Monday, September 30th, 2019 - Newsmaker

Finalists in the 2019 Winnovation Awards have been announced, including three projects in the new Young Innovator category:  Eloise Hall and Isobel Marshall for TABOO Sanitary Products; Hannah Scott for THIM, a new sleep tracker that treats insomnia in less than 24 hours; and Jade Foeng, helping to develop cancer immunotherapies with the first broad-spectrum CAR-T cell therapy of its kind. 

Run annually by Women in Innovation since 2014, the Winnovation Awards recognise and encourage South Australian women and girls undertaking pioneering work or projects. 

Women in Innovation President Nicole Swaine said the awards received a record number of nominations this year, rising 40 per cent on last year.

“We’re so excited by the creativity and breadth of the projects which our finalists are working on – women in South Australia are doing remarkable things,” Ms Swaine said.

“We have finalists with projects like a smart mirror for the home that detects symptoms of Parkinson’s and dementia. There’s a new auction process that protects the property rights of vulnerable citizens in compulsory acquisition situations. And there’s the world’s thinnest multimodal imaging catheter to study and prevent heart attack.

“We are so proud to bring these women together, to share their stories and acknowledge their passion and commitment.”

The finalists in 11 categories are:

1. ARTS

Celia Craig - Artaria: contemporary, high definition recordings inspired by the South Australian landscape and novel partnerships to widen the appeal of classical music to new audiences

Lyndal Sterenberg - Es Una: swimwear for in and out of the water designed to elegantly combat body confidence and the harsh rays of the sun.

Melinda Parent - Oranje Creative: creative product development focusing on neuroaesthetics for brand design and communications.

2. EMERGING INNOVATOR

Jing Jing Wang - a new way to purify and sequence antibodies to diagnose and treat autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, primary Sjögren's syndrome and lupus. (Flinders University)

Kelly Carpenter - Lookinglass: a smart-mirror for the home that will detect symptoms of Parkinson's and dementia, helping people to live independently for longer.

Miko Yamada - empowering women to self-diagnose skin cancer without scars or pain using a micro-biopsy device and cancer signatures; so gentle we can use it on the face. (Future Industries Institute, University of South Australia)

3. ENGINEERING

Jiawen Li - the world’s thinnest multimodal imaging catheter to study and prevent heart attack (The University of Adelaide)

Ming Liu - a new thermal storage solution for dispatching renewable electricity: empowering our green energy future (University of South Australia)

Tania Wiles - Immersive Mission Analysis (ImMA): software engineered to engage students in STEM, future technologies and the defence sector using simulations of real-world defence and intelligence gathering activities. (BAE)

4. INNOVATION AND INTRAPRENEURSHIP IN GOVERNMENT

Naomi Szetu - Connected Youth Journey Lab: a cross-government collaboration initiative to design better services with and for young people who experience the youth justice system.

Sally Woolford - A disruptive change approach to drive diversity and inclusion in SA Police and beyond; helping people feel safe, respected and supported.

Vicky Welgraven - innovative approaches to reconciliation, Aboriginal history & culture;  promoting gender equality, respectful relationships and an end to family violence.

5. MATHS

Caroline Tiddy - striking copper and gold: data-driven tools for targeted exploration of mineral deposits to address global supply and demand issues. (MinEx CRC, Future Industries Institute, University of South Australia)

Dorothea Dumuid - using data and statistics to optimise daily time use for better health and wellbeing; in areas such as school curriculums and main stream media.  (University of South Australia)

Duygu Yengin - a new auction process that protects the property rights of vulnerable citizens in compulsory acquisition situations. (Uni of Adelaide)

6. OPEN

Lyndal Sterenberg - Es Una: swimwear for in and out of the water designed to elegantly combat body confidence and the harsh rays of the sun.

Janet Sluggett - MRS GRACE: A service to simplify medication use in residential aged care homes reducing the number of times that people need to take medications each day. (Centre for Medicine Use and Safety, Monash University)

Mandi Dimitriadis - Makers Empire: 3D design and printing tools plus the advice and expertise that empower primary school students to use design thinking methods to identify and solve problems within their communities.

7. RURAL REGIONAL & REMOTE

Hazel Vandeleur - re-imagining the contaminated sediments near smelters in Port Pirie as as a resource in order to recover and repurpose desirable metals. (University of South Australia)

Melanie Tate - Puddle Jumpers: resilience camps across South Australia, responding to the social development needs of society's most vulnerable children and young people.

Zoe Doubleday - Port Lincoln’s next big catch: establishing South Australia’s first octopus fishery. (University of South Australia)

8. SCIENCE

Jing Jing Wang - a new way to purify and sequence antibodies to diagnose and treat autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, primary Sjögren's syndrome and lupus. (Flinders University)

Katharina Richter - new therapies including silver nano-bullets and “toxic chocolate” to treat infections and antibiotic resistant superbugs. (University of Adelaide)

Dr. Daisy Yang - Rock-on-a-Chip: optimising the process of mineral leaching for mining using fluid to selectively dissolve and recover desired metal from crushed rock. (University of South Australia)

9. SOCIAL

Janet Sluggett - MRS GRACE: A service to simplify medication use in residential aged care homes reducing the number of times that people need to take medications each day. (Centre for Medicine Use and Safety, Monash University)

Kiri Hagenus - Children's University Australasia: a program that follows school students through their learning journey to experience and explore educational opportunities safely in a non-competitive non-judgemental environment. (University of Adelaide)

Tiffany De Sousa Machado - The Village Foundation: an app plus mentor program and training to connect new parents with experienced parents and create a more supportive community.

10. TECHNOLOGY

Jiawen Li - the world’s thinnest multimodal imaging catheter to study and prevent heart attack. (The University of Adelaide)

Kelly Carpenter - Lookinglass: a smart-mirror for the home that will detect symptoms of Parkinson's and dementia, helping people to live independently for longer.

Sinead Obrien - Valetudo: a digital platform that provides a customised sound treatment to help with tinnitus, accessible and available via a smart device.

11. YOUNG INNOVATOR

Eloise Hall & Isobel Marshall - TABOO Sanitary Products: a social enterprise providing organic cotton sanitary items to Australian women, through an online subscription platform.

Hannah Scott - THIM: A new sleep tracker that treats insomnia in less than 24 hours. (Finders University)

Jade Foeng - Helping to develop novel immunotherapies to treat solid (non-blood) cancers with the world’s first broad-spectrum CAR-T cell therapy of its kind. (University of Adelaide)

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the National Wine Centre on Thursday 3 October. Tickets are on sale now: https://www.winnovation.com.au ###

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