[ASC-media] 'APRIL meeting in May in WA': Pork CRC Media Release

Brendon Cant brendon at iinet.net.au
Mon May 1 23:43:58 PDT 2017

Pork CRC Media Release: May 2, 2017

APRIL meeting in May in WA


Pork CRC Chairman Dennis Mutton and CEO Roger Campbell met with West
Australian researchers and industry representatives on Monday, May 1 to
workshop opportunities and ideas for innovative R&D as Pork CRC transitions
to Australasian Pork Research Institute Limited (APRIL), which commenced in
November 2016. 


Pork CRC's eighth and final investment round has been completed, with the
board supporting 11 of 37 proposals at a total cash value of more than half
a million dollars. 


The next major investment round will be by APRIL in October-November this


According to Dr Campbell, Pork CRC is still open for $50,000 innovation
proposals, but these must be very innovative and completed before September
30, 2018. 


"So, there's plenty of time for researchers and industry to consider their
R&D options and get their good ideas into us, but I stress that proposals
must be potentially system changing and/or have realistic revenue generating
potential," he said.


"Those proposals which prove successful and warrant further research are
likely to be supported longer term by APRIL."

Mr Mutton said APRIL, with an annual R&D budget of up to $2 million, would
focus on supporting projects, preferably with industry partners, which would
have smart outcomes, including commercialisation prospects and intellectual
property generation.

"APRIL will soon establish its inaugural R&D commercialisation committee and
I intend to ensure it's a strong driver capable of delivering what industry
needs," he said.

"APRIL is all about encouraging and facilitating mutually beneficial and
profitable relationships between industry, service providers and R&D
institutes that will deliver serious game changing results.

"Industry hot buttons that APRIL will likely press for change include feed
efficiency, feed utilisation, pig health and antibiotic resistance and cost
effective means of enhancing animal welfare.

"As Roger and I move around Australia meeting with key stakeholders, we
intend to take the feedback we pick up back to APRIL's board so that our
strategic plan can be consolidated and we can get down to business from day
one," Mr Mutton explained.

APRIL currently has 16 members and its Board comprises Dennis Mutton
(Independent Chair), Andrew Spencer (APL), Rob van Barneveld (Member
director, SunPork), Mel Bridges (Member director, Anatara Life Sciences),
Kenton Shaw (Member director, Rivalea Australia), John Pluske (Member
director, Murdoch University) and Edwina Beveridge (APL). 


Attendees at the WA dinner meeting were: Dennis Mutton (Pork CRC/APRIL),
Roger Campbell (Pork CRC), Brendon Cant (BCA PR), Rob Wilson (Pork
Innovation WA), John Pluske (Murdoch University), Jae Kim (AB Vista),
Johanna Pluske (SciEcons Consulting), Emalyn Loudon (Consultant/Pork
Innovation WA), Taya Clarke (Westpork); Megan Trezona (Craig Mostyn
Group/Linley Valley Pork), Karen Moore (Pork Innovation WA); Diana Turpin
(Portec/Pork Innovation WA), Samantha Sterndale (Murdoch University) and
Ingunn Stensland (Craig Mostyn Group/Linley Valley Pork).


www.porkcrc.com.au <http://www.porkcrc.com.au> 


Authorised by Pork CRC and issued on its behalf by 

Brendon Cant, Pork CRC Communications Manager, Mob 0417 930 536.

<mailto:roger.campbell at porkcrc.com.au?subject=Media%20Release> Dr Roger
Campbell, Pork CRC CEO, Mob 0407 774 714.


APRIL in WA.docx/RCDM020517




Brendon Cant

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