Visit to industry partner Alcolizer in Perth, ft. IDEAL Hub Directors, Treasurer and Local Member, 2022

On the 5th of April 2022, IDEAL Hub Director Prof Stella Valenzuela and Deputy Director A/Prof Craig Priest visited our industry partner Alcolizer located in Perth, WA. Their visit coincided with that of Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Local Member Vince Connell, who were able to see first-hand an Australian owned manufacturer supplying alcohol and drug testing equipment to the police and industry.

An important part of the session was spent discussing the new technology “Virulizer”, which has the potential to be a game-changer in the fight against COVID and other viruses. The technology for Virulizer was developed within the IDEAL hub and has become an Australian innovation and manufacturing success story.

Through 7 years of Federal government funding for university research, and then in collaboration with the ARC IDEAL Hub, Alcolizer have been able to commercialise Virulizer using the iStrip technology.

Virulizer is the next generation of testing as demonstrated in the field validation studies in Malaysia November 2021 and is 1000 times more accurate than RAT tests. It uses a saliva collection method instead of a nasal swab, providing results in 10 minutes.

Australian based trials are currently underway, and it is envisaged that manufacturing will commence in Balcatta, Perth in the coming months. Local production and the subsequent application of this crucial testing device will protect the Australian community and support the Australian economy.

Ausbiz: The Education Edition… Big Brains & Big Ideas | After the Pandemic, 2022

Some of Australia’s best and brightest minds arrived here from China looking for a better education. Now they just might save the world one day. Highlighting the enormous benefits international education and research collaborations have brought to both countries.

Featuring IDEAL Hub Scientific Director, Distinguished Professor Dayong Jin.

Please view the full episode here:

The Long and the Short of COVID-19: Presented by Laureate Professor Peter Doherty, 2021

Plenary Talk: “The Long and the Short of COVID-19”, IDEAL HUB Annual Forum 2021

‘Though we did not at first realize the scope of the problem, SARS-CoV- is unlike any virus we’ve had to deal with. At first, though we were saying ‘it’s not the influenza’, the medical and public health approach was more-or-less grounded in the idea that ‘this is a bad ’flu. The fact that, unlike influenza in humans, this virus is also disseminated around the body in the blood, took a while to emerge, as did the reality that a major problem in COVID-19 is the formation of large and small clots that can cause heart attacks, strokes and block gaseous exchange in the lung. The fact that, within a year, we had outstanding vaccines to limit the toll of this disease is a major tribute to modern science. But it’s increasingly clear that the way this virus is changing to become more infectious is beyond our prior experience. We’ll focus on the nature of the disease what’s happening now and where this may be going. We are living with a fluid situation, and there are no certainties.’

Peter Doherty shared the 1996 Nobel Medicine Prize with Swiss colleague Rolf Zinkernagel, for their discoveries about transplantation and “killer” T cell-mediated immunity, an understanding that is currently translating into new cancer treatments. The first veterinarian to win a Nobel, he was Australian of the Year in 1997. Still active in research on immunity to influenza, he commutes between St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis and the Peter Doherty Institute at the University of Melbourne, where he now spends most of his professional time.

Tethered Bilayer Lipid Membranes to Monitor Heat Transfer between Gold Nanoparticles and Lipid Membranes, 2021


This work outlines a protocol to achieve dynamic, non-invasive monitoring of heat transfer from laser-irradiated gold nanoparticles to tBLMs. The system combines impedance spectroscopy for the real-time measurement of conductance changes across the tBLMs, with a horizontally focused laser beam that drives gold nanoparticle illumination, for heat production.

ARC Laureate Fellowship 2021: Professor Dayong Jin

IDEAL Hub Scientific Director, distinguished Professor Dayong Jin, has been awarded an ARC Laureate Fellowship 2021.

Over the past decade, Jin has led nationally and internationally in his research in the transformation of photonics and materials into analytical diagnostic and imaging devices for disease detection, including cancer and more recently for COVID19 virus detection.

Congratulations to Jin for this well-deserved, additional significant achievement in his career.

Details of the announcement can be found here:


Every graduate of the NSW Medical Device Commercialisation Training Program (MDCTP) funded by NSW Health had been invited to apply for the 2019 post-program awards that included International Engagement, IP protection, Regulatory Pathways and Prototype Design. Recipients have been announced at the 2019 MDCTP Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday 26 June 2019.

A/Prof Olga Shimoni, who is a 2018 MDCTP graduate, received the Brandwood Biomedical Regulatory award worth of $10,000. The Brandwood Biomedical regulatory pathways award will help in the development of the regulatory strategy for USA, Europe and Australian markets to commercialise the technology for easy detection of coeliac disease. Olga will work closely with the consultants from Brandwood-CKC to plan and design national clinical trials that are acceptable by regulatory authorities in Europe, Australia and USA.


FACTA 2019

Rhiannon Alder presenting her work on the use of “Surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy towards low level detection of drugs” at the Forensic & Clinical Toxicologists Association Conference in Adelaide, 16th-19th June 2019


CRC-P Emergence

An exciting development that has arisen due to the collaborative and cross-disciplinary environment within our ARC – IDEAL Hub has been a recently awarded CRC-P, that aims to develop a novel real-time milk sensor for ovulation detection in dairy cows.  This CRC-P brings together IDEAL Hub industry partners Biotics and Surgical Diagnostics and academic partners from UTS in a new and exciting project.  The new and separate project is led by Biotics, with core technology provided by Surgical Diagnostics, along with scientific expertise from UTS researchers. Prior to the IDEAL Hub, Biotics had no prior collaborations with either UTS or Surgical Diagnostics researchers.  The relationship and collaboration between these parties was forged and grew directly from within the IDEAL Hub. Connecting industry and academic partners has been a key focus of hub activities, with an eye on driving novel solutions to industry problems, that increase Australia’s competitiveness and research standing across the globe.


Engaging with Industry 2019

The Industry Mentoring Network in STEM hosted an Engaging with Industry, NSW event in the aim of developing an entrepreneurial mindset in students and scientists and highlighting the importance of industry engagement, understanding commercialisation and the importance of developing strong professional connections beyond academia. Associate Professor Olga Shimoni was asked to represent the field of academia, alongside industry and legal experts.


International Symposium on Future Materials 2019

Distinguished Professor Dayong Jin was invited to attend the 2019 International Symposium on Future Materials. The Symposium focused on the latest developments and future direction of materials science, chemistry and physics. Dayong Jin provided an update on the Future and Challenges for Hybrid Upconversion Nanosystems, he was also a member of the International Advisory Committee […]