Australians making their mark in the US

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Dr Vikram Khurana
Class: science-style
Battling baffling brain disease
Using yeast, stem cells and his impressive brain power, clinician and neuroscientist Vikram Khurana is tracking down the causes of – and treatments for - debilitating brain disorders like Alzheimer’s disease. It’s all happening at the biotech start-up he co-founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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Rodney Brooks and Sawyer, Rethink Robotics
Class: technology-style
Rethinking Robots
Rodney Brooks is a global robotics pioneer. Raised in Adelaide, Brooks is the Panasonic Professor of Robotics (emeritus) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the founder of a company which is revolutionising the way robots are used in manufacturing.
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Rendering of the VicHyper pod on the streets of Melbourne
Class: technology-style
Australian Students Lead Transport Revolution
A futuristic pod with an award-winning braking system invented by Australian university students may become a critical component in the Hyperloop, a next-generation mode of transport. The Australian invention is a finalist in a design competition sponsored by entrepreneur Elon Musk’s spacecraft company SpaceX that aims to make the Hyperloop concept a reality.
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Professor David Fidock with his award from Advance Global Australians. Credit: Advance Global Australians
Class: science-style
On the path to eliminating malaria
Malaria kills more than 400,000 people each year, many of them children in Sub-Saharan Africa. Australian scientist David Fidock from Columbia University has uncovered the genetic basis for drug resistance in deadly malaria parasites, and is now working on new drugs that will aid the global effort to eradicate malaria once and for all.
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Photo Credit: Ray Kachatorian
Class: food-style
Surfing a wave of success
In the space of a decade, Curtis Stone has built a multi-million dollar culinary empire and convinced TV audiences around the world to adopt a more Australian approach to eating, centred on unpretentious dishes showcasing fresh ingredients. So what’s next on the menu for Australia’s gift to the world of food?
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PhoneSat 1.0
Class: science-style
Expat Entrepreneur blasts off
From country New South Wales to low-earth orbit, Chris Boshuizen’s fascination with space has launched him on a professional journey of creative discovery. Now based in California, the award-winning physicist has designed lunar landers and tiny satellites for NASA, and setup a satellite start-up in San Francisco.
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Seamus Thomson
Class: science-style
The Australian PhD student helping NASA find alien life
University of Sydney PhD student Seamus Thomson, has been handpicked by NASA to look for alien life, on Mars and Saturn’s oceanic moon Enceladus. The 24-year-old is using his biomedical engineering skills, to help identify alien life and ensure other planets are not contaminated by material from Earth.
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Matthew Sweeny, CEO Flirtey
Class: business-style
Flirtey: The rise of the drones...
When the first legal drone delivery on United States’ soil took place experts hailed it as a ‘Kitty Hawk moment’. This giant leap forward for the commercial drone industry was engineered by a start-up helmed by a 27-year-old Australian.
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Class: culture-style
Forging a path to the silver screen
Having recently established a joint venture with Chinese animation giant Shanghai Hippo, Bunbury-based creative studio and film production company Vue Group is using Australian and Chinese expertise to help reorientate and redefine a path through global film market. Australia Unlimited spoke with co-founder and managing director Alan Lindsay about rethinking the road to Hollywood.
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