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Enhancing Collaboration to Develop cutting-edge medical devices

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The Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) is an ideas incubator. We foster collaborations between researchers, industry, end-users and government and develop medical technologies with global market potential. Read more

What we do
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Ideation

Anyone from health professionals and researchers to end-users and entrepreneurs can submit an innovative idea to the Medical Device Partnering Program. Our clients come to us with a problem, an idea for a solution or in some cases, a working prototype.

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Screening

The MDPP Innovations team conducts confidential research on all submissions. This includes a review of the concept and research to understand the product’s potential. We’re able to quickly understand the need and market opportunity to then shortlist projects to go through to a workshop.

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Workshopping

Our workshops are one of the most valuable aspects of the Program. Here we explore the idea and underlying problem to ensure the new product provides benefits over existing solutions. Participants may include research specialists, academics, clinicians, manufacturers, end-users and commercial experts. The workshop provides a clear path forward and can result in new product ideas or approaches being conceived.

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Decision Making

Following the workshop, an independent Assessment Panel involving researchers, industry experts, clinicians and government representatives review the plan. We want to ensure every project we invest our time in has the potential to be developed into a marketable product.

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Develop Solution

Each approved project receives up to 250 hours of professional technical expertise for a $5000 investment. This can include proof of concept research, prototyping, product validation or a small-scale clinical trial. We also provide a detailed market intelligence report and foster connections to potential manufacturers and commercial partners to further support our clients in taking their ideas to market.

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Handover

We handover all results, data, prototypes and intellectual property to the client, together with suggestions for future R&D and funding opportunities. We believe through the Medical Device Partnering Program, clients have all the ingredients required to take their product to the next step!

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Light Therapy Glasses, Re-Timer

Since 1987, world-renowned sleep psychologists, Professor Leon Lack and Dr Helen Wright from Flinders University, have studied the effects of light on the human body clock. Their work focused on circadian rhythms, the fluctuations in biological process occurring on a 24-hour basis in the body. Research determined that exposure to bright light can normalize the timing of the rhythms and assist with the treatment of insomnia, winter depression, jet-lag and shift work disorder. The result of this extensive body of work was Re-Timer, glasses proven to re-time one’s body clock. The glasses shine glowing green-blue light into the eye of the wearer...

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Bone Growth Scaffold, Eepta Pty Ltd

When Professor Matthew McDonald had a revelation in the operating theatre about how spinal fusion surgery could be improved he turned to the Medical DevicePartnering Program to make it a reality. Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure that corrects issues of the small bones of the spine by permanently connecting two or more vertebrae. This complex surgery is often the last resort to treat back problems and can cost around $46,700 per patient.

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U-Stand Frame, Innovo Healthcare

Helping patients and aged care residents to stand is all in a day’s work for many healthcare workers - but it comes at a cost, with nursing assistants suffering one of the highest rates of work-related musculoskeletal injuries. A solution is now available thanks to a new medical device supported by the Medical Device Partnering Program, the ‘U-Stand Frame’. The lightweight and portable frame, an invention of Innovo Healthcare, is giving independence back to the patient, allowing them to control the timing, speed and mechanics of their sit-to- stand movement.

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Latest News

May 2018

EOI open for inaugural BridgeTech Program

Flinders University is pleased to be a consortium partner of the inaugural BridgeTech Program. In an event held by the Medical Device Partnering Program on 30th April at the Tonsley Innovation...

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May 2018

10th Birthday celebrations begin for MDPP!

Flinders University’s Medical Device Partnering Program celebrated a significant milestone at the Tonsley Innovation Precinct last week, kick-starting their 10th birthday celebrations. Since humble beginnings in 2008, the MDPP has challenged...

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Director

Professor Karen Reynolds

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Manager, Strategy Development, Health Technologies

Jo Close

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Innovations Manager

Aisha Sirop

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Marketing Manager

Kelly Knight

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Administration Officer

Debbie Cocks

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Senior Research Associate

Dr Aaron Mohtar

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Senior Research Associate

Jodie Hobbs

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Research Associate

Andrew Karas

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Research Associate

Anthony Papageorgiou

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Research Associate

Dhara Amin

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Founding Partner

Flinders University