Successful Conclusion of Commercialisation Grant

Successful Conclusion of Commercialisation Grant

Southern Innovation is on the brink of licensing its radiation detection technology for the first time, a milestone which may have taken far longer had it not received support from Commercialisation Australia.

The boost from the Proof of Concept and Skill and Knowledge grants will help ensure the company’s digital pulse processing technology – which dramatically improves the detection and measurement of radiation – reaches commercialisation next year.  Medical imaging, homeland security, mineral exploration and material science are all industries which stand to gain from the technology, known as SITORO®.

Southern Innovation founder and inventor Paul Scoullar developed the advanced digital signal processing technology that almost entirely eliminates the distortive effect, known as “pulse pile-up”, which can be associated with traditional radiation detectors.  This means that the detection and measurement of X-ray, gamma-ray and other electromagnetic radiation can occur with far greater efficiency and accuracy.
Managing Director, David Scoullar said the Commercialisation Australia grants had accelerated the technology’s path to market and raised the company’s profile among potential customers.  “We have strong interest in our technology from major global players in the scientific instruments industry, and we need to move rapidly to validate our products and secure technology licensing deals”, he said.

“The Skills and Knowledge grant has enabled us to engage an international expert to develop a sound global licensing strategy, and the Proof of Concept grant has helped us fast-track product development and trials with key partners in the US and Europe.  Following our successful technology demonstrations and with a clear licensing plan now in place, we anticipate being in a position to sign our first licensing deal in the second half of 2011”.

As further recognition of the quality of the company’s technology and its potential applications across a wide range of industries, Southern Innovation last year won the prestigious Enterprise 2010 business planning competition sponsored by University of Queensland Business School (pictured below).

About Southern Innovation:
Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. Southern Innovation’s multi-award winning SITORO® technology provides a quantum leap in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer. For more information contact