Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 - UniQuest Pty Limited
UniQuest congratulates the University of Tasmania’s Professor Emily Hilder on receiving the prestigious LCGC 2012 Emerging Leader in Chromatography Award.

This is the first time the award has been presented to an Australian researcher and the first time to a female researcher.

LCGCis the worldwide leading industry publication for peer-reviewed research and practical troubleshooting advice on liquid chromatography, gas chromatography and hyphenated techniques, based in New Jersey, USA.

Professor Hilder and her team at the UTASi-based Australian Centre for Research on Separation Science (ACROSS) are working with UniQuest to prepare for a global launch of the polymer-based MilliSpot functional media technology, which is a significant breakthrough in the storage of dry blood used in laboratory analyses.

MilliSpot-derived laboratory consumable products aim to help the pharmaceutical industry maximise operational and cost-saving benefits with bioanalytical aspects of drug development and advanced diagnostics. Environmental monitoring and military usage are other possible applications.

UniQuest Managing Director, David Henderson, said the LCGC award highlighted the leadership that Australian scientists like Professor Hilder are demonstrating in specific disciplines, and the contributions they are making generally to global endeavour in translational research.

“We are delighted to be supporting the University of Tasmania’s efforts to transfer ACROSS research into innovative products. This is the third significant endorsement Professor Hilder and her team have received in recent months,” Mr Henderson said.

“The LCGC award follows the release of a Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) report indicating that all claims of the MilliSpot patent application appear to be novel and inventive; and late last year Commercialisation Australia awarded the project a substantial Skills and Knowledge grant to define the capital requirements for manufacturing scale-up versions of a product based on the technology.

“Such milestones along a project’s commercialisation pathway encourage potential investors to recognise the value this innovation could bring to global health care, opening up more opportunities for the research to attract and leverage private and public funding.”

The LCGC awards have helped previous winners heighten their visibility in the field of separation science globally and highlight their work on local levels.

Professor Hilder’s entry onto the honour roll will be publicised in the March issues of LCGC and e-Separation Solutions. A podcast interview with Professor Hilder is now accessible from the LCGC website.

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Established by The University of Queensland in 1984, UniQuest is widely recognised as one of Australia’s largest and most successful university commercialisation groups, benchmarking in the top tier of technology transfer worldwide. From an intellectual property portfolio of 1,500+ patents it has created over 70 companies, and since 2000 UniQuest and its start-ups have raised more than $450 million to take university technologies to market. Annual sales of products using UQ technology and licensed by UniQuest are running at $3 billion. UniQuest now commercialises innovations developed at The University of Queensland and its commercialisation partner institutions: the University of Wollongong, University of Technology Sydney, James Cook University, University of Tasmania, Mater Medical Research Institute, and Queensland Health. UniQuest also provides access to an expansive and exclusive network of independent academics to tailor a consulting or project R&D solution to meet the diverse needs of industry and government, facilitating some 500 consulting, expert opinion, testing, and contract research services each year. UniQuest is also a leading Australasian provider of international development assistance recognised for excellence in technical leadership, management and research. Working with agencies such as AusAID, NZAID, the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank, UniQuest has developed and implemented more than 400 projects in 60+ countries throughout the Pacific, South-East Asia, the Indian sub-continent and Africa.
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A UTAS researcher working with UniQuest to commercialise her intellectual property has received the prestigious LCGC 2012 Emerging Leader in Chromatography Award.



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