Dr Erol Harvey
Dr Erol Harvey was appointed Head of Strategy and Translation at the Bionics Institute in 2018. He has been involved in the commercial and academic development of micro and nano production techniques for more than 20 years.
Erol was trained originally in laser and plasma physics. In 2002, he 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. He 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, and space applications.
Erol is actively involved in international professional organisations such as MANCEF and served on the International Strategy Group of ATSE (Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering) and Australian Federal Government FMIIC (Future Manufacturing Industry Innovation Council). He assists with commercialisation strategies and government liaison for Australian universities and research organisations.
In 2011 MiniFAB was awarded the inaugural “Enabling Technology Company of the Year”. In 2012 Erol was awarded Enabling Technology Entrepreneur of the Year by the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame in recognition for his achievements in entrepreneurship. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE). In 2018 he was awarded the Clunies Ross Entrepreneur of the Year.