AloxiTec

Aloxitec has developed a material that will extend the shelf life of fresh food without the use of refrigeration or chemical processing.

Buying fruit from the grocery store only to have to throw it away a week later is something we can all relate to. On a larger scale, Australians wasted 7.3 million tonnes of food in 2016-17.

One of the problems is that keeping fruit fresh is expensive – to keep a tonne of fruit in refrigerated storage sheds that also use chemicals to aid preservation can cost over $70,000.

AloxiTec provides a game changing solution that keeps fruit fresh at room temperature without added chemicals. The technology has been shown to keep an apple fresh for over 90 days and a banana for more than 48 days, as well as doubling the life of cherries.

They've developed a flexible ceramic that traps the airborne chemicals responsible for decay, which can be applied to packaging across the supply chain from storage to transportation, through to personal home use.

HydGENE Renewables

HydGENE Renewables' designer microbes can produce hydrogen gas from feedstock on site and on demand.

As the world continues to move away from non-renewable energy, it's no secret that we'll need reliable and sustainable energy solutions. Hydrogen has been identified as the clean fuel of the future, but currently 96 per cent of hydrogen is produced from fossil fuels. It's also expensive and difficult to transport and store over long distances and times.

HydGENE Renewables has created designer microbes that use biomass to produce hydrogen gas on site and on demand, eliminating the cost of transport and storage and the need for fossil fuels.

The hydrogen production can be connected to a hydrogen fuel cell to generate electricity that can power a house anywhere, anytime.

Team HydGENE Renewables at work during Immersion Week.

Laronix

Laronix is giving a voice back to people who have lost their larynx.

Imagine waking up one day without your voice. The isolation of that single day might seem like a nightmare, and for people who've lost their larynx due to illnesses such as cancer, this can last a lifetime.

As a result, more than 500,000 people around the globe that had laryngeal cancer have the second highest rate of suicide among all cancer survivors.

Laronix has developed the world's first smart, wearable (non-invasive), artificial voice box that can give people who've lost their larynx their voice back. Using a combination of AI and sensors on the neck, Laronix can create a natural sounding voice for these patients which is unlike anything else available today.

Maslow

Maslow has developed a voice-controlled mobile application that allows people suffering from spinal cord injuries to access care and rehabilitation routines from their own home.

In Australia alone there are around 15,000 people living with a spinal cord injury.

After someone experiences a spinal cord injury, they are usually put into a rehabilitation facility for six to nine months to relearn everything they need to know to manage their condition. This ranges from basic tasks like brushing their teeth to complex rehabilitation exercises.

When they're sent home, these patients are given this crucial information in a folder that they often can't open due to loss of hand function, and many are readmitted into hospital for avoidable health complications.

In response to this, Maslow has developed a voice enabled mobile application for people with spinal cord injuries which helps them track, measure and follow care and rehabilitation routines where it matters most – in the home.

Nomad Atomics

Nomad Atomics has developed next-generation gravitational sensors for the detection and monitoring of hidden underground resources, such as water and gas.

Have you ever stared at the ground, wondering what's under your feet The detecting and monitoring of underground water aquifers or gas reservoirs remains a challenge even today.

Currently one of the easiest ways to monitor these precious resources is to drill holes, which can be an expensive and ineffective process.

Nomad Atomics are addressing this problem with next-generation sensors that use gravity to see under the ground with higher resolution and precision without ever drilling a hole.

In fact, this technology has broad application beyond resource monitoring, spanning from inertial navigation systems to enhancing mine safety.

Prism Neuro

Prism Neuro can decrease the risk of future re-injury after a sporting injury.

Did you know that once you've sustained a sports injury, you're statistically more likely to suffer the same injury again? At the professional level this costs the sporting industry billions of dollars each year.

While you may not be concerned with the performance of professional athletes, this tendency to repeat injury can also have a big impact on anyone – especially children, often leading them to drop sport entirely.

You're more likely to re-injure yourself because an injury doesn't just affect the body, it also affects your brain. These changes in the brain often go unnoticed and untreated in the rehabilitation period.

Prism Neuro can measure the effect of injuries on the brain's control over the body's movement to detect subtle changes after injury and provide correct rehabilitation to reduce the risk of re-injury.

Using the same technology, Prism Neuro can also predict the sporting ability of similar candidates, which could improve the selection of sports people in the future.

Quantum Brilliance

Quantum Brilliance has developed room-temperature quantum computers that will help power the technologies of tomorrow.

For decades we've relied on sustained, exponential growth in computational power to drive the technologies that have transformed almost every aspect of our lives. The hardware that has supported that growth is now nearing the limits of physics, meaning we need new forms of hardware to continue that growth.

Quantum computing is one of those solutions, offering a paradigm shift in computing power. The challenge is that existing quantum computing technologies have huge infrastructure requirements and operate at extremely low temperatures. This makes them expensive and impractical on a small scale to maintain, limiting them to a mainframe role.

Quantum Brilliance builds quantum computers that use diamond to operate at room temperature, meaning this computing power can be used in a much wider range of applications, driving the continued growth of the technologies of tomorrow.

Rapid Repair

Rapid Repair has developed a dressing that improves wound healing rates and minimises scarring.

If you've ever had a cut that needs stitches, you'll know the process is painful. On top of that, these stitches will often have to stay in place for several weeks before they're removed or dissolve.

Rapid Repair has developed a dressing that goes over the skin to aid the skins healing process, meaning that stitches need to stay in for less time. When the dressing was tested in wounds from a skin cancer removal, the stitches were taken out just 24 hours later.

The dressing is non-invasive, simple and painless to apply, and can help minimise scarring.

Team Rapid Repair at Immersion Week,

Raven

Raven has developed a laboratory fume hood sensor that can increase the safety and reduce the energy consumption of laboratories.

Fume hoods are one of the largest users of electricity on any research campus. If left open, a single fume hood can use the same amount of electricity as 3.5 Australian households annually. With over half a million fume hoods in the US alone, this represents a significant waste.

Raven have developed sensors that monitor fume hoods to minimise energy consumption and, in some cases, reduce the amount of wasted electricity of fume hoods by up to 80 per cent.

Not only does this help labs decrease their carbon footprint and electricity costs, but also improves the safety of lab staff.

Redback Systems

Redback Systems has developed a robust, high-definition spectrometer that is enabling new research in extreme environments.

There's more to light than meets the eye. Researchers often examine light through a process called spectroscopy to reveal hidden information – from discovering what stars and galaxies are made of to detecting faults in materials just larger than atoms.

Currently, using light to explore the physical world is often limited to the lab due to the large and impractical nature of most current spectrometers.

Redback Systems is building the "GoPro" of spectrometers, that can measure colour in extreme conditions in high resolution and across a broad spectrum, allowing for the exploration of previously inaccessible areas.

Space Services Australia

Space Services Australia (SSA) has created a platform to build, test and manage satellites to reduce failure rates.

When you gaze up at the picturesque night sky, do you ever find yourself wondering how much junk is up there? It's a thought that may not have occurred to many of us, but with up to 18,000 new satellites set to be launched into orbit in the next five years, space is set to become a lot more chaotic.

Up to 50 per cent of these crafts will experience a critical system failure within the first two years of operation and become debris. This space junk then poses a risk to anything else in orbit – including other satellites, spacecraft, and even spacewalking astronauts.

Space Services Australia provides a platform that helps companies build, test and manage safer and more cost-effective satellites to reduce failure rates in the future.

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