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Research commercialisation

From new medicinal products and medical devices to chronic healthcare management solutions, the School of Medicine’s research outcomes are internationally recognised.

Our key research and development success stories include:

 

Australian National Bowel Cancer Screening Program

The early detection of colorectal cancers is available for people aged over 50, simply by sending a small stool sample through the post.

This fast, accurate and cost-effective screening test was championed by Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor Graeme Young and is now used around the world.

Professor Young proved that a Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) was more accurate than earlier test types and more convenient for people to collect a stool sample at home.

Professor Young and his team have also recently validated a blood test for diagnosing bowel cancer, circumventing the need to handle faecal material.

 

Flincare & The Flinders Program

FlinCare™ is an online patient-centred care planning tool designed to promote effective self-management of chronic conditions.

The Flinders Program™ is a generic set of tools and processes which provide a formal, systematic approach to assessing self-management capacity and care planning.

Together, the FlinCare™ software allows access to Flinders Program™ care plans at any time and allows easy communication between the patient and health professional.

These products have been developed by Professor Malcolm Battersby and the Flinders Human Behaviour & Health Research Unit (FHBHRU).

 

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Flinders Partners is the commercialisation agent for Flinders University, creating spin-out companies, managing the licensing of the University’s intellectual property and connecting researchers with industry.

We also help our researchers and partner companies in becoming innovative and truly managing innovation.

SpORS - a new, better sports drink

Based upon work done reducing the number of deaths by dehydration in developing countries, Flinders researchers and their collaborators have tested the use of resistant starch to improve the performance and recovery of elite athletes.

Initial studies conducted with the Adelaide Football Club demonstrated that the use of a resistant starch (RS) pre-load drink, and a specially formulated rehydration drink can improve hydration levels in elite athletes and enable faster recovery.

Typical sports drinks depend only on glucose to promote water absorption in the small intestine. By including resistant starch in this new product known as ‘SpORS’, we add the capacity to absorb water from the large intestine. Most sports drinks also contain a high glucose concentration which is known to slow hydration processes. By using the starch to provide glucose, we avoid this problem.

The end goal is to reduce recovery time and optimise performance during and after strenuous exercise.

Resistant starch has been proven in clinical trials to improve hydration states in adults and children with severe diarrhoea by promoting the absorption of water and salts in the large intestine. Typical sports drinks depend only on glucose to promote water absorption in the small intestine. By including resistant starch in this new product known as ‘SpORS’, we add the capacity to absorb water from the large intestine.

Most sports drinks also contain a high glucose concentration which is known to slow hydration processes. By using the starch to provide glucose, we avoid this problem.

The end goal is to reduce recovery time and optimise performance during and after strenuous exercise.

 

Industry funded research examples

Professor Damien Keating leads a multi-institutional team who have partnered with Pfizer Inc to gain a deeper understanding of nutrient sensing pathways present in enteroendocrine cells within the human intestine. These critical cells control digestive function, blood glucose levels and food intake.


Professor Wei Zhang and Professor Colin Raston have partnered with Australian Kelp Products to improve seaweed processing to deliver multiple high-value products which have food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical uses. This project integrates an advanced biorefinery process with a vortex fluidic device. This innovation will lead to the establishment of a new sustainable seaweed processing industry in Australia.

A collaboration with Chinese agribusiness Shandong Tianjiu Industrial Group will focus on identifying new products and developing novel, energy-efficient advanced manufacturing technologies to increase applications, yields and purity of high-value marine bioproducts produced from marine microalgae.