Slider

 

Leadership

karen reynolds

Prof Karen Reynolds

Director

karen reynolds

 

FTSE, FAHMS, HonFIEAust, PhD, MSc, MA, BA(Hons)

Professor Karen Reynolds is Director of the Medical Device Research Institute (MDRI) and the Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP)  at Flinders University.  Bridging the divide between research and industry, Karen is considered as one of Australia’s leading researchers in biomedical engineering and has been recognised for her outstanding contributions.  She became an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia in 2017, awarded Engineers Australia David Dewhurst award in 2016, South Australian Scientist of the Year 2012, elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences (2011), and awarded Australian Professional Engineer of the Year (2010).  Karen holds a number of external roles including Member, Australian Medical Research Advisory Board and Director, Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering Board.

 

Sally McArthur

Prof Sally McArthur

Regional Director, Victoria

Sally McArthur

Professor Sally McArthur is the Regional Director of MDPP in Victoria.

Sally joins the team with extensive research leadership, as Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Swinburne University and a CSIRO OCE Science Leader in Biomedical Manufacturing.

Over her career Sally has attracted over $20 million in funding from research councils, industry and government in Australia and the UK – she offers a unique perspective from a portfolio career and her various academic leadership roles at Swinburne and the CSIRO.

Sally’s personal research couples materials, surface engineering, physical science, analytical chemistry and biochemistry. Using these tools, she creates novel interfaces capable of eliciting specific physical and biological responses. Her CSIRO Research+ Science Leader role focuses on the development of 3D tissue model systems as new in vitro test platforms for the biomaterials, pharmaceutical and medical/bio technologies sectors.

Sally has a passion for exploring new ways to link industry and academia to create a new generation of entrepreneurial, innovative and internationally connected researchers who are capable of driving the medical and manufacturing sectors forward in Australia and internationally.

 

Olivia web

Olivia White

MedTech Ventures Case Manager, TTRA

Olivia web

Olivia joined the MDPP team in July 2019 as the MDPP National Manager. Olivia is responsible for the expansion and support of the Program across Australia. She is a key driver of strategy for the Program, securing partnerships that embed the Program within new regions and drive sustainable operations.  

Olivia is also now the MedTech Ventures - Targeted Translation Research Accelerator (TTRA) Manager.  Leading all aspects of Flinders University’s involvement in the Targeted Translation Research Accelerator (TTRA) Program for diabetes and cardiovascular disease while contributing to the growth of the medical devices agenda at Flinders University across Australia.

Olivia brings a wealth of experience to the team. In her previous position as Regional Sales Manager for industry giant Stryker, Olivia was responsible for developing, maintaining and growing value based partnerships within the healthcare industry accross SA, NT and WA.

Ideas Incubator

Stephen Blakeney

Stephen Blakeney

Innovations Manager

Andrew Milligan

Stephen joined the MDPP team in November 2019, joining us from MedTEC South Australia, and prior to this, he was Business Development Officer with Health Industries SA. Stephen is a mechanical design engineer by background and has previously worked for medical device companies in Australia and the UK, so he brings a great breadth of experience to the role. Stephen is the first point of contact for MDPP applicants, assessing the viability of new ideas and connecting them with the right expertise. 

 

Jodie Hobbs 3

Jodie Hobbs

Research and Development Manager, MDPP

DSC 9574

BSc BEng (Biomed) (Hons)

Research and Development Manager Jodie Hobbs is a Biomedical Engineer with over 16 years’ experience in medical device design and prototyping.  Working with medical practitioners, researchers and allied health she has developed many technology solutions incorporating sensing, measurement, electronics, software, data analysis and wireless communications.  Jodie has been involved across all stages of the research and development process from literature review and project scoping to assembly and user trials.  She enjoys the challenge of problem solving with the aim to improve patient outcomes and quality of life.

 

Sam deGroen

Sam deGroen

Innovations Officer

Sam deGroen

Sam joined the MDPP team in November 2020 as an Innovations Officer, where he supports each step of the MDPP process, from evaluation through to project handover.

Sam developed a passion for innovation in medical technology while studying Biomedical Engineering at Flinders University. Through his involvement in various major State Government infrastructure projects he has gained a wealth of experience in stakeholder engagement and facilitation, and biomedical equipment lifecycle management. This expertise extends to project management in design and development of medical devices.

 

Debbie garden

Debbie Cocks

Research Support Officer

Debbie garden

Debbie is the Research Support Officer with the Medical Device Research Institute and Medical Device Partnering Program at Flinders University. Debbie joined the team in 2012 and provides research, project and administrative support. Debbie’s role involves co-ordinating network functions and events, overseeing MDPP finances, assisting with grant submissions, responsible for website and social platform updates, and database management.

Debbie is also Personal Assistant to Professor Karen Reynolds, managing her diary and administrative needs.

 

Sam deGroen

Dr Angus Wallace

Research Associate

Sam deGroen

PhD BEng BSci (hons)

Angus is a biomedical engineer who specialises in all things data. He is interested in the design of robust and resilient systems to collect and organise data and from it inform decision-making processes, whether interactive or automatic. He has wide experience in data science, and has analysed/modelled systems from many sectors, including biomedical, power electric, agricultural, and genomic, and runs the gamut from linear models to machine learning.

Angus also has experience in the design and building of embedded systems and the software architectures that are needed to support them.

 

 

Tasreen Bahl

Tasreen Bahl

Innovations Officer

Tasreen Bahl

Tasreen joined MDPP as an Innovations Intern in February 2020. As a member of the innovation team, she provides support to MDPP to assess new product opportunities and identify the product’s market potential and clinical relevance.

Tasreen completed an undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from Quest International University Perak, Malaysia in 2017 and moved to Australia. While preparing to undertake the Australian Medical Council (AMC) examination, she is pursuing a master’s degree (Master of Medicine in Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Development) on a part-time (online) basis at the University of Sydney. She is interested in the development of medical devices from concept to registration, and post-market surveillance.

 

Venture Partnerships

Olivia web

Olivia White

MedTech Ventures Case Manager, TTRA

Olivia web

Olivia joined the MDPP team in July 2019 as the MDPP National Manager. Olivia is responsible for the expansion and support of the Program across Australia. She is a key driver of strategy for the Program, securing partnerships that embed the Program within new regions and drive sustainable operations.

She is also now the MedTech Ventures - Targeted Translation Research Accelerator (TTRA) Manager.  Leading all aspects of Flinders University’s involvement in the Targeted Translation Research Accelerator (TTRA) Program for diabetes and cardiovascular disease while contributing to the growth of the medical devices agenda at Flinders University across Australia.

Olivia brings a wealth of experience to the team. In her previous position as Regional Sales Manager for industry giant Stryker, Olivia was responsible for developing, maintaining and growing value based partnerships within the healthcare industry across SA, NT and WA.

 

Andrew Milligan

Dr Andrew Milligan

MedTech Ventures Case Manager, BTB

Andrew Milligan

Andrew started as MedTech Ventures Case Manager in July 2019 and leads all aspects of MDPP’s involvement in the $22 million Biomedical Translation Bridge (BTB) grants program administered by the Industry Growth Centre for medtech, MTPConnect. He supports BTB applicants and medtech ventures nationally from initial enquiry right through to completion of funded projects, providing ongoing mentoring and support. He is a key facilitator of early stage medical device research collaborations across Australia who also contributes more broadly to the growth of the medical devices agenda across the country.

Before MDPP, Andrew worked in life sciences business development, commercialisation and industry development for over 15 years at a range of public and private sector organisations, including Adelaide University and one of its spinout companies, a Cooperative Research Centre, and the SA State Government. At BioSA, Andrew managed a grants program for tech transfer offices and companies to support early stage commercialisation activities. Before BioSA, Andrew co-founded the company Lifeprint Australia, which successfully licensed one of his patented inventions to a large biotechnology company. 

Andrew holds a PhD in biotechnology from the University of Reading in the UK and an MBA from the AIM Business School in Australia (where he was the recipient of the Sir Alwyn Barker Medal for most outstanding graduate). He is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Certified Professional Manager. Andrew is a member (and previously Chair) of the South Australian Branch of AusBiotech, a national member-based industry development organisation, and he is a strong advocate for medtech and pharma as a key enablers of Australian competitiveness in the coming decades.