Event Date: 
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 13:00 to 14:00

Commercialising a great idea, innovation or piece of research can be a complex process that raises many questions. Join us for this informative session to understand the basics, from the benefits of commercialisation, to knowing when to publish, understanding who owns your idea and how to protect it, to how to find industry partners. This introduction to research commercialisation is essential for early career researchers and those new to the process of commercialisation and will equip participants with the essential knowledge to begin the next phase of their research journey!

Protect, publish, engage, research commercialisation fundamentals will run as part of RMIT’s Engaging for Impact – three days of interactive sessions with local and international leaders across industry, research and innovation.

To attend this event, register free to Engaging for Impact, which gives you access to the full program of events.

Event MC

  • Kate Cornick, CEO LaunchVic


  • Welcome – Amy Hunter, Associate Director Intellectual Property and Research Commercialisation, RMIT University
  • Associate Professor Madhu Bhaskaran, Research Leader, Functional Materials and Microsystems Research Group, RMIT University
  • Kevin Restrick, Supervising Examiner of Patents, IP Australia
  • Leah Heiss, Designer, Lecturer, Wearable Health Technology, RMIT University
  • Natalie Chapman, Managing Director and Co-Founder, gemaker


Professor Madhu Bhaskaran 

Research Leader, RMIT

Madhu’s research interests include functional oxide thin films, wearable technologies and stretchable electronics. Madhu is a Board member of Women in STEMM Australia. She has won several awards including a DECRA Fellowship, the Eureka Prize, the Batterham Medal and a Top 10 Innovators under 35 for Asia.

Kevin Restrick

Supervising Examiner of Patents, IP Australia

Kevin leads the mechanical engineering patent examination section responsible for granting patents in agriculture, automotive and marine fields, and turbo machinery. Kevin’s expertise is aerospace engineering, having worked in industry developing new aircraft concepts and assessing aircraft performance. Kevin is passionate about helping inventors protect and commercialise their intellectual property.

Amy Hunter

Director of Research Translation (Acting), RMIT

Amy is a registered patent and trade marks attorney and leads the team responsible for intellectual property, commercialisation ant research translation to help researchers to take their work beyond the university to create impact. Amy has extensive experience in patents, business development and commercialisation in private practice, government and universities.

Dr Kate Cornick

CEO LaunchVic

Kate has extensive experience in both business and academia and has served on the board of Broadband World Congress. Kate holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering and was the CEO of ASX-listed technology startup, Rision. She has held a range of executive positions within the University of Melbourne.

Leah Heiss

Senior Lecturer and Designer, RMIT

Leah is a Melbourne-based designer and RMIT researcher working at the nexus of design, health, and technology. Leah’s practice traverses device, service and experience and her process is deeply collaborative, working with experts from nanotechnology, engineering and health services through to manufacturing. Leah’s health technology products include jewellery to administer insulin through the skin for diabetics; biosignal sensing emergency jewellery; and swallowable devices to detect disease. She most recently design Facett, the world's first self-fit modular hearing aid for Blamey Saunders hears, which won the 2018 Good Design Award and CSIRO Design Innovation Award.

Natalie Chapman

Managing Director and Co-founder, gemaker

Natalie is Co-founder and Managing Director of gemaker, a science and technology commercialisation consultancy. In 2017, gemaker won three Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards for Innovation, and the NSW Telstra Business Award for Microbusiness. Natalie is also Corporate Communications Manager for ASX-listed Alkane Resources, and a Director of Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia (KCA). Her previous work, as General Manager of Commercialisation at the Smart Services CRC, resulted in two spin-off businesses.


RMIT University City Campus, Melbourne