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$566,000 Grant For Dental Product Inventor

$566,000 Grant For Dental Product Inventor

13th Aug 18

Summary —

Australia’s reputation as an incubator of innovative dental products continues with the Australian Government awarding a grant of more than $566,000 to support the commercialisation of a new oral hygiene device.

Key Issues For The Dental Industry —

The Australian Government, through its Entrepreneurs’ Programme, has awarded a $566,000 grant to support the commercialisation of an innovative device that cleans, stores, and protects removable oral appliances such as dentures relied upon by millions in Australian and overseas.

HyGenie Australia Pty Ltd, an innovative small business, dental product manufacturer, and member of the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA), has received the grant from the Australian Government via the Entrepreneurs’ Programme.

The grant will support the advancement of clinical trials for HyGenie Australia’s device that will begin in September 2018 to facilitate a national and, eventually, an international launce of the device in 2019.

HyGenie Australia is one of just eleven businesses to receive a grant from the Accelerating Commercialisation component of the programme. The grant is designed to help small-medium businesses, entrepreneurs, and researchers to provide access to expert guidance and grants to find their right solutions for novel products, processes, and services. It provides funding for up to 50% of the expenditure for commercialisation activities.

The device’s inventor, Dr Mark Wotherspoon, a dentist with more than thirty years’ experience recognised an issue regarding the unhygienic cleaning of removable oral devices leading to serious infections and disease, particularly in older Australians who wear dentures. Dr Wotherspoon created the device in his own home workshop starting off with numerous dishwashing brushes and a glue gun.

For more information about the Accelerating Commercialisation Grant, or to learn more about the other grants that can support your business’ growth, please contact the ADIA Policy & Research Manager by email at or by telephone at 1300 943 094.

Member engagement —
ADIA provides leadership, strategy, advocacy, and support. Our members set our agenda, fund our activities, and directly benefit from the results. With respect to the Association's work to assist innovative member businesses, members provide advice and guidance at the quarterly series of ADIA State Branch Briefings.

Further Information —
To keep up to date with how ADIA is working to support innovative member businesses, subscribe to the Twitter feed @AusDental or follow us on Facebook at Alternatively, you can contact the Association via email at or by telephone on 1300 943 094.

Currency & Disclaimer —
This update was issued on 13 August 2018 and please note that changes in circumstances after the publication of material or information may impact upon its accuracy and also change regulatory compliance obligations. The statements, regulatory and technical information contained herein are believed to be accurate and are provided for information purposes only. Readers are responsible for assessing its relevance and verifying the accuracy of the content. To the fullest extent permitted by law, ADIA will not be liable for any loss, damage, cost or expense incurred in relation to or arising as a result of relying on the information presented here. 

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