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world beaters 70 SYLVIA TULLOCH OCCUPATION Materials scientist BEST KNOWN FOR Co-founder of Dyesol Sylvia Tulloch is the managing director of Dyesol Industries, a world leader in the development and commercialisation of third-generation photovoltaics. This technology utilises dye solar cells (DSC) to turn sunlight into electricity by imitating the way plants convert sunlight into energy. Dyesol's solar technology works well in all light conditions -- it doesn't need bright sunlight. The company develops, manufactures and supplies a range of DSC products and works with partners and customers to integrate the technology into their products. Dyesol was included in the top 100 low-carbon pioneers on CNBC Europe in 2008 and has been a beneficiary of Austrade's Export Market Development Grants in recent years. ❝ Of course the money is important because every dollar counts. Every year we invest thousands of dollars of our shareholders' money into developing what we are doing. Grant money enables you to do what you need to do without diluting too much of the equity base. But beyond that is the validation of your government believing in what you do. ❞ ••• DR JOHN O'SULLIVAN OCCUPATION Electrical Engineer BEST KNOWN FOR Developing Wi-Fi technology CSIRO scientist Dr John O'Sullivan went looking for exploding black holes and in the process created a technology that cleaned up intergalactic radio waves. Using techniques he'd applied to astronomy, O'Sullivan and his team figured out how to reduce interference created by radio waves bouncing off structures. This led to the creation of Wi-Fi technology. Wi-Fi technology is now found in millions of laptops, printers, and wireless access devices. The CSIRO has reaped AU$200 million from its Wireless Local Area Network technology. ❝ We thought we were starting something big, but we're blown away at how widespread it now is. From the beginning we set out to match the speed of the best wired networks of the time. To have made one of the major inventions certainly fills you with pride. ❞ ••• AGRICULTURE DR BRUCE LEE OCCUPATION Research Scientist BEST KNOWN FOR Director of the CSIRO Food Futures National Research Flagship Dr Lee led the team that developed a new high-fibre wholegrain that can help fight cancer and diabetes. Called BARLEYmax it has twice the dietary fibre of regular grains, four times the resistant starch and a low GI. Research began in the late 1990s, with the CSIRO team developing a collection of new non-GM barley grains and assessing them for the potential to improve health by delivering high levels of resistant starch and other dietary-fibre components. One new type of barley grain emerged, which went on to become BARLEYmax. The new grain reduces risk factors for heart disease and stroke, promotes bowel health and potentially fights the onset of diseases like bowel cancer and Type 2 diabetes. ❝ CSIRO is recognised as one of the world's leading scientific research organisations and continues to demonstrate its ability to translate scientific outcomes into industry and market outcomes. Increasingly, the market is a global one. Most of Australia's needs -- whether they be in agricultural production or in tailored foods for consumers -- are also mirrored in global markets. BARLEYmax is a new and innovative grain that has been highly successful in cereal-breakfast products in Australian supermarkets since its launch in the middle of 2009, and the potential for this grain in foreign markets is immense. ❞ TECHNOLOGY Dr John O'Sullivan Renee Nowytarger/Newspix