Commercialisation and Innovation

Commercialisation and Innovation

What we do

The commercialisation and innovation team identify and commercialise new technologies developed by our researchers so that business, industry and the community can benefit.

Identify partners

Access market

Secure investors
and funding

commercial deals

Form spin-out/
start-up companies

Educate and

Turning ideas into reality

We see a world of potential - full of great ideas, waiting for the right opportunities and the right people to turn them into bigger, better things.

As one of Australia's leading research universities, we bring together the best minds in industry, research, and academia. With our team of experts, state-of-the-art facilities and ability to make influential connections, we can help you gain a competitive edge in the market.

Research with Planned Purpose

We work with researchers assisting them to create groundbreaking discoveries and solutions.

We have developed this Research Impact Canvas to help researchers crystallise their research.

Why partner with us?

Macquarie University has a strong record of innovation performance. Our researchers have been responsible for groundbreaking discoveries and solutions that have changed the world. Brilliant ideas with global potential do not come along every day; however, new software, methods, inventions, discoveries and know-how are constantly being generated at Macquarie.

For world-changing partnership opportunities, review our available technologies.

  • Our IP Guiding Principles

    Our imperative is to add value to the research our researchers pursue and to make our research partnerships as efficient and effective as possible.

  • Innovation Pipeline

    Innovation framework

    We know that research has the potential to make significant contributions that benefit society. Read about the steps we are taking to maximise the potential of our innovation pipeline.

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    Success stories

    We are committed to producing successful market outcomes from collaboration between our researchers and commercial clients. Here are some success stories we have helped to create.

How can you get involved?

  • Industry commercialisation research


    Partner with us to solve your business needs, or explore our current licencing opportunities.

  • Innovators commercialisation research


    We make it really easy for you to turn your innovations into real-world solutions that can make a difference.

  • Start ups


    Become an entrepreneur and found your own start-up with the assistance of our resources and industry experience.

Our experts

Anna Grocholsky, Director Commercialisation and Innovation

Anna is a successful strategist, negotiator, and intellectual property specialist. With a materials science background Anna then broadened her skills and qualifications through management, creative problem solving, law and business. Anna is a Harvard Business School Alumni, a registered trade marks attorney and is one of a handful of Australians with the attainment of being a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) and a Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP).

After successfully specialising in product development at A Goninan & Co, Email Limited and James Hardie Industries Ltd., Anna embraced the challenges of Intellectual Property and commercialisation moving into roles at Sydney University in business development and IP management. In 2011 Anna established her own thriving IP and commercialisation business. Clients include individuals, small and medium enterprises and larger companies and institutes.

Since Anna has been at Macquarie University, there has been a significant increase in innovation disclosures and commercial deals have tripled. Anna has also rolled out the Research Engagement, Impact and Commercialisation Framework, IP Guiding Principles, Start-up Checklist/resources, the Impact Canvas and guidelines to enable researchers/staff to commercialise Macquarie University Intellectual Property.

Anna welcomes the opportunity to promote innovations generated within the Macquarie University research community and to foster commercialisation partnerships by engaging with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Phone: +61 2 9850 4599  

Sarah Dacombe, Administration Officer

T: +61 2 9850 4576  

Leanne Price, Administration Officer

T: +61 2 9850 2251

Bruce Lee, Commercialisation and Innovation Manager (Life Sciences)

Dr Bruce Lee completed a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Hons) at the University of Sydney in 1980, followed by a Master of Science in Agriculture at the University of Sydney in 1982. He then moved to Stuttgart, Germany where he was awarded a Dr. sc.agr. (magna cum laude) in 1987.

Bruce undertook postdoctoral studies at Rothamsted Experimental Station in the United Kingdom working on gene expression in cereals from 1986 to 1989. From 1989 to 2004 he worked in Basel, Switzerland for the seeds businesses of Ciba-Geigy, later Novartis and then Syngenta where he held various management positions in business development, licensing and research.

He then worked with CSIRO from 2004 to 2013, brought in to create greater impact from CSIRO’s research, through the creation of public and private partnerships. His activities in establishing new research initiatives and his pivotal role at the interface of science and agribusiness/food resulted in a number of significant achievements for CSIRO and industry – commercialisation of omega-3s in canola, high amylose wheat, ultra-low gluten barley, salmon breeding and novel aquafeeds.

Bruce's last role in industry was as the CEO of Genective from 2013 to 2018, based in Paris, France. Bruce joined Macquarie University as Commercialisation and Innovation Manager (Life Sciences) in April 2021. He will be working closely with researchers in life sciences and medicine to assess innovative technologies and facilitate their translation and commercialisation through strategic partnerships, licensing and industry collaborations.

T: +61 2 9850 4542  

Bel Coppock, Intellectual Property Portfolio Manager

Bel has a diverse background in events, regional marketing, customer service and patent management. Bel is responsible for keeping the Office of Commercialisation and Innovation organised. She also liaises with Macquarie University's existing pool of inventors and administers royalty payments.

Contact Bel if you have any questions about commercialisation process at Macquarie.

T: +61 (2) 9850 4598  

Samantha Merline, Intellectual Property Portfolio Officer

P: +61 2 9850 4489  
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