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KCA Annual Conference 2016


1 Sep 16 - 2 Sept 16

Time: 9:00 AM -5:00 PM
Venue: Victoria Park, Herston Rd, Brisbane
Cost: AU $ 1320 (Inc. GST)

Registrations Open:
1st Feb 16 12:00 AM

Registrations Close:
17th Aug 16 11:59 PM

  • Event date has passed
  • Registrations are closed

The 2016 KCA Annual Conference will be in sunny Brisbane at the Victoria Park Golf Club. The conference will have a “Innovation is a state of mind” theme, and will focus on shaping thinking around commercialisation, entrepreneurship and industry engagement. An outline of the program to date can be previewed below.

Conference Program

Pre-Conference - Wednesday 31 August

CEO Dinner (for CEOs of TTOs)

Day 1 - Thursday 1 September

Welcome Address
  • Dr Alastair Hick, Chair, KCA
Welcome to the Ideas BOOM: What the National Innovation Statement means for tech transfer in Australia Panel, Moderated by Dr Dean Moss, CEO UniQuest
  • Renee Hindmarsh, Executive Director, ATN
  • Vicki Thomson, CEO, Go8
  • Fiona Cameron, Executive Director for Biological Sciences and Biotechnology, ARC
  • Tony Peacock, CEO, CRC Association
Morning Break
Early stage investment funds in Australia and New Zealand: The ins and outs of accessing money for your commercial project in the current market
  • Mike Mollinari, Medical Research Commercialisation Fund
  • Prof Mick Cardew-Hall, Group of Eight Commercialisation Fund
  • Anthony Musumeci, Investment Manager, Uniseed
  • Jim Kalokerinos, Brisbane Angels
Not all Companies are Created Equal

This session brought to you by IP Pragmatics
  • Dr Christopher Poole, Director and Co-founder, 2MRD
  • Ryan Liddle, Founder, Think Different Anyday
  • Warren Bingham, Vice President - Asia Pacific, Clinical Genomics
  • Matt Harris, Managing Director, Clarity Pharmaceuticals
Afternoon Break
KCA Awards Finalist Session
Best Commercial Deal
  • Curtin: Mine Maintenance Scheduling via Mathematical Optimisation
  • UNSW: Zhejian Hangdian Graphene Tech Co (ZHGT)
  • UniSA: Launch of Ferronova Pty Ltd

Best Industry Engagement Strategy
  • CSIRO: Lab 22
  • Swinburne: The Swinburne Bioreactor
  • Curtin: Cisco Internet of Everything Innovation Centre

Best Entrepreneurial Initiative
  • UniSA: Ventures Catalyst Program
  • Curtin: Curtin Accelerate
  • Swinburne, The Swinburne Innovation Precinct
Launch of KCA Technology Transfer Career Framework
  • Dr Alastair Hick, KCA Chair
  • Natalie Chapman, Managing Director, gemaker
KCA Awards Dinner
Alchemy Restaurant, 175 Eagle Street, Brisbane

Day 2 - Friday 2 September

The Entrepreneurial University

This session brought to you by UniQuest

  • Sam James & Laurie Malone, Vald Performance, bluebox Accelerator
  • Elizabeth Eastland, General Manager, Strategy, Market Vision & Innovation, CSIRO
  • Darren Kelly, CEO, Occurx
  • Noel Lindsay, Director ECIC, The University of Adelaide
10:30am Morning Break
Know your Market

This session brought to you by IN-PART
  • Natalie Chapman, Director, gemaker
  • Robin Knight, Director, IN-PART
What’s in a deal?
  • Prof Darren Martin, The University of Queensland - “Lessons learned commercialising nanotech platforms”
  • Matt Harris, Managing Director, Clarity Pharmaceuticals
2:30pm Conference Close


Member Rates: $990

Early Bird rates until 31 May, 2016
Members: $880
Non-Members: $1210

Please note that no refunds or credits will be issued for this event 10 days prior. You may transfer any of your ticket across to someone else should someone no longer be able to attend, but please note a $50+GST processing fee will apply for each ticket transfer. Name transfers will only be applicable until three days prior to this event, after which time no changes to the purchased ticket will be accepted.

Accommodation & Transfers

The KCA event is not sizeable enough to attract special corporate rates at hotels. If you are flying in specifically for this event and need accommodation, you are best to stay in Brisbane CBD and catch a taxi to the venue, or take advantage of the KCA Coach Transfer on offer this year. Check online for best prices available.

The KCA Coach Transfer will pick up delegates Thursday 1 and Friday 2 from the Bus Zone on Eagle Street opposite the Riverside Centre (stop 65). The bus will depart from this stop at 8:15 both mornings.

Early Career Inteum Scholarship

As is now tradition, the wonderful folk at Inteum are generously supporting a USD$2,000 scholarship towards conference attendance related expenses for early career KCA members. For more information, including details how to apply, please download the attached form. Applications close 11 July 2016.

Please note that this year's scholarship is now closed. The deserving recipient is Murray Dickson, Commercialisation Associate, University Technology Sydney. Thank you to Inteum for supporting this scholarship.