Flinders ‘Winnovator’ battles Cystic Fibrosis through nanotech

Melanie Fuller Winnovation winner
Flinders University student and researcher Melanie Fuller at the Winnovation awards this week.

Flinders University researcher Melanie Fuller’s work in improving the efficiency of gene therapy in the treatment of Cystic Fibrosis through nanotechnology has been recognised with a place in the finals of this year’s ‘Winnovation Awards’.

Ms Fuller, a Nanotechnology Honours student at Flnders, was one of three finalists in the Science section of the South Australian program, which showcases and celebrates the success of game changing female innovators in South Australia.

Category winner Nicole Pratt helped develop a detection tool for the field of medicine testing which can be used across multiple data sets in multiple countries, potentially helping millions of people avoid serious side effects of some medicines.

It’s been a big year for Ms Fuller, who as an Army Reservist won the prestigious Sword of Honour award at this year’s Army Reserve Officer graduation ceremony.

Kathryn Anderson, Deputy Director Business Engagement at Flinders University’s New Venture Institute (NVI), which is one of the sponsors of this year’s Winnovation Awards, said reaching the finals was a great validation of Ms Fuller’s determined and energetic approach to innovation.

“Melanie is a truly inspirational person who sets a fantastic example for all researchers, whether they’re male or female,” said Ms Anderson.

“Through the New Venture Institute’s sponsorship of the Winnovation Awards, we’re very proud to have had the chance to support her exciting research.”

You can find the full list of this year’s Winnovation Awards, and find out more about the program here: http://www.winnovation.com.au/blog/announcing-the-2015-winnovation-award-winners


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