A near-tragedy was the inspiration for the Life Cell, an innovative floating safety device. Now, the product and its inventor, Scott Smiles, have caught the attention of the Australian government. Smiles was awarded a $370,000 AUD grant (roughly $280,000 USD) to help Life Cell Marine Safety commercialize the product internationally.

Kevin Hogan, Member of the Australian Parliament for Page, a coastal area of New South Wales, is fully supportive of his government's Accelerating Commercialization Program. Forward thinking, the goal is to help create international demand for the product which will drive growth, and consequently create more jobs in his district and bolster the local economy.

"This grant provides the means to bring worldwide attention to our product," said Jenny Aiken, company CEO. "Our government is investing in innovation, saving lives and helping our economy grow."

Life Cell is SOLAS-approved and endorsed by the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service. The revolutionary buoyant safety device holds safety and survival gear, and provides flotation for up to eight adults, depending on the model.

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