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The establishment of the Medical Device Partnering Program was catalysed in 2008 through a Premier’s Science and Research Fund grant, a South Australian government initiative supporting the development of projects driving collaborative endeavours between research organisations and industry.

Led by Flinders University, the bid was a collaborative effort with 14 local partners and aimed to enhance South Australia’s medical device industry by connecting the fragmented capabilities along the product and business development pipeline.

On completion of the initial three years of funding, MDPP had demonstrated clear benefits for the State in its ability to initiate partnerships and drive the acceleration of new medical device products.

By June 2011 more than 100 ideas had entered the Program through a range of sources, 55 collaborative workshops had been held, and 32 ‘Technical Exploration Projects’ (250 hour projects) had been completed.

In 2012, MDPP Founder & Director Professor Karen Reynolds was recognised as the South Australian Scientist of the Year and since 2013, the Program has operated under the Medical Technologies Program supported by the South Australian Government.

To further build on the success and expertise of the MDPP, a review and development of a national model is currently being conducted in consultation with partners across Australia and Asia.

Our goal is to encourage and facilitate other regions to coordinate programs and initiatives to build a local environment that fosters the medical device product and business development pipeline.

This new co-designed model will be launched in 2018, which will continue to build the medical device ecosystem in Australia.