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RapidAim hits funding target
The Csiro Innovation Fund has invested $890,000 in RapidAim, co-founded by three Csiro researchers, to support a trial of a fruit fly monitoring system.
StartX nurtures Kinedu in series A round
Stanford-StartX Fund has invested in childhood development app creator Kinedu, which counts childcare provider Advenio among its early backers.
Gilmour Space thrusts $13.7m into orbit
Satellite launching rocket producer Gilmour Space Technologies has been backed by Main Sequence Ventures, managers of Csiro Innovation Fund, taking its total to $17.4m.
Harare opens Zimbabwe's first TTO
Harare Institute of Technology's new tech transfer office is currently preparing documents to secure its policy base after assisting president Emmerson Mnangagwa's "100-day" drive earlier this year.
Main Sequence rearranges fund to $167m
University of Melbourne and Lockheed Martin have contributed to an additional $94.8m tranche for the Csiro Innovation Fund, bringing its total to $167m.
Merrick captures KiwiNet chairwoman role
Ngaio Merrick has been on the commercialisation initiative's board since 2016, having previously worked with a municipal development agency.
UniQuest hits 100 spinouts
University of Queensland revealed it has generated more than 100 spinouts since 1988, with probiotic drink manufacturer Perkii becoming number 100 in 2016.
Sullivan segues into Canberra job
Leigh Sullivan will leave his position as vice-chancellor for research and innovation at Federation University Australia to take on the same position at Canberra.

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PolyActiva sees clearly with $11.5m
Viclink taps Booster for $6.6m innovation drive
The commercialisation arm of Victoria University of Wellington has secured $6.6m for its spinouts under an initiative funded by local financial services firm Booster.
Nexgen reaps $2.2m
Queensland crop breeding spinout Nexgen Plants has been backed by multi-university venture fund Uniseed, Business Development Fund and Yuuwa Capital.
Certa pinpoints $18.5m round
Uniseed and MRCF have become founding investors in University of Melbourne's precision medicine spinout Certa Therapeutics.
Paragen Bio parachutes into $4.4m
James Cook University has formed its first spinout, Paragen Bio, which will commercialise autoimmune disease therapies derived from a blood-sucking tropical parasite.
McLeod leaps onto MEC
Colin McLeod will be executive director of the Melbourne Entrepreneurial Centre, which will be based at the Innovation Precinct when it opens in 2020.

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Tel Aviv partners with Tata
Tel Aviv University announces $20m commercialisation fund with Tata Industries.
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