Monday, May 28th, 2012
Leading university research commercialisation company to promote cleantech innovations at two major international water industry events.

UniQuest Pty Limited will promote more than 20 cleantech innovations at two major international water industry events over the coming weeks.

UniQuest Commercialisation Manager Dr Paul Barrett is presenting at the annual Bluetech Forum in San Francisco this week, then returning to Brisbane for the International Water Association's Leading-Edge Conference on wastewater from 3 – 7 June.

UniQuest Managing Director, David Henderson, said both events would showcase the efforts of Australian university researchers to address the global issues of energy, natural resources management, and environmental sustainability.

“Dr Barrett has been invited to participate on two panels at the Bluetech Forum, highlighting the interest that international industry partners are taking in our scientists’ multi-disciplinary approach to water and energy research,” Mr Henderson said.

“The agendas are appropriately titled 'Biotechnology – The Next Tech Frontier for Water Treatment' and 'Innovation from three of the World’s Leading Water ‘Hubs’: Israel, the Netherlands, and Australia'.

“Both conferences also represent excellent opportunities for networking and distributing a special cleantech edition of UniQuest’s technology newsletter, The Deal Sheet.”

University of Queensland (UQ) start-up Bilexys Pty Ltd will be featured, following its recent success in the international Imagine H2O awards program.

Other projects that will be promoted include a low cost solution for preventing sewer corrosion and odour (Cloevis); a low carbon footprint alternative for producing hydrogen (AquaHydrex); an enhanced wastewater treatment (GemFloc); reversible surfactants for stabilising and breaking emulsions and foams (Pepfactants); and ceramic membranes for low energy desalination and salt recovery (Ceramipore).

UniQuest will also be showcasing Australian cleantech innovations at Singapore international Water Week events in July and the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference in New Orleans at the end of September.

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UniQuest Pty Limited

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 1500+ patents it has created over 70 companies, and since 2000 UniQuest and its start-ups have raised more than A$450 million to take university technologies to market. Annual sales of products using UQ technology and licensed by UniQuest are running at A$3 billion. UniQuest now commercialises innovations developed at The University of Queensland including the Institute for Molecular Bioscience 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. A recent addition to the company is the Queensland Government-supported ilab technology business incubator and accelerator. 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.

Leanne Wyvill
phone: +61 7 3365 4037
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Leanne Wyvill
P: +61 7 3365 4037
M: +61 409 767 199


Leading university research commercialisation company to promote cleantech innovations at two major international water industry events.



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