2. Government update
NISA: one year on…
The first anniversary of the National Innovation and Science Agenda was marked by the Federal Government with the launch of the 2016 Australian Innovation System Report. The report highlights the significant benefits of innovation in Australia for business – including increased productivity, profitability, investment and job creation, and identifies that the strongest performance results are achieved by businesses that innovate repeatedly.
Startup Smart also had a good summary of NISA one year on.
Biomedical Translation Fund’s capital managers announced
Three experienced venture capital fund managers have been selected to support Australia’s world class biomedical talent to create new drugs, devices, and therapies and improve patient lives. The selected fund managers – Brandon Capital Partners, OneVentures Management and BioScience Managers – will manage $250 million in government capital to be matched by more than $250 million from the private sector.
Draft 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap released
Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, has released the draft 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap setting out priorities for planning and future investment. The draft 2016 Roadmap highlights nine research infrastructure focus areas that will enable Australia to pursue transformational research while delivering returns for the community and industry partners. The closing date for comments is 16 January.
Pilot to test impact, business engagement of researchers
The Federal Government will pilot ways to measure the impact of research by universities and their engagement with business and industry in 2017 after opening applications for institutions to take part ahead of a national roll-out of the assessment system in 2018. Participating universities are expected to make their pilot submissions to the ARC in May 2017. A review of the pilot will be reported in late 2017.
National Health Genomics Policy Framework
The Commonwealth Department of Health is seeking feedback on the draft National Health Genomics Policy Framework. The framework is a commitment between the Commonwealth and states and territories to work collaboratively to integrate genomics into the health system over time. You can provide feedback via written submission, by completing a survey, or participating in a consultation forum in February next year (express your interest by 31 December).
Select Committee into funding for research into cancers with low survival rates
On 29 November the Senate established a select committee to be known as the Select Committee into Funding for Research into Cancers with Low Survival Rates to inquire and report on the impact of health research funding models on the availability of funding for research into cancers with low survival rates. Tasmanian Labor senator Catryna Bilyk, a brain tumour survivor, will lead the committee. The closing date for submissions is 31 March, with the committee to report by 28 November 2017.
Corporations Amendment (Crowd-sourced Funding) Bill 2016
Introduced on 24 November, this Bill enables unlisted public companies with less than $25 million in assets and annual turnover to facilitate crowd sourced equity funding. These companies will be able to raise up to $5 million in any 12-month period through crowdfunding platforms.
CSIRO Innovation Fund
The Federal Government has launched the $200 million CSIRO Innovation Fund, which will commercialise early stage innovations from CSIRO, universities and other publicly-funded research bodies (including MRIs).
Innovation and Science Australia and CRC Advisory Committee appointments
Dr Charles Day has been appointed CEO of Innovation and Science Australia, following an extensive international search.
Research precincts for all universities?
According to The Australian, all universities would share real estate and expertise with industry in a splurge of symbiotic research and development charted by federal Science Minister Greg Hunt. Mr Hunt said every university had the capacity to develop its own precinct, modeled on the Macquarie Park Innovation District in Sydney or Parkville in Melbourne. He said he wanted agreements in place with each university within the next 18 months.
2016 Ministerial Dementia Forum
Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, the Hon Ken Wyatt, met with people living with dementia and their carers along with health, aged care and community service providers to discuss the redesign of dementia consumer support programs across the country last week.
$2.8 Million for Cure4MND Research
Funding to find a cure for Motor Neurone Disease has received a boost with Health Minister Sussan Ley presenting Neale Daniher and the Cure4MND Foundation a cheque for $2.8 million.
Vic: Panel of experts established to drive excellence in Victorian medical research
A new panel of experts has been established to drive leadership and excellence in Victorian health and medical research, attracting more investment and jobs to Victoria. Fourteen members will sit on the new Science, Medical Research and Technology Panel, led by Brigitte Smith, Co-founder and Managing Director of GSB Venture Partners as the inaugural Chair, with Professor Kathryn North, Director of Murdoch Childrens Research Institute as the Deputy Chair. Former AAMRI President Professor Brendan Crabb is also on the panel.
The Victorian Government also announced it will provide $10 million to help Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre cancer researchers uncover new breakthroughs.
TGA public consultations
The Therapeutic Goods Administration has released medical device reforms information for public consultation. You are invited to comment on these proposals by 11 January.
• Designation of Australian Conformity Assessment Bodies for Medical Devices – Implementation
• Accelerated Assessment of Medical Devices – Priority Review Pathway – Implementation
Consultation: Accelerated assessment of medical devices
The TGA is seeking comments from interested parties on the consultation paper for accelerated assessment of medical devices – Priority Review pathway – Implementations. Responses are due by 11 January.
The Minister for Small Business has called for pre-Budget submissions from individuals,
businesses and community groups on their views regarding priorities for the 2017-18 Budget. Submissions are due by 19 January 2017.
Digital health survey
How should Australia take advantage of the opportunities that new technologies offer to improve health and care? What do Australians want and expect from a modern healthcare system? The Australian Digital Health Agency wants to hear from you.