Tag: research commercialisation

STEMM Central Bootcamp Kicks Off

sblogoThe energy in the room was electric with many collaborations sparked at the launch of the STEMM Central Bootcamp for Research Commercialisation on 23rd September. As participants heard presentations and got stuck into activities, they received an inspiring lesson on what research translation and commercialisation entails and the core capabilities required to enable successful outcomes. Continue reading

How to Split the Pie

coinsBring industry expertise to academia – this was the message I brought to Ian Frazer when he was in Melbourne recently with other members of the Australian Medical Research Advisory Board for a public consultation on the MRFF.

I recommended a portion of the Fund would be well spent on initiatives to embed colleagues with experience and a successful track record gained in industry into research. This suggestion was made rather than, or at least in addition to, the reverse – a call for increasing numbers of researchers to spend time in industry learning the ropes of commercialisation, which while admirable may take some considerable time to yield the results we hope for. The proposal was not surprising given my own experience and that of several BioMedVic Directors who can all attest to the two-way impact of building bridges between industry and academia, something BioMedVic has encouraged for some time. Continue reading


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Victorian medical researchers are set to receive a leg-up on their path to clinical and commercial success.

Cancer Therapeutics CRC (CTx), in partnership with BioMedvic, will deliver the STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine) Bootcamp – a training program designed to help early career medical researchers translate their discoveries. The Honourary Philip Dalidakis, Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, launched the program in June.

STEMM Bootcamp builds on the successful Molecules to Medicine (M2M) Program, curated by CTx, as an online and in-person skill development program. Participating researchers undertake short, intensive education modules and activities designed to build strength, competency and connections in research translation and commercialisation.

Following the launch, the program was kicked off with a co-design workshop, facilitated by PwC Indigenous Consulting. The workshop brought together key stakeholders from research and industry and crystallised key elements and the core skills required for research translation and commercialisation.

The overwhelming energy and success of the co-design workshop gave us a clear direction for the future of STEMM Bootcamp.

And if the program has piqued your interest, stay tuned – we will be recruiting for participants in August.

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