ON Prime4 Adelaide teams

Ag-IQ University of South Australia Demands for almonds is rising around the world but inefficiencies in almond processing have to be tackled urgently to allow the industry to meet it. UniSA researchers have developed almond processing technologies comprising of a suite of tools to hull, shell and separate almonds that can be used to reduce transport volume, enable efficient storage, improve product quality and increase processing throughput. With a low environmental footprint, our technologies will allow almond consumers to enjoy a better quality product with longer shelf-life and create a more sustainable industry in the process.
Thin Film Conductors University of South Australia Smart-glasses bring high levels of interaction for end-users in a wide range of environments. Augmented Reality (“AR”) has become a leading exemplar application for smart-glasses, in a race that Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft have now all entered. University of South Australia researchers have developed an electrochromic film for smart-glasses that enables optimal tuning of visible light under variable ambient lighting conditions, producing unmatched contrast and clarity of AR images. Powered by a fraction of the energy used in LCDs, these films offer near real-time transitions for a wider contrast range, all while providing for low ‘haze’, highly stable performance.
Team VARA University of South Australia Can a suite of virtual reality applications (using illusions) augment and accelerate the traditional management of traumatic injuries (e.g., whiplash from car accidents) and work-related injuries (e.g., back injuries from lifting)? Can augmented reality increase treatment effectiveness in patients with mental illnesses such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by guiding application of brain-targeted treatments, such as transcranial magnetic stimulation? Our business concept explores two medical treatment areas using the same software development platform in the hope of improving patient treatment outcomes, decreasing treatment times and thereby decreasing treatment costs and returning patients to work sooner.
Surgical Kit Innovations University of South Australia A disposable, ergonomic, easy to use depth gauge with the following improvement over current devices in the market: 1. Usability: allows single-handed use by surgeon with comfortable grip and easy readability of scale from all angles 2. Manufacturing: low cost injection moulding 3. Sterilisation: single use, eliminating the need for costly re-sterilisation. 4. Time-saving: promotes faster surgical procedures and eliminates surgery delays related to re-usable equipment 5. Adaptability: The design can be adapted for use on other parts of the body.
Tingle University of South Australia Making sense of big data so that it can be effectively used by decision makers, stakeholder communities and the general public is an increasingly important and complicated task. The Tingle data physicalization process explores the communication opportunities created when complex digital data is translated into a physical object that can be easily shared, and understood in a meeting by people with different skill sets and agendas. Tingle data-objects are individually designed to address the specific communication requirements of a particular dataset, and custom made using 3D printing and digital fabrication technologies.
Active Team University of South Australia We have designed a physical activity challenge, delivered as a social, gamified smartphone app, that users complete with friends. It addresses the huge problem Australia faces with physical inactivity and lifestyle diseases. Research trials show that on average, users increase their weekly physical activity by around 2 hours per week using the program, which is much larger than we usually see for physical activity programs. We want help to give the Active Team app a life beyond its current research funding cycle, perhaps by partnering with a private health insurance company or by repositioning it as a corporate wellbeing program.

ON Prime4 Brisbane teams

Team Galaxy Queensland University of Technology The meat/cattle industry is under growing pressure to have greater safety and traceability. Our team utilises iris recognition to identify individual animal in the non-invasive, safe, and reliable ways, combined with blockchain technology to provide a more widely deployable traceability ecosystems.
AITennis Queensland University of Technology The solution is the marriage of AI (Computer Vision & Deep Learning) and Robotics. For the first time, we introduce AI into the tennis machine to build its brain in analysing and mimicking players from videos. This will revolutionise the tennis training industry. Our machine lets you play tennis in real life against the likeness of professional tennis players. We use AI that has learned the playing style of the tennis greats, and put it inside a modified tennis ball machine. Are you ready for Wimbledon?
Food Waste MoPS University of Southern Queensland Food waste in Australia currently represents an economic loss of $AUD20 billion/year, but has the potential to unlock far more value for growers via transformation into other materials. Hurdles to unlocking this potential include high operating and transport costs, and time-consuming processes. It is also non-core agribusiness with a lack of food waste policy. We propose to overcome this by using transportable, modular, robust processing equipment that can be used at the site of waste generation (thereby reducing transport costs) or at centralised large processing sites. Our approach could recover the $20 billion economic loss and generate $300-500 million annually.
WormSeek The University of Queensland Intestinal worm infection in sheep costs the Australian livestock industry over $436 million dollars each year. Current methods of detecting worms are time consuming, laborious and require skilled personnel. This leads to ineffective drenching practice which promotes the development of chemical resistance. Our portable diagnostic tool will allow farmers to quantify worm infections in herds instantly and non-invasively at farm-side, allowing for immediate treatment decisions. We believe this technology will revolutionize the Australian livestock industry by reducing loss of life, increasing production and delaying chemical resistance.
Shockwave CSIRO Agriculture & Food Shockwave is a novel, non-thermal and non-invasive technology that can be used for tissue disintegration and structure modification which has shown to improve tenderness of meat, improve juice yield from vegetables and improve milling yield in grains. This innovative new technology should provide significant competitive advantages to Australian food industry by improving yield, quality and shelf-life of food products.
Digital Diaramas CSIRO Agriculture & Food Modern farming require good spatial data and this has been expensive to obtain in large Australian landscapes. Farmers, engineers and natural resource managers have high precision technologies but often lack the high precision data required to drive them in a cheap and efficient manner. Digital Dioramas solves this by producing high resolution digital models of farms and landscapes using aerial photography already obtained by Australian governments. These 3D models can show where water flows on farms and therefore helps to inform soil management to improve water use and minimise erosion.
NEO Mining Solutions University of Southern Queensland Australia's space agency is about to blast-off, potentially sending spacecrafts to mine valuable resources from bypassing asteroids. Before mines are established on Earth, ground-based and satellite surveys are conducted, discovering viable mining sites. Sending robotics to asteroids, conducting this same research, would be extremely ineffective and expensive. How do we move forward, mapping asteroids with valuable resources, without leaving Earth? We've developed a solution that uses an amateur telescope network, spread across the globe. This network would obtain detailed surface maps of bypassing asteroids, without leaving Earth. Our solution will propel Australian space research through the 21st century and beyond.
Phoenix Carbon University of Southern Queensland We use waste materials from food industries such as Bauple nut shells and use these to provide energy to the processing plant through a gasification process. High quality activated carbon is useful by product of this process. We take this carbon and enhance it to treat a range of biological and toxins commonly encountered in Australia's ground water. We further enhance the natural capabilities of this product with the use of Capacitive deionization technology or CDI. CDI allows a greater adsorption and importantly allowing cleaning and reuse of the filter, allowing for a far greater usable life.
CAP-Model CSIRO Health & Biosecurity The Care Assistant Platform (CAP) helps health provider organizations adopt custom telemedicine solutions to increase the quality of care for their patients while reducing cost and increasing care efficiency. CAP brings together a multidisciplinary team of scientists, engineers, educators, and clinicians to evaluate the individual needs of each customer, and then develop and implement a scientifically validated custom telemedicine platform for chronic or preventative health care. CAP provides ongoing support, training, and education to ensure broad and efficient uptake and continuing use of the telemedicine program and customized remote care at a lower cost for their patients.
Implantable Pressure Sensing Cannula Griffith University Our invention is a medical device that can be implanted in the body to measure pressure: blood pressure in an artificial heart; the pressure in a repaired aorta; the action of the gut; monitoring all sorts of disease. Unlike other pressure measuring systems, this device does not suffer drift.
CONECT CSIRO Health & Biosecurity Comparative oncology will revolutionise the transition of cancer drugs to the market. This has been recognised in the US where comparative oncology programs are being established by the National Cancer Institute to accelerate translation of drugs to the clinic. A significant factor is that drugs continue to be tested on animal models that do not fully recapitulate human disease. CONECT will the leading international specialised comparative oncology CRO supporting clinical trials using relevant large animal models of human disease, extensive patient referral base and advanced imaging technology all within a fully regulated framework.

ON Prime4 Canberra teams

University of Canberra The space between strategy and impact – is where most well intended strategic, operational and business plans fail. Time and money is spent on grandiose plans that don’t generate meaningful results. Plans sit on a shelf, don’t drive performance, and end up superfluous. Expensive tools, advertised to solve these problems, do little more than track execution. StrategyHop supposes that the plan is the beginning of a winding journey. It reflects agile planning and recognises that adjusting a plan is often natural and essential. It elicits views, of the people most in-the-know- on how best to promote opportunities and address challenges.
CSIRO Agriculture & Food Currently Australia is investing significantly in agricultural innovation, but we are lagging with investment in turning that innovation into output. We want to develop a new type of knowledge platform for use in transfering agricultural knowledge to producers, accelerating innovation and output. We will do this by providing a social knowledge platform of authoritative information that can be queried using question and answer approaches. Secondary information is being provided by users in through a moderated posting process with question forming a multi-sided output which can be referenced real time to understand current and emerging problems.
OzCyberSec The University of New South Wales Phishing is well known as online identity theft, which aims to steal sensitive information such as username, password and online banking details from its victims. Therefore, we develop a serious game that teaches people how to thwart phishing crimes. After engaging users with the developed game, we will record how they differentiate phishing attacks from legitimate ones. We will then develop a threat model understanding how cyber criminals leverage their attacks within the organisation through the human exploitation.
Serious Futures Australian National University We designed, crowdfunded, built and tested an alpha-version 3D serious game on climate change called CO2peration. This Alpha version formed the foundation for our pedagogy in conjunction with the most recent neurological and intellectual development research. Our beta game will be one-of-a-kind as it's the first to teach the actual science. It will take you on a journey to find out how climate really works – and not only will we make IT literacy relevant to learners, our pedagogy is designed to be used in every part of the curriculum – making serious gaming a real product for public education.
Anonymize Me The University of New South Wales Users often have to provide sensitive personal information to use online services. Most service providers sell this personal information to advertising companies, which creates a privacy concern for users who are completely unaware of how, where and for what their personal information is being used. To solve this problem we propose an application (both web and mobile) which would generate fake profiles. Users would replace their sensitive information with corresponding information from the fake profile generated by our application and safeguard their privacy.
Smart energy monitoring La Trobe University This project will herald a new era in the consumer's control of their electricity usage and bills. The tool will provide with detailed analysis of current electricity usage and provide in-depth report of energy consumption of household electrical appliances. This will help the consumer to identify the pattern of any device that is consuming a lot of power that would otherwise remain unknown to the consumer. This tool will also advanced users and organisations to manage their power consumption by scheduling electricity usage within the organisation, and the power companies to offer incentives for remote load management during peak demand.
APM Solutions University of Canberra Australian government agencies are struggling to organise and manage their strategic goals. The problem is lacking an Integrated Platform for portfolio management in delivering government initiatives. Our big dream to assist such organisations is to effectively align their strategic goals with sustainable development agenda. The solution is to provide an integrated dashboard for the Australian government's decision makers to monitor and control their portfolio management budgeting and resourcing, make timely actions, eliminate deficient allocations, and cost effective enterprise-wide solutions.

ON Prime4 Melbourne teams

Select-Eggz CSIRO Health & Biosecurity Select-Eggz is a product and process innovation that provides a solution to an old problem and the prospect of establishing new bio-industries. The incentive to adopt this breakthrough technology comes from the simultaneous elimination of economic losses associated with the hatch-and-cull of day old male layer birds and the conversion of a waste stream into novel value-added bio-products. Unique opportunities exist in multiple spaces including the production of high value medical and cosmetic materials and the supply of enhanced eggs for human influenza vaccine production with improved product qualities not achievable by other means.
Infrastructure Maintenance RMIT University This project develops a system to optimise/prioritise the planned maintenance tasks for rail transport infrastructure. The project expects to develop an innovative data collection approach coupling wireless vibration monitoring and video camera recordings. The expected outcome is a robust framework to predict the rail track deterioration and optimise the maintenance activities for rail transport infrastructure. This should minimise the costs and time associated with maintenance by prioritising the maintenance activities on rail infrastructure. The results from this project should provide significant benefits to the Australia’s economy. This project also provides benefit to society by saving cost/time of rail passengers.
OurPlace CSIRO Land & Water Our natural environment deserves to be understood and managed better. OurPlace enables positive environmental outcomes by providing policy analysts and researchers with an online platform to find credible, trusted, environmental data as easily as a Google search. OurPlace connects data providers with users and enables community around the projects, the data initiatives and ultimately positive environmental outcomes. Data providers connect with OurPlace to enable discovery and access of their data to users. Users find, use and provide feedback to data providers on the data they used and link to environmental outcomes that data providers can then easily see.
Viridi Swinburne University of Technology Viridi Innovations is giving wine makers control over key business costs, wine production and environmental footprint to materially increasing profitability. Our mission is to improve wine maker profits and increase the sustainability of the industry.
Global Cancer Trial Network Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Global Cancer Trial Network (gCTN) has noticed that the enrolment of patients on clinical trials is a major challenge in cancer care due to a communication gap between clinicians and pharmaceutical companies. Therefore, we are creating a unique tool that will gather all the information on clinical trials Australia and worldwide with a user-friendly and up to date platform that will ultimately raise the chances of a successful treatment for cancer by facilitating clinical trial matching. gCTN is a platform to bridge the gap between clinicians, clinical trials, and patients.
CyberMEDx CSIRO Health & Biosecurity Many diseases have poorly defined symptoms, which can result in late diagnoses; negatively impacting health outcomes. Existing diagnostic technologies are too expensive and/or too harmful to be used for mass screening of at-risk. Point-of-care diagnostic devices will significantly help in the implementation of mass screening programs but there is no currently available device that combines the simplicity, affordability and accuracy needed to enable routine screening in a clinic and/or pathology lab. The CYBERTONGUE® technology is a cheap, accurate, painless, and simple to use point-of-care diagnostic that addresses this technology gap.
Maple Glass Printing Monash University In an ever increasing consumerist society, our advancements in recycling and sustainability has slowed. But 3D printing is a technology breakthrough that is changing the way we think about design and materials; we can now already print across a wide range of materials. Maple Glass Printing intends to bring 3D printing into glass manufacturing. Our 3D printer will not only enable more sustainable, versatile glass manufacturing, but also complex designs and new glass composites. The technology brings with it endless possibilities for creative thought, sustainable living and another possible step to the solution of our global waste problem.
Diagnome Monash University While late detection of cancers is responsible for extensive mortality, if detected early, a number of cancers can be cured or managed to significantly improve the length and quality of life. Due to non-existence of a test which can screen for multiple cancer sub-types in a single assay, no comprehensive screening program for early cancer detection currently exists in the Australian (or any) healthcare system. Our $100 Diagnome Cancer Screening Test can quantitatively identify biomarkers of over 20 cancer sub-types in a single assay, giving patients an opportunity to be treated on time, resulting in better prognosis and improved survival.
CHIPIT - Next generation photonics RMIT University Photonics is ubiquitous in our increasingly high-tech lives. From proximity sensors to lasers for surgery, the global market of this technology increases at a rate of about 8% each year. There is increasing demand for miniaturising bulky circuits into micro-scale, cost-effective and efficient devices. Our novel technology promises to deliver integrated photonic devices with improved performance over current commercial products. We aim to establish a photonic foundry to support researchers and industry, and to create new products with applications ranging from ultra-fast switches for telecommunications and defence, to efficient laser converters for biomedicine.
Evidence-based Quality OTC-medicines RMIT University Natural Immunity enhancement is one of the priority items in complement medicines consumer market. However, the existing over-the-counter (OTC) herbal medicines are non-standardised and lack clinical or scientific evidence including batch-to-batch consistency. The Quantitative-Pattern-Activity-Relationship (QPAR) chemometrics approach developed by Dr. Daniel Sze will be applied in this project to develop a standardised and batch-to-batch consistent new 4-herb OTC-medicine.
MIDAS RMIT University Current technologies for the detection of viruses and pathogenic bacteria in waste/recycled water requires the use of PCR technologies that are inherently time-consuming, require highly trained personnel for operation and not ideal for on-site (point-of-use) applications. The solution is a validated highly sensitive and selective nucleic acid amplification test coupled with paper chromatography strips for the detection and quantification of enteric viruses in waste/recycled, recreational waters and biosolids at point of use. We have demonstrated proof-of-concept for the detection and quantification of soil-transmitted helminths such as *Ascaris* species and *E.coli* using this technology.

ON Prime4 Perth teams

Eco-Ore The University of Western Australia We have unlocked a way to use an organic substance to dissolve a rare earth ore with an industrial speed and recovery. It is an alternative to using corrosive liquids in extreme conditions to break down insoluble and inert minerals.
AI-enabled Urban Analytics The University of Western Australia In estimating housing premiums, the insurance industry relies on existing urban data that is inaccurate, incomplete and outdated. Surveying methods such as aerial inspection by drone can provide a solution to this problem. However, drone operation is costly and restricted by law and regulation within residential areas. We combine satellite images with AI technology to produce accurate, detail and up-to-date urban analytics for the insurance industry. Equipped with new type of information, insurers can avoid financial loss resulting from inaccurate premium setting, save on site visit and improve user experience.
GGHS Curtin University A lean de-centralised grain supply chain utilising a low capital cost, effective storage product managed by automation and optimisation models has the ability to reduce supply chain costs significantly in Australia, making Australian farming practices more profitable and competitive on the global stage.
NanoBright Murdoch University Most toothpastes commercially available contain a mainly silica abrasive (and some low levels of fluoride to strengthen the teeth) to remove the biofilm that contributes to oral cavities. This bacterial process is unavoidable. Our group has used an innovative, efficient ultrasound process initially together with other subsequent processes engineered to create the nano/micro dental powders.
High efficiency membranes Curtin University Membrane technology is used into many industries, such as gas separation, batteries, desalination, energy storage, fuel cells, natural gas reforming, filtration etc. However, the current membrane technology still requires large energy consumption because the membrane structure cannot supply high surface area (small pore size) and small mass transfer resistance (large pore size) at same time. We have developed a dendritic microchanneled membrane structure which provides both high surface area and small mass transfer resistance at same time through a dendritic porous structure.

ON Prime4 Sydney teams

FluoroKit The University of Sydney The underlying chemistry of the human body ultimately dictates healthy processes as well as disease. In order for medical researchers to further their understanding of the body, they need rapid access to a wide range of tools to see the chemistry of individual cells. Rather than requiring researchers to buy expensive tools for each question they have, our solution is to provide a modular toolkit that will enable them to “mix and match” tools tailored to the systems that they are studying.
Sustainability certificate for cities CSIRO Land & Water We will develop comprehensive metrics for cities accessible on an online platform. The competition among and within cities for achieving sustainable urban development and environmentally sustainable built infrastructure is growing and is becoming an important factor in deciding where people want to live and where industries want to invest. The information base to make such decisions is, however, sparse. This knowledge gap will be addressed though a spatially explicit urban metabolism knowledge base that reports environmental pressures and impacts of investment and purchase decisions in cities and creates new opportunities for circular economy, urban competitiveness and livability.
In-Suit Macquarie University Intelligent suit and assistive technology (In-Suit) is a smart system for fall detection for elderly. This system is suitable for elderly who live by themselves. In-Suit combines state-of-the-art wearable technology, a sophisticated artificial intelligence, and cloud-based technology together to bring a revolution on both fall detection system and fashion industries. This means that In-Suit is able to monitor our parents or grandparents, without neglecting their taste in fashion.
CPC-Prime The University of Sydney Our goal is make protein analysis by mass spectrometry (proteomics) an accessible technique for all biological and medical science laboratories, which can produce high quality data to solve scientific and clinical questions.
HydroGEM Macquarie University There is a growing momentum to develop hydrogen energy systems to address the global energy crisis. However, the two main issues with hydrogen are: (i) supply and production; and (ii) storage and capture; with more than 95% of the current worldwide production of hydrogen coming from non-renewable resources, including coal. The HydroGEM team, through the metabolic and genetic engineering of bacteria, have constructed a 'clean' biological production based method for the efficient and rapid production of hydrogen gas for use as a renewable fuel.
BioScout The University of Sydney Airborne diseases continue to challenge current control and management systems. It is currently near-impossible to see and react to diseases before they reach an epidemic level. BioScout utilises autonomous mobile platforms, deep learning networks and geographical information systems to locate and detect airborne pathogens with high specificity while simultaneously providing unprecedented high-resolution disease maps and threat analyses in near real-time.
NCEPT Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation Proton and Carbon ion therapy are part of the latest generation of cancer treatments that demonstrate advantages over conventional radiation therapy using X-rays by maximising the radiation dose to the tumour and reducing dose to normal body tissues. However a known issue with these treatments is secondary neutron emission which can cause total body dose and influence the occurrence of secondary cancers and the radioactivity of the treatment room. The ANSTO developed NCEPT technology minimises the risk of thermal neutrons and ensures that radiation energy is directed more efficiently at the cancer being targeted.
Mamas & Bub App The University of Newcastle Aboriginal women want healthy pregnancies and to grow strong healthy babies. There are a number of barriers that make it difficult for an Aboriginal woman to access antenatal care and care for her baby. A community led App for Aboriginal women during and post pregnancy to support SEWB, smoking cessation, adoption of a healthy lifestyle and support the development of their baby involving family and social networks may improve access to timely and preventative health care during this vital time.
Cyano-screen The University of Newcastle Recent research has highlighted the need for novel, biodegradable, UVA absorbing compounds for use in the drug and cosmetics industry. Currently commercialised solutions rely on harvesting biodegradable UVA absorbing compounds from slow growing algae, that produce varying amounts of the active ingredient, shinorine. By mining the genetic resources of cyanobacteria, that live in high UVR environments, we can a develop a library of UVA absorbing compounds with properties tuned to the requirements of the client. Testing of these UVA absorbing compounds, and their analogues, will provide the blueprint and chemical characterisation required prior to large scale industrial synthesis.
HealtheMove The University of Newcastle Millions of people suffer from aches and pains due to musculoskeletal injuries from work and sport. Utilising the latest biomechanical research, HealtheMove uses discreet wearable sensors to quantify human movement to provide user-specific feedback on postures and movements that increase injury risk. Our goal of developing this device is to prevent injury by identifying risky movement behaviours before an injury occurs, saving the individual and healthcare system from the personal and economic burden of injury. HealtheMove is accessible to individuals who may use it to recover from injury or improve their sport performance to give them a competitive edge.
Seaskip The University of New South Wales To get the job done safely and economically, today's maritime users need the best and most accurate information available. Seaskip Systems delivers a clear, real-time picture of seastate conditions ensuring both geographic resolution and on-going accuracy of data.
3D Face University of Technology Sydney Current methods of forensic human identification require a physical comparison between the DNA profile from a crime scene and a reference. Thousands of criminal and disaster victim identification cases with biological evidence in Australia and elsewhere come to a dead end due to lack of investigative leads on the suspect and/or victim. Imagine you can predict individual’s visual appearance, including facial appearance, pigmentation and ethnicity from a DNA sample. Our product “Genetic Eyewitness” will enable agencies (law enforcement, military, intelligence) to predict visual appearance and ethnicity of the ‘person of interest’ based on available DNA sample.

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