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Launch of Innovation Week

13 November 2017

Acting Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, has welcomed the launch of Innovation Week, encouraging all Australians to back their ideas.

“I am delighted that Australia’s Chief Scientist, Alan Finkel, officially launched the Week in Melbourne this morning. 

“This year’s Innovation Week theme of the future of healthcare gives us a chance to reflect that success can come from simply having the vision, courage, and patience to keep refining an idea.

“Take, for example, Australian Nobel Laureates Barry Marshall and Robin Warren, whose tenacity and willingness to challenge the prevailing science—along with Dr Marshall’s unorthodox approach of experimenting on himself—led to the cure for gastric ulcers and the virtual eradication of stomach cancer in the Western world, saving millions of lives.

“Elsewhere, innovative companies like Anatomics have teamed with CSIRO to produce 3D-printed body parts, a sternum and ribcage, to help patients with cancer. Anatomics represents a prime example of the transformation of Australia’s manufacturing industry towards high value, customised solutions.

“Through initiatives under the $1.1 billion National Innovation and Science Agenda, the Australian Government is helping Australian scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs and businesses of all shapes and sizes tackle problems, harness their great ideas and turn them into real-world impacts.

“For example, the $500 million Biomedical Translation Fund, is ensuring Australian companies can access the capital they need at crucial early stages of development to turn their biomedical discoveries into products for the international marketplace.

“As a country, we’re well known for our ability to tackle problems in a bold and unique way. The Australian Government is fostering an innovation culture where the power of ideas are harnessed to benefit every Australian,” Minister Cash said.

Media Contact: Minister Cash's office 02 6277 7320