Invention to Innovation:

How Scientists Can Drive Our Economy

Invention to Innovation

Invention to Innovation charts a course for scientists, leaders, investors and policy makers to translate research into growing innovative, competitive companies and industries. With extensive experience and insights gained over three decades Dr Larry Marshall demonstrates how science can generate new value that grows markets and creates jobs while also delivering social, environmental and economic benefit.”

Through a combination of practical advice, real-life examples and big picture vision, this thought-provoking work shows how Australia’s world-class science can navigate successfully across the ‘Valley of Death’ to become successful innovations and grow our economy. With contributions from leaders in business, research, venture and scientists who have made the leap to become 'Scientist CEOs', Invention to Innovation is essential reading for anyone who believes Australia’s excellent science deserves a vibrant, globally competitive innovation ecosystem to ensure our sustainable and prosperous future.

Praise for Invention to Innovation

“This book, written by one of our brightest minds, addresses a critical question: how can Australia become a science and technology superpower?”

Dr Andrew Forrest AO, Founder and Chairman of Fortescue, Minderoo Foundation and Tattarang

“The Digital Future has huge potential to unlock new waves of innovation and economic prosperity for all Australians. It's a future where Aussie kids see Aussie scientists and Aussie entrepreneurs solve Australian problems and take them to the world. Larry is passionate about this future for our children, and this book is all about how to make it happen.”

Melanie Silva, Managing Director, Google Australia

“Powered by his extensive scientific entrepreneurship, Dr Larry Marshall shows us how to couple science with innovation to produce prosperity. Human ingenuity is an inexhaustible resource; this book explains how to mine it and refine it into societal value.”

Dr Alan Finkel, Australia’s Chief Scientist, President Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, Chancellor Monash University, CEO and Founder Axon Instruments.

“For Australia’s budding technology entrepreneurs, [Invention to Innovation] is an excellent ‘how to’ manual, full of practical advice, and offering useful, tangible guidance on how our scientists and entrepreneurs can seize the tremendous opportunities Australia offers.”

Michelle Simmons, CEO Silicon Quantum Computing and 2018 Australian of the Year

“Few scientists have transitioned to become business leaders, or to create public companies, but Larry Marshall has done just that – and by sharing uncomfortable truths, failures and successes, all anchored by the real life experience of someone who has crossed the Valley of Death more than once, Larry seeks to provide other scientists with the confidence that, they too, can do it.”

Catherine Livingstone, AO, former Chair CSIRO, Commonwealth Bank and Telstra; former President of the Business Council of Australia, and former CEO of Cochlear.

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