Tony Malkovic

Tony Malkovic

AN APP designed to improve workplace safety has won the prestigious OzAPP Award for app developers and start-ups in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

Western Australia is to grow its innovation sector with a strategy to promote WA as a global innovation hub and especially target opportunities in Singapore and the rest of South-East Asia.

The developers of a robotic machine that can lay bricks have won the overall $75,000 prize in the 2016 WA Innovator of the Year awards held in Perth this week.

A PAIR of Curtin University researchers has come up with a way of extending the shelf-life of vegetables, fruit and flowers by slowing down the process that leads to them spoiling.

WITH its long, metal tubes sitting on top of a swivel base, the $1.5 million beam centrifuge being installed at the UWA might look a bit like a double-barrelled cannon.

WA’S newest Premier’s Fellow is set to work with local researchers to better utilise the enormous amounts of data now available to farmers to achieve better results, not just in WA but globally.

In what's believed to be an Australian first, Curtin University is tapping into the unique skills of students with autism to help them find careers in the software testing industry.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 08:00

Duchenne muscular dystrophy drug approved by FDA

THE powerful US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given the green light to a drug developed by WA researchers Sue Fletcher and Steve Wilton for treating Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

A SOFTWARE system that can schedule the shutdown of mines for maintenance work has picked up the main prize at the 2016 Curtin Commercial Innovation Awards.

The WA Government has awarded the first of five Premier’s Fellowships to encourage internationally prominent scientists to pursue ground-breaking research in Western Australia.

Speaking at the Premier’s Science Awards this week, the Premier and Science Minister Colin Barnett said the fellowships would be awarded to scientists working in the five priority areas identified in the 2015 WA Science Statement

First of 5 Premiers' Fellows announced

The first of the Premier’s Fellows would be Dr Simon Cook, who would undertake research in the area of agriculture and food. 

Mr Barnett said Dr Cook would work with researchers at Curtin and Murdoch universities and focus on the developing the State's capabilities in big data and agriculture.

The other priority areas targeted in the 2015 WA Science Statement are mining and energy; medicine and health; biodiversity and marine; and radio astronomy.

Mr Barnett said the intention is to award future Premier’s Fellowships in each of these fields. The Premier’s Fellowship scheme has been running since 2003 but the last fellowship was awarded in 2013.

New home for Scitech in the early 2020's

Mr Barnett also announced that Scitech would be moving to its new home sometime after 2021. He said Scitech would relocate to the Perth Cultural Centre, basically alongside the proposed $428 million museum complex.

“It will bring huge exposure to science, just because of the numbers going through the museum and the art gallery,” he told the awards audience.

Scitech has been based at City West in West Perth since it was established in 1988.

The Chair of Scitech, Mr Tony Joyner, said Scitech was delighted its new home would be at the Perth Cultural Centre.

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