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Innovation & Commercial Research team

The Innovation and Commercial Research team delivers engagement with the University researchers through the facilitation of strong and positive relationships with government bodies, the commercial realm, industry, communities and our academic research facilities.

Innovation  - iAccelerate

Omar Khalifa

Omar Khalifa
Chief Executive Officer, iAccelerate | Email: | LinkedIn

I seek challenges where I can make a difference through innovation, collaboration and a passion for products and services that enhance people's lives and the world we share. I specialise in defining, improving and building new organisations and businesses; creating great teams; delivering new products and services in digital and technology-driven sectors; enhancing environmental/ethical/social responsibility.

ICR- Amira Antoun (new) 

Amira Antoun
Executive Assistant
T (02) 4221 4486  | 

Executive support to the Chief Executive Officer (iAccelerate) as well as administrative support to the Commercialisation team.  

Melissa Ryan

Melissa Ryan
Innovation Development Senior Manager
T (02) 4221 3410  |  0409 188 978  |  |  LinkedIn
As a senior member of the ICR team I develop and implement business and marketing strategy to enhance UOW's traction within the commercial marketplace via research, technology transfer and key initiatives such as iAccelerate. I have a strong corporate background in marketing and communication strategy, relationship building and business development.


John Kerr

John Kerr
Program Manager, iAccelerate
T (02) 4239 2150 | | LinkedIn

I am responsible for the administrative, operational and execution of essential client-centred iAccelerate Program events, management of client related data and support systems, as well as the coordination and administration of a smooth running iAccelerate Centre facility.

Genevieve Gatt ICR

Genevieve Gatt
Marketing Communications & Events Manager, iAccelerate
T (02) 4221 4603 |

My role is as a support mechanism for the strategic execution of iAccelerate’s marketing, communications, digital and social media management and event management to enhance awareness and involvement across the Illawarra. My background is media and digital strategy, marketing and communications.

Commercialisation and Commercial Research

Klaus Krauter

Klaus Krauter
Senior Manager, Commercial Research and Commercialisation
T (02) 4221 5955 | M 0428 584 383 | | LinkedIn

I manage the commercialisaiton and commercial research team. My background is in ICT with over 25 years of experience in industrial R&D in a variety of companies ranging from startups to multinationals. I am passionate about supporting my team to work with our researchers and business partners to enable the development of exciting new products and services for the world market.

Deborah Coustley

Deborah Coustley
Innovation Ecosystem Events Coordinator
T (02) 4221 8145  |

I have a strong background in the tertiary education sector and financial services. My key responsibility is developing, promoting and running the UOW Pitch program. UOW Pitch is a seed funding initiative funded by SAF aimed at current students and staff to help take their ideas to the next level.


Commercial Research

Stuart Parker

Stuart Parker
Commercial Research Manager
T (02) 4221 4983  |  |  LinkedIn

Delivering commercial research management, preparation and negotiation of commercial research contracts across all Faculty units. Provision of costing advice to UOW researchers on complex projects. Management of fast-track and licensed consultancy contract processes.


Karen McRae

Karen McRae
Commercial Research Officer
T (02) 4221 4817  |

I provide costing advice and assistance with preparing Commercial Research Approval and Costing Forms for UOW researchers. Administration, preparation and negotiation of fast-track agreements for <$100K projects.


 Tenders /  Expert Witnesses

Brett Weeden

Brett Weeden
Tender Manager
T (02) 4221 3913  |  

I manage the tendering process for UOW researchers to undertake commercial research. This includes tender matching, strategic relationship development with tendering agencies, preparation of key tender responses, assistance provided to academics on tender preparation, review of tender submissions, organise legal review of draft contracts and costing tender projects.


Business Development
Bruce Thomson

Bruce Thomson
Business Development Manager
T (02) 4239 2543  |  M 0409 513 906  |  |  LinkedIn

In the role of Business Development Manager I am responsible for identifying research capabilities which align with the needs of industry and facilitate links between researchers and businesses. I use a number of methods  ranging from proactively contacting businesses, attending and conducting networking events and responding to inquiries.

Technology Commercialisation

Gavin Dixon

Gavin Dixon 
Commercialisation Manager - Health, Science, Medicine & Arts
T (02) 4221 5029 | M 0419 609 656 |  |  LinkedIn

I help UOW’s research output towards the marketplace. I do this by matching UOW's intellectual property with external partners from industry, government organisations, NGOs and investor groups. My key areas of responsibilities are drug development, health workforce development frameworks, food and nutrition science, chemical analysis technologies, health and medical technologies, injury prevention / biomechanics; and social transformation initiatives.


Holly Zhu

Holly Zhu
Commercialisation Manager - Medical Radiation Physics, ICT, Education & Media
T (02) 4221 3935 |  M 0417 763 588  |  |  LinkedIn

I am passionate about new ideas, making things happen, and making a difference in people’s lives.  I have worked in the ICT fields for nearly 15 years. My experiences include working in telecommunications, information management, logistics, internets and business intelligence in start-ups and international renowned companies. My diverse background has taught me to appreciate people’s ideas/efforts, have perseverance, and always look for improvements.


George Tomka

George Tomka
Commercialisation Manager - Engineering & Business
T (02) 4221 4431  |  M 0409 552 846  |  |  LinkedIn

The University of Wollongong is building an international reputation of successfully leveraging its research and innovative capabilities to the mutual benefit of industry and the University. I aim to tap into over 25 years of international experience achieving successful outcomes across business, government and research, to ensure that our innovative capabilities have lasting value and are accessible to companies. I am working with researchers and our networks to maximise the opportunities and build cross-cutting, lasting and trusted relationships that can bring long term research and business benefits.

jef pennings

Jef Pennings
Technology Commercialisation Analyst
T (02) 4298 1267 |  |  LinkedIn

I conduct pre due diligence assessments on the new inventions and I provide ongoing support to the commercialisation managers. My role perfectly aligns with my degree in Science and Innovation Management and the variety of new inventions I deal with are making my role very exciting.

ICR-Lisa King

Lisa King
Assistant & Patent Administrator
T (02) 4221 5086 |

I look after all patent administration for the Commercialisation Team and provide administration assistance to the ICR Team. 


Last reviewed: 10 May, 2017