About Us

Enabling Australian technology companies as the ‘go-to channel’ for bringing local innovation to market

Our People

The Australian Innovation eXchange is building on the knowledge and experience of the Industry Growth Centre program, by enabling Australian technology companies, as the ‘go-to channel’, to bring local innovation to market. Our team has extensive experience supporting the commercialisation of research and innovation, making AIX the ideal partner to bring new technology to market.

Russell Merz

Chief Executive Officer

Russell is a strategic industry veteran with over 35 years of global business experience scaling innovative engineering and technology organisations. With a technical background integrated science and engineering, Russell has worked across multi-disciplinary projects in over 40 countries in five continents, including multi-billion dollar resource projects.

Russell brings a strong history of innovation to AIX, from working with start-up and early stage companies, scaling into growth, Russell is focussed on transforming local innovation to deliver sustainable, viable long-term commercial outcomes.

Russell has held a number of board and advisory position, and is currently a director of EnviroMETS QLD and Alluvium International, as well as providing expert advice on numerous industry review panels across multiple sectors.

Dr David Skellern, AO FTSE FIEEE


Dr David Skellern began his career in radio astronomy, and taught electronics at the University of Sydney and Macquarie University for over 16 years. Dr Skellern co-founded Radiata in 1997, building on joint research by Macquarie University and CSIRO, Radiata demonstrated the world’s first chip-set implementation of the 54Mbit/s lEEE 802.11a high speed WLAN standard.

Radiata was sold in 2001 to Cisco Systems Inc, where Dr Skellern was Director, Technology of the Wireless Networking Business Unit until 2004. He was appointed to the Board of National ICT Australia in 2003 and was Chief Executive Officer (CEO) 2005-2010.

Dr Skellern was formerly a Director of the Capital Markets CRC (CMCRC) 2004-2019 where he held the position of Chairman from 2013-2019, then Chair of RoZetta Institute Ltd (formerly CMCRC) from 2019-2022. David is on the Boards of eight RoZetta group companies.

Dr Skellern is Chair of Quasar Satellite Technologies Pty Ltd and the Semiconductor Sector Service Bureau (S3B) and a Director of Trovio Pte Ltd, METS Ignited Australia Limited, digi.cash Pty Ltd and Digital Exchange Technologies Pty Ltd.

Adrian Beer

Managing Director

Adrian Beer is a global executive with a broad range of industry experience within industrial technology solutions, enterprise software, to leading business transformations projects and initiatives across a vast range of capital-intensive industries.

His technical background is in electrical engineering, working extensively across resources, energy generation, transmission and distribution, water utilities, transportation and defence.

Adrian is the current CEO of METS Ignited, a Federal Government Industry Growth Centre for Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS). Adrian a non-executive director of Robotics Australia Group, and holds advisory board positions including Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER), SMARTSAT CRC, The Energy and Resources Advisory Board of AROSE, and is a member of the Global Mining Guidelines Group leadership team .

Our History

AIX was formed through the success of METS Ignited’s Industry Growth Centre. In operation for over six years, METS Ignited successfully supported the commercialisation of technology to address the needs of the global resources sector. Our program invested $15M in 30 Australian technology projects, commercialising 20 new Australian innovations, creating more than 1000 new jobs. Today these technology companies have projected revenues of over $750 million by 2025 and serve multiple industry sectors. Building on this success, AIX is translating Australia’s research and innovations into products and services, to serve global markets, delivered by local Australian technology companies.

Case Studies

The Australian Innovation eXchange is building on the success of the Industry Growth Centre program, by providing industry access to Australia’s innovation ecosystem via commercial channels. These case studies show what is possible for Australian innovators.

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The Historical Context of Innovation in Australia

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