ON Prime1 Sydney teams

Team Name Lead Institute Sci-tech proposition


University of Newcastle

BiomarX have identified a new non-invasive diagnostic test that can detect the presence of endometrial cancer.



Accurate prediction of gas flow is critical for optimisation of recovery from Coal Seam Gas reservoirs in Petroleum Industry and for safety of Coal Mining in Mining Industry. We propose and develop COAL SIMulation (COALSIM) technologies for characterisation and simulation of gas recovery and drainage. The technology is based on X-ray computed tomography to image the internal structure of coal in 3D. The imaging combined with numerical simulations provide an efficient means to estimate flow of methane. We apply statistical methods to predict the behaviour of the whole coal seam reservoir or coal mine based on limited core samples.



In Australia, air-conditioning is a significant contributing factor to higher energy bills and many of us use fans, evaporative coolers and portable air-conditioners to stay cool. However, there is a better solution. The Coolaspace is a portable air conditioning system that uses just one-third of the energy consumption of conventional cooling. It is ideal for use in a bedroom, living area, mobile home, caravan, office space or workshop.The Coolaspace uses new technology enabling the user to stay comfortable for longer, while using less energy as opposed to a portable air conditioner, or a direct evaporative cooler that humidifies the air in the room when used over long periods of time, causing health issues from moisture build-up and mold.

Seeing small – Lucigem

Macquarie University

Research at the cutting edge of medical science, nutrition, defense and the environment is often limited by an inability to see ultra-small objects and processes in living tissues. A way around this is to attach a small, but optically bright 'probe' (or a marker), to allow its detection and tracking – just like GPS. However, many of the available probes are toxic or not bright enough. We have developed nano-metre sized probes using diamond and ruby that are superior to what is available today, with an aim to supply and enable scientists globally for new and existing applications.


The University of Adelaide

SapphireClock performance is approaching attosecond stability, and today is 10-1000x more stable than any competing technology. This increased timing precision is essential for quantum computing and enables increased spatial resolution for GPS navigation and phased-array radar, and higher capacity and beam-forming for 5G communications.

Rapid Imaging

The University of Newcastle

Rapid imaging is a 3D histology service encompassing tissue cleaning, staining, imaging, image processing and data analysis. A simple web interface and portal will be used for customer interaction and delivery of 3D datasets.

Better ways for making babies

The University of Adelaide

Infertility is a major health issue worldwide, with 4% of babies born in Australia conceived via assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as IVF, the equivalent of one child per classroom. Furthermore, one in six couples experience some form of infertility and this figure will only rise. However, IVF is not a Band-Aid, as less than 20% of cycles result in a live baby. We are developing a non-invasive test, computational software, to predict which embryos are the healthiest, hence more likely to result in a healthy baby. This improves on current techniques that involve cell biopsies or expensive equipment.

NOS.E (electronic nose)


According to the World Wildlife Fund’s report of 2013, wildlife and forest crime is the 4th largest transnational crime in the world. The major trafficking enforcement issue is the lack of a rapid and accurate method to distinguish legal from illegal wildlife parts; even dogs trained to detect threatened wildlife parts cannot provide species-level wildlife identification. NOS.E (electronic nose) is a portable electronic olfactory device developed to identify illegal wildlife parts on-site. Equipped with machine intelligence, NOS.E will provide a low cost and low-power consumption solution to detect specific illegal wildlife parts efficiently.

ON Prime1 Melbourne teams

Team Name Lead Institute Sci-tech proposition

High quality single nanoparticle arrays

The University of Melbourne

The technology will allow the placement of single nanoparticles into addressable locations. This may involve scattering, fluorescence or absorption, polarisation, circular dichroism or SERS. The technology allows particles to be placed so that they can be studied, stored, archived and re-addressed as many times as necessary. This solution addresses many problems with the current evaporative methods to generate arrays of single nanoparticles with arbitrary geometry.

SuperTooth Fairy


This project is helping Victorian businesses develop sealant toothpaste tablets and sugar free confection to chew before brushing to block food access and neutralise acid and remineralise teeth. A different form of sugar free gum can also be used to force saliva trapped inside food to dilute any carbohydrates, neutralise acids and aim remineralisation.

High Temperature Optical Fibre Sensor

The University of Adelaide

The ability to measure temperatures above 1000°Cis critical to optimising the operation and improving energy efficiency in manyindustrial processes includingminerals and metals processing, power generation using gas turbines and nuclear plants.Our solution is a high temperature optical fiber sensor. With this we canachieve high accuracy and precision, high speedmeasurements, high spatial resolution, multiplepointmeasurement with a sensor that is resistant to corrosion and magnetic fields.We are actively seeking industry customers who want to trialthe technology in their applications.

X-ray vision


X-ray imaging is a cornerstone of modern medical diagnosis. However, X-rays do not provide enough contrast in soft-tissues. This is a serious limitation for radiographic cancer screenings and other medical processes that presently require high contrast imaging. We have developed a new, phase-contrast technology that improves X-ray image sensitivity and quality while reducing the dose to the patient, enabling superior imaging for tumour identification.
Our technology, will improve the early detection of cancer and will be as cost effective as conventional X-ray imaging, thus reducing the need for more expensive scans such as CT and MRI.

RedChip Lasers

University of South Australia

Unmanned aerial vehicle LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) manufactures generate high resolution 3D maps of the terrestrial surface, and rich information via airborne spectral mapping. Currently these are based on laser diode solutions which are low power, fixed wavelength, and have poor optical qualities. There is a major market opportunity for high power, mid-range, low cost solution to drive down mission times and counts in a compact flight package. RedChip laser engines provide a compact, higher power, low cost solution to LiDAR manufacturers developing the next generation of UAV LiDAR capabilities.


University of Tasmania

There is growing demand for premium food and wine both domestically and by the burgeoning middle classes in Asia. To meet that demand in an increasingly intensified wine industry, farmers need risk management tools to prevent and/or mitigate significant and costly losses that can occur in production and distribution. “VitiApp” captures and interprets historical, current and forecast data from multiple sources for wine businesses and their service providers, and delivers information in an accessible format for easier, pro-active and environmentally-responsive decision making. Greater economic value will lead to wider uptake by the$300B global wine industry and other crop-based industries.

Diamond Lasers

Macquarie University

Lasers with very high power have the potential to solve a range of problems including in beaming power to remote locations, reducing the cost of space propulsion and for defending against modern defence and security threats. However, increasing laser power is challenging using current technology and the wavelengths they generate are risky to the eyes of by-standers. Macquarie University has developed a generic high power technology that solves both these problems. Our solution, which exploits the outstanding thermo-optical properties afforded by synthetic diamond, addresses a fundamental bottleneck for customers in many areas of science and technology but foremost in particular aerospace, space and defence.

A Multi Material AM Laminated Tool Having Improved Thermal Coupling

Swinburne University of Technology

Introduction of a laminated construction of massive injection moulding tools that improve thermal coupling.

ON Prime1 Brisbane teams

Team Name Lead Institute Sci-tech proposition


University of Southern Queensland

VARIwise is a site-specific irrigation application control software that can adapt to any crop, irrigation system, soil type, crop and weather profile. Implementation of this system has led to yield improvements of 4-11% and water savings of 12-22%.

Microwave assisted convective dryer for agricultural products

Queensland University of Technology

Intermittent microwave convective drying (IMCD) increases both energy efficiency and product quality in food drying. IMCD can be four times faster than convection drying and is 5-11 times more energy efficient compared to convective drying.

Soil Constraint Mapping and Analysis

University of Southern Queensland

Soil Constraints Mapping and Analysis (SCOMA) is a novel approach for identifying soil constraints in dryland cropping fields so farmers can apply decision and precision agriculture practices within their cropping operations. The system will save farmers time and enable them to optimise their seed and fertiliser inputs at a find spatial scale.Collecting the underlying soil information required for decision and precision agriculture is costly and requires specialist expertise. The SCOMA system removes this barrier by combining yield maps with crop management and weather information within a crop production modelling framework to diagnose areas of soil constraints.


University of Tasmania

There are many examples of commercially available sensors across farming applications however there is little integration of these sensors/sensor-systems across software, hardware or data layers, leading to higher deployment costs, and also missed opportunities for robust data analytics across sensors. This proposal aims to develop a Flexible Sensor Platform (FSP) that acts as a single gateway to integrate commercially available sensors/sensor-systems: providing all sensors in a agri-sensing ecosystem with unified power sources, communications wireless protocols, and mechanisms to share data using a common sensor language. This innovation will improve agri-sensor eco-systems by reducing sensing costs and increasing analytical capabilities.

Apple team

CSIRO Agriculture

New transformative food processing technologies to create high value food ingredients, fractions and nutritious food products from apple pomace; will help apple juice processors who want to recover, re-use and transform apple pomace by diverting the pomace back into the food supply chain. This will help the industry create value from waste apple pomace and increase the demand for apples and processed apple products, and contribute to global food and nutrition security creating a cleaner environment; unlike existing approaches which divert pomace to landfill or animal feed.

An Australian Brown Seaweed Nutraceutical & Functional Food for Gut Health & Healthy Ageing

Flinders University

Developed a technology that separates components of the brown seaweed Ecklonia radiata. The components of the seaweed have the potential to promote gut health through simulation of fermentation and modulation of human bacteria in vitro.


CSIRO Agriculture

The adoption and diffusion prediction tool (ADOPT) is an easy-to-use model designed to deliver a prediction of an innovation’s likely peak level and speed of adoption and engage users in evaluating the potential to increase adoption. A first version of ADOPT has been developed for broadacre agriculture in Australia.

ON Prime1 Perth teams

Team Name Lead Institute Sci-tech proposition


CSIRO Mineral Resources

CSIRO has a unique organics removal and caustic recovery process that can help a number of high value producing commodity industries better manage their waste streams, saving them money and reducing their environmental impact. The technology has potential to be applied to various industries, such as alumina, pulp and paper, beverage, textile, leather, potatoes, dairy and meat processing industries, or other processing industries which have organic rich waste streams and high caustic consumption. Recovering and recycling value from waste and shrinking the environmental footprint of these industries are what the CSIRO technology aims to deliver.

Terahertz MetaMEMS

The University of Western Australia

MetaMEMS are metamaterials or meta-atoms which are artificially structured materials used to control and manipulate reflection and absorption of electromagnetic waves. By combining a suspended meta-atom array with a tunable Fabry-perot-like filter, the team has successfully fabricated metaMEMS devices which create a tunable pass-band for THz light.

Biometric marketing Research laboratory

Curtin University

The team has developed a mobile laboratory that uses psychophysiological measures to track consumers’ feelings and thinking in an accurate, reliable, quantifiable and real-time manner. The team introduces a scientific approach to answer some of the industry’s toughest business questions through the use of mobile devices measuring facial expressions and brain wave activity.

The Noisy Guts Project

The University of Western Australia

Gastrointestinal disorders are extremely common and notoriously difficult to cure. The most frustrating and perplexing functional gastrointenstinal disorder is Irritable Bowel Syndrome. 1 in 5 Australians suffer from IBS – a condition with no apparent cause and limited treatment options. Expensive, invasive and uncomfortable hospital-based endoscopies and colonoscopies are common practice for diagnosing IBS. Our project team is working on a new, non-invasive diagnostic tool that listens, records and analyses gut noises.

A robotic finger exoskeleton orthosis

Curtin University

The design of the orthosis allows 1 linear actuator to drive all 3 finger joins. The hand exoskeleton will have a wide range of application in rehabilitation and daily activities, is capable of mass customisation, is lightweight and has a low manufacturing cost.


CSIRO Land & Water

Phosphorus (P) is a critical element for life, but its current use is non-sustainable. Given the growing demand, recycling P from wastewater appears a promising approach to complement P supply. Approximately 1,000 tons of P is recoverable from wastewater of a city of one million people and the current market value is $756/ton-phosphate. Hence, P recovery can become a lucrative business. Our BIO-P MOP technology harnesses the ability of microbes to concentrate P in wastewater. It has the potential to facilitate cost-effective recovery of P from various waste streams of different industries, including water utilities and the livestock industry.

Interface for Dentistry

The 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. Interface is a radical technology for dentists that brings head up display Augmented Reality to deliver increased efficiency, ergonomics, improved hygiene and cloud connectivity. The smart glasses feature gesture control and multi-layered images 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.

Virtual Training for health and aged care

Curtin University

Delivering high quality training to increasing numbers of trainees is challenging due to availability of resources and the costs involved. However we offer cost effective, high quality virtual training solutions for health and aged care workers. The ‘Virtual Home Visit’ serious game enables the trainee to visualise and experience a home visit and develop a falls risk management plan for an elderly client. The Empathy Simulator provides trainees with a safe and interactive way to develop advanced skills in communicating and developing empathy. Our target market includes universities, colleges, registered training organisations and medical, health care and aged care providers.

ON Prime1 Canberra teams

Team Name Lead Institute Sci-tech proposition


CSIRO Energy

More information to come.

Wildlife Drones

The Australian National University

Wildlife Drones believe that innovative technology provides unprecedented opportunities to work in more efficient and cost-effective ways.Our idea is to use lightweight, highly portable radio-tracking drones to locate radio-tagged animals rapidly and accurately. In over 100 countries around the world, tracking has traditionally been done on foot which is expensive, time-consuming and very labour intensive work. The key value proposition of Wildlife Drones for our customers is the significant reduction in time, effort and money required to locate radio-tagged animals, especially within rugged or remote landscapes. These customers include wildlife researchers, pest animal managers and conservation non-government organisations.

Virtual reality to treat fears and phobias

The University of New South Wales

The Virtual Reality Therapy team is building a suite of virtual and augmented reality experiences to assist therapists in treating specific phobias. Virtual reality exposure therapy (VRET) is known to be effective, but is not commonly available to therapists or patients. With the help of these virtual experiences, patients can gain control over their fears and phobias at their own pace and in complete safety.

ZAP Wave

CSIRO Agriculture

Development of a novel and improved antenna microwave (MW) device which will be primarily used for biosecurity applications of disinfestation of fruit flies and vegetables. This can be extended to applications in food pasteurisation and sterilisation.

Home Fertility Assessment

The University of Adelaide

‘Can we have children?’ is a question many couples want the answer to, but can only be answered by consolation with doctors. But what if there were “at home test kits” that assess your fertility. Combined with other information about your health and circumstances, these kits would guide you in making informed decisions on your ability to have a healthy baby and whether or not professional help is required. We want to make this possible through “at home fertility screening kits” for both men and women that utilises everyday technology such as your smart phone.

Field Acquired Information Management Systems

Macquarie University

FAIMS is an open-source platform for developing customised systems to collect the diverse data generated by field research. FAIMS mobile lets research teams efficiently create data, under difficult conditions and later transfer it into established systems and workflows, eliminating manual digitisation and producing richer and more comprehensive datasets.

Social Atlas of national benefits and impacts from mining

CSIRO Mineral Resources

Use of a web-based social atlas that illustrates the benefits and impacts of mining across Australia that will make transparent the costs and benefits of mining for all stakeholders.

BrachVet: from Human to horse

The 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 squamous cell carcinoma is the most common non-melanoma skin cancer of the eye in horses, impacting on the equine industry which contributes $6.3 billion to the Australian economy per annum. Currently, 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. The BrachVET, a veterinary-specific Radiation Therapy medical device will challenge and enhance the current treatment approach with a scalable and adaptable alternative to current techniques.

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