As America celebrated G’Day USA, all eyes were on CSIRO as Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, announced plans to boost Aussie innovation overseas and open a CSIRO US office.
CSIRO Chief Executive Dr Larry Marshall is excited by the opportunities CSIRO US presents for Australia and returning their wins to our country and economy.
“To accelerate innovation rates in Australia we need to accelerate international engagement, especially in regions where there is a significant opportunity to return value to Australia. From this point of view the US is a no brainer,” Dr Marshall said.
“Our focus is firmly on bringing benefit back to Australia and that philosophy will be applied to everything we do in the US. We’re looking forward to igniting Aussie innovation in such an exciting, dynamic market.”
Nigel Warren, General Manager CSIRO Global, anticipates CSIRO US will help put Australian breakthroughs at the centre of the world’s research and technology frontier.
“Australia’s capacity to bring world-leading technologies to the market is unquestionable, but we need to realise that potential at scale. CSIRO US will provide a gateway to a market with big economic potential,” Warren said.
“CSIRO will support the Australian government and partner with the research sector and business – playing the role of Australia’s innovation catalyst on a global scale.”
“This means we can amplify the impact of CSIRO technology and open the door for other Australian researchers, businesses and start-ups to realise more commercial value from their great innovations by taking them into a bigger market.”
The opening of the innovation outpost supports the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda and will put the best Australian science in people’s hands without roadblocks, stimulate productivity and support a national culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.
“CSIRO US will open its doors in the first half of 2017 but we’re ready to explore opportunities with our Australian colleagues and collaborators now,” Warren explained.
CSIRO’s global growth is an integral part of the organisation’s 2020 strategy which lays out its mission to be the innovation catalyst for Australia domestically and internationally.