Y Combinator’s Sam Altman thinks enterprise, mobile and biotech startups have enormous potential and Australian investors agree

7:12PM | Tuesday, 14 July 2015 |  A focus on enterprise, mobile and biotech present the biggest opportunities for startup founders and investors.

Biotech going gangbusters as Novartis snaps up Spinifex Pharmaceuticals for more than $250 million

7:30PM | Wednesday, 1 July 2015 |  Opportunities for entrepreneurs to disrupt the health and pharmaceutical industries abound like never before, according to the head of a venture capital fund that has half of its portfolio in biotech.

$25 million funding round gives Queensland vaccine biotech Vaxxas a boost

2:54AM | Tuesday, 10 February 2015 |  OneVentures has led a $25 million Series B round in a Queensland biotech startup that is attempting to commercialise technology that will make needle-delivered vaccines a thing of the past.

Queensland start-up Vaxxas heads to US after biotech giant deal

10:00AM | Thursday, 11 October 2012 |  Queensland start-up Vaxxas is relocating to Massachusetts after striking a major new deal with biotech giant Merck, one of the largest vaccine firms in the world.

Five industries to soar and five to fall in 2012

1:02PM | Wednesday, 4 January 2012 |  The idea of Australia having a “two speed” economy has become so entrenched that it’s easy to overlook the less visible, but yet significant, factors at play among the nation’s start-ups. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

TB-detecting technology is on the nose

11:46PM | Thursday, 17 November 2011 |  Indian researchers say they are close to developing an “electronic nose” to sniff out tuberculosis on the breath, offering rapid diagnosis that could save thousands of lives.

Vic Gov pledges $55m for biotech as IBM plans R&D hub

10:01PM | Monday, 17 October 2011 |  The Victorian Government plans to spend more than $50 million on the state’s biotechnology sector, just days after IBM announced a new R&D lab to strengthen Victoria’s ICT industry.

Start-ups facing “warzone” investor environment

9:27PM | Friday, 23 September 2011 |  Start-ups seeking major investment are facing “warzone” conditions, with the situation potentially set to worsen due to the European debt crisis, a leading venture capital partner has warned.

Australia’s untapped university innovation

9:17PM | Monday, 12 September 2011 |  While there are some instances in which universities and business are working together to build new industries, initiatives are few and far between. Experts say it is an area we need to develop.

Biotech start-up Spinifex gets $6.3m in funding

9:38PM | Monday, 12 September 2011 |  Spinifex, a biotech start-up, has received a $6.3 million funding boost to help it bring its nerve pain therapy to market.