About the Impact Innovation Group
The Impact Innovation Group is a specialist innovation, technology commercialisation and start-up management consulting firm.
The Impact Innovation Group has successfully delivered commercialisation, intellectual property and innovation management advice, services and training across key projects in such sectors as:
Managing Director Brian Ruddle formed the company in 2006 to help start-up companies turn ideas into income and to support inventors wanting to see their technologies transform industries and applications. Drawing on substantial experience working in both research organisations and private enterprise, the Impact Innovation Group has since strengthened and expanded its network to connect innovators with entrepreneurs. The company also supports SMEs, large and multinational organisations, government agencies, not for profit organisations, and industry associations.
In 2013, the Impact Innovation Group formalised its association with business advisory firm Moore Stephens (now owned by Crowe Horwath). That same year the company became the exclusive Australasian licensee of Brightidea, a US-based company with an innovation software platform designed to help organisations, from SMEs to global corporations, integrate innovation powerfully into their operations.
Impact Innovation Group introduced the InnoModules platform in 2014, comprising a range of tools and systems that build capacity in organisations to boost commercialisation and innovation outcomes. In 2015 a technology scouting platform called Enterprise Access was launched which, for the first time, enabled innovation seekers to discover Australia’s emerging technology potential in one place. Also in 2015, the Impact Innovation Group won the contract to design and deliver the Innovate Queensland program, an innovation skills and collaboration development initiative to reposition and enhance the State’s capacity, capability and confidence for innovation and technology commercialisation-led growth.
Impact Innovation Group is now a leading innovation and technology commercialisation company providing effective practical solutions across Australia and the world.
Our work is guided by the following values:
- Deliver each project with focused energy.
- Maintain an authentic passion for delivering outstanding measurable results
- Value the interdependence of innovative thinking, efficient performance and positive relationships.
- Ignite the passion for innovation in others.
- Empower our clients to make new things happen.
- Focus on the practical and get things done.
- Be driven to generate outcomes from ideas.
- Deliver what we promise.
- We are a collaborative team of specialists.
- Diverse capabilities strengthen our team.
- Partner with clients to achieve success.
- Reinvent tomorrow’s next best practice.
- Create smarter innovation solutions that deliver positive results.
- Everything we do is to create value within innovation-driven organisations of the future.
- Take the time to find smarter, more efficient and effective solutions.
- Empower others to achieve impact through innovation.
- Don’t just settle for the easy option.
- Our clients trust our intent and approach.
- We collaborate with them to effectively manage risk.
- Our clients trust our advice and integrity.
- We are honest with our clients, ensuring that we deliver authentic value.
Cameron Johns General Manager Cameron develops strategies for meeting the rapidly changing marketplace for all Australian enterprises at all stages of the business life-cycle. He has specialist skills in the execution of turn-around or realignment projects as well as capitalising on new markets or ideas. Over 20+ years as an innovation practitioner, Cameron has helped numerous inventors, start-ups and SMEs with business model development and capital raising. He has also facilitated collaborations between research organisations industry; and empowered not-for-profits to generate commercial success and sustainability. He has managed and piloted programs centred on innovation, advanced manufacturing, science, and technology to drive regional and national economic growth, for Australian and international development outcomes. His network across state and federal governments has led to delivering programs on small business, innovation, and commercialisation. Cameron’s experience includes senior executive appointments, board memberships, business ownership and start-up director roles.
Dr Cherie van Wensveen Senior Innovation Strategist Cherie is an Intellectual Property Specialist with over 11 years’ experience, including six years in innovation and commercialisation management. Her more recent and commercial roles have involved developing and implementing commercialisation management plans based upon sound IP strategy, R&D project prioritisation and pipeline management, and internal resource allocation. Her approach has been to enable successful commercialisation through alignment of the innovation strategy with desired business outcomes. Her previous roles have also involved identifying and evaluating potential innovation and investment opportunities for target companies across the globe. Cherie is a registered Patent and Trade Marks attorney, and an active member of the Licensing Executives Society of Australia and New Zealand, the Institute of Patent & Trade Marks Attorneys, and the American Chemical Society. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, and a PhD in Hydrometallurgy from Murdoch University, and a Masters of Intellectual Property Law from the University of Melbourne.
Kellie Dyer Senior Commercialisation Strategist Kellie is a creative and enthusiastic person with a diverse range of experience. Kellie has applied her highly regarded skills in business, technology, and innovation to supporting large infrastructure organisations, small and medium-sized businesses, academia, and other research centres. Working as the Adoption and Commercialisation Manager for a research-based organisation allowed Kellie to appreciate different commercialisation strategies. Pragmatic, versatile, adaptable and with a strong sense of determination are qualities that have naturally drawn Kellie towards activities that involve bringing diverse groups of people together to achieve mutually beneficial business objectives. Kellie is a non-executive director of a financial services organisation and a national research organisation. She has been involved in a number of strategic projects, including launching spin-offs and re-branding and re-positioning other types of organisations. Kellie is a certified Innovation Facilitator and is both a graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
John A. Mathew Project Coordinator John’s background in biomedical research and pharmacology prompted his becoming a biotechnology doctoral student with The University of Queensland, majoring in innovation and commercialisation. The focus of John’s thesis has been understanding and analysing the process of crowdfunding and applying its potential in Australia. His approach to crowdfunding has created tangible value for Australian companies at all stages of the commercialisation process. After five years of working in public health and technology, John has amassed experience in patient care, hospital administration, clinical data management, administrative protocol and developing commercialisation pathways for medical devices and technologies. With his experience in the public health and biotechnology sectors and his research into crowdfunding, John brings a comprehensive understanding of both governmental processes and the need for innovation to sustain growth.
Alexandra Connors Corporate Programs Coordinator Alexandra specialised in Sustainability when completing her Bachelor of Business Management at The University of Queensland. Her dynamic communication and people skills reflect a strong customer service management background in the telecommunications sector. She combines her natural ability to adapt and relate to people of all ages and interests with a wide range of sales knowledge, delivering quality and assurance to a dedicated client base. Alexandra has more than five years of administration and support service experience in delivering effective project management. Her highly evolved team management skills make Alexandra an integral part of the Impact Innovation Group team. Alexandra brings an enthusiastic approach and an all-inclusive understanding of financial, social and natural environment aspects of a firm’s activities to achieve sustainable and innovative outcomes. Alexandra aspires to be a well-regarded and committed strategic management consultant, launching her career with one of Australia’s leading innovation consultancies.
Jaclyn Knight Senior Associate Jaclyn specialises in open innovation, design-led consultation and stakeholder engagement. She has more than 17 years’ experience within the private and not-for-profit sectors; developing and leading innovation projects in the United Kingdom, United States, Australia and Europe for clients including Unilever, UBS, Ford Motor Company and Nesta. She holds a BA (Professional Writing and Communication) and MBA attained at The University of Queensland and Wharton School. Jaclyn has been a project advisor and mentor for several Wharton Global Consulting Practicum and UQ Social Economic Engagement Program (SEEP) projects, and was awarded the MBA Excellence Award for Service to the Community. Jaclyn has a particular interest in social impact and in leveraging open innovation and design-led thinking to address global problems and create positive social change. She aims to educate, inspire and empower clients to exploit their innovation capability in a way that delivers value beyond profit.
Mitchell Filby Senior Associate Mitchell has an extensive and balanced career that encapsulates the corporate, private and not-for-profit sectors across a variety of vertical markets and industry sectors. He has held and continues to hold senior executive roles as well as board memberships relating to these sectors. Today Mitchell spends much of his time working with small business entrepreneurs and CXOs in the large enterprises and government organisations to accelerate the process of commercialising innovative ideas. He has developed a practical approach framed in an agile innovation methodology that helps validate and test product and business model solutions, while at the same time reducing their exposure to financial risk. Mitchell is also an author, global speaker, publisher, business and industry journalist, business analyst, business mentor and coach as well as a serial entrepreneur.
Dr Dean Moss CEO
UniQuest Pty Limited
Ryan Clerihew NuChem Pty Ltd
Gary Heyden Former Director of Deakin Research Commercial
Clint Ramsay Director of NeoRehab Pty Ltd
Peter Riikonen Director of BioHerbicides Australia Pty Ltd
Ross Patane Managing Partner, Crowe Horwath Australia