The Australian Good Design Awards, Australia’s longest-running design awards, brought the creative and design community together for the first time since the pandemic’s onset for a formal event on Friday 16th September at Sydney’s International Convention Centre.

The prestigious annual Australian Good Design Awards program is the nation’s highest design honour and has been recognising and rewarding excellence in cutting-edge design and breakthrough innovation since 1958. While the night celebrated all innovative designs, there is one name everyone can’t stop talking about.

Australian MedTech company, AdvanCell Isotopes is revolutionising cancer treatment with its newest innovation, the AdvanCell Isotopes 212Pb Generator, designed in collaboration with Design + Industry.

The world’s first alpha isotope bench-sized generator has earnt itself the prestigious Australian Good Design Award of the Year for 2022.

AdvanCell Isotopes 212Pb Generator, 2022 Australian Good Design Award of the Year. Designed by AdvanCell Isotopes in collaboration with Design + Industry.

AdvanCell’s Generator is a world-first alpha isotope generator that addresses the greatest, unmet need in targeted alpha therapy – the reliable and scalable supply of isotopes. Enabling scaled production, and time-sensitive delivery of isotopes, the design is a game-changer for cancer patients globally.

The generator produces clinical doses of high-value Alpha 212® (Lead-212) for use in targeted radionuclides therapy for prostate and several other cancer treatments. Due to Lead-212’s short half-life (approx. 10.6 hours), transporting, storing and administering the isotope is time sensitive. The Isotope Generator will save countless hours and lives by eliminating the challenges associated with long-haul transportation and storage.

Currently, cancer treatment isotopes are produced in Nuclear Reactors such as Australia’s OPAL – it’s the size of a small bedroom and produces the most widely used isotope in nuclear medicine, which is in short supply.

AdvanCell Isotopes 212Pb Generator, 2022 Australian Good Design Award of the Year. Designed by AdvanCell Isotopes in collaboration with Design + Industry.

Dr Brandon Gien, CEO of Good Design Australia and Chair of the Awards says, “Great design is all about solving meaningful problems that will have a profound impact on our lives and that’s exactly what this product does.”

“AdvanCell’s Generator is a revolutionary product that is going to have a remarkable impact on the lives of many people. The attention to detail in the design of the device is exemplary, the use of materials and thoughtfulness about the experience of the user are a real highlight as is the use of recycled materials to create the actual isotopes. Two other astounding features include the fact that this product replaces a machine the size of a small bedroom and it negates the requirement to source radioactive elements from Russia, thus securing supply of this precious resource,” Dr. Gien went on to say.

“AdvanCell will change the game for people in the medical industry, victims of cancer and quite frankly, the world. Despite dedicated efforts of researchers in the field, this level of breakthrough is rare and deserves recognition for its massive contribution to the medical industry and more specifically, towards the progression of cancer treatment,” said Dr. Gien

AdvanCell Isotopes 212Pb Generator, 2022 Australian Good Design Award of the Year. Designed by AdvanCell Isotopes in collaboration with Design + Industry.

The Australian Good Design Awards recognises design excellence across broad sectors and industries and covers everything from the design of products we use each and every day, the services we interact with, the places and spaces we occupy, to the design of the processes and systems that underpin business, industries and economies right through to projects in the social innovation space.

The program celebrates the best in design and architecture across 11 main design disciplines spanning more than 30 categories. The 2022 Awards Jury involved more than 70 design experts from Australia and around the world who evaluated more than 900 submissions.

AdvanCell Isotopes 212Pb Generator, 2022 Australian Good Design Award of the Year. Designed by AdvanCell Isotopes in collaboration with Design + Industry.

“We assembled some of the most respected names in the Australian and international design community for this year’s Australian Good Design Awards to cover the broad range of design disciplines and categories represented in the annual Awards,” said Dr. Gien.

All entries are evaluated against criteria for Good Design – has it been professionally designed?, Design Innovation – is it innovative and ground-breaking design? and Design Impact – will it have a positive impact on society, the economy and our environment?

The Australian Good Design Award for Sustainability is awarded to a project that, in the opinion of the Jury, exemplifies excellence in design for sustainability practice and applies circular economy principles.

A standalone expert Jury with relevant specialist knowledge was responsible for reviewing projects for this Award and selecting one overall recipient. Honoured with the coveted Australian Good Design Award for Sustainability was the Vaulta – Simply Superior Battery Casing Technology – a patented combination of smart design and materials that creates a lighter, cheaper and thermally superior battery case, and eliminates the need for complex assembly.

With no welding, cells can be reused and reconfigured as needed. Perfect for stationary storage projects, electric vehicles, niche products and more.

2022 Australian Good Design Award for Sustainability, Vaulta – Simply Superior Battery Casing Technology, designed by Dominic Spooner and Jerome Douven.


Good Design Australia also presented a number of special awards and accolades within the annual Australian Good Design Awards to recognise, reward and celebrate the expanding role of design in helping shape a better, safer and more prosperous world.

Awarded to Robert Pataki OAM

Robert Pataki OAM, Awarded the 2022 Australian Design Prize. Image: Good Design Australia.

The Australian Design Prize accolade recognises individual designers who are making or have made, a significant impact in Australian design over the course of their career. For a lifetime of ingenuity and commitment to innovative design, the 2022 Australian Design Prize was awarded to Robert Pataki OAM. READ MORE

Awarded to Meld Studios

Meld Studios, Awarded the 2022 Good Design Team of the Year Award. Image: Meld Studios.

The 2022 Good Design Team of the Year was awarded to Meld Studios – an award-winning design company with studios in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Perth. Recipients of multiple Australian Good Design Awards including Best in Category Awards and the coveted Good Design Award of the Year in 2018, Meld Studios is at the forefront of embedding design as a strategy in all the clients they work with. READ MORE

Awarded to Groote Archipelago Housing Programme

Groote Archipelago Housing Programme, 2022 Michael Bryce Patron’s Award. Image: The Fulcrum Agency.

The Michael Bryce Patron’s Award honours Good Design Australia’s inaugural Patron, the late Michael J.S. Bryce AM AE KStJ to recognise the enormous contribution he made to Good Design Australia and to the Australian design community over the course of his career.

The Award recognises and celebrates the best Australian-designed product, service or project in the annual Australian Good Design Awards and is awarded to an entry that has the potential to shape
the future economic, social, cultural and environmental aspects of our planet.

The 2022 Michael Bryce Patron’s Award was awarded to the Groote Archipelago Housing Programme, designed by the Anindilyakwa Community and The Fulcrum Agency and commissioned by Anindilyakwa Land Council and the Anindilyakwa Housing Aboriginal Corporation. READ MORE

Awarded to Dr Leah Heiss

2022 Woman in Design Award, Awarded to Dr. Leah Heiss. Photo: Good Design Australia / Blamey Saunders Hears.

The 2022 Women in Design Award was awarded to Dr Leah Heiss, a Melbourne-based designer and Monash University academic working at the nexus of design, health and technology. Her process is deeply collaborative, and she works with experts from nanotechnology through to manufacturing.

She is dedicated to the idea that design can radically improve the development of wearable health technologies, systems and services. READ MORE

Awarded Yalinguth: Can you Hear the Land

2022 Indigenous Design Award, Yalinguth: Can you Hear The Land. Image: Yalinguth

The Indigenous Design Award is proudly presented by RMIT University and recognises and celebrates the important contribution that Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander designers make to Australian Design across the spectrum of design disciplines and practice.

The 2022 Indigenous Design Award went to Yalinguth: Can you Hear The Land. Yalinguth is a spatial Augmented Reality experience expressed largely through sound. Walking with headphones on, through Fitzroy/Ngar-go, you’ll hear First Nations stories that are embedded in location. These stories are first person accounts of social, political and cultural life, that move fluidly through time and are strongly connected to place. READ MORE

Best Interior Design Awarded to Genesis GV60

Genesis GV60, 2022 Automotive Design Award, Best Interior Design. Image: Genesis Motor Company.

The 2022 Best Interior Design Award went to the Genesis GV60, designed by the Hyundai Design Team for Genesis Motor Company. Genesis enters the dedicated EV sphere with the GV60, a compact SUV loaded with tech yet uncompromising in its luxury aesthetic. The eye-catching and aesthetically-pleasing silhouette offers variable AWD underpinnings, accessible ride height and efficient external dimensions while dramatising lights, shadows and design cues for that EV street cred. READ MORE

Best Exterior Design Awarded to Hyundai i30 Sedan N

Hyundai i30 Sedan N, 2022 Best Exterior Design Award. Image: Hyundai Motor Company

The 2022 Best Exterior Design Award was awarded to the Hyundai i30 Sedan N, designed by the Hyundai Design Team for Hyundai Motor Company. Bristling with wings, vents and performance attitude, judges loved the fact the Hyundai i30N sedan wears its performance heart so boldly on its sleeve. The compact high-performance sports sedan follows in the rubber laid down by the exhilarating i30N hatch, which instantly established the Korean car maker as a serious player in a category long dominated by the likes of the VW Gold GTI. READ MORE


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