institutions and companies. She wishes for ‘one big mega brain trying to solve major problems’ to get a better outcome for patients. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spotify and Google Podcasts. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
34 minutes | 4 months ago
Confluence of interests to translate research ideas into products - with Vijay Sivaraman
In this week’s episode of Research for What?, I talk with Vijay Sivaraman - leader in Software Defined Networking and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. Because his children played online shooting games and needed instant access to data, Vijay founded Canopus Networks, a start-up that commercialises technology developed in his research team.Here Vijay discusses how his research led to developing a product to improve all internet users’ experience. Vijay says: ‘They are great ideas in research but they never get translated into products so that they can be consumed.’He describes his dual role as an academic and entrepreneur, a supportive environment that helped him as a researcher to create his own start-up and his transition from science to commercialisation. Before launching Canopus Networks, Vijay had some prior experience working for start-ups, which together with knowledge in his technology helped build a passionate team with complementary skills, and turn an academic idea into IP and a commercial product. Engagement with industry has been a long process and Vijay had to learn business skills, language and drivers. He had to be very perseverant and accept rejections, traits he had built during his academic career… Today, when Vijay talks about his technology, he speaks both as a researcher and as the CEO of Canopus Networks. Ideas and projects also flow seamlessly between his research group, his start-up and other industry players. Now, Vijay is taking a sabbatical year to focus entirely on his role as a CEO, educate customers and explain the technology and its benefits. Here, Vijay brings a novel insight as he explains how becoming a founder and CEO has changed him as a researcher as well!! According to Vijay, moving a research idea into a commercial product that consumers use, gives researchers more field data about the product and the problem they are solving. Vijay is very confident that his commercial activities are spurring more and better quality academic research. Vijay’s story is evidence that research and commercialisation are not only compatible but also mutually beneficial, when there is a confluence of interests!Listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spotify and Google Podcasts. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
45 minutes | 4 months ago
How to spiral a start-up into a unicorn? With angel-investor and tech-entrepreneur Alan Jones
In this episode, I talk with Alan Jones - an angel investor, tech-entrepreneur and mentor. Alan has worked as an entrepreneur-in-residence with accelerator programs like Startmate, muru-D and BlueChilli and is currently working for the Remarkable accelerator program which helps develop disability tech start-ups. I asked Alan what it takes to transform a start-up into a unicorn, and what the metrics and contextual drivers are. Alan generously shares his immense experience, passion and wisdom and answers questions such as:When to bootstrap or raise capital from investors? When not to?How to build a world-class team? How big should it be? How and when to find or compensate co-founders?Should you pivot? When?What is success? What makes great success stories? Is it always making money?What should you say (and not say) to investors?How ambitious or confident should you be?Who should you take advice from? Should you aim to create a good business or a unicorn?What is impact? Which investors care about impact? Is it compatible with financial returns?Of course, we could not avoid speaking about the current pandemic. Alan discussed how it affected start-ups and investment so far and how it is going to impact the 2nd half of 2020. Alan is very careful when making predictions about the future, but he gives very useful tips for founders to use over the next 12-18 months. Alan shares his thoughts on the companies or industries that might survive or even thrive in the future - a must listen for all entrepreneurs!!Alan’s advice is simple: ‘Be in the right place at the right time with the right product’. He recommends joining an accelerator program that addresses a start-up’s customers and problems in safe work environments to develop ideas... and unicorns!!Listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spotify and Google Podcasts. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
36 minutes | 5 months ago
From research lab in Australia to start-up in the US - with Maryam Parviz
In this episode of Research for What?, I speak with Maryam Parviz, Founder and CEO of SDIP-Innovations.Maryam studied engineering in Iran before working as an academic researcher in Australia. In 2018, she founded SDIP-Innovations, a start-up that develops new reservable implants. In April 2019, Maryam received a 2-year fellowship from NSW Health to relocate to the QB3 incubator at the University of California San Francisco and UCSF Rosenman Institute and advance the commercialisation of SDIP-Innovations implants. Here Maryam explains why and how she transitioned from an academic researcher to an entrepreneur. She discusses the pros and cons of moving to the US to build a new deep tech start-up in the bay area. She talks about the differences between Australia and the US (and Iran) including regulatory pathways, funding, ecosystem and culture. Maryam also discusses the differences between academic research and R&D in a start-up. She shares what it takes to learn business and its language, and to build a new company and network, with the goal to develop and launch new products for medical treatment. She talks about mental health, timelines and her team. Maryam says: ‘Having a good co-founder is the key. It’s like a marriage: if you have a good marriage, it’s great; if you have a bad one, it’s really terrible!!’ This is a fantastic episode with a very smart and hard-working research-entrepreneur who shares her journey to commercialisation!! Good luck to the team!Listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spotify and Google Podcasts. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
36 minutes | 5 months ago
Minister of Research for What? Hon Jillian Skinner, fmr NSW Minister for Medical Research and Minister for Health
In this episode, I speak with Hon Jillian Skinner, first stand-alone Minister for Medical Research in NSW from 2011 to 2015 and Minister for Health between 2011 and 2017. Mrs Skinner is one of Australia’s most experienced politicians in Health and Medical Research.I was curious to learn how a Minister for Medical Research and Minister for Health, in charge of 1/3 of the NSW total budget, identifies health needs, selects projects and advisors, understands new technologies and works for our community.I knew that Jillian was a strong advocate of health and research and I was surprised by her immense, genuine and on-going passion. I was also surprised to hear that politics was almost the obvious path for her to make a difference. As a Minister, Jillian worked with everyone's benefit in mind, including the underrepresented and under deserved members, constantly improving our infrastructure and educating people.She strongly defends integrative models where interdisciplinary and collaborative projects prevail, and where researchers, clinicians and patients interact.I was very impressed with Jillian's knowledge, engagement, strong passion and commitment to create impact and improve our community health!To hear more, listen on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
34 minutes | 6 months ago
Science and Engineering for NSW Prosperity and beyond - Prof Hugh Durrant-Whyte, NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer
In this episode I speak with NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer Prof Durrant-Whyte, who explains his role.Promoting STEM through funding and presentations like this one is one part of the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer’s job. Hugh also provides evidence-based policy advice to ministers, on a diverse range of topics, including controversial issues like water management and horses in the Kosciuszko National Park. Here Hugh insists on his independence and his strong reliance on external experts to make scientific recommendations. Secondly, the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer Office distributes funding mainly to universities, including to promote translational research outcomes. Finally, Hugh talks about his role in assisting NSW with industry strategy, in collaboration with the Government.Interestingly, Hugh talks about the opportunities for universities to collaborate more tightly and naturally, together and with industry. Because of his scientific and technical knowledge and experience, and appreciation for other political and economical forces, the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer plays a major ‘connector’ role in forming partnerships and attracting large companies, investors, Defence, venture capitalists and start-ups. Importantly, Hugh’s office creates the environment and enables young researchers and engineers to do their best.At the end of the day, I believe there is a real opportunity for researchers and scientists to engage with Government, Industry and large companies to build translational research, future economic and social outcomes and ‘prosperity’ for NSW and beyond.Listen on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28 minutes | 6 months ago
Defence Research for What?
Listen to the first, officially ‘UNCLASSIFIED’, episode of Research for What? .A few weeks ago, I launched ‘Research for What?’ to discuss why we do research. This week’s episode is special as I learn about defence research and innovation with Dr David Kershaw, Chief Science Engagement and Impact Division, Defence Science and Technology (DST), an agency of the Australian Department of Defence.I asked naive questions to David who spoke very openly about defence research, its role and impact. David talks about the unique structure and objectives to support the Australian Defence Force and guard Australia’s security needs. Unlike for academic research, the goals of defence research are not to publish papers or to competitively expand our knowledge base. Nonetheless, defence research surprisingly shares many similarities with civilian research and innovation, collaboration and impact are also essential elements. DST recently launched ‘More, together: the Science and Technology 2030 Strategy for Defence’. DST works closely with Australian government agencies such as CSIRO and ANSTO, and is looking to establish new partnerships with civilian researchers, including in academia. The appointment of Professor Tanya Monroe, previously Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation at the University of South Australia, as Chief Defence Scientist in 2019, further demonstrates the overlap and bridges between defence and academic research. David explains how and why collaborations between defence, academia and industry can create win-wins for everyone involved, benefits for Australia and impact globally. Learning about all aspects of research and researchers is exactly the goal of ‘Research for What?’ - this episode shows an unfamiliar, yet extremely important and impactful, side of research.Listen on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20 minutes | 6 months ago
"No shortage of capital for good ideas!"
This week I spoke with Ben Apted, Senior Partner at SPP, an independent and general management consultant firm in Melbourne. Ben’s expertise and work are unique and probably unknown from most researchers. Ben offers insights on how consultant firms like SPP can help researchers by facilitating conversations between researchers and investors. Ben and his team can help a) make a case for research to raise funding; b) identify the market and applications to translate research; and c) quantify and qualify impact (that has happened, short term or in the future) largely to facilitate conversations with investorsBy providing a frame and structuring thinking, Ben’s role is to translate research into investable ideas people want to support. To convince investors, Ben argues that researchers should move away from a grant application mindset to a better understanding of investors and their drivers. Ben argues that business money is not dirty money and that a better understanding of industry is key to translate research and have impact. Ben believes that it is easy to evaluate impact - ‘impact is, in simple terms, good ideas applied’ - if you keep it simple and follow these 3 stepsClearly understand which investor you are talking with - be aware of the drivers of the investorWhat are the most relevant parts of my research that could be of interest to that investorWhat is missing - what is required to translate my idea so that’s it’s valuable to that investorThis framework is useful for translation generally, ie not only to secure funding from investors but also to create impact by influencing policy changes. Ben also argues for a better understanding of the end-users, the people who will directly benefit from research translation.This short episode provides a different perspective and resource that can be used to translate research and have impact.Listen on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30 minutes | 6 months ago
How and why build a new Health Innovation precinct?
In this week’s episode of ‘Research for What?’, I discuss with Lance Chia, Manager of the new Liverpool Health Innovation Precinct in Sydney’s South West. Lance shares his vision to develop a multibillion-dollar precinct that will drive outcomes and impact from innovation generated within the precinct. A strength of the future precinct will be collaboration fostered between many local partners including the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research, Liverpool Hospital, Liverpool City Council, South Western Sydney Local Health District, local businesses and start-ups, schools and universities. Lance describes with pride and passion an extraordinary environment and shared facilities with engagement from researchers, clinicians, teachers, health care workers, entrepreneurs, business and government leaders and local students. The Innovation Precinct is a visionary project with ambitious plans to bring extremely diverse skills and backgrounds to address local health challenges. Lance reflects on trust between collaborators and explains what he regards as world-class research, innovation and impact. This new precinct will bring endless opportunities, change the entire city of Liverpool (and beyond) and will be the framework for research to improve the community wellbeing.Listen on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30 minutes | 7 months ago
How and why build a new Medical Research Institute?
I interviewed Darryl Harkness, the CEO of the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research to find out why and how the Ingham Institute was created in this competitive environment. In October 2012, the Ingham Institute came to life in Sydney’s South West with massive generous support from Mr Bob Ingham AO and his family. The Ingham Institute is now one of the 55 Medical Research Institutes in Australia.A major goal of the Ingham Institute is to perform world-class translational research that benefits the local community. I asked Darryl how he defines and measures world-class research, how the institute attracts top researchers and how research can solve local health challenges. Interestingly, the Ingham Institute is also very open to the public and invites members of the community to engage with basic researchers and clinicians, ask questions and directly help shape the research. The Institute also brings local business and government leaders and donors to support and connect with the research and make a local impact. Finally Darryl shares his vision for the future of the Ingham Institute and the multi-billion dollar redevelopment plan to enable Liverpool to become a competitive and innovative health precinct. In the next few years, we will see major capabilities and innovation in Liverpool not only in medical research, but also clinical trials, commercialisation and robotics…Listen on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
41 minutes | 7 months ago
How to create a big business from early-stage research?
‘For us, great research can create a very big business that we can sell for $100M in 5-7 years’ In this episode, Natasha Rawlings introduces Uniseed, an early-stage deep-technology investment fund, its role and partners. Natasha explains what she sees as great research and how she finds it to create big businesses that do good in the world. She discusses why and how Uniseed invests in early-stage research and what the expectations are. Natasha receives 300 disclosures every year and gives some tips on how to get funded. She explains when and how to pitch to a seed investment committee; how to de-risk an early-stage business and what role the founders may play. Finally, Natasha also talks about impact in ‘her world’ and how investors regard and rank impact. Despite the importance of the financial return, Natasha is passionate about research and ‘researchers at universities who are tuned to make a difference to the world… and are interested in change and doing good.’ She also discusses when researchers might be great business people or why it is sometimes better to bring other people to the team. Natasha is one of the most engaging and honest startup investors I have ever met!! Her experience and insights must be heard!! Listen on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31 minutes | 7 months ago
Can all research be useful and create an impact? with Erin Rayment, QUT & KCA
In this fifth episode, I talk with Erin Rayment, Executive Director, Industry Engagement at the Queensland University of Technology and Current Chair of Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia.My conversation with Erin Rayment was truly amazing. Tune in if you want to hear Erin explain what is useful research; what is research commercialisation; how to create an impact; or how to quantify research impact.Erin talks about her work at QUT and how she brings together governments, researchers and industry to engage, collaborate and create an outcome with impact in communities. We discuss how Australian research performs in terms of industry engagement at an international level. Finally, Erin shares tips to engage with researchers, industries, grow teams, find good partners, build capabilities and add value!!‘All research is useful but it is useful to different audiences’Listen on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29 minutes | 7 months ago
How can evidence-based medical research solve global health challenges?
In this episode, I sit down with Dr Parisa Glass - Director of Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Deputy Director at the George Institute for Global Health in Sydney.Parisa discusses why a leading independent medical research institute, like the George Institute, focuses on big issues and major global health challenges, in particular in developing countries. She is passionate about evidence-based research conducted at the Institute that addresses unmet needs globally.Parisa also explains what is global impact and how it is measured. She discusses how the George Institute supports its (younger) researchers and partners, including local communities, to provide solutions to people who need them. Bringing entrepreneurship to the George Institute, Parisa talks about new ways to harness business expertise, in collaboration with researchers, to create profit-for-purpose businesses, which can achieve big goals, be sustainable and deliver affordable and research-based solutions to patients who need them.Listen on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
35 minutes | 7 months ago
How researchers make a difference to the world?
In this episode, Prof Eric Knight, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research – Enterprise & Engagement) at the University of Sydney and Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Sydney Business School, talks about academic research and its impact, including the work of Nobel Prize winner Steven Chu. Eric explains why academics make a difference in their job and what universities should do to allow their best talents to take risks and have an impact. Eric and I discuss the mission of the University, why we do Research, what makes Australian research and talents attractive to local and international organisations, and whether Australian universities need to transform the nature of leadership. Importantly, Eric offers innovative ideas and approaches to promote risky, impactful and excellent research. Eric is a fascinating speaker and optimistic leader!Listen on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28 minutes | 8 months ago
Why patients need Research?
In this episode, Robert Gardos, Chair of PKD Australia, explains what is Polycystic Kidney Disease and what is the impact of this disease on patients and their families. PKD Australia raises funds to support PKD research. I asked Robert why and how they support research; what impact PKD research has had on patients and their families; and what the challenges and opportunities are for PKD research in the future.Robert also speaks about his interactions with researchers and why he hopes that research will improve the wellbeing of PKD patients in the future.Listen on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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