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Alford - Sensing Breakthrough


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Keynote presentation given at ISQ Innovation Forum, 9 March 2009

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Alford - Sensing Breakthrough

  1. 1. Sensing Breakthrough:Imagination, Inquiry & Innovation<br />Dr Kristin Alford, 9 March 2010<br />
  2. 2. Discovery<br />Creating or identifying high-impact market opportunities.<br />Harvard Business Review, Create Three Distinct Career Paths for Innovators, by Gina Colarelli O’Connor, Andrew Corbett, and Ron Pierantozzi,<br />
  3. 3. Incubation<br />Experimenting with technology and business concepts to design a viable model for a new business.<br />
  4. 4. Acceleration<br />Developing a business until it can stand on its own.<br />Image: digital_a,<br />
  5. 5. Innovation is…<br />
  6. 6. Discovery<br />
  7. 7. The Bionic Ear<br />Prof Graham Clark AO<br />Challenges<br />Technical<br />Financial<br />Social<br />Image:<br />
  8. 8. Image: John Lamb, Sydney Morning Herald<br />“ROD SAUNDERS was the first person to be implanted with a bionic ear, in a world breakthrough for Australian researchers almost 30 years ago. The first test four weeks after the eight-hour operation proved disappointing for researchers and the patient, who could hear only the hissing sound that many deaf people experience. Then came the "eureka" moment.”<br />
  9. 9. Images:,<br />
  10. 10. Global Business<br /><ul><li>Reached 100,000 people in about 80 countries, restoring their hearing or helping them to hear for the first time.
  11. 11. It remains a big Australian medical aid export and retains 70 per cent of the world's market share</li></ul>Source: Sydney Morning Herald, February 14, 2008, Image:<br />
  12. 12. Inspirer<br />Inventor<br />Need<br />Idea<br />Obstacles<br />
  13. 13. Incubation or Experimentation<br />
  14. 14. CSIRO & Flinders University Nanotechnology Teacher Professional Development<br />
  15. 15. Liquid Crystals<br /><ul><li>Liquid crystals are a state of matter with properties between those of a conventional liquid and those of a solid crystal.
  16. 16. They may flow like a liquid, but molecules may be oriented in a crystal-like way.
  17. 17. Thermotropic liquid crystals exhibit a phase transition as temperature changes</li></li></ul><li>“Could you use these as thermometers? Our class is doing a unit on climate change and energy efficiency and we’ve been looking for ways of controlling when the air con is switched on. And we don’t want to put a mercury thermometer in every classroom.”<br />
  18. 18. LCD Thermometers<br />
  19. 19. What else?<br />It won’t work in winter.<br />It’s not waterproof.<br />It’s not robust enough.<br />It only does temperature.<br />The colour strip is hard to interpret.<br />The intervals are too large to be useful.<br />The materials have to be sourced from overseas.<br />It would probably be too expensive. <br />It’s not environmentally-friendly.<br />
  20. 20. Fix colour of strip<br />Consider adding strips to detect humidity<br />Investigate other materials and coatings to make it more robust<br />Use paper to package rather than plastic<br />
  21. 21. Inspirer<br />Potential<br />Inventor<br />Need<br />Obstacles<br />Idea<br />
  22. 22. Acceleration or Implementation<br />Image: digital_a,<br />
  23. 23. December 2, 2008<br />
  24. 24. How is nanotechnology driving cleantech growth?<br />
  25. 25. February 6, 2009<br />
  26. 26. Series A Investors<br />Shareholding<br />Licence<br />Personnel<br />Company Overview<br />CleanFutures has an exclusive license for phosphate, nitrate and sulfite detection.<br />
  27. 27. Professor Sam Adeloju<br />Technical Advisor<br /><ul><li> Head of School and Chair in Chemical and </li></ul>Environmental Sciences at Monash University.<br /><ul><li> International reputation in the areas of biosensing </li></ul>technology, water quality assessment, stormwater management and electroanalytical chemistry. <br /><ul><li> Led team that developed the AquaSens technology</li></ul>Dr. Sarah Morgan<br />Chief Technical Officer<br /><ul><li>PhD in analytical/environmental </li></ul> chemistry (Melbourne)<br /><ul><li>Technical experience at Water </li></ul> Studies Centre, Monash University<br /><ul><li>Four years experience in NanoVic and NVA, managing portfolio of water products
  28. 28. Experienced communicator, project manager, well-known in industry</li></ul>John O’Brien <br />Corporate Services & <br />Investor Relations<br /><ul><li>Engineering & Management </li></ul> degrees from Oxford, Dublin and <br /> Adelaide<br /><ul><li>Founder of Australian CleanTech that </li></ul> advises cleantech companies and <br /> investors on the cleantech sector<br /><ul><li>Former Development Executive at </li></ul> Origin Energy<br />Alexandra Smart<br />Product Development<br /> & IP<br /><ul><li>Completing PhD on</li></ul> stress responses in<br /> barley at ACPFG.<br /><ul><li>Grad Cert in Commercialisation and Honours in biotechnology from the University of Adelaide</li></ul>Management Team<br />Dr. Kristin Alford<br />Chief Executive Officer<br /><ul><li> PhD in minerals processing engineering from </li></ul> University of Queensland plus postgraduate<br /> management (Swinburne)<br /><ul><li> Founder of Bridge8, a foresight, industry development and science communications consultancy with clients including government, corporate and research institutions.
  29. 29. Six years experience advising NanoVic on marketing and public communications on nanotechnology</li></li></ul><li>June 17, 2009<br />
  30. 30. AquaSens<br />Technology Overview<br /><ul><li>Sensor probe with a nanoporous enzyme system for the detection of nitrates and phosphates in water, and sulfites in wine and food products</li></ul>Competitive advantage<br /><ul><li>Rapid and sensitive detection
  31. 31. Portability
  32. 32. Low analysis cost</li></li></ul><li>Portable Reader<br />AquaSens is a disposable sensor designed to fit with a standard portable Ion-Selective Electrode (ISE) unit<br />Concept sketch<br />
  33. 33. Competitors<br />Current methods are:<br />Laboratory based, not portable for in-field detection<br />Expensive<br />Require trained operators<br />Use toxic chemicals<br />ABB Navigator 600 System <br />Phosphate Analyser<br />HachPhosphax System<br />Phosphate Analyser<br />
  34. 34. July 8, 2009<br />
  35. 35. July 16, 2009<br />
  36. 36. August 18, 2009<br />
  37. 37. R&D Program<br />Conduct testing onsufite:<br />Comparison tests against current mechanisms of sulfite detection<br />Establish a potential procedure for wineries in using the sensor<br />Initial testing on industrial prototype for sulfite<br />
  38. 38. August 21, 2009<br />
  39. 39. 10:00 am August 24, 2009<br />
  40. 40. December, 2009<br />
  41. 41. AquaSens Prototype<br />
  42. 42. AquaSens Prototype<br />Insert text re sensor tips<br />
  43. 43. March, 2009<br />
  44. 44. Alpha Trials<br />Aquasens industry prototype developed<br />Trial program executed<br />August 2009<br />December 2009<br />March 2010<br />40<br />
  45. 45. Inspirer<br />Potential<br />Need<br />Inventor<br />Inventor<br />Inventor<br />Inventor<br />Obstacles<br />Idea<br />
  46. 46. Five senses<br />
  47. 47. Theory U<br /><ul><li>"Presencing” is a blend of the words "presence" and "sensing
  48. 48. The ability to sense and bring into the present one's highest future potential.</li></li></ul><li>3 Movements of the U<br />Downloading<br />Observe,<br />observe,<br />observe<br />Act in an <br />instant<br />Retreat and reflect:<br />Allow the inner knowing to emerge<br />
  49. 49. Theory U<br />Downloadingpast patterns<br />Performing by operating from the whole<br />suspending<br />embodying<br />Open <br />Mind<br />VoJ<br />Seeingwith fresh eyes<br />Prototyping the new bylinking head, heart, hand<br />redirecting<br />enacting<br />Open <br />Heart<br />VoC<br />Sensing from the field<br />Crystallizing vision and intention<br />Open <br />Will<br />letting go<br />letting come<br />VoF<br />Presencing connecting to Source<br />Who is my Self? What is my Work?<br />
  50. 50. U Process: 1 Process, 5 Stages<br />5. Co-evolving:embody the new in ecosystemsthat facilitate acting from the whole<br />1. Co-initiating: uncover common intentstop and listen to others and to what life calls you to do<br />2. Co-sensing: observe, observe, observeconnect with people and places to sense the system from the whole<br />4. Co-creating:prototype the new in living examples to explore the future by doing<br />3. Presencing: connect to the source of inspiration and willgo to the place of silence and allow the inner knowing to emerge<br />
  51. 51. Innovation is…<br />
  52. 52. Sensing Breakthrough:Imagination, Inquiry & Innovation<br />Dr Kristin Alford, 9 March 2010<br /><br />