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Adelaide Research & Innovation

building the future

making a difference ONE PROJECT AT A TIME - P6

partnering for success CONNECT, COLLABORATE, CREATE - P10


Connecting with others and collaborating to create a better world.

OUR PURPOSE ARI exists to support the University’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

a pedestrian.

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

vehicle’s manufacturers.

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,

plant market.

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:



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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 University’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 – 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:



Collaborate. Create.

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.

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