Dr Erol Harvey
Originally trained in laser and plasma physics, has been involved in commercial and academic development of micro and nano production techniques for more than 20 years.
Founded MiniFAB, a product development company and OEM volume manufacturer of polymer based microfluidic, lab-on-a-chip diagnostic devices for clients around the world. Has worked in technological and commercial applications across a wide range of industries including biomedical diagnostics, implants, ink jet printers, microfluidics, solar panels, flat screen displays, corrosion monitoring, elite athlete instrumentation, space application etc.
Actively involved in international professional organisations such as MANCEF and served on International Strategy Group of ATSE (Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering), Australian Federal Government FMIIC (Future Manufacturing Industry Innovation Council) and assists with commercialisation strategies with local universities and research organisations.
In 2011 MiniFAB was awarded the inaugural “Enabling Technology Company of the Year” and in recognition for achievements in entrepreneurship in emerging technology in 2012 Erol was awarded Enabling Technology Entrepreneur of the Year by the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame. A Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) and in 2018 awarded the Clunies Ross Entrepreneur of the Year.
Specialties: Technology and Product development, Industrial prototyping and pilot-scale manufacturing, technology reviews and analysis, University commercialisation, Government liaison