We are proud to announce that Mr Robert Klupacs Bionics Institute’s CEO has been made a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE). The announcement was made by ATSE at their AGM on 26 November 2020.

ATSE is an independent, not-for-profit academy that brings together Australia’s leading experts in applied science, technology and engineering to provide practical and evidence-based advice on how to achieve sustainable solutions.

Robert joined an esteemed group of only 25 leaders in science, technology and engineering to be welcomed into the Academy this year. ATSE Fellows are world leaders in industry and academia and membership is a highly competitive process.

ATSE elected Robert as Fellow in recognition of his extensive track record in the development and commercialization of medical research and medical devices; the impact this has had helping to save and transform lives and his strong and long history in mentoring Australian scientists, and more recently Australian secondary school students, in medical research commercialization and STEM as a career.

Robert has over 30 years of international experience in knowledge management and commercialization strategy and he has helped bring to patients healthcare breakthroughs in implantable medical devices, new pharmaceuticals, stem cell therapies and regenerative medicine. He has been CEO of Bionics Institute since 1 May 2017.

Robert is a proud mentor and passionate advocate for STEM education and he has created a unique learning model at the Bionics Institute where leading female research scientists mentor selected female Year 10/11 students over a 4-6 month period.

Robert explains that the most rewarding aspect of his career to date is 

“… Being able to work closely with scientists of giant intellect and creativity, and be given the opportunity to create new industries and products that can transform people’s lives, has been incredibly humbling and exciting. I am a huge believer in the talent and capability of Australian science and particularly those in the early phases of their careers. I’m so proud to have been able to work with so many people early in their careers who have gone on to become world leaders in their fields, and passionately believe the next 10-20 years will see Australian science and research create and commercialise inventions and products that will revolutionise improved health and quality of life for people throughout the entire planet. ”