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Campus News : CONNECT:UOW July 2012
JULY 2012 CONNECT :UOW 5 CONNECT: NEWS The University of Wollongong is establishing its own technology transfer operation to facilitate commercialisation of work undertaken by its researchers, in a move which underlines the increasing importance of the University's research output. The new operation will replace the commercial arrangement UOW has had with UniQuest, a technology transfer company established by The University of Queensland. UniQuest has assisted with UOW's research commercialisation since 2004 when UOW and UniQuest signed an historic agreement -- the first of its kind ever undertaken between two Australian universities. With the seven-year agreement coming to an end, UOW decided to reorganise its approach after a review of its strategies for commercialisation, intellectual property and knowledge exchange between its researchers and commercial organisations. UOW Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings said the decision reflected the growth that had occurred at UOW since 2004, as well as the increasing importance the University is placing on helping its researchers test the commercial potential of their discoveries. "The partnership with UniQuest has served the University of Wollongong very well since 2004, and I would like to acknowledge the benefits the partnership has provided over the past seven years," Professor Wellings said. "In that time the University's research output has grown considerably in both size and sophistication, so we decided that with the agreement with UniQuest up for renewal, the time was right to assume greater responsibility for the commercialisation of our research work. During the partnership with UniQuest UOW registered over 340 IP disclosures which resulted in a number of commercialisation transactions including licenses and start- up companies and on-going commercialisation projects with future potential. Professor Wellings said research partnerships were increasingly important with the development of UOW's Innovation Campus research and development precinct that is bringing research institutes together with corporations and organisations working in the same fields, and UOW's business incubators iAccelerate and StartPad. UniQuest Managing Director David Henderson said the company was proud to have helped UOW build awareness within their research community of the benefits of managing intellectual property strategically. "UniQuest welcomed more than 230 staff and students at our intensive commercialisation workshops and ran seven Trailblazer innovative ideas competitions at UOW to foster an entrepreneurial environment for academics and postgraduate students," Mr Henderson said. "We look forward to seeing this culture continue to develop as UOW embarks on its new direction for managing the commercial potential of its intellectual assets." UOW will continue its positive relationship with UniQuest for commercialisation projects that are ongoing or soon to be commercialised. NH UOW BRINGS TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER IN-HOUSEe University of Wollongong BRITAIN SAYS THANKS WITH CBE FOR V-C Two Illawarra medical specialists with close ties to UOW were acknowledged in the Australian Queen's Birthday Honours when UOW Deputy Chancellor Dr Stephen Andersen and Professor of Oncology Philip Clingan received Medals of the Order of Australia (OAM) awards. Dr Andersen received his award for service to medical education, to the specialty of pathology, and to the community of the Illawarra region. Dr Andersen, who has been Deputy Chancellor of the University of Wollongong since 2010, is a pathologist who established the highly successful Southern Pathology group in the Illawarra. He has been an Honorary Clinical Associate Professor at UOW's Graduate School of Medicine (GSM) since 2005 and played a key role in its establishment. His many community roles include long service on the Illawarra advisory boards of the Salvation Army, Wollongong City Mission and Lifeline South Coast, where he was instrumental in the establishment of the annual Lifeline Book Fair which has become the organisation's major fund-raising activity. Dr Andersen was made a fellow of the University of Wollongong in 1998 for services to UOW. He has a Bachelor of Science and MBA from UOW. Professor Clingan received his award for service to medicine, particularly in the field of oncology, to medical education, and to professional organisations. He is the Lead Clinician in Oncology in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven Local Health District, Director of Medical Oncology and the Cancer Care Centre at Wollongong Hospital and a cancer treatment researcher at the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute. He is also a Clinical Professor at the GSM and also played a significant role in its establishment. NH University of Wollongong Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings' contribution to higher education in Britain has been honoured in the UK's Queen's Birthday Honours list. Professor Wellings has been made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to higher education. The investiture will take place at Buckingham Palace later this year. Professor Wellings, who took up his role at UOW on 1 January, was previously Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University in the UK from 2002-2011. During his time at Lancaster he chaired the UK's 1994 Group of Universities, was a board member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), chaired the HEFCE Research and Innovation Committee, was a board member of Universities UK, chaired the Universities UK European and International Policy Centre, chaired the North-West England Universities Association, was a member of the North-West England Science Council and a board member of the Cumbria Rural Regeneration Company. "I am personally delighted to be afforded such an honour which is also a tribute to the work of all my colleagues at Lancaster. An award like this demonstrates the importance of how research-led universities are helping to transform regional economies by generating new knowledge and highly-skilled graduates," Professor Wellings said. British-born Professor Wellings spent 21 years in Australia between 1981- 2002 where his roles included Head of the Innovation and Science Division in the federal Department of Industry, Sciences and Resources, and Deputy Chief Executive of the CSIRO. BG MEDICAL SPECIALISTS HONOURED WITH OAMS PROFESSOR PAUL WELLINGS CBE DR STEPHEN ANDERSEN OAM PROFESSOR PHILIP CLINGAN OAM