News & Analysis

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 »

Opinion

Do scientists make good startup entrepreneurs?

- July 5, 2019 2 MIN READ

    All entrepreneurs face challenges bringing their ideas to market, and founders with an academic background are no different. However, this particular group of individuals – immersed in ground-breaking science and engineering-based research – must learn to shift their mindset from researcher to entrepreneur to succeed in the world of startups. Starting and scaling… Read more »

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CSIRO scientists have developed a ‘vaccine’ against attacks on AI

- June 26, 2019 2 MIN READ

  Researchers from Data61, the CSIRO’s data and digital specialist arm, have developed techniques they claim will effectively ‘vaccinate’ algorithms against adversarial attack, meaning it will prevent malevolent actors from hijacking  machine learning. Dr Richard Nock, Data61 machine learning group leader, explained that algorithms ‘learn’ from the data they are trained on to create a… Read more »

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Hungry Jacks is turning to science to create a fake meat burger

- May 24, 2019 3 MIN READ

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 tasked with developing the ‘v2whopper’.   Fast food meat alternatives are expected to generate $7.5 billion in revenue by 2025. Jack Cowin became a billionaire selling burgers through his Hungry Jacks fast food… Read more »

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CSIRO: The internet is ‘fundamentally broken’ when it comes to trust and malicious threats

- May 24, 2019 2 MIN READ

  The CSIRO’s Data61 says around half of the internet’s most popular websites are at risk of malicious activity because of their dependence on third party services for ads, tracking and analytics. The problem is so profound, it’s now at the point where “the trust model of today’s World Wide Web is fundamentally broken”, experts… Read more »

Opinion

Here’s the vital thing missing from Australia’s incredible innovation research

- May 13, 2019 2 MIN READ

David Burt, Executive Manager at the CSIRO’s ON Accelerator Australians are great innovators. We created Wi-Fi, black box flight recorders, and cochlear implants to name a few. But despite the abundance of revolutionary science technology that has the power to reshape the Australian industry, too often, much of this technology exists in a theoretical phase.… Read more »

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This healthtech startup is helping the next generation of doctors treat remote Australian patients

- May 6, 2019 2 MIN READ

Access to high quality healthcare in regional Australia is an ongoing challenge, with one enterprising country town, Temora, 420km southwest of Sydney, going so far as to produce a 3-minute music video, “The Great Quack Quest”  in a bid to attract GPs. Technology offers one solution, allowing patients in remote locations to consult with medical… Read more »

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The CSIRO is sending two startup founders to Stanford as part of its accelerator program

- May 2, 2019 2 MIN READ

Two Australian scientists and startup founders will head to America’s prestigious Stanford University to study after impressing the CSIRO’s with their ideas during the organisation’s recent ON Accelerate program. Stephen Trowell, founder and MD of Parts Per Billion, and Melanie White, co-founder and director of Inova Medical, will receive $30,000 each towards travel and their… Read more »