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Our portfolio of inventions and innovations spans a number of sectors, including diagnostics, therapeutics, biomedical devices and optical technology, just to name a few.

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The value of oyster aquaculture globally exceeds US$3.9 billion, however vulnerabilities to some pathogens and viruses are reducing shellfish yields.

In particular, the pathogen ostreid herpesvirus-1 has severely disrupted Pacific oyster production in Europe since 2008, and in New Zealand and Australia since 2010.

Other pathogens such as Martellia sp. and Bonamia sp. are prevalent globally and impact filter-feeding shellfish such as oysters and mussels in many countries.

There are no established methods to prevent these diseases, and consequently the shellfish industry is plagued by recurrent outbreaks and economic losses.

The protective wrap system

Our technology consists of a protective fabric that is inserted into a conventional shellfish basket, tray or pillow.

The membrane has pores of a specific size that allow water to pass through, and exclude particles such as parasites and herpes viruses.

Applications and commercial opportunity
  • Oyster enclosure prevents the herpes virus infection.
  • The wrap is compatible with existing cultivation infrastructure (either as a disposable product, or it potentially can be cleaned and reused), so minimal changes to aquaculture procedure are expected.
  • The system is expected to reduce labour costs because regular husbandry procedures, such as oyster cleaning and grading, are not required while oysters are in the protective system.
  • The market comprises the global shellfish aquaculture industry: wherever oysters, mussels, scallops and other filter feeders are farmed in structures, including baskets, pillow and trays.

The behaviour of grain during industrial processes is a key element of effective malt extract production and hence, beer making. With the current exponential growth of craft brewers around the world, it’s even more important!

The aleurone layer of mature cereal grains has a critical role in germination. Isolation of aleurone layer protoplasts enables flexibility in the investigation of biochemical processes that occur in the aleurone layer of grains during grain development, germination and malting.

However current methods to isolate aleurone layer protoplasts only work with a specific huskless barley variety, not with commercial malting barley varieties used in industry.

Associate Professor Thomas Roberts and his team have developed a protocol for obtaining barley aleurone layer protoplasts from commercial malting varieties in a reproducible manner. This protocol is useful to predict the behaviour of germinating barley grain during malting.

Key aspects
  • Method of obtaining barley aleurone layer protoplasts from commercial malting varieties, thus providing a way to allow investigations into germination behaviour during malting.
  • Results of investigations with aleurone layer protoplasts can be used to predict the potential of the aleurone layer to modify grain behaviour during malting.
  • This method is potentially useful to understand the parameters that control the malting process.
The discovery

Our researchers have developed an extraction protocol for barley aleurone layer protoplasts from commercial barley malting varieties. Studies show that the proteins of protoplasts can be extracted, analysed and compared at different time points during their culture. The direct study of the barley aleurone layer can be facilitated by the use of protoplasts as they can be more accurately controlled, treated and monitored than the whole aleurone.

Preliminary data has shown that the protoplasts respond to exposure to plant hormones such as gibberellic acid and abscisic acid, in the same way as the intact aleurone layer.

Applications and commercial opportunity

The protoplast extraction protocol allows:

  • investigation into the responsiveness of the aleurone layer to hormones produced during germination
  • the prediction of the germinating behaviour of the whole grain during industrial processing.

Use of the extraction protocol for barley aleurone layer protoplasts in a commercial process could:

  • simplify and speed up the process by choosing suitable varieties or malting parameters for malting
  • allow advance selection of particular varieties or malting parameters that could potentially meet the brewing companies’ requirements
  • allow malting companies to perform quality control of the barley grains that could meet the brewing companies’ requirements before the malting process begins.

Professor Salah Sukkarieh from the Australian Centre for Field Robotics in the Faculty of Engineering and his team have developed several novel robots and robotic systems that can be used to improve efficiencies in agriculture.

Awarded the NSW Science and Engineering Award for Excellence in Engineering and Information and Communications Technologies in 2014, Professor Sukkarieh is an international expert in the research, development and commercialisation of field robotic systems.

Agriculture is increasingly under pressure to increase efficiency and plant yield.  Our robotic solutions can help overcome both of these issues.

Key aspects
  • Automated weeding, spraying and or selection of plants.
  • New robots with improved efficiency and advantages over existing robotic solutions.
Applications and commercial opportunity

Our automated robotic systems allow:

  • automated and targeted weeding with less herbicide and number of passes of the plant used
  • improved efficiency with a variety of different robotic solutions.

The robots can also be customised for other applications.

We offer flexible licensing agreements, to streamline the process for our partner organisations.

If you’d like to find out more about the intellectual property we have available for licencing, or our range of licensing options, contact us on +61 2 9351 4000 or via our enquiry form.

Our commercial success stories

We're affiliated with a number of startups and new venture projects that have spun out from our technologies. 

Elastagen Pty Ltd is a clinical-stage medical device company that is pioneering Elastatherapy, which uses the human protein elastin to naturally repair and augment the skin.

The company has arisen out of patented research conducted by Professor Tony Weiss’s group and the first clinical trials have demonstrated the biocompatibility and safety of their synthetic human elastin in human subjects. 

Grok is the product of decades spent teaching high-school students, teachers and professionals how to program from scratch.

Professor Tara Murphy, Professor James Curran, Mr Tim Dawborn, and Dr Nicky Ringland founded Grok Learning in 2013. 

Pallas is an e-learning company with products for learning difficult STEM knowledge and skills through engaging game-like 3D experiences. The company has arisen out of research conducted by Professor Michael Jacobson from the Sydney School of Education and Social Work

Breathe Well is an interactive medical device company to assist lung cancer patients to breathe well, facilitating stable lung tumour motion for accurate radiation delivery during cancer treatment. The company was founded by Professor Paul Keall based on his work at the University of Sydney and Stanford University

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Our track record

  • 1100 patents filed in the past 20 years
  • 21 staff-led startups in the past 10 years
  • 19 commercialisation deals in 2018

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