Western Australia Innovator of the Year: Rio Tinto Emerging Innovation Category Finalists

The WA Innovator of the Year program showcases the State's brightest innovators and entrepreneurs, helping them realise the full potential of their product or idea.
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The WA Innovator of the Year Awards’ Rio Tinto Emerging Innovation Category recognises WA innovators who have developed an outstanding innovative product, technology, process or service that is pre-revenue. The applicant must also clearly demonstrate an economic, social or environmental benefit to Western Australia.

The Western Australia Innovator of the Year program has showcased innovative and entrepreneurial individuals, businesses and creative minds since 2006.

All finalists for the WAIOTY program will receive a wide range of commercialisation training and development opportunities, including one-on-one mentoring sessions, a professional photo and video shoot, as well as workshops and webinars on pitch presentation, protecting your IP, grant writing and much more.

This year 6 finalists have been chosen for the Rio Tinto Emerging Innovation Category.

ClearDrum Pty Ltd

ClearDrum aims to be the first prosthetic eardrum on the market. It is being developed for the repair of chronic eardrum perforations, a major cause of disability for children and adults globally.

Virex Pharma

Virex Pharma (Virex) is developing a proprietary product, GlyXine — an inhaled nanoemulsion formulation for treating viral respiratory diseases

Cytophenix Pty Ltd

Cytophenix’s innovation is a novel, disruptive diagnostics platform that enables precision personalised pathology for patients with bloodstream infections causing sepsis – a life threatening condition affecting more than 55,000 Australians each year

OMNI Industry Pty Ltd

Omni is developing a world-first non-invasive hydration measurement to help teams across heavy industry, elite sport, healthcare and emergency services optimize their health and performance, manage workload and reduce the risk of injury.

Earflo (EarBuddy Pty Ltd)

EarFlo is an innovative medical device developed to treat young children who suffer from chronic ear infections and restoring their hearing. Instead of undergoing “grommet” surgery, which is the usual treatment option, the EarFlo device offers a non-surgical alternative.

LubDub Technologies

Lubdub Technologies aims to revolutionize heart care by making it accessible, convenient, and life-saving. With Lubdub's technology, patients can track their cardiac health from home, avoiding time-consuming trips and waiting for lab results.