Vincent Gramoli
News & Analysis

Redbelly Blockchain spins out of University of Sydney and CSIRO as a high-speed commercial solution

- December 21, 2021 2 MIN READ

Redbelly Blockchain, an Australian blockchain developed by the University of Sydney and CSIRO, has spun out as a commercial enterprise, Redbelly Network, in a joint venture with blockchain venture studio Block8. Redbelly, unveiled in 2018 as the world’s fastest blockchain, says it is now also significantly safer and more corruption-proof than other blockchains in commercial… Read more »

Innovation

New CSIRO research finds that every $1 spent on R&D in Australia delivers $3.50 in benefits

- November 23, 2021 3 MIN READ

Each dollar invested in research and development (R&D) would earn an average of A$3.50 in economy-wide benefits for Australia, according to evidence compiled in a new report from CSIRO. Many Australians know research and development drives economic growth and improves our well-being and prosperity. However, few could describe the size of the relationship between Australia’s… Read more »

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CSIRO Data61 team wins silver – and $1.3 million – in the ‘robot Olympics’

- September 27, 2021 2 MIN READ

Robotics experts from the CSIRO have second finished in a global competition dubbed the ‘Robot Olympics’, beating a team from NASA and MIT to take the silver. The team, from the CSIRO’s Data61, spin-out robotics company Emesent, and the US-based Georgia Institute of Technology spent three years preparing for the competition, preparing six autonomous robots,… Read more »

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Covid-19

A biotech startup is developing a ‘warm’ COVID vaccine that also works against newer strains such as Delta

- July 15, 2021 2 MIN READ

A ‘warm’ COVID-19 vaccine being developed by scientists from India and Australia, suitable for remote regions lacking access to the cold storage needed to transport current vaccines, appears to be effective against new strains of the virus currently pushing Australian states back into lockdown. The CSIRO has been evaluating the heat-tolerant COVID-19 vaccine formulations developed… Read more »

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CSIRO names Swinburne engineering Professor Bronwyn Fox as its new Chief Scientist

- June 17, 2021 2 MIN READ

The CSIRO has named Professor Bronwyn Fox as its new Chief Scientist, nearly three decades after she first began her career at the national science agency as a research assistant. Prof. Fox, the agency’s fourth female Chief Scientist, replaces Dr Cathy Foley, who became Australia’s Chief Scientist in January this year. Prof. Fox joins the… Read more »

Agritech

FutureFeed, the CSIRO-backed startup reducing greenhouse gas emissions from cattle, just won US$1m it will use it go get Aboriginal people into farming

- December 15, 2020 2 MIN READ

FutureFeed, the CSIRO-backed startup using seaweed to reduce methane emission from cattle has won US$1 million from the world’s biggest prize for the food sector. The Food Planet Prize, established by Swedish hospitality entrepreneur Curt Bergfors in 2019, recognises initiatives, organisations and people working on securing the world’s food supply in a sustainable way. FutureFeed was chosen from… Read more »

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Australia’s next Chief Scientist, Dr Cathy Foley, has an incredible life story

- November 9, 2020 2 MIN READ

Physicist and CSIRO chief scientist Dr Cathy Foley will become Australia’s next Chief Scientist, replacing Dr Alan Finkel in 2021. She’s just the second woman to lead the nation’s scientific endeavours, 13 years after Professor Penny Sackett ‘s tenure from  2008-2011. Dr Foley was appointed the CSIRO’s chief scientist in 2018, having risen through the… Read more »

Innovation

The 5 barriers the CSIRO found to innovation in Australia

- November 6, 2020 2 MIN READ

Australian companies face five key barriers to unlocking value in innovation in a new report from the CSIRO. Talking to private and public sector leaders, the Value of science and technology report by the CSIRO Futures team, identified a range of issues, including declining investment in innovation – despite the push into tackling Covid-19 in 2020… Read more »

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The 6 tech sectors the CSIRO thinks will drive Australia’s economic recovery

- October 5, 2020 3 MIN READ

Over the next few years, science and technology will have a vital role in supporting Australia’s economy as it strives to recover from the coronavirus pandemic. At Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, we’ve identified opportunities that can help businesses drive economic recovery. We examined how the pandemic has created or intensified opportunities for economic growth… Read more »

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A breakthrough CSIRO-backed startup using seaweed to cut down cow farts is set to change agriculture

- August 21, 2020 2 MIN READ

A newly formed startup, spun out of the CSIRO to commercialise a seaweed-based additive to livestock feed in order reduce methane emissions, is launching with $13 million in backing from five of the biggest names in agriculture. FutureFeed Pty Ltd is using the seaweed asparagopsis in feed for dairy and beef cattle. Research trials in… Read more »

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QUANTUM LEAP: CSIRO predicts a new tech sector will generate $4 billion annually within 20 years

- May 22, 2020 2 MIN READ

The quantum technology sector could be worth more than $4 billion annually and create 16,000 jobs by 2040, according to a report by CSIRO. The Growing Australia’s Quantum Technology Industry report sees potential in everything from national security to mineral exploration, drug and materials development, and communications from spin offs resulting from quantum physics developments.… Read more »

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The startup behind the Hungry Jacks Rebel Whopper just raised $35 million in series A

- November 26, 2019 2 MIN READ

v2foods CEO Nick Hazell, Hungry Jacks founder Jack Cowin and Main Sequence Ventures partner Phil Morle. Photo: supplied Fast food billionaire Jack Cowin partnered with the CSIRO’s innovation fund to create a plant-based burger The JV business, v2food, launched at the start of 2019, produced its burger within 8 months The mince ‘meat’ is made… Read more »

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The CSIRO is shutting down its ON startup accelerator program

- October 10, 2019 2 MIN READ

David Burt, executive manager and co-founder of the CSIRO’s ON program. Photo: supplied The CSIRO is shutting down its ON startup accelerator program as funding for the program established as part of former Prime Minister’s Malcolm Turnbull’s “innovation nation” dries up. ON launched in 2015 as part of CSIRO’s Innovation Catalyst strategy, the program landed… Read more »

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The billionaire behind Hungry Jacks is betting on plant burgers for his next fortune

- October 2, 2019 3 MIN READ

Competitive Foods Australia chairman Jack Cowin, v2food CEO Nick Hazell and federal science and innovation minister Karen Andrews at the launch of v2food Fast food billionaire Jack Cowin has partnered with the CSIRO’s innovation fund to create a plant-based burger The JV business, v2food, has been developed in just 8 months and could appear on… Read more »