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Australia’s High Court finds isolated genetic material not patent-eligible

This opinion piece is republished with the approval of Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick, a proud and Foundation Sponsor of the Convergence Science Network.

Posted October 8, 2015 by Mark Wickham

The Australian High Court has unanimously allowed Ms D’Arcy’s appeal from the Full Federal Court decision in D’Arcy v Myriad Genetics Inc (2014) 224 FCR 479, holding that Myriad’s claims to isolated nucleic acids were not patentable subject matter.

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Scientific Convergence and Innovation in Schools Cluster Announced

The Convergence Science Network is pleased to announced a partnership with the John Monash Science School to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subject and career pathways in schools throughout regional Victoria.

The Scientific Convergence and Innovation in Schools Cluster (SCISC) will combine the innovative use of technology and a virtual classroom environment with scientists and entrepreneurs to share cutting-edge knowledge to teachers and students throughout Victoria.ᅠ The program will focus on STEM education and Women in STEM.

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Award for Science Innovation in Schools

The Graeme Clark Award for Science Innovation in Schools was inaugurated at last year’s event.  The Award was established to celebrate and acknowledge science innovation in Victorian schools that has added value to the school community by raising the profile of science through innovative practices, partnerships and programs.

The Award is the initiative of the Graeme Clark Foundation, and we thank the Foundation for making this award possible.

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Professor Suzanne Cory AC Becomes the First Patron of the Convergence Science Network

The Convergence Science Network is pleased to announce that Professor Suzanne Cory AC FAA FRS has agreed to become the Network’s first Patron. Professor Cory is a molecular biologist and one of Australia’s most respected scientists and science leaders.

In a long and distinguished career, Professor Cory’s research has investigated the genetics of immunology and cancer, in particular leukemia and lymphoma. She was the Director of The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and Professor of Medical Biology at the University of Melbourne from 1996 until 2009. The first elected female President of the Australian Academy of Science (2010 until 2014), she delivered the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s 2014 Boyer Lectures: The Promise of Science: A Vision of Hope.  

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Sir Paul Nurse addresses EMCR’s

During the visit of Sir Paul Nurse in March to deliver the 2015 Graeme Clark Oration, the Convergence Science Network arranged a breakfast with Early and Mid-Career Researchers to discuss issues of concern to them.  Sir Paul was joined by Professor Suanne Cory, Honorary Professorial Fellow at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research in opening the discussion.  EMCR’s also engaged in a Q&A session with Sir Paul.

In addressing many of the issues confronting today’s Early and mid-Career researchers - funding for research, the pressure to publish, dealing with senior and junior colleagues, and more – Sir Paul drew from his own experience.  Many important messages reflected great wisdom and were delivered with sincerity and honesty.  This talk is a resource that should be of great value to EMC researchers, their supervisors and lab heads and other research leaders.

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Medibio sponsors the CSN Digital Tech seminar

Medibio Limited (ASX:MEB) is an Australian listed company providing a Digital Mental Health Platform. Medibio’s patented biomarker is based on the circadian heart rate architecture and has been developed over 15 years of research involving more than 5000 patients. The company is currently conducting trials to support FDA approvals.

Sean Mathieson Chief Operating Officer will be part of our discussion panel. Sean has many years of experience in the strategic positioning and the operational management of business technology solutions including deep knowledge and understanding of both the current and future technology landscape. Prior to Medibio, Sean has held local and global senior executive roles at UXC, Siebel Systems, Ariba and SAP.

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Graeme Clark Oration

The Graeme Clark Oration is delivered by global leaders in science in honour of Prof. Graeme Clark’s pioneering work in developing the bionic ear in Melbourne in the 1970’s.  It is recognised as Australia’s most prestigious free public science event and is attended by secondary school students.

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