Tuesday 4 August 2009

The AIC Facilitates TechClinic on Food Technology Solutions – Soybean Feedstock


The AIC Facilitates TechClinic on Food Technology Solutions – Soybean Feedstock

The Australian Institute for Commercialisation (AIC) in conjunction with the R&D Branch, Queensland Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI) held a Technology Clinic (TechClinic) in Toowoomba on 30 July 2009 to address the question  “Can reduced-fat (RF) soy flour provide a whole of industry solution for the bee industry”.

 

This TechClinic was an invitation-only event which enabled interaction between key stakeholders concerned with the research, development, growing and processing of reduced fat soy flour that could be used as a feedstock solution for the bee industry in Australia . These stakeholders included industrial researchers, industry bodies, state government agencies, grain processors, distributors and service providers for grain the grain and bee industries. 

 

 The intended benefits for the participants were:  

 

è     An increased understanding of the benefits of using the RF Soy Flour as a bee feedstock

è     To gain a better understanding of bee nutrition and important factors within the Queensland and Australian bee industry

è     Increased collaboration opportunities between stakeholders in the soybean and sustainable bee industries

è      Enhanced ability for end-users to access new research and technology developments.

 

What are TechClinics?

TechClinics are initiatives operated by innovation support organisations such as the AIC to assist the development of innovation and technology in SMEs.  They are an activity implemented to reach agreement on a series of priorities to enable the development of SMEs and usually cover one or more of the following broad objectives: technology problem solving, technology intelligence gathering and technology transfer.

 

This predominantly occurs through the pre-selection of an issue which is strategically important for a firm, or a group of firms in a networked value chain.  The technology clinic activity supports participants to understand the issue and implement responses from within their organisations and firms.

 

Stimulating technology receptiveness between the research community, government, end-users and SMEs, are expected clinic outcomes that will enable the participating parties to make more informed decisions and: 

 

è      Determine which R&D projects should be pursued

è      Identify a long-term, flexible portfolio of R&D priorities

è      Identify the appropriate parties to participate in research and commercialisation activities

è      Identify the scale and resources required to undertake the research.

 

The Technology Clinic process is intended to provide an opportunity to reveal potential infrastructure, R&D and investment priorities, informing not only technology development needs, but also strategic planning needs for the firm more broadly.

 

Further TechClinics are planned in 2009-10 to address issues and opportunities in other Queensland priority sectors.


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