Final call for entrepreneur award nominations


A final call has been made for nominations of leading science and technology entrepreneurs for the Clunies Ross Awards.

The Clunies Ross Awards have a proud 28-year tradition of recognising contributions by dedicated individuals who have shared their vision and knowledge with others to apply technology for the benefit of Australia. The Awards are administered by the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.

The 2020 Clunies Ross Awards will be awarded in three categories:

  1. Clunies Ross Entrepreneur Of The Year Award – Open to an individual winner
  2. Clunies Ross Knowledge Commercialisation Award – Open to an individual or a small team (normally of up to three people)
  3. Clunies Ross Innovation Award – Open to an individual or a small team (normally of up to three people)

The Awards will be presented at the annual Academy Innovation Dinner held in Brisbane on Thursday 11 June 2020.

Nominations close 9.00 am, 8 January 2020. Apply here now.

Previous winners

Previous winners include: Professor Anthony Weiss AM FTSE, University of Sydney, winner 2019 Clunies Ross Knowledge Commercialisation Award; and Dr Greg Roger, 2004 Clunies Ross Award winner, active AusMedtech National Advisory Group member, and previous AusBiotech Board member.

Professor Weiss’s innovative work on tropoelastin and elastin led to his invention and subsequent commercialisation of a polymer biomaterial – a kind of synthetic skin – for the treatment of scars and the repair of wounds. The Australian spin-out company he founded, Elastagen, was acquired by Allergan, one of the world’s 20 largest biopharmaceutical companies, in one of the largest transactions ever  completed in the Australian life science sector.

Dr Roger is a doctor, an engineer and an inventor. He has more than 30 years experience in the field of medicine, bio-medical engineering, product development, and commercialisation. Greg is the developer of a knee prosthesis and the founder and CEO of medical device company Vestech Medical Pty Limited. He is a Prostheses List Advisory Committee Member, helping to make recommendations and provide advice to Government on further changes to the prostheses listing arrangements.