Leading Australian innovators honoured at 2019 Winnovation Awards
Winners in the 2019 Winnovation Awards were announced last night to a record crowd at the National Wine Centre in Adelaide. Run annually since 2014 by the Women In Innovation peak body, the Winnovation Awards recognise the women and girls who invent, lead and create across science, technology, engineering, arts, math and social enterprise.
This year, the winning projects include a smart mirror for the home that will detect symptoms of Parkinson's and dementia; new therapies like silver nano-bullets and “toxic chocolate” to treat infections and antibiotic resistant superbugs; and a service to simplify medication use in aged care homes reducing the number of times people need to take medications each day.
The Honorable Steven Marshall, Premier of South Australia, presented the inaugural Young Innovator category to Jade Foeng, who is helping develop novel immunotherapies to treat solid cancers with the world’s first broad-spectrum CAR-T cell therapy of its kind.u
Women in Innovation President Nicole Swaine said the awards had become a key date in South Australia’s innovation calendar, unearthing and connecting people working in diverse and creative spaces.
“These awards build up an important bank of inspirational role models for women and girls in South Australia,” Ms Swaine said. “They are a reminder of the diversity of our work, across science, technology, engineering, math and more.
“South Australians can be immensely proud of the work being carried out here, often with worldwide impact.
“The awards have gone from strength to strength every year, I'm proud to say we received a record number of nominations this year – rising 40 per cent on 2018.”
THE WINNERS ACROSS 11 CATEGORIES ARE:
Lyndal Sterenberg - Es Una: swimwear for in and out of the water designed to elegantly combat body confidence and the harsh rays of the sun.
Dr Jing Jing Wang - a new way to purify and sequence antibodies to diagnose and treat autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, primary Sjögren's syndrome and lupus.
Dr Jiawen Li - the world’s thinnest multimodal imaging catheter to study and prevent heart attack (The University of Adelaide)
Innovation And Intrapreneurship In Government
Sally Woolford - A disruptive change approach to drive diversity and inclusion in SA Police and beyond; helping people feel safe, respected and supported.
Dr Dorothea Dumuid - using data and statistics to optimise daily time use for better health and wellbeing; in areas such as school curriculums and mainstream media.
Mandi Dimitriadis - Makers Empire: 3D design and printing tools plus the advice and expertise that empower primary school students to use design thinking methods to identify and solve problems within their communities.
Rural Regional & Remote
Dr Hazel Vandeleur - re-imagining the contaminated sediments near smelters in Port Pirie as a resource in order to recover and repurpose desirable metals.
Dr Katharina Richter - new therapies including silver nano-bullets and “toxic chocolate” to treat infections and antibiotic resistant superbugs.
Dr Janet Sluggett - MRS GRACE: A service to simplify medication use in residential aged care homes reducing the number of times that people need to take medications each day.
Kelly Carpenter - Lookinglass: a smart-mirror for the home that will detect symptoms of Parkinson's and dementia, helping people to live independently for longer.
Jade Foeng - Helping to develop novel immunotherapies to treat solid (non-blood) cancers with the world’s first broad-spectrum CAR-T cell therapy of its kind.
The winners were announced at an awards ceremony at the National Wine Centre on Thursday 3 October. ##