The University has a long and distinguished record in the development of new technologies and inventions.
Our researchers made vital contributions to the discovery of penicillin, the development of x-rays and the creation of the combustion technology for the Olympic torch and cauldron. Many of the key wheat and barley varieties grown by Australian farmers were bred at the University's Waite and Roseworthycampuses.
Our researchers have established a number of new South Australian companies based on technologies founded at the University, and numerous others have grown and prospered using our innovations in their business. These include BresaGen Ltd, the first biotech start-up company in SA; GroPep Ltd, which became part of international biotechnology company Novozymes in 2006; Repromed, a specialist IVF fertility service; and Optimatics, an SA engineering firm which provides a global consulting service on water distribution systems.
Translating benefits: learn about our research impact
Much of our research responds to global and national priorities, with our researchers working closely with government and industry to address core issues faced by society.
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