We change the face of polymers by embedding functional particles into the surface to give them new and useful properties. Our patented technology paves the way for development of many new, innovative materials and products.

An immediate area of application is to protect high-value marine sensors from biofouling. The unwanted growth of marine organisms causes signal attenuation, sensor malfunction, increased weight and unwanted drag due to ocean currents. There are many thousands of marine sensors deployed globally, costing up to $120K each, which require frequent cleaning to keep them in service.

Suricle are focusing on treating adhesive polymer films with antifouling properties for attachment to sensors to mitigate biofouling. Kits containing this film will be sold via our e-commerce store for application in the field by the end-users, offering savings of thousands of dollars per year in reduced maintenance costs.

Ms Simone Tyndall, Dr Peter King, Dr Karen Kozielski, Dr Andrew Poole.


  • Dr Andrew Poole , Technology Engagement:  Skilled in the interface of materials and biology, Project Leader of CSIRO’s Antifouling Project.
  • Dr Peter King , Technology Development:  Research scientist focused on materials engineering and Cold Spray Technology.
  • Dr Karen Kozielski , Commercialisation and Business Development:  Experienced in materials development and science management across a range of industry sectors.
  • Dr David Lambourne , IP Strategy:  Extensive experience in IP management with qualifications in materials scale-up and fabrication.
  • Simone Tyndall , Communications and Market Analysis:  IP specialist with experience in research institutions and the private sector, holds a degree in Chemistry.

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Liza Noonan: Welcome to ON Boot Camp. Today we are here are to select our cohort of ten teams for our next ON Accelerator.

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We’re looking for big ideas and teams who are ready to learn quickly.

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Facilitator 2: The spirit of what we want to do over this boot camp, we want to just be doing stuff, rolling up our sleeves, getting in there and just showing the rest of our team and the rest of the teams what it is that we’re doing.

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So looking for a valuable idea that no one else is building and we’re going to try and carve that out.

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Male: Well what we do is match fertiliser delivery to crop requirements.

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Female: What we do is provide mining companies with the data that they need.

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Male: We locate mobile phones indoors with two centimetre accuracy.

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Michael Behrens: It’s definitely expanding my mind and making me think about new things, stuff that I’ve never thought about before.

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Charlotte Sennerston: It’s exciting to meet all the innovative people. I hope our team can get feedback and that we can advance our thinking and also get challenged.

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Laura Jones: I think it’s a really great networking opportunity, I think it’s really good to learn from experienced mentors and I think it’s a really great chance for us to showcase new and upcoming research.

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Facilitator 2: We want a way to put our invention in front of a customer so we can observe what they do and we can measure what they do. Be brave, be strong, get out there, talk to these guys and find out what their problems are.

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Michael Behrens: There was someone who I could chat to.

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Female: What we’re trying to understand is that some of the challenges…

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Grant Brinkworth: We’ve just formulated our questions, we’ve refined our question panel and now we’ve identified where these customers are going to be and now we’re going to hit the streets and go and get ‘em.

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Professor Sally Mcarthur: It’s been amazing. We’ve completely, this morning, pivoted our ideas and really started to challenge what our underlying hypothesis was about the project we’re doing.

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Joe Allen: We’ve been able to get our team to test out lots of different assumptions, actually get out of the building, talk to customers, so they found it really valuable for investment of their time and something that I think will benefit their business long term.

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Bill Bartee: If we’re really going to succeed at this stuff there has to actually be real, real commitment and I’d encourage everybody to understand the difference between interest and commitment, because it’s vast!

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Geoff Culbert: If there’s an idea that’s great it will find a home and if anyone’s got an idea that they think will have application to our businesses that’s globally scalable then we are all ears.

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Liza Noonan: The quality of the ideas that have come to boot camp is really mind-blowing. We have a really tough job in about three hours time selecting our cohort of ten, from improving water productivity to helping people who are in wheelchairs access more places, to making our wineries more sustainable, through to addressing Australia’s fruit fly problem, so the diversity in this room is incredible.

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Male: A light bulb moment and use that word.

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Male: The feedback from users is that it is simple to use.

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Male: There’s not been a lot of time to prepare for the pitch. What I’d like to see is a passionate set of scientists, a passionate set of entrepreneurs who are authentically connected to the problem that they’re trying to solve. If the authenticity comes through then I’m happy. If it doesn’t, well, I’m not happy.

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Male: What we learned here today is that actually our valuable proposition is actually significantly higher than we thought.

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Male: There’s one key capability that’s holding them back from their full potential and that is that they lack ability to sense the world around them.

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Liza Noonan: For both CSRIO and the universities, I think I’ve seen a vision of the future, of what this thing’s going to look like and I’m pretty dam excited.

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