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Talga to raise $6.3m

West Perth-based Talga Resources is seeking to raise $6.25 million through a share placement and purchase plan, primarily to fund the development of its graphite project in Sweden.

Phylogica invests $15m into Vision Pharma

Biotech company Phylogica announced it had increased its shareholding in Vision Pharma to 90 per cent, following a $15 million investment using funds it had raised through a recent rights issue.

Pawsey tenders for $70m project

Pawsey Supercomputing Centre has announced a tender as part of a $70 million new supercomputing system to replace its existing Magnus and Galaxy supercomputers.

Science, business and the final frontier

WA is uniquely equipped to become a global leader in the space industry, according to the state’s scientist of the year.

SAS halves placement share price

West Perth-based Sky and Space Global has revised its previously announced plans for a $15 million capital raising, with the funds to be raised through a placement and rights issue at 0.5 cents per share.

Simple leaching solution wins for MPS

Mining & Process Solutions has won the top prize at this year’s Innovator of the Year awards, with an environmentally friendly, cost-efficient new process for the mining industry.

Weedchipper a non-chemical, sustainable cropping solution

The widespread use of herbicides such as glyphosate to control weeds in cropping systems has proved to be comparatively cheap and effective over many years, and the only practical solution for WA farmers.

Steadman rides to success as Steadyrack goes global

There are numerous words Steadyrack marketing manager Jeff Russell could use to describe the success of his company, so it’s curious that he opts to call it an ‘accident’.

Safety, efficiency seal Roborigger sweep

A focus on safety and efficiency has helped Tensa Equipment spin-off Roborigger win an unprecedented three of four sponsored platinum awards at this year’s Innovator of the Year ceremony, including the Business News ‘Great for the State’ award.

The blue economy entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs across Australia are dipping a toe in new waters as the term ‘blue economy’ surges into the business world.

NEC wins police, health contracts

NEC Australia has been contracted to deliver ICT services to the WA Police Force and the state's major hospitals, with the two agreements collectively worth up to $97 million over seven years.

Exposure lifts lid on Chinese box

OPINION: China is developing even faster than some might realise, offering Aussie brands a big opportunity.

WA researchers to benefit from $35m investment

Two researchers based at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research will join the Centre of Excellence in Synthetic Biology as part of a $35 million investment courtesy of the Australian Research Council.

Pointerra to raise $2.5m

Subiaco-based Pointerra has announced commitments to raise $2.5 million through a share placement, primarily to fund the recruitment of further employees and technical resources.

Alzheimer’s research gets $3m boost

A trailblazer in the field of Alzheimer’s research will investigate preventative treatment for the disease on the back of $3.1 million in funding from the federal government.

Velrada backs $10m tech fund

Perth-based IT consulting firm Velrada has established a technology incubator that will invest $10 million over three years to commercialise new products and software solutions.

WA backing for online dispute resolution

Victoria-based online mediation and arbitration service Immediation will officially launch in Western Australia on November 20, on the back of $1.8 million partially raised from local investors.

Phylogica to raise $27m

Biotech company Phylogica has announced plans to raise $26.8 million through a rights issue, fully underwritten by chairman and major shareholder Alan Tribe, with the proceeds used primarily to fund preclinicial studies for its leading drug molecule.

Nanollose founder resigns

The founder of a company commercialising technology to make fabric from beer and wine has resigned from his role as chief scientific officer.

Fast growth likely for IT workforce in WA

WA is estimated to have the country’s fastest growing IT workforce over the next five years with annual growth of 3.2 per cent, according to a report commissioned by the Australian Computer Society.

Data helps drive optimal outcomes

From the use of big data to recycling plastics, WA businesses are developing a sustainability niche, but the path to commercialisation can be tough.

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