Hon Bill Marmion BE MBA MLA

Hon Bill Marmion BE MBA MLA

Former Minister for State Development; Transport; Innovation

    Celebrating 10 years of great ideas in WA

    26/07/2016 11:55 AM
    • Finalists of the 2016 WA Innovator of the Year program announced
    • Winners to be announced at the awards ceremony on November 2, 2016 

    Western Australia's outstanding innovation talent is again on show with the announcement of finalists for the 2016 WA Innovator of the Year.


    Innovation Minister Bill Marmion said the quality of the finalists was again a reflection of the passion and potential in WA.


    "This year's finalists include a facial recognition pain assessment tool and the world's first fully automated 3D robotic bricklaying system," Mr Marmion said.


    Now in its 10th year, the WA Innovator of the Year program is one initiative that supports the State's burgeoning innovation sector. 


    Many of the program's alumni have gone on to achieve impressive results.


    Previous finalist Proteomics International, which developed a predictive and diagnostic test for diabetic kidney disease, recently secured funding towards the development of an In vitro Diagnostic test (IVD) kit for their innovation PromarkerD, in China.


    With an estimated 120 million Chinese people with diabetes and at risk of kidney disease, this innovation stands to have a significant impact.


    Since being named the 2015 Overall WA Innovation Winner, software company Track'em is pursuing opportunities in asset monitoring technology with potential clients around the world.


    "The Liberal National Government is committed to making WA's economy synonymous with creativity, transformation and digital technology, while creating jobs and stimulating investment," the Minister said.


    Winners will be announced at the program's award ceremony on November 2.


    Fact File

    • The WA Innovator of the Year program features two categories: Emerging Innovation (pre-revenue) and Growth (post-revenue)
    • The Mitsubishi Corporation WA Innovator of the Year - Overall Winner ($75,000 prize money) is chosen from these two categories
    • Emerging Innovation and Growth category winners each receive $25,000 in prize money

    Minister's office - 6552 6800


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