Australian innovators get put to the test this month when the Innovation Fast Pitch and Shoot Out events roll into Los Angeles and Silicon Valley.
 
The states have chosen their finalists, but who will be named Australian Innovator of the Year?
 
The Innovation Program is being held as part of G’Day USA, the largest trade and promotional show of a foreign country in North America.
 
The Innovation Shoot Out was launched in New York in 2006. Finalists from six states of Australia travel to the US to demonstrate that their company’s cutting-edge innovation has what it takes to make it in the US market.
 
State finalists pitch their innovation and investment potential to a panel of judges, which rates the companies on their innovative technology and their potential for success in the US market. The winning company receives strategic advice and entry into professional development courses, to assist with entry into the US market and facilitate the commercialisation of the winning company's technology.
 
INNOVATION SHOOT OUT 2009 – STATE FINALISTS

Nuix [New South Wales]
www.nuix.com
Nuix is advanced email and data forensics software. The core of Nuix is an advanced processing engine which interrogates virtually any data set (emails, hard disks, disk images, etc.), indexing the results and making them available for immediate analysis. 

Impedimed [Queensland]
www.impedimed.com
ImpediMed is a medical device which allows for the prevention of Lymphoedema in cancer survivors. With around 1 in 4 survivors suffering from this disorder, ImpediMed devices provide
doctors with a preemptive care solution, while offering them a compelling business opportunity.The patient's quality of life is protected and there are potentially huge savings for the health care system.

E Ball Games [Victoria]
www.eballgames.com.au
E Ball Games designs, develops and manufacturers golf and sports simulation technology. Through E Ball's real-time ball sensor technology, sound and vision, E Ball offers the world's
most realistic golf and sports simulation products. E Ball Games’ products are engineered to make you feel like you are participating in a major sporting event.

JadeLiquid [Tasmania]
www.jadeliquid.com
JadeLiquid has been at the forefront of Java browser technology since 2002. When JadeLiquid developed WebRenderer Desktop Edition 1.0, all Java browsers were pure Java, and not based upon "native" hybrid technology. JadeLiquid pioneered the commercial Java native browser architecture, bringing on a second generation of Java browser SDKs. JadeLiquid has worked closely with clients to build the industry's leading Java browser SDKs.

m.Net [South Australia]
www.mnetcorporation.com
m.Net is Australia's leading full-service mobile-marketing company. Focused on the needs of major media organisations, telecommunications carriers, and their advertising clients, m.Net provides a range of solutions through its unique mobile-marketing platform – enabling clients to exploit mobile opportunities either directly or via fully-managed solutions.

Sensear Pty Ltd [Western Australia]
www.sensear.com
Sensear’s award-winning technology enables clear speech communication in a range of high noise environments. The revolutionary technology enables face-to-face, mobile phone and two-way radio communication in high noise (above 85 dB(A)) environments while providing optimal hearing protection. This innovation is the only effective preventative advance in the fight to
eliminate Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL), the world’s most common and incurable occupational illness.

 

INNOVATION SHOOT OUT 2009 – PREVIOUS FINALISTS 

2008 Winner – Fermiscan has developed a non-invasive method of diagnosing breast cancer by analysing a patient's hair. Fermiscan is currently in the process of commercialising its technology, which has the potential to provide for accurate and early identification of breast cancer tumours. The technology is based on the discovery that molecular changes linked with the development of breast cancer can alter the structure of hair. These changes are detected using x-ray diffraction beams produced by a device known as a synchrotron.
           
2007 - Implicit Bioscience recently signed a multi-million dollar deal with the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency to help fight the international war against biological weapons. 
 
2006 - Scramjet Technology, which is being developed by the University of Queensland, is currently being used by NASA, Boeing and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory. Its air-breathing, supersonic combustion ramjet engine makes two-hour flights from Sydney to London possible.