ANSTO launches deep technology incubator

Illustration of ANSTO's Innovation Precinct. Source: innovation.ansto.gov.au

The Australia’s Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) has launched Nandin – a deep technology incubator part of ANSTO’s Innovation Precinct in Southern Sydney.

The incubator, named Nandin, is intended to bring entrepreneurs, startups and small and medium businesses together to embrace challenge-based innovation, design solutions and take science and technology-based products and services to market.

Nandin’s opening is part of broader plans for the ANSTO Innovation Precinct in Lucas Heights, NSW, which aims to foster close engagement between Australian scientists and both local and international businesses.

Nandin has been created from the learning of European leaders in this space, with Dr Markus Nordberg from CERN talking at the launch about the challenges and successes of nuclear science and application of design thinking.

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ANSTO’s CEO, Dr Adi Paterson, said he was excited to see what Nandin can contribute to the domestic and international science community.

“I am proud to today officially open Nandin – the first of its kind facility in Australia, enabling great minds to collaborate, innovate and move closer to overcoming the challenges we currently face,” Dr Paterson said.

“Nandin will create linkages between a variety of organisations, academics and scientists, to utilise all the possibilities of nuclear sciences.”

The name Nandin comes from the Dharawal language and means to look ahead. The hub is located on land believed to have been used as a meeting place for Aboriginal groups.

Dr Paterson was joined at the launch by Dr Markus Nordberg, Head of Development and Innovation from CERN – an organisation established in 1954 with a mission to perform world-class research and unite people from all over the world to push the frontiers of science and technology, for the benefit of all.

“It has been a privilege to have Dr Nordberg here today to share his insights on IdeaSquare, a space that brings people together to generate new ideas, the concept from which Nandin was born,” said Dr Paterson.

“International partnerships with organisations like CERN provide invaluable global connections that will help us to find innovative ideas and solutions to solve problems sooner and with more efficiency.”

Dr Paterson presented the six Nandin members with a ceremonial glass brick to acknowledge them as “foundation” members.

“The ANSTO Innovation Precinct will deliver research solutions for industry to enhance innovation, focused on the areas of health, advanced manufacturing, industry, agriculture, food and nutrition,” he said.

“It will position Southern Sydney at the heart of innovation in Australia, and as Nandin is so closely connected to our local community – providing invaluable access to world class researchers and technology.