Hub Members

CEAT is currently home to five agri-tech start-ups and businesses. Find more about each of them below.

Meet the members of the CEAT Innovation Hub. From start-ups to growing national and international enterprises, these businesses are co-located in our innovation precinct where they have access to the expertise and infrastructure at ANU and CSIRO. 

Our vibrant Innovation Hub is home to several businesses

Gondwana Genomics is the first company in the world to deploy DNA screening on a large scale to boost tree production in commercial forestry. By DNA testing a single seedling leaf, the company can predict a tree’s traits and key commercial attributes, such as growth rate and resistance to diseases.

Using their genotyping by sequencing method, Gondwana Genomics can identify trees that provide a stronger return on investment to forest growers. Their screening technology, initially developed in eucalypts and expanded to other species, provides growers with insights into important traits.

Former CSIRO biochemist, Stephen Trowell, has founded a start-up company to allow food companies to check that their products meet the safety and quality needs of consumers. PPB Technology’s entry into the market will answer a burning question for millions of consumers – how to quickly detect the amount of lactose in lactose-modified milk.

While lactose can be measured through laboratory testing, it takes up to ten days and is costly. PPB Technology licensed innovative CYBERTONGUE® Technology from CSIRO for commercial use. The testing device is about the size of an esky, so it can be used in small industry labs and potentially on dairy farms.

Scientific Instruments Australia (SIA) is an innovative company that designs and manufactures instrumentation and software for plant science, biotechnology and agriculture. It has offices and labs at La Trobe University’s Research and Development Park in Melbourne and CEAT.

The SIA team has expertise in optics, electronics and software and develops a range of high-end scientific instruments. SIA is a collaborator and partner of Photon System Instruments (PSI), an award winning Czech company with more than 500 devices on the market.

Wildlife Drones is a tech company that has developed an innovative radio-tracking drone system for locating wildlife and pest animals. Their new initiative, Stock Drones, adapts this world-leading technology for the agriculture sector to improve livestock management and cattle mustering practices.

Stock Drones enable farmers to remotely locate their stock from the air whenever they want, and without leaving home. It is a simple, cost effective alternative for farmers needing to locate their stock regardless of how vast, rugged or remote their property may be.

Quantum Brilliance is a start-up company building quantum computers with the ultimate goal of developing ‘QPUs’ that are the size of an accelerator card. Quantum Brilliance’s work has a range of applications in the agri-sector.  This includes increasing our ability to ‘replicate’ the natural world through highly complex models of relevance to agriculture that account for processes such as photosynthesis, energy systems, weather, climate modelling and climate forecasting. Quantum computing also has the potential to power and improve the capacity for remote sensing and high-speed imaging from space; acquiring long range high resolution, 3D images; and, increased connectivity in agriculture.  Collectively, such applications would bring a host of benefits to the agri-sector, particularly to farms and communities in remote areas.

Quantum Brilliance have been working with ANU researchers and other national agencies – including  CSIRO and Pawsey – to help Australian researchers become quantum-ready by exposing them to the applications of quantum computing, and helping build an ecosystem of users and applications. 

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