On the 22nd of July, the 2019 Eureka Innovation & Entrepreneurship Mission To China-Jinan Station just finished,we kicked off the commerce of the second station-- Zhejiang Station which organized by Eureka TechIn and international cooperation department of Yangtze Delta Region Institute of Tsinghua University, Zhejiang.
According to the matching of local industrial structure, 10 high-tech projects and 16 experts and technicians from Aussie Team were invited by local governments to attend this mission. This mission aims to provide an outstanding platform and diversified resources for the development and growth of overseas start-up teams.They visited Taizhou city and Lishui City of Zhejiang Province, and learned deeply the innovation and entreprenurship policies, business environment, culture and market needs in Zhejiang.
Part 1. Taizhou Station
On the 23rd of July, “Intelligent Taizhou”-- matchmaking conference was held at Taizhou City. Director of Taizhou Talent Office, Ms. HaiyaYu; Deputy Director of Taizhou Science and Technology Bureau, Mr. Xiaoyun Wang; Director of Taizhou center of Yangtze Delta Region Institute of Tsinghua University, Mr.Chao Huang; Director of International Cooperation Department of Yangtze Delta Region Institute of Tsinghua University, Mr. Jiaqing Li, and 20 representatives form local enterprises in related field attended the conference.
At the conference, Director of Taizhou Talent Office, Ms. HaiyaYu introduced the latest talent policy and business environment in Taizhou City. Ms.Yu encouraged the Australian high-tech entrepreneurial team to come to Taizhou and set office here.Local governments will provide diversty rescouse to further support and improve the success rate of innovation and entrepreneurship.
On the afternoon of that day, all participants visited Yangtze Delta Region Institute of Tsinghua University, Zhejiang and Taizhou Wan Economy Industry Centralization Area to learn more about local business environment.
Part 2. Lishui Station
On July 24th, all participants visited local industry parks and companies in Lishui City. After that,
networking session was organized by local government for promoting cooperation between Australian projects and local companies.
Part 3. LIST OF INVITED PROJECTS
Pioneering the way people produce and use energy
Dr. Samuel Evans and his team
Diffuse Energy have developed breakthrough technology that can optimise the efficiency of rotary equipment and wind turbines. We have developed a 2 kW small-scale wind turbine for distributed generation that is up to twice as efficient as competitors’ products. This impact will include reduced generation costs and emissions, thus mitigating entry barriers for customers shifting to renewable energy.
Plastic Alternatives for Cleaner Futures
Mr.Tony Tan and his team
Modern supermarket delis, butchers and other food businesses want to keep food fresh,
whilst maximising their environmental credentials and minimising costs. The focus on
sustainability is fuelled by the shocking effects of plastic waste on marine environments and
government pressure (e.g. the recent ban on single use plastic in the EU). We have tapped into
this by redesigning an alternative to single-use plastic. Our flagship product is the Silfresh
Silicone Lid that will replace plastic cling wrap. It incorporates a pressurised valve to reduce air,extending food shelf-life. Since then, we have now moved towards technology enabled smart-packaging. We have designed our first prototype of a sensor that reads data on bacteria, food safety indicators and food shelf-life.
Advanced Genetic Tests Deliver Precisions Medicine
Prof. Grant Morahan and his team
The problem we address is the inaccurate predictions of patients’ health outcomes. Doctors can’t tell accurately which people with high blood pressure will have a heart attack or stroke, or which people with diabetes will develop complications like kidney failure, or which people with cancer are most likely to survive. Our technology provides better predictions for diseases that impose a huge burden on global health and on health care costs: heart disease (especially cardiovascular disease, CVD), cancer and diabetes.
Currently, doctors generally rely on physical signs together with family history to estimate a patient’s risk. Our company, Advanced Genetic Diagnostics (AGD), has a unique approach and developed genetic diagnostic tests that can predict a person’s risk of disease outcomes. AGD’s genetic tests predicting cancer survival or heart attack outperform “gold standard” clinical tests. Our tests are non-invasive, requiring only a saliva sample. The increased accuracy of AGD’s genetic tests means that patients can improve their health outcomes by getting the best treatment earlier.
Identification of people at higher risk of disease before they develop symptoms allows earlier treatment and better management, delaying or even preventing disease outcomes. AGD’s tests could diagnose risk years earlier, allowing preventive treatments before irreversible damage has occurred. Our technology has the potential to change medical treatments: allowing targeted treatment to the people who most need it and are most at risk. This is the future of “precision medicine”.
Inwentech: ChestPhan4D - An Australian invention for better fighting cancers
Mr.Chuandong Wen and his team
INWENTECH invented an award-winning medical device, ChestPhan4D, that improves radiotherapy imaging & treatment of lung/breast cancers for better tumor targeting and location movement induced by patient respiration in 2013. ChestPhan4D is a human-like, dynamic thorax phantom consisting of an expandable ribcage driven by motors, fitted with skin/female breasts (for breast cancer treatment) on outside, a moveable heart and breathing lungs inside ribcage. It represents an average human thorax in clinical environment, and effectively imitates respiratory and cardiac movements of individual patient with “bio-fidelity” superior to any existing products.
Pacifik Biopharm - The development and commercialization of innovative small nucleic acid gene drugs for cancer immunity and small molecular targeting drugs
Dr. Die Wang and his team
Pacifik Biopharm Project focuses on the development and commercialization of innovative small nucleic acid gene drugs for cancer immunity and small molecular targeting drugs. As a leading expert, Professor Bryan Williams, academician of the Australian, American and New Zealand, creatively put forward the theory of bi-functional small nucleic acids with immunostimulatory activity in the world, that is, after an ingenious modification, siRNA can not only retain the role of RNAi interference, but also activate the therapeutic effect of the human immune system, so this discovery opens up new directions for cancer and immune precision treatment. At the same time, the project is seamlessly docked with the ILK cancer treatment project led by academician Williams. The target of integrin ligase research can be designed as the therapeutic target of siRNA drugs. Small molecule ILK inhibitors have the potential to become a new generation of broad-spectrum anti-cancer targeting drugs. The team owns the core technologies and patents of the project, and the related products are in the final stage of research and development, and are expected to enter clinical trials within 2 years.
Innovative and integrated sensing platform for heavy metal ions
Dr.Adam Truskewycz and his team
The project developed optical sensing platform,is facilitated by small organic molecular sensors or nanomaterials. These sensors allow for the detection of trace-amounts of the analytes (heavy metals)of interest on relatively small sample amount. The potential use of non-toxic luminescent nanoparticles, such as carbon dots, would be cooperated. These materials, due to their unique photo physical properties and versatile surface chemistry, offer the possibility for the encapsulation or surface attachment of functional materials, while retaining their native luminescence property. Combining the small organic molecular sensors and the nano particles for the sensing of heavy metal ions, we aim to identify composite materials with improved sensing performance towards heavy metal ions.
Off Gas Treatment for Industry
Dr.Derrick Ng and his team
Our team in CSIRO provide innovative solutions which focussed on reducing the environmental impact and energy cost of industrial processes through novel materials and processing development; with enhanced performance and lower cost. We can provide stepwise technical support from lab scale to pilot scale.As such, we have developed a versatile catalytic deodorization technology with innovative low pressure-drop nano structured catalysts that have been found effective at removing light VOCs and odorous compounds and from various vapor gas streams including pulp & paper, food processing,fish fertilizer, cement and ore refinery.
Headstrong motorcycle helmet
Dr. Paul Dorotich and his team
Motorsport helmets are arguably the best in the world. However, they still use the same 'protection system' of a rigid shell and hard EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) design dating back to the 1950's. Yes, that's more than 50 years!! So the problem is that motorcyclists are continuing to be seriously injured and killed, largely because traditional helmets are outdated.
Soft EPS, like they use to transport fruit and veg, absorbs impacts well but hard EPS doesn't absorb impacts very well at all. Sure your helmet lasts a lot longer with hard EPS, but we reckon a helmet should be all about saving your head, not saving you a few dollars and risk serious injury.
We'd prefer to trash an expensive helmet than suffer a (permanent) head or neck injury. I'm sure Schumacher would agree. I'm sure you do too!What we're saying is that helmets need to be dramatically improved, way beyond using a hard bit of polystyrene (EPS). That's why we have developed a totally new helmet protection system.
Agricultural soil remediation project
Prof. Kevin Li and his team
The project mainly includes three series of products: soil heavy metal pollution remediation, water pollution treatment and remediation, saline-alkali land and acid soil treatment. The product utilizes the adsorption principle of zeolite molecular sieve, adsorbs and stabilizes (bonded/encapsulated form) free heavy metal ions, reduces its bioavailability, and has an adsorption stabilization effect of up to 99% and is effective for a long time.