From bench to business: Pathways to further your research through start-ups and industry collaboration

Lectorial Room II (556), Arts West, The University of Melbourne, Royal Parade, Parkville


Do you want to maximise the commercial impact of your research? Do you seek to engage with and move innovation forward to create real world impact?

This session will equip participants with an essential toolkit for initiating and extending their research with start-ups and industry. The first part of the session will focus on explaining models and frameworks aimed at enhancing this collaboration with specific reference to services and expertise available at the University. The second part will focus on how to get started – interactively workshopping participants’ research opportunities using these frameworks and guiding participants toward mutually beneficial research translation.

Participants should come to the workshop prepared with some ideas for potential commercial impact (or a willingness to discuss others’ ideas), a list of five customers for any commercial ideas (be as specific as you can, even to naming the individual within the company that would want it), a willingness to collaborate with colleagues and an open mind.


  • 2.15pm–3.00pm: Frameworks and pathways to further your research through start-ups and industry collaboration
  • 3.00pm–3:15pm: Coffee break
  • 3:15pm–4:15pm: Workshop – how to get started!

Presenter: Simon Wilkins

Dr Simon Wilkins is Director and Co-founder of Translating Research at Melbourne (TRaM).
Simon has over 20 years’ experience in research commercialisation and business development across the life sciences, having worked as an academic researcher, technology transfer professional and strategy consultant to the R&D sector.
In 2016 he co-founded the TRaM program as a cohort-based experiential program to develop the entrepreneurial capability and practical business skills of researchers at the University of Melbourne and across the Biomedical Precinct.
Simon holds a PhD in Developmental Genetics from the University of Queensland, a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from Monash University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is also a Veski Connection Member and serves on the board of directors for Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia (KCA), the peak body leading best practice in industry engagement, commercialisation and entrepreneurship for research organisations.