Research for What?
Research for What? is a new podcast hosted by Dr Romaric Bouveret from the Imaging CoE UNSW Node. The episodes dive into topics relating to research impact, translation, commercialisation and engagement.
In conversations with experts from academia and industry, Rom covers a diverse range of topics and explores the impact of scientific research on people and the world. Rom interviews recognised thought leaders who share his passion for science and research and invest their energy, time or money.
One of Rom’s most recent episodes features our Governing Board member Ben Apted discussing how to translate research into investable ideas – “No shortage of capital for good ideas.
Maryam studied engineering in Iran before working as an academic researcher in Australia. In 2018, she founded SDIP-Innovations, a start-up that develops new reservable implants. In April 2019, Maryam received a 2-year fellowship from NSW Health to relocate to the QB3 incubator at the University of California San Francisco and UCSF Rosenman Institute and advance the commercialisation of SDIP-Innovations implants.
Here Maryam explains why and how she transitioned from an academic researcher to an entrepreneur. She discusses the pros and cons of moving to the US to build a new deep tech start-up in the bay area. She talks about the differences between Australia and the US (and Iran) including regulatory pathways, funding, ecosystem and culture.
Maryam also discusses the differences between academic research and R&D in a start-up. She shares what it takes to learn business and its language, and to build a new company and network, with the goal to develop and launch new products for medical treatment. She talks about mental health, timelines and her team. Maryam says: ‘Having a good co-founder is the key. It’s like a marriage: if you have a good marriage, it’s great; if you have a bad one, it’s really terrible!!’
This is a fantastic episode with a very smart and hard-working research-entrepreneur who shares her journey to commercialisation!!
Good luck to the team!
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