Dr Erol Harvey – Bionics Institute

Dr Erol Harvey

Head of Strategy and Translation BSc (Hon) PhD, Physics

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.

In July 2020, Erol was announced the new CEO of ACMD and will continue to split his time between his roles at the Bionics Institute and the ACMD.

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 has been on many Australian Government committees, both at the Commonwealth and State level, is on the Board of the NCRIS National Imaging Facility, and currently serves as Chair of the Industry and Innovation Forum of ATSE (Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering). He assists with commercialisation strategies and government liaison for Australian universities and research organisations, mentors several medtech start-up entrepreneurs and has been involved in starting more than 17 companies and not-for-profit 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.  In 2018 he was awarded the Clunies Ross Entrepreneur of the Year.

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