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Liza Noonan: So what is ON? The ON Accelerator is all about working with Australian researchers and their teams who have big propositions in science and technology, breakout into the market

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and find the best pathway to make an impact - whether that’s through licensing, a joint venture with an existing company or a new start-up.

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Australia, and indeed the CSIRO, have a proud heritage of invention and innovation.

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But we at CSIRO believe, very strongly, that there is a fundamental difference between invention and innovation.

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Michael Behrens: If you don’t follow a proper process when you’re commercialising or innovating you’re just highly likely to just fall flat and fail,

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whereas if you can learn from the experience of other people then you’re much more likely to succeed.

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Laura Jones: I think it’s really good to learn from experienced mentors, people are really open to collaboration and sharing their ideas, and we’re all learning together.

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Joe Allen: For us to be able to move forward as a nation we need to be able commercialise research like this and it’s these types of technologies that will be part of Australia’s future, so I think it’s something that’s really pivotal.

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Melanie Farmer: It’s really nice to see researchers get out of the lab and get in front of customers and actually adapt, it’s quite a big deal.

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Michael Withford
Michael Withford
Macquarie University. Co-founder of Modular Photonics, an ON cohort team

ʻʻI have been in senior positions for many years, and it has been my job to motivate and energise other people. This is the first time in two decades someone has energised me.ʼʼ

Accelerating positive impact

The ON Innovation program exists to help Australia’s best researchers and their collaborators translate the great science and technology the next big things that will deliver new waves of economic, environmental and social value for Australia and the world.

Powered by CSIRO, the ON Innovation program is uniquely placed to bring together the greatest minds from Australia’s research sector and industries to understand and address the big global challenges, and help shape our future.

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