Industry Spotlight

AusBiotech members on list of most innovative

25 August 2015: Four members of AusBiotech have been included in a list of Australias most innovative companies. AbbVie, Bayer, Johnson & Johnson and Planet Innovation, all made it into the 2015 BRW 50 Most Innovative Companies in Australia. The list measures the d... | READ MORE

First report of innovation inquiry backs biotech

21 August 2015: The Senate Economics References Committee has tabled its interim report on Australias innovation system. The report includes an issues paper prepared by Professor Roy Green, who was engaged by the Committee as an expert consultant. Professor Greens ... | READ MORE

Another IP review

20 August 2015: Treasurer Joe Hockey has formally asked the Productivity Commission to undertake an inquiry into Australias intellectual property arrangements. An inquiry was recommended in the Ian Harper-led Competition Policy Review, which also recommended that cu... | READ MORE

Political leaders speak in support of innovation

18 August 2015: Science reaches into every corner of our lives - in ways we instantly recognise such as medical advances, and in other ways that are more subtle, according to Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane. Speaking in Parliament to mark National Science Week, Mr ... | READ MORE

Victoria wants biotech

13 August 2015: The Victorian Government is looking for ideas on how to grow its medical technology and pharmaceutical sector, while enhancing collaboration between industry and its health and medical research sector. Victoria is home to around 150 biotechnology com... | READ MORE

Inquiry backs Medical Research Future Fund

11 August 2015: A Senate inquiry has backed the Governments $20 billion Medical Research Future Fund. The Abbott Government announced creation of the MRFF in last years Budget, controversially funded through savings measures in the health portfolio. While many of t... | READ MORE

Minister Announces Innovation Awards

11 August 2015: Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane has announced that entries are now open for The Australian Innovation Challenge awards. Mr Macfarlane is encouraging individuals and teams of scientists, entrepreneurs, engineers, technologists and educators, as well ... | READ MORE

Growing China an oppportunity for Australian companies

11 August 2015: Victorias Parliamentary Secretary for Medical Research, Frank McGuire, officially opened the Australia China Health Summit in Melbourne today, describing it as a positive example of the existing strength in the relationship between the two countries ... | READ MORE

Manufacturers top R and D spend

6 August 2015: Companies involved in manufacturing invested over one-third of all R&D spending in Australia in 2013-14. In a recently tabled response to questions at Senate Estimates in June, the Department of Industry and Science listed the top 10 sectors in terms... | READ MORE

David Thodey appointed to Chair CSIRO Board

6 August 2015: Former Telstra CEO David Thodey has been appointed the new Chair of the Board of CSIRO for the next five years. Minister for Industry and Science Ian Macfarlane said the appointment is evidence of the Australian Government's clear strategy to put sci... | READ MORE

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