Ionic’s Business Model
Ionic is a technology platform, built around the expertise and IP developed through Associate Professor Majumder’s team in the Nano-scale Science and Engineering Laboratory (NSEL) at Monash in the field of graphene research and development.
More specifically, the team has had extensive success over the past 5 years working with GO. Compared to pure graphene, GO is much easier to manufacture, customise and handle. At the same time, it delivers many of the outstanding characteristics of pure graphene. Because of these characteristics and the team’s successful research on GO, Ionic’s technologies are much closer to real commercial outcomes than many other graphene technologies currently under development elsewhere.
Ionic’s business model is predicated on commercialising the graphene Projects arising from the Monash research. The Collaboration Agreement provides a flexible, long-term basis to explore and develop research projects, which are monitored closely by Ionic as they evolve under the research team led by Associate Professor Mainak Majumder. If Ionic considers these Projects as being capable of commercialisation (whether by Ionic directly or through third parties that Ionic considers suitable), Ionic funds the Project and acquires the right to take an exclusive worldwide Intellectual Property License (Licence) over the outcomes of that Project.
Ionic will commercialise its technologies by partnering with industry leaders who have the expertise to incorporate these technologies into new or improved products for application in their existing markets and new markets in related fields. Ionic will therefore not only benefit from licence revenue, but also from holding significant stakes in the joint venture vehicles established with its partners for the purposes of commercialising the technologies. This captures the value-add that the technologies create in addition to the pure licencing revenues.
This arrangement, demonstrated in the graphic below, is flexible because it provides Ionic with a continuous stream of graphene-based technologies which Ionic may, but is not compelled to, develop and commercialise.
Our approach has a number of benefits:
- Enables Ionic to focus on multiple markets with a diversified suite of technology applications leveraging the numerous and diverse properties of graphene and graphene oxide (GO);
- Allows Ionic to capitalise on its strengths around research and development on graphene materials and leaves the applications to our partners who are experts in their respective markets with deep reach and relationships;
- Provides early validation of our technologies giving early investors and stakeholders greater assurance of reaching commercialisation objectives;
- Facilitates rapid progress through product development stages while incorporating advances in our technologies into each new generation of product;