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PARTNERING FOR SUCCESS
Connecting with others and collaborating to create a better world.
OUR PURPOSE ARI exists to support the Universityâ€™s goals around the generation and dissemination of knowledge. We believe the best way to do this is through open engagement and being proactive around the co-creation of new ideas and applied research and knowledge. We need to listen to, and work with, the needs of the community.
Connect: We are a focal point for linking the world renowned research resources at the University of Adelaide to the community. Our strengths lie in the facilitation of collaborative opportunities between the University and partners in the private and public sector,
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as well as promoting and matching capability to need, and encouraging networking and engagement.
Collaborate: We help foster and facilitate connections between research and industrial partners, conscious of the need to work together with, and listen closely to, our partners in order to get the best result. As wholly owned subsidiary of the University, we are integrated into the fabric of University community and so have a deep understanding of its culture and operations. Structured as a company, we are well placed to interact with
our counterparts in the private and public sector, and provide a clear path for engagement the skills and expertise of our
The ARI team has a wide base of skills and experience across
a variety of research, commercial and public activities. So we are well equipped to bridge the different cultures that can sometimes frustrate interactions. We also draw on external advisors to ensure market factors are given proper
“Our strengths lies in the facilitation of collaborative opportunities between the University and its partners
consideration (and the independent members of our Board also provide a guiding hand).
OUR MANTRA At ARI we “live our name” - Adelaide Research & Innovation. Adelaide: we are focussed solely on advancing the cause of the University (in its mission to generate and disseminate knowledge). The University is our owner and beneficiary (all funds ARI receives are passed back to the University, its
researchers and collaborators).
We actively assess, protect and commercialise research
Research & Innovation: we not only facilitate applied
outcomes to enable implementation to have real world impact.
knowledge exchange, but also research and innovate in our
We invest in innovative projects that have market potential to
own business to ensure we are constantly improving our
make a difference to people’s lives.
services to our clients.
e are advocates of the open innovation school of thought. This promotes the idea that firms should use external (as well as internal) ideas and internal and external paths to market.
“Universities are a source of highly educated people and a
major source of new ideas. Along with their teaching and research activities, they attract knowledge and resources from external soruces and adapt existing knowledge to local conditions” – Professor Goran Roos So Universities have a clear role to play as part of a broader ecosystem. Working with partners in the private and public sectors enables Universities to learn more about the true nature of key problems, which in turn leads to better research and development to the benefit of our society. We learn and benefit from this also.
Imagination: the power to bring to mind things that aren’t here in the present; to envisage various possibilities for the future. Creativity: applied imagination; the process of having original ideas which have value. Innovation: putting good ideas into practice. Organisations that want to be successful can only be so through intensive cooperation – with their clients and other partners. Creativity and innovation come about from people working in interdisciplinary teams: challenges and opportunities are best tackled in collaboration and partnership. ARI is embracing this change. We want to ease and speed access to University capabilities and resources (tangible and intangible). We’ve adopted new technology to make the knowledge exchange process more fluid, and have added extra resources to improve customer service management. Adopting this approach has seen ARI demonstrate strong growth. We are moving beyond contract research and commercialisation, into strategic partnering and relationship development. We see ourselves as being able to drive productivity by acting as a trusted hub of knowledge exchange. We are also involved in the broader conversation around improving engagement between the University sector and the broader community. We have engaged in this agenda locally, nationally and internationally. If you are interested in this debate then we are interested in hearing from you.
Connect...collaborate...Create... with the University of Adelaide.
Census of algae in the name of conservation
safety of a variety of new vehicles, using sub-system tests that
They may be the bottom of the food chain but the
rate the safety performance of a new vehicle in a collision with
presence of algae can tell you a lot about the health
of an ecosystem. If there is something wrong with the
organisms at the bottom of the food chain then everything that
CASR is internationally recognised for its high quality
relies on those micro-organisms will be affected, including the
independent research, and in addition to their work with CASR,
fish we eat. The School of Earth & Environmental Science at
they undertake additional independent safety tests on behalf of
the University of Adelaide is leading a project to monitor Algae
Response (Algae IDS count) in the northern Coorong for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Algae form the base of the food chain providing the energy source for the higher tropic levels (e.g. zooplankton, fish, birds). The Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth region is the only point of entry and exit for fish that move between freshwater and marine habitats and is the only pathway to export salt from the MurrayDarling Basin.
As such, monitoring the algal community is
important for managing the water flows required for primary production and to maintain a healthy and biologically diverse river system.
Making their biggest dream come true A collaborative partnership between the University of Adelaide, Adelaide Research & Innovation, and ORIGIO a/s, a world leader in Assisted Reproductive
Technology (ART) solutions, has resulted in the development of EmbryoGen®, a novel treatment option for women undergoing IVF who have had one or more previous miscarriages. A fertility culture medium containing Granulocyte-Macrophage Colony-Stimulating Factor (GM-CSF), a natural growth factor,
was found by University of Adelaide researcher Professor Sarah
White knights protecting pedestrians
Robertson, to prompt more natural development in test-tube
The impact of vehicle design on pedestrian injury in
embryos and improve the success of in-vitro fertilisation (IVF)
a collision is no laughing matter. Automobiles are
treatment. The GM-CSF technology, licensed to ORIGIO a/s,
much more dangerous to pedestrians than they are
was subjected to the world’s largest clinical trial on IVF media,
to drivers and passengers, with pedestrians deaths accounting
and was shown to increase the implantation rate of +40% for
for the majority of our vehicle related road fatalities. As such,
women with previous miscarriage.
car safety has shifted focus in recent years to protecting other road users, and the influence of vehicle design on pedestrian
Now available in over 40 countries, EmbryoGen® is making a
injury in a collision has come under scrutiny by safety regulatory
real difference to the lives of real people.
bodies. Assessing the safety performance of new models before they enter the market is the primary function of the Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). To test the pedestrian safety of new vehicles, they contract the Centre for Automotive Safety Research (CASR) at the University of Adelaide. CASR is the official testing facility for the pedestrian component of ANCAP’s assessment, and is the only facility of its kind in Australia. They are contracted on a regular basis to measure the pedestrian
She’s a real beauty mate!
surgery. The medical gel, derived from a polymer extracted
With climate change and water consumption a
from crab shell and squid, coats the wound and slowly dissolves
growing concern, there has been renewed interest
over two weeks. This allows the wound to heal properly, and
in native trees and plants, especially for street and
prevents scar tissue from forming in the nose.
Research & Innovation and Humphris Nursery (based in
Mooroolbark Victoria) has resulted in the introduction of two
skill their midwives.
urban landscape plantings. Ornamental Eucalypts offer key advantages such as low water usage, striking beauty, and reduced size.
Collaboration on the clonal propagation of
Mallee eucalypts between the University of Adelaide, Adelaide
Helping those beyond our borders The School of Population Health & Clinical Practice at the University of Adelaide has been contracted by Tarakan City Health Department in Indonesia to up
new varieties being introduced into the Australian plant market. By marrying the best elements of premium plants, they have
12 midwives, in addition to other health care staff from Tarakan
created two new exclusive standard varieties of Ornamental
City Health Department in Indonesia, will travel to Adelaide to
Eucalypt (the ‘Nullarbor Rose’ and the ‘Nullarbor Lime’ ) which
be trained in practices which will teach them how to improve
possess a combination of desirable characteristics for the home
integrated care, referrals, working with private sector midwives,
and the provision of quality care to pregnant women and children. The program will see the midwives attend class room based training and see these skills in practice in a local hospital. They will also learn about health promotion within the community, and be provided with a training handbook to teach others back home. Up skilling these midwives through training will lead to improved service provision and better quality of care for patients in Tarakan City community.
New wound dressing for sinus surgery Researchers at the University of Adelaide have developed a new wound dressing gel which improves healing, controls bleeding and prevents adhesions
post sinus surgery. This involved collaboration with the University of Otago and Wellington-based Robinson Squidgel. The world’s largest medical technology company Medtronic has acquired commercial rights to certain applications of the gel. The translation of this research from laboratory to the clinic is potentially of great benefit to many sinus sufferers around the world, reducing the number of post-operative complications which occur in almost one third of all people following sinus
Working with mining to restore the Aussie outback Arid Recovery is an ecosystem restoration initiative based in the South Australian outback and dedicated
to the restoration of Australia’s arid lands. It is a joint project run by BHP Billiton, the SA Department for Environment & Natural Resources, the University of Adelaide and the local community. The program is presently centred around a 123km² fenced reserve at Roxby Downs. The BHP owned reserve is being used as a testing ground to develop and implement methods for broad scale restoration of arid lands via the use of exclusion fencing. Feral species management and ecosystem recovery
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regeneration is a long term goal for beyond the fence. Feral cats, rabbits and foxes have been eradicated from a total of 60km² and this has provided an area of complete protection into which four species of locally extinct mammals have so far
Barley Breeding Program The University of Adelaide Waite Campus is a centre of excellence for plant breeding and genetics. The Barley Breeding Program in particular has attracted
been reintroduced. The University has been primarily involved
major industry partners worldwide, including brewers such as
in this aspect of the project, carrying out numerous research
Heineken, Carlsberg and Sapporo. For the last five years our
programs on the site, particularly regarding the reintroduction
barley varieties have been marketed through a commercial
and ecology of bilbies.
partnership with Viterra (formerly ABB Grain).
Arid Recovery is a unique example of a highly successful
University of Adelaide barley varieties currently comprise over
partnership between industry, government, education and
90% of the South Australian crop and 50-55% of the national
community via the four way partnership that supports Arid
barley crop. Brewing companies and maltsters have worked
with our researchers to breed new varieties of barley to better suit their production processes. This involvement of commercial partners representing the entire value-chain in the development of our barley varieties has played a major role in its success. Significant malting varieties developed by the Program include Clipper, Schooner, Sloop, SloopSAA and DhowA, feed varieties include Galleon, Barque, Keel, CapstanA and MaritimeA, and the hulless variety TorrensA. The University of Adelaide is currently
Shaping the Future Workforce of Nursing Nursing has evolved over the past century from its
commercialising the malting varieties FlagshipTM (WI3408A) and GairdnerPlusTM (WI3586A), and the feed variety FleetTM (WI3804A).
more traditional role in patient care, into a highly trained and specialised occupation within the wider
medical profession. Playing a key element in the development of this workforce in South Australia is The University of Adelaide’s School of Nursing. Professor Alison Kitson in the School of Nursing has embarked on a study funded by the Federal Government’s Department of Health and Aging: “The Future Shape of the Nursing Workforce: A Synthesis of the Evidence of Factors that Impact on Quality Nursing Care.” This review will pull together the most up to date international evidence and will map the range of contextual, educational, direct care delivery and relationship factors that are known to enhance or detract from quality patient care delivered by nurses.
For more information about any of these projects, or to learn how you too can get involved, contact ARI now: Adelaide Research & Innovation Level 14,115 Grenfell St, Adelaide SA 5000 T: +61 8 8313 5020 F: +61 8 8313 4355 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.adelaideresearch.com.au
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RI is the key vehicle for government and industry to access the unique skills and expertise at the University of Adelaide. To date, hundreds of companies and agencies across a wide variety of sectors have gained significant economic and social advantages by working with the
University of Adelaide to cultivate new ideas and innovations. As we move forward, we seek to create a deeper and richer portfolio of engagement with our counterparts. Our focus will be on cultivating quality long-lasting partnerships in order to provide long-term significant value to our partners and the broader community. Our ambition is to engage beyond the simple project level: we seek to be less transactional, and more integrated into the fabric of your organisation to help address a range of issues and add greater, more intrinsic value to you. Co-creation of innovation is where we see the future. We will integrate ourselves into the communities of engagement within the private and public sector to better understand their needs. This will enable us to create better pathways and improve connections to, and benefits from, the Universityâ€™s unique resources.
Partnering for success: connecting with others and collaborating to create a better world. If these ideas resonate with you, please contact Adelaide Research & Innovation to learn how the University of Adelaide may be able to assist you â€“ and let us learn from you.
Adelaide Research & Innovation Level 14, 115 Grenfell St, Adelaide SA 5000 T: +61 8 8313 5020 F: +61 8 8313 4355 E: email@example.com www.adelaideresearch.com.au
PARTNERING FOR SUCCESS We are a focal point for collaboration between the world renowned research resources at the University of Adelaide and its partners in the wider community. Our strengths lie in the facilitation of collaborative opportunities between the University and partners in the private and public sector, as well as promoting and matching capability to need, and encouraging networking and engagement. If you are interested in joining us on our journey to make a difference, please contact Adelaide Research & Innovation to learn how the University of Adelaide may be able to assist you.