Science grad wins big with biodiversity tech start-up – News – The University of Sydney

What’s the most valuable skill you gained from your Bachelor of Science (Animal and Vet Bioscience)?

Problem solving and critical inquiry are some of the most valuable skills from my science degree, and the Animal and Vet Bioscience degree offered that in spades in the animal and veterinary science space. In order to solve some of the grand challenges in this world like biodiversity loss and climate change, we need to go to the root cause of the problem, and this is where critical inquiry is key.

Thanks to my undergrad training, I was able to critically evaluate what was happening in the conservation space and question why the processes weren’t as effective as they could be, which led me to starting Xylo Systems.

What advice would you give to students thinking about studying animal science?

It’s a world of wonder studying animal science, it’s such a diverse area of science which is what I love most! Whether you know what area of animal science you want to work in when you graduate or not, studying at Sydney exposes you to a broad range of career options, and I would advise you to explore all of those options because you never know where it might take you.

There’s also truly innovative stuff happening in animal science in Australia, and Sydney is home to some of the leading experts. So, if you’re passionate about animals, studying animal science is the path for you.

What’s been the highlight of working with Taronga?

Other than getting to go to the zoo often, the highlight of working with Taronga is their inspiring team. They have the best in the business and everyone is working towards the same goal of creating a better world for wildlife and humans.

Not only that, Taronga are also doing so much to support innovation through their start-up accelerator, HATCH, and it’s really great to see support for innovation in conservation because there is so much potential to increase our impact in saving species.

What’s next for Xylo Systems and yourself?

World domination! Kind of… Over the next few months, we will be testing the system with some of our most endangered species here in NSW including the Regent Honeyeater.

From there, we will scale out to other endangered species in Australia. We are excited to be launching to the wider Australian market in mid 2022, and then launching international in 2023/2024. We will be building our team and have an exciting opportunity for students to get involved through our new intern program, so get in touch if you’re interested!


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