Bionic eye breakthrough – next come industry opportunities?

Comment by Peter Roberts. Medical researchers and a private company developing a surgical implant to restore some sight to the blind have passed an important milestone, with the technology’s future commercialisation now in play. Bionic Vision, a consortium of Melbourne research groups, and privately funded Bionic Vision Technologies, have successfully restored ‘a sense of vision’…

Defence awards five companies grants of $12 million.

Defence industry minister, Steve Ciobo has announced five companies will share grants of $12 million to develop innovative technologies. The grants, by the Defence Innovation Hub, will further develop their innovative technologies to support the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Sentient Vision Systems, a small Australian computer vision company, has been awarded a $5.5 million contract…

Defence offers grants of up to $1 million to SMEs.

The federal government has announced a new grants scheme offering up to $1 million for projects that help meet Australia’s defence industrial capability priorities. The government’s Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grants scheme aims to build the capacity and resilience of Australian small-to-medium sized business. Grants may be used to fund capital equipment (including specialist software…

BlueScope steel boosts its SE Asian manufacturing network.

BlueScope Steel (ASX: BSL) has purchased new steel coil treatment, galvanising and painting operations to add to its growing presence in South East Asia. The Melbourne company’s Malaysian subsidiary announced it would pay $42 million to buy YKGI Holdings Berhad’s (YKGI) manufacturing facility in Klang, Malaysia. The assets comprise a Push-Pull Pickling Line, Cold Rolling…

CSIRO invests in the industrial future.

Government research group CSIRO is investing $35 million in forward-looking research in space technology and artificial intelligence. The investment will include the development of advanced imaging of Earth from satellites, in addition to cutting-edge data science to support the growth of AI technology. The investment is part of CSIRO’s Future Science Platforms which aims to…