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, Personal Assistant & Office Co-ordinator

T: +61 2 9850 4576  

Gorjana Mitic, Commercialisation and Innovation Manager (Life Sciences)

Gorjana joined Macquarie University as a Commercialisation and Innovation Manager (Life Sciences) in January 2018. She works 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.

Prior to this role, she was a Business Development Manager at a biotechnology commercialisation consultancy Bio-Link Australia for four years. She worked with biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies and Medical Research Institutes to develop IP and commercialisation strategy, secure partnerships and negotiate licensing deals.  She also provided comprehensive reviews of regulatory, competitive and IP landscapes.

Gorjana has an extensive industry network and loves creating opportunities for researchers to collaborate with industry. Thrilled by innovative scientific discoveries and compelling data, Gorjana is always pleased to assist researchers and find ways towards translation and impact.

Prior to receiving her PhD at the Children’s Cancer Institute from the University of NSW (Faculty of Medicine), Gorjana completed a BSc (Biotechnology) with First-Class Honours. Her PhD thesis investigated new molecular targets in glioblastoma, a devastating brain cancer. In 2013, Gorjana was awarded a prestigious Women in Cancer Research Scholar Award. Concurrently, Gorjana obtained a Diploma of Innovation Management at UNSW focusing on the biotechnology industry, commercialisation, technology transfer and IP management. She served as an active committee member and a UNSW student representative of the AusBiotech Student Association for several years.

She is currently a mentor and an alumna of the Bridge Program, a government and industry supported training program for science commercialisation and pharmaceutical drug development. Macquarie University is a proud consortium member of the Bridge Program.

Gorjana also represents Macquarie University and MQ Health as a member of the Medical Research Commercialisation Fund (MRCF) Investment Research Committee.

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  

Kevin Newport, Intellectual Property Portfolio Officer

P: +61 2 9850 4489  
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Content owner: Commercialisation and Innovation Last updated: 27 Aug 2020 1:22pm

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