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Commercialisation and innovation


Take your idea to the next level

If you're working on an innovative idea, technology or method, we can help you turn it into something with tangible value and real community impact.

Whatever stage you're at, we can provide you with personalised advice and support, and connect you with potential industry partners. Talk to us early and we can ensure your intellectual property is protected through the process.

We are interested in any of your research which you believe creates impact. This can include:

  • Copyright (for example a business model, database and software) or
  • Registered IP (such as patents, trade marks or designs) and
  • Know-how (your expertise).

It's easier than you think

disclosure form Complete our two-page innovation disclosure form

Coffee meeting We'll arrange a coffee meeting to discuss:
  • The stage of your project and your future plans
  • Potential market value and/or community benefit
  • Potential partners and competitors
  • Ways you can protect your intellectual property

Benefits and rewards

The commercialisation of our innovative research brings great rewards. In applying our research to solutions that benefit the community, our reputation as a research-intensive university is enhanced, leading to increased research funding and opportunities for collaboration.

Innovators receive a generous 50 per cent net share in commercialisation revenue, in accordance with the University's Intellectual Property Policy

Our experts

Anna Grocholsky, Director Commercialisation and Innovation

Anna is a materials scientist and trademarks attorney.  In industry, after successfully specialising in product development at A Goninan & Co, Email Limited, and James Hardie Industries Ltd. she embraced the challenges of Intellectual Property and commercialisation.  Anna  previously worked at Sydney University in business development and IP management.  In 2011 Anna established her own thriving IP and commercialisation business.  Clients include individuals, small and medium enterprises, and larger companies and institutes such as Sunbeam Corporation Limited, North East Region Water Corporation, and the University of Western Sydney.

Anna welcomes the opportunity to promote innovations generated within the Macquarie University research community and to foster commercialisation partnerships by engaging with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Phone: +61 (2) 9850 4599   

Bel Coppock, Administration Manager

Bel has a diverse background in events, regional marketing, customer service and patent management. Bel is responsible for keeping the Office of Commercialisation organised.  She also liaises with Macquarie University's existing pool of inventors and administers royalty payments.

If you have any questions about the commercialisation process at Macquarie University, please talk to Bel.

Phone: +61 (2) 9850 4598 

Important information

Intellectual Property Commercialisation Advisory Committee (IPCAC)

The purpose of the IPCAC is to evaluate the commercial potential of innovations made by Macquarie University researchers. The Committee meets monthly to review and make recommendations on the innovations received by the Office of Commercialisation and Innovation. Innovators have an opportunity to present to the Committee and will receive valuable feedback and exposure of their research.

Every matter is assessed case-by-case. If supported by the Committee, the most likely outcome is a licence to an existing organisation or the creation of a new start-up company. In addition, for some cases, future research contracts will occur.

See Macquarie University's Intellectual Property Policy.

Laboratory books

We encourage the use of laboratory books to record your research and protect your intellectual property. We can supply you with a laboratory book – simply contact us on +61 (2) 9850 4598 or


The two main tests applied by patent offices when deciding whether a patent will be awarded are novelty and inventive step. 

'Novelty' essentially means that the idea has not been known outside the inventor's institution prior to filing a patent application. 

'Inventive step' means that an invention should be not obvious to another researcher with the same skills. 

If you are considering commercialising your idea, talk to the Office of Commercialisation and Innovation early so we can advise you on patenting before you publish your ideas. Our Office is responsible for lodging the patent and – providing there is commercial interest – we will manage the patent process.