The Research Innovation and Enterprise Award recognises a UWA researcher who has applied learnings from their scholarship to develop an innovative solution to a real-world problem. It seeks to celebrate knowledge translation through research enterprise, entrepreneurship and/or industry engagement.

Winners

research innovation and enterprise award winner

Research Innovation and Enterprise Award Winner

Flow Assisted Susceptibility Testing (FAST) for rapid antibiotic resistance testing
Team members: Professor Tim Inglis (School of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine), Kieran Mulroney, Jarrad Hall, Xiao Huang and Erin Turnbull.

Antibiotic resistant bacterial will result in the death of 250 million people by 2050. FAST Lab are using lasers and fluorescent dyes to test how efficient an antibiotic will be against bacteria, and they are achieving this 1-3 days faster than current techniques. This innovation allows patients to receive the most effective antibiotics very rapidly, which will limit the spread of antibiotic resistance and save lives.

 

Finalists

The Noisy Guts project

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, The Marshall Centre
Josephine Muir; Mary Webberley; Xuhao Du; Gary Allwood; Andrisha Inderjeeth; and Barry Marshall.

The Noisy Guts team has developed an acoustic belt that analyses rumbling tummies to help doctors screen and diagnose gut disorders. Their innovation uses sensing technology originally designed to pick up the sounds of termites!

Comic Book Contracts

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education (FABLE), Law
Camilla Andersen

Camilla and Adrian are working to simplify complex legal agreements to make law and lawyers less alienating to members of our community, using illustrations and comic book panels to replace traditional contract clauses.

Micro-elastography: High resolution imaging tools to improve breast surgery

Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Brendan Kennedy; David Sampson; and Christobel Saunders.

This interdisciplinary team has developed a brand new imaging technique that maps the sense of touch onto a high resolution image. This innovation will allow surgeons to more accurately remove tumors during breast surgery.

Simple decompression computer

Faculty of Science, Sports Science
Peter Buzzacott

Peter has designed a simple dive computer that can be made out of found materials for impoverished diving communities in Asia and South America. His innovation has the potential to greatly reduce the incidence and severity of decompression sickness.

Electromagnetic Airborne Mineral Exploration for Discovery of Deep Earth Resources

Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, Physics
Andrew Sunderland

In 2016, UWA scientists detected ripples in the fabric of space-time called gravitational waves, (which were predicted by Einstein 100 years earlier). Andrew applied these detection techniques to invent a powerful magnetic gradiometer which can detect minerals buried deep underground - while flying high above the ground in an airplane.

Flow Assisted Susceptibility Testing (FAST) for rapid antibiotic resistance testing

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, School of Biomedical Sciences
Tim Inglis, Kieran Mulroney, Jarrad Hall, Xiao Huang, Elin Turnbull

Antibiotic resistant bacterial will result in the death of 250 million people by 2050. FAST Lab are using lasers and fluorescent dyes to test how efficient an antibiotic will be against bacteria, and they are achieving this 1-3 days faster than current techniques. This innovation allows patients to receive the most effective antibiotics very rapidly, which will limit the spread of antibiotic resistance and save lives.