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To become an innovation nation, we really need to think smaller

By Martie-Louise Verreynne, Professor in Innovation and Associate DVC (Research - College of Business and Law), RMIT University
Anne-Laure Mention, Professor, Director, RMIT University
George Feast, SME Collaboration Nation Lead, CSIRO
Rui Pedro Torres de Oliveira, Senior lecturer, Queensland University of Technology
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It took a chance meeting between Cameron van den Dungen, founder of a start-up mattress company, and Madhu Bhaskaran, an engineering professor at RMIT University, to see an opportunity to collaborate and commercialise research.

Van den Dungen had a dream of creating a bed for use in aged care to monitor sleep quality and comfort. Bhaskaran’s research team at RMIT were developing flexible wafer-like electronic sensors. The fruits of their collaboration is a smart mattress monitoring system known as “REMi”.

It’s the type of collaboration the Australian government says is…

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