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Mr Mario Martini

Innovation Connections Facilitator


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Mario is an SME Innovation Connections Facilitator for Northern Australia, based in Townsville at the Australian Tropical Science and Innovation Precinct - CSIRO.

His role is to connect local companies with the technical expertise and state-of-the-art equipment available from research organisations (i.e. CSIRO and Australian universities). These connections can then lead to collaborative R&D projects to help companies develop their commercial innovations with the support of the research organisation. Facilitated projects over the last 4 years have resulted in world firsts and new Patents, Discovery research, and ARC-Linkage funding.

Mario also assists companies connect to the relevant government funding and assistance programs, as well as Innovation Connections, which provides eligible companies matching funding to support their R&D projects with these research organisations.

Mario’s diverse 30-year frontline industry career in R&D and senior manufacturing leadership, began in formulation chemistry and process development of household and industrial products with Kiwi Brands. Moving to Biotechnology (human diagnostics) manufacturing, then human pharmaceuticals and veterinary pharmaceuticals as the TGA and APVMA manufacturing licensee. Many of these products and brands are still in supply domestically and globally, some being made elsewhere and imported.