Innovation/R&D services

Caason Group is a strategic investor in innovation in Australia. Our highly capable and engaged multi-disciplinary team supports company Research and Development (R&D) programs.

Our passion for developing companies doesn’t start – and end – with our financial investment. We often assist our related companies with:

  • innovation and R&D support services which may include advisory support, project management and management reporting
  • Intellectual Property (IP) management services including contract development, review and administration, IP management and patent searches
  • technical contributions to IP, project origination, scientific innovation management framework creation and innovation management
  • R&D tax incentive and compliance support services


Our partnerships

Innova Sierra

Innova Sierra Pty Ltd is an AusIndustry registered Research Service Provider. Since 2010, Caason Group’s partnership with Innova Sierra has helped to bring our shared passion for commercialising innovation and sustainability to life.

Headquartered together in Caason Group’s Melbourne offices, Innova Sierra supports our investment companies in developing their scientific innovation management framework.

Dr Bala Kumble is Caason Group’s Group Head Innovation/R&D; he is also CEO & Managing Director of Innova Sierra Pty Ltd.

Bala has over 30 years’ experience in innovation along with extensive university connections. He helps organisations define the uniqueness of their innovation, outline their methodology, fill scientific gaps, define outcomes and measure success.

Our innovation/R&D initiatives

Aileron Pastoral Holdings (APH) – Caason Group is developing self-sustaining microbial based technologies and sequencing for accelerated soil rehabilitation on our owned and operated Aileron Station.

Ceres Tag – Caason’s Aileron Pastoral Holdings is facilitating a pre-commercial trial of 500 Ceres Tag livestock ear tags in 2021 for animal management and health. 

Food Fibre & Land International (FFLI) – through our partnership with FFLI, Caason Group’s Aileron Station is currently investing in infrastructure and seeking government approval to grow industrial hemp. Through FFLI, we are also involved in carbon economy advisory services.

HardRock Coal Mining – Caason Group is investing in research to develop X-Ray Transmission (XRT) for dry beneficiation to separate coal from non-coal bearing materials along with developing a new and fully integrated mining process for safe mining and underground efficiencies.

Woomera Mining Ltd  – Caason Group is providing consulting services to support mining innovation knowledge gaps.

Future Energy Investments (FEI) – this Caason Group investment holds several patents for technology that converts end of life plastics to fuel and we are currently working on FEI’s commercialisation model.

Australian Research Council Linkage Project – Caason Group, in partnership with the University of Western Australia, WA’s Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority and Curtin University of Technology, is an industry partner in an Australian Research Council (ARC) Project. The project is looking for improved restoration outcomes for plant species and communities impacted by mining activities in the Pilbara and nationally. The project’s title is “Mine Site Rehabilitation Through Novel Plant & Microbe Interaction”.

Caason Inventa – this Caason Group subsidiary is investigating innovative organic based carbon scrubbing technology for high emission industries, such as mining and energy, to help them achieve carbon neutral operations.

The Eagle – a Caason Group product that is a being developed to become a remote sensing, measurement, control and communications platform for the mining, energy, utilities and agribusiness sectors.

RecallAll – Caason Group is investing in this software provider to develop data retention, recovery and mining along with telecommunications billing technology.

MOVOX – Caason Group is investing in cloud-based, voice, video and messaging solutions.

EPCI ­– In 2016 and 2017 Caason Group successfully provided EPCI with R&D support services and assisted in developing their innovation programs. EPCI works with Australian utilities on power transmission infrastructure, including mixed power generation environments. EPCI also offers innovative design and development services for “microgrids” in the mining and agribusiness sectors.