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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 Roseworthy campuses.

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.

Featured Commercialisation Stories

Solving security problems is a SNAPSophisticated network surveillance software developed the University's Australian Centre for Visual Technologies is being commercialised through University's start up company, Snap Network Surveillance.

Snap Network Surveillance

Manufacturing energy positive biocrude with a reduced carbon footprintIn 2010 the University of Adelaide together with Murdoch University and industry partner SQC Pty LTd, founded Muradel - an advanced bio-oil Company that utilises sustainable and renewable biomass as feedstock. .


A+ service for Telstra customersA nifty ‘mobile network dimensioning tool’, which monitors the health of the Telstra mobile network and ensures the corporation can make smart network investment decisions.


Adelaide IVF breakthrough hits the world marketA collaborative partnership between the University and Origio, a world leader in assisted reproductive technology solutions, is helping women undergoing IVF who have had one or more previous miscarriages.


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