Boost for businesses

The Advancing Innovation Through Research Engagement breakfast on Monday, September 14, will feature a panel of ECU researchers and business representatives.

The event is part of ECU�s Research Week, which aims to inspire students and showcase how the university�s research affects business and the community.

One ECU-industry collaboration is iPrep, which linked PhD students with businesses.

Panellist and Bombora Wavepower director Shawn Ryan said iPrep was a big benefit to the business.

�Because our technology is world-first, there isn�t the data out there on failure rates and overall performance that we need,� he said.

�We need to look at new ways to measure and gain a greater understanding of the performance of the materials we are using in the laboratory and then real world conditions.

�We are about taking research and turning it into a business and then hopefully into a whole industry and iPrep helped us do just that.�

Panellist and ECU Health and Wellness Institute co-director Rob Newton said long-term relationships with industry had been vital to his research into the effectiveness of exercise as a medicine for cancer patients.

�Our collaboration with Genesis Cancer Care in Joondalup enabled us to establish an exercise clinic right next door to where patients receive their treatment, the first facility of its kind in Australia,� Professor Newton said.

DETAILS

What: ECU innovation-industry breakfast

Date: Monday, September 14

Time: 7.15am-9am

Venue: ECU Building 32, Joondalup campus

Register: ecu.edu.au/research/week/overview