Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Minister for Emergency Services; Innovation and ICT; Medical Research; Volunteering

    Finalists for 2022 WA Innovator of the Year awards

    10/08/2022 1:35 PM
     
    • Finalists shortlisted in the McGowan Government's 2022 Innovator of the Year program
    • The WA Innovator of the Year program assists in profiling and giving credibility to local innovative companies
    • This year's finalists include a diverse mix of founders and innovators, including five female founders

    Sixteen local innovators have been named by the McGowan Government as the finalists for the coveted 2022 WA Innovator of the Year (IOTY) awards.

     

    Finalists in this year's awards are developing a range of exciting projects including a smart walking stick for Parkinson's sufferers, and technology for mitigating antimicrobial resistant bacterial infections.

     

    First launched in 2006, the WA IOTY awards showcase the State's brightest innovators and entrepreneurs, helping them realise the full potential of their innovative creation.

     

    The 2022 WA IOTY finalists will undertake training in pitching, mentoring, digital and social media strategy, in addition to receiving legal, IP and accountancy advice. Finalists will also be provided with a professional photography and video package to assist in the marketing of their innovation.

     

    A prize pool of $140,000 will be shared by six recipients, with the category winners to be announced in December.

     

    The 2021 WA IOTY overall winner, Vision Pharma Pty Ltd, utilised the funding to advance the commercialisation of their next generation RNA therapeutics.

     

    In May this year the company announced the completion of preliminary studies into the novel treatment of a blinding eye disease called Retinitis Pigmentosa type 11, and is on track to submit an Investigational New Drug application with the US Food and Drug Administration later this year.

     

    Rio Tinto is the primary sponsor of the 2022 WA IOTY awards, with Woodside Energy, Business News and Wesfarmers as platinum award sponsors; Griffith Hack, Wrays, Biodesign Australia and The Centre for Entrepreneurial Research and Innovation (CERI) as gold sponsors; and Murfett Legal, Moore Australia and PwC as silver sponsors.

     

    The WA IOTY awards are funded through the State Government's $16.7 million New Industries Fund, which supports new and emerging businesses to diversify the WA economy and create new jobs.

     

    To learn more about the WA Innovator of the Year program, please visit wa.gov.au/IOTY

     

    Comments attributed to Innovation and ICT Minister Stephen Dawson:

     

    "It's vitally important that we not only acknowledge and celebrate WA's most promising innovators, but also provide the support and the network to assist them bring their innovation to fruition.

     

    "The 2022 WA Innovator of the Year program is integral to this process by showcasing the industry's best ideas and steering them on a pathway for further success.

     

    "Through the WA Innovator of the Year awards our local talent has an avenue in which to connect and develop, harness their skills and cultivate a network to progress their projects.

     

    "Congratulations to all 16 finalists in this year's awards and I wish them all the best for the future."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 5800

                                                    

    Innovator of the Year Finalists:

     

    Rio Tinto Emerging Finalists

     

    Company: Ex Planta Pty Ltd

    Description: Unlocking the power of synthetic biology - Isoflavonoids 2.0

     

    Company: Neurotologix Pty Ltd

    Description: Remote patient monitoring for dizziness and vertigo

     

    Company: Protective Pty Ltd

    Description: Broken Neutral Protection Device

     

    Company: Speed Signature

    Description: Describing running gait characteristics

     

    Company: Walk to Beat Pty Ltd

    Description: Smart Walking Stick for Parkinson's sufferers

     

    Company: Xsights Digital Pty Ltd

    Description: XIoT Health Tag for livestock health and welfare monitoring

     

    Rio Tinto Growth Finalists

     

    Company: Assuro

    Description: Bank guarantees and bonds made easy

     

    Company: Heat Trap Solutions Pty Ltd

    Description: Safety shower continuous recirculation technology

     

    Company: Pixelcase Group Pty Ltd

    Description: Aero Ranger - AI for vehicle management

     

    Company: Sentient Hubs

    Description: Dynamic Master Planning Platform

     

    Company: Vedi (formally known as VetDB)

    Description: Powering veterinary care through trustworthy data and seamless technology

     

    Company: Vitruvian

    Description: Vitruvian Trainer+ Smart Home Gym

     

    Wesfarmers Wellbeing Award Finalists

     

    Company: Lixa Pty Ltd

    Description: Neo X, a platform technology mitigating antimicrobial resistant bacterial infections

     

    Company: Neurotologix Pty Ltd

    Description: Remote patient monitoring for dizziness and vertigo

     

    Company: Triphasic Cardiac Pump Pty Ltd

    Description: Triphasic blood pump for open heart surgery

     

    Company: Walk to Beat Pty Ltd

    Description: Smart Walking Stick for Parkinson's sufferers

     

    Business News Great for the State Award Finalists

     

    Company: Assuro

    Description: Bank guarantees and bonds made easy

     

    Company: Sentient Hubs

    Description: Dynamic Master Planning Platform

     

    Company: Vedi (formally known as VetDB)

    Description: Powering veterinary care through trustworthy data and seamless technology

     

    Company: Xsights Digital Pty Ltd

    Description: XIoT Health Tag for Livestock health and welfare monitoring

     

    Woodside Energy Award Finalists

     

    Company: Axiom Sensing

    Description: Autonomous Soil Gas Monitoring Unit for Energy Transition Industries

     

    Company: FoundAt Pty Ltd

    Description: FoundAt Augmented Reality Based Data Management

     

    Company: Protective Pty Ltd

    Description: Broken Neutral Protection Device

     

    Company: Sentient Hubs

    Description: Dynamic Master Planning Platform