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.

After 10 years of successful operations in South Australia, MDPP expanded into Victoria in 2018 thanks to support from LaunchVic and our Victorian University Partners - with more States across Australia joining the Program in 2019.

Our vision is for Australia to lead the world in med-tech innovation and drive solutions to advance healthcare globally.