Approval has been granted for medical technology company Avicena to perform regular Covid-19 screening of workers and contractors in the resources industry in collaboration with Curtin University. The screening system has received grants in 2020 of $500,000 and $150,000 in 2021 from the Western Australian and federal governments. Avicena’s system is designed to screen up to 4,000 saliva samples per hour, and uses “RT-LAMP chemistry” and robotics, with an accuracy comparable to PCR tests. Two of their instruments have already been delivered to European users. “Avicena’s Sentinel system is a Western Australian developed innovation that will play a role in protecting the health and safety of our crucial FIFO workforce and remote communities during the trial,” said state ICT minister Stephen Dawson in a statement on Sunday.
Engineers Australia calls for a big ideas budget to build sovereign capability
The national peak body for engineers has encouraged the federal government to avoid short-term political gain and make “generational investment in big ideas and a long-term vision” in the upcoming budget. “Building sovereign capability, beating climate change, and busting Australia’s skills shortage are the focus of Engineers Australia’s pre-budget submission for 2022-23,” said Engineers Australia in a statement on Monday. Their recommendations include measures to build sovereign capability, address climate change, and mitigate the nation’s engineering skills shortage.
Gelion makes new application engineering manager appointment
University of Sydney spinout business Gelion has announced the appointment of Göran Klingberg as its new Application Engineering Manager. The company, which is commercialising heat-resistant batteries with a novel zinc-bromide chemistry, said that Klingsberg “has strong background supporting business development and evaluating new applications for customers from a techno-commercial perspective” and his most recent work was on the Lord Howe Island hybrid renewable energy project.