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CRC Program STAR Awards: STAR CRCs shine on small businesses

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It gives me great pleasure to see Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) achieving such great things in the national benefit, and it is for this reason that the Gillard Labor Government believes this program has an important role to play in Australia’s innovation future.

The award winners here tonight have been recognised for their outstanding cooperation with Australian small and medium businesses in the vital fields of agriculture and medicine.

The Sheep Industry Innovation CRC and the CRC for Biomedical Imaging Development have received the 2011 CRC Program STAR Awards.

Congratulating the Sheep Industry Innovation CRC and the CRC for Biomedical Imaging Development, Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr said that CRCs support important collaborations between the public research sector and industry to address the big issues

facing Australia.

“The STAR Awards recognise the vital role CRCs play in encouraging innovation and research in small and medium-sized businesses, and I am proud of the two world-class research centres receiving these awards,” Senator Carr said.

“The Sheep Industry Innovation CRC has been recognised for its work engaging with over 300 stud breeders across Australia in its Information Nucleus Program. This program provides new genetic information that significantly enhances SME sheep farmers’ ability to select for improved meat quality, wool production and easier sheep management.

“The CRC for Biomedical Imaging Development has received a STAR Award for its successful collaboration with Cyclotek Pty Ltd, a Melbourne-based SME manufacturer of radiopharmaceutical tracers. Together, the CRC and Cyclotek are developing new radiopharmaceuticals that produce highly specific images to improve diagnosis and management of diseases such as cancer.”

More details on the STAR Award winners and the CRC Program are available from

The awards were presented during this year’s Excellence in Innovation Awards Dinner held in Brisbane as part of the Cooperative Research Centre Association’s annual conference.

Other awards presented on the night included the Cooperative Research Centres Association Awards for Excellence in Innovation and the CSIRO Early Career Scientist Awards. More information on these awards winners can be found at

Images of the winning STAR award project collaborations are available.

Media contacts: Sheena Ireland, Minister's Office, 0427 092 100 Anthony Murfett, Department, 02 6213 7490, 0451 631 545

18 May 2011