News story 9th Jan 2017

Industry Commercialisation Project Presentations 2016

Innovative business plans developed for leading-edge medical and scientific projects

The 10th annual awards evening for the Master of Business (Science and Technology*) celebrated the achievements of entrepreneurial initiatives, academic excellence and commercialisation project achievements.

The Master of Business (Science and Technology) is a key area of study within Monash Business School, and is specifically designed to foster the management and commercialisation of innovative medical, scientific or technology projects.

The course includes a year-long commercialisation project carried out by pairs of students working with researchers, and supervised by business development managers and academic staff.

Over the past ten years, student projects have included commercialisation plans for drugs, devices, diagnostic methods, vision systems and air filtration technology.

The awards were sponsored by Ian Smith, DVC-Research and Research Infrastructure at Monash University, and opened by Buzz Palmer, Director of Entrepreneurship at Monash University and CEO of STC Australia.

Mr Palmer spoke about the value of the Master of Business (Science and Technology) to Monash’s wider commercialisation endeavours, encouraging students to push boundaries and explore the unknown.

He also emphasised Monash’s role in the launch of a number of entrepreneurial initiatives, including the establishment of over 65 start-ups in 2016.

Other presenters included:

  • Vishaal Kishore’s - fromRMIT and Australia’s National MedTech Accelerator
  • Julie Quinn - from Bionic Vision Australia

Both Vishaal and Julie spoke about innovation experiences and the challenges of commercialisation within their industries.

Dr Buzz Palmer presenting

Dr Buzz Palmer – Director of Entrepreneurship, Monash University, and CEO of STC Australia.

Vishaal Kishore presenting

Vishaal Kishore, Launch Victoria


Vishaal and Julie then presented the First Placed Team Award to:

Michelle Kleynhans and Adam Wiszniewski

Michelle Kleynhans and Adam Wiszniewski shared their Project 'CO2 Conversion' for their sponsor - CSIRO.

Vishaal and Julie presented the second placed Team Award to:

Julie Quinn, Bionic Vision Technologies, Erick Villaceran, Carla Zito, Vishaal Kishore and Dr Peter O’Neill

Carla Zito and Erick Villaceran also shared their Project 'MATF Commercialization' for their sponsor - Monash University.

Dr Peter ONeill closed the evening by congratulating all Graduating students and wishing each of them success in their commercial endeavours.

The evening was a great success and an inspiring opportunity for networking, celebration, and enjoying like-minded friends.

*This specialisation is now referred to as commercialisation