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New directory connecting Australia’s medical device sector launched to drive innovation

The Medical Device Partnering Program today launches the first dedicated online Capability Directory for the medical device sector, to boost innovation and development of cutting-edge medical devices and technologies in Australia.

Funded by MTPConnect, the Capability Directory incorporates details of more than 2,600 Australian organisations relevant to the medical device industry, bringing together expert research, clinical and manufacturing capabilities of Australian organisations.

The directory will help innovators to connect with organisations so they can develop their idea ready for market. It can be used by businesses to identify research organisations who can help to develop new products, or by start-up enterprises looking for advanced manufacturers who can build new products.

The MDPP is an ideas incubator, fostering collaborations between researchers, industry, end-users and government to develop new medical devices and technologies with global market potential. Led by Professor Karen Reynolds of Flinders University, the Program provides a mechanism to develop proof of concept, prototyping, clinical evaluation and commercialisation planning.

“Our aim is to build on the current research and manufacturing capability across the nation and develop Australia’s position as a global leader in the growing medical devices market. Our new Capability Directory is going to make it a lot easier for innovators to tap into the rich sovereign ecosystem that exists here and get the support they need to develop, commercialise and locally manufacture a new medical device,” said MDPP Director Professor Karen Reynolds.

“As we move into a new era of adaptation and flexibility, driven by extraordinary challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic, manufacturers can pivot into new markets when given the opportunity and connections to do so and our Capability Directory can help.

“We experienced this firsthand when setting up a PPE testing facility with UniSA to support COVID-19 face mask testing facility for Australia. The connections to experts in materials science, medical device research, clinical validation and therapeutic product regulation in the directory made it possible to do so rapidly” said Professor Reynolds.

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MTPConnect Managing Director and CEO, Dr Dan Grant, explained the Directory had been commissioned because there was a need for a central repository of stakeholders in the medical technology sector.

“We need to integrate and connect the expertise we have across our nation to promote industry growth, and the MDPP’s Capability Directory represents a valuable resource for the medical innovation community who are creating high-tech medical devices to improve health and wellbeing,” said Dr Dan Grant.

The MDPP has been named a finalist in the Excellence in Science and Industry Collaboration section of the South Australian Science Excellence Awards, for the work it does with inventors from research, industry and clinical settings by facilitating the design, patenting and development of new medical technologies and products - including the ‘Ezy-Aim’ orthopaedic surgery device by Austofix and Ferronova’s early stage cancer diagnostics device.

The Capability Directory is now online at the MDPP website:


We are hiring!

We are looking for an Innovations Officer (MDPP) to join our South Australian team based at Flinders University. The Innovations Officer (MDPP) will support the Innovations Manager (MDPP) in managing client liaison, assessing viability of proposals and preparing detailed commercial reports for the Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP).  The position will work alongside like-minded colleagues committed to growing Australia's medtech sector, who value innovation and have exceptional capabilities in research, commercialisation and partnership.

Applications close Thursday 17th September at 11am ACST. 

  • Flinders University, Tonsley Innovation District
  • Available on a fixed-term, full-time basis until 31 December 2021 
  • For application enquiries, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone +61 8 8201 7761

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Update on MDPP Victoria by Oded Van Ham, Operations Manager, MDPP Victoria.

MDPP Victoria, supported by LaunchVic, have approved and funded a total of 13 projects since the start of 2019.  We are supporting start-ups and existing companies by connecting them with Victoria’s research and development community across hospitals, universities and industry partners.  It is exciting to see that our work is also enabling our clients to attract substantial additional funding (see Lenexa Medical secures $650,000 Accelerating Commercialisation grant).

The MDPP Victoria team are thrilled to announce we completed hand over for our first projects to clients (four by end of July).  In all cases working device prototypes have been collaboratively developed and tested for the client.  At the same time the MDPP team provides commercial assessment reports with additional insights into a specific market opportunity for these devices.  The newly completed projects include

  • Medical Connect: Development of a functional prototype of their patient transport device;
  • MuPharma: Development of custom designed and manufactured tips for their drug delivery prototype;
  • Smart Insoles: Development of electronics and manufacture of their smart insole prototype used to prevent recurrence of diabetic foot ulcers.

More details will be publicised for these and other projects soon.

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Melbourne, Australia - 26 June 2020: Melbourne-based technology company, Lenexa Medical, have been successful in their application for a highly competitive $650,000 Accelerating Commercialisation grant.

Having recently collaborated with the Victorian Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) team, which is supported by LaunchVic, Lenexa Medical are developing innovative technology for pressure injury (PI) risk management and patient monitoring. The device, an ultra-thin sheet with sensor technology, provides real-time ongoing monitoring for PI risk.

“Engaging with the MDPP has no doubt contributed to our grant success. Through the MDPP’s network of experts, they were able to objectively evaluate our product offering, guide our proof of concept development and help to further refine our clinical strategy. The success of our grant application was helped greatly with this clear direction and guidance.” said Lenexa Medical’s Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Will Yang.


The new round of funding for the $22.3 million Biomedical Translation Bridge (BTB) program is now open.

The third round of the BTB program (COVID-19 Response) is open from Monday 18 May to Monday 1 June 2020.

In this specific COVID-19 call, the BTB Program can provide up to $1million to support eligible organisations develop medical devices, diagnostics, prophylactic or therapeutic approaches that will achieve an impact on the global response to the pandemic in less than 12 months.

Funding will support Australian small and medium enterprises, medical research institutes and universerities conducting COVID-19 related research projects.

Applicants will be required to provide one-to-one matching funding in the form of cash to be eligible.

For full details of the guidelines and application process visit the MTPConnect website.

MTPConnect is delivering the BTB program in partnership with BioCurate (Melbourne and Monash Universities), UniQuest (University of Queensland), the Medical Device Partnering Program (led by Flinders University) and the Bridge and BridgeTech programs (Queensland University of Technology).

Australia’s first face mask testing facility will be established in Adelaide – harnessing the research expertise of Flinders University and UniSA - to support the production of millions of respirator and surgical masks by the Detmold Group to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 

Premier Steven Marshall said the State Government’s strong plan to protect South Australians during the coronavirus pandemic was fostering the development of critical local medical capability.

“Making and testing respirators and surgical masks in Adelaide is exactly the type of innovative response required to provide Australia with the equipment needed to halt the spread of COVID-19 and save lives,” said Premier Marshall.

“This is an outstanding example of government, universities and business coming together to work in the national interest in the most challenging of times”

Minister Wade said the establishment of testing facilities at local universities for locally made respirators and surgical masks will provide ongoing assurance to the public of the quality and safety of equipment being used in our hospitals.

I commend the initiative of Flinders University and the University of South Australia for recognising the important role they can play to improve the delivery of this vital protective medical equipment to Australian health workers,” said Minister Wade.

The new round of funding for the $22.3 million Biomedical Translation Bridge (BTB) program is now open.

An initiative of the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) and operated by MTPConnect, the BTB program is offering up to $1 million to support development and commercialisation of new biological, pharmaceutical, medical and health technology projects.

This is the second round of the BTB program. Round one, announced in December 2019, saw eight projects selected to share in funding of $5.9 million following a competitive application process.

MTPConnect Managing Director and CEO, Dr Dan Grant, says the BTB program is a unique opportunity for Australian innovators to take their research to the next stage along the translation and commercialisation pathway.

“We’re looking to support SMEs and research organisations conducting research projects that provide innovative solutions in any disease area using any therapeutic modality or medical technology," Dr Grant adds.

“With applications only open for three weeks, from Monday, the Australian research community needs to move quickly to take advantage of the substantial funding on offer.”

MTPConnect is delivering the BTB program in partnership with BioCurate (Melbourne and Monash Universities), UniQuest (University of Queensland), the Medical Device Partnering Program (led by Flinders University) and the Bridge and BridgeTech programs (Queensland University of Technology).

The BTB program is uniquely positioned to provide applicants with expert mentoring from these partners, that provides scientific expertise and commercial acumen to support projects in their translation to proof of concept.

“The successful projects we invest in through the BTB program will lead to new therapies, technologies and medical devices to improve the health of Australians and deliver real impact to people all over the world,” Dr Grant explains.

Opening Monday 17 February, applications to the BTB program will be open until 5:00PM (AEDT) on Friday, 6 March 2020. Details can be found at the BTB page.

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