ON Accelerate3 Cohort

Meet the 10 teams that have secured a place in ON Accelerate3. If you are interested in finding out more about any of the teams, please get in touch with us at on@csiro.au

Team Name Lead Institute Sci-tech proposition
Australian Silicon Photonics


Australian Silicon Photonics’ novel devices will help data centre technology suppliers such as Intel, Broadcom, Cisco and Juniper increase data centre computing power and reduce power consumption by replacing electronic interconnects with photonic links. This will help our customers’ customers, the internet and cloud computing giants such as Facebook, Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Apple, support continued growth in today’s internet and cloud computing applications, and enable new applications such as autonomous vehicles and the internet of things. Our devices enable cost-effective, low-power, high-capacity “multi-lane” photonic links within data centres.


University of Western Australia

At present, accessing critical clinical information during dental procedures requires interruptions, changes in ergonomics and further delays to follow infection control protocols. IntARface is a radical technology for dentistry that brings head-up display Augmented Reality to deliver increased efficiency, accuracy, improved hygiene and cloud connectivity.
The smart glasses feature gesture control and sensor connectivity that changes the way a dentist interacts with a patient, clinical environment and information by introducing augmented reality in clinical practice. It connects seamlessly with current existing equipment and new innovative technologies offering a glimpse into the dentistry of the future.

D-tech IT


Observation of activity and catches on fishing vessels is expensive, dangerous and often not sufficient for good industry, environmental and economic management. This includes confirmation of what is caught, and the threatened species that are accidentally caught. Increasingly, on-board cameras (e-monitoring) are replacing human observers on vessels. Hours and hours of recordings are then viewed in the office by analysts. This is expensive and inefficient, and even though 100% of a fishing trip is recorded, typically 10% of the footage is actually examined. Our solution to this problem is rapid, real-time event detection and species identification with automated video analysis.



The gold content of mineral samples cannot be detected in the field, costing explorers time, money and productivity. Currently, samples are collected, packaged, transported and analysed for gold in a distant chemical laboratory – a procedure that can take weeks to months. In contrast, our detectORE technology delivers a simple, cost-effective real time solution for detecting gold in remote locations, transforming the current workflow. Geologists will now be able to sample, analyse and generate ‘real time’ results, giving them the ability to modify work plans ‘on the fly’ and in the process efficiently manage people, equipment, time and costs.

Going for Gold


World-wide small–medium enterprise (SME) gold miners typically lose US$20 billion worth of gold annually and significant gold resources remain untapped. This is due to a confluence of challenges that relate to resource size, transport costs, stringent regulatory approvals processes, social and environmental constraints. The barriers to using the dangerous and hazardous chemical cyanide, the current industry standard, are also increasing. We have a non-hazardous solution that overcomes all of these barriers which can unlock untapped resources and allows SME gold miners to recover the majority of their lost gold.

Green and Gold


Consumers are increasingly demanding our fuels and industrial materials are produced from more sustainable and renewable resources. Plant oils are the most technically suitable, low-cost alternative, but current production systems will struggle just to keep pace with the projected 50% increase in demand needed just for food use. New highly-scalable systems for renewable oil production are needed to meet both this food security challenge and the renewable fuel opportunity. Our technology is game-changing in enabling the production of oil in leaves of potentially any plant, rather than just the seeds and fruits of our currently limited array of oil crops.


Macquarie University

Many of the most fundamental, life governing biological processes take place at size and time scales that remain invisible with current technologies. This matters because understanding these processes could pave the way to new treatments, cures and development of novel drug therapies. We undertake this challenge by making the invisible, visible. Our solution will enable life-science researchers to push the technological boundaries and discover new breakthrough science. We make this possible with bright and stable nanometre scale diamond and ruby probes which perform ideally in live cellular environments – currently one of the main shortcomings of other probes available in biotechnology.


Flinders University and CSIRO

The Flinders University Centre for Marine Bioproducts Development and CSIRO Health & Biosecurity are working together to explore the potential of an under-utilised nutrient-rich Australian brown seaweed as a source of supplements for health and wellness markets, with a focus on Asia where acceptability of seaweed products is high and where Australian-sourced natural ingredients are prized. Our ability to isolate components of the seaweed enables us to formulate mixes of nutrients that meet consumer needs. Our initial goal is to develop a multi-mineral non-dairy drink containing seaweed ingredients and which supplies high levels of calcium, magnesium and other beneficial micronutrients.

Passive Radar  Defence Science and Technology Group

Defence Forces want persistent, comprehensive situational awareness without compromising their own survivability. Current RF surveillance sensors are a choice between either being effective but vulnerable (using active sensing), or having limited effectiveness but survivable (using traditional passive sensors that only sense emitting objects). By using our Passive Radar (that uses pre-existing and non-sensor sources of RF energy), our clients would not only maintain their situational awareness, but will do so without advertising their presence. The ability to be aware of both active and silent objects using a sensor that is itself silent is therefore a disruptive capability for Defence. 

RadVet  University of Newcastle 

Therapy using radiation on human skin cancer, is a proven, non-invasive treatment providing excellent local and long-term cancer control outcomes. Skin cancer is the most common non-melanoma skin cancer in horses, impacting on the equine industry which contributes $6.3 billion to the Australian economy per annum. Equally, skin cancer accounts for a third of the total cancer incidence in dogs and cats. A standardised and effective treatment approach is non-existent globally. Research has shown that translation of Radiation Therapy for skin cancer in humans to the animal world, works. Our proposed approach to translating radiation therapy from humans to animals will challenge and enhance the current available treatment techniques with a scalable and adaptable alternative. 

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