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The Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) celebrated a significant milestone last week (March 28), formally launching its operations in Victoria.
Officially launched by the Hon. Martin Pakula, Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade, this event also signified the beginning of MDPP's national expansion.
The theme of the event was partnership, with the resounding message, Many Minds Make Great Work.
[L-R: Dr Kate Cornick (CEO LaunchVic), Professor Karen Reynolds (MDPP Director), The Hon. Martin Pakula (Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade Victoria), and Professor Sally McArthur (MDPP Regional Director Victoria]
MDPP Director and MC, Professor Karen Reynolds opened the event by thanking the many partners who have made national expansion possible.
Dr Kate Cornick, CEO of LaunchVic, the state government agency charged with growing the Victorian startup ecosystem, spoke about the support that they have invested to deliver the program In Victoria.
In his speech, Minister Pakula said that the MDPP is designed to add significant value to a rapidly growing medtech sector, strongly connecting university capabilities with health entrepreneurs.
"All of the institutions and organisations are absolute leaders in their field and having them all come together to support and promote medtech start-ups really promises a very exciting future for the industry" said Minister Pakula.
The Victorian MDPP partnership is led by Swinburne University of Technology and brings together CSIRO, The University of Melbourne, Monash University, RMIT University, Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (part of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF), and BioMedical Research Victoria, as well as three new partners who were announced on the night; St. Vincent's Hospital, Baker Institute, and La Trobe University.
It leverages the proven model and processes developed and implemented by Flinders University over 10 years, with support from the South Australian Government.
Regional Director MDPP Victoria, Professor Sally McArthur shared her excitement to lead the charge In Victoria.
"Ideas come from anywhere. But really importantly, solutions come from everywhere as well. We need to be co-creating those solutions because we’re not patients, we’re people, and we’re after healthcare not sickcare, so we need to be able to create things that are both useful and usable, and that’s really at the heart of the Medical Device Partnering Program" said Professor McArthur.
"Its about identifying the really good ideas early on and bringing a community around them to make them succeed" said Professor McArthur.
Professor Reynolds congratulated Victoria for being the first State (beyond South Australia) to embrace the MDPP, to bring together partners and the network to make it thrive.
“We are passionate about supporting the development of the medical device industry and working with a wide range of stakeholders who can achieve that” says Professor Reynolds.
"Victoria already has excellent research expertise and an entrepreneurial clinical community. The MDPP provides a platform to untap ideas, facilitate collaboration to fast track medtech development in Australia", says Professor Reynolds.
The national expansion of the MDPP has been supported by MTPConnect and the Growth Centres Initiative.
"This is just the beginning. We are working hard to realise expansion Into Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia In the near future".
If you have an idea for a medical device or assistive technology and need research and development assistance, contact us today.
Congratulations to South Australian company AusHealth Research on their recent commercial success with their Vial Hugger product.
AusHealth (previously Medvet Science) approached the MDPP in late 2017 with their product, a medical accessory invented by South Australian ophthalmologist Weng-Onn Chan at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. The Vial Hugger device conveniently and securely holds vials into place, to reduce the risk of needle stick injury.
Whilst the product did not meet the MDPP criteria for a full project, the MDPP were able to assist the company with introductions to local manufacturers and provide feedback on their product.
Mr Greg Johansen, MD & CEO at AusHealth, said these introductions were extremely valuable.
“We took on board the feedback that the MDPP provided when commercialising this product and have now received two initial orders from Bayer and Inservio, with more orders expected in the near future” said Mr Johansen.
“The MDPP were able to connect us to the right expertise, which allowed us to get off to the best start”.
If you would like to learn more about the Vial Hugger, visit the AusHealth website.
18 February 2019
The Medical Device Partnering Program (led by Flinders University) has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement today that the Program’s partnership with MTPConnect, BioCurate and UniQuest will operate the $22.3 million Biomedical Translation Bridge (BTB) Program.
The BTB program forms part of the Federal Government’s Medical Research Future Fund and aims to help early stage health and medical research ventures reach proof-of-concept stage.
MDPP Director Professor Karen Reynolds said today’s announcement acknowledges the reputation of the Program and cements the MDPPs role as connector within the medtech sector.
"MDPP has a 10-year track record of successfully facilitating early-stage ideation and research for new medical devices. Through the BTB program we will leverage our diverse connections and expertise to optimise the success of Australia's medtech ventures," Professor Reynolds said.
Through the BTB partnership, the MDPP will assess and support eligible medical technology applications for funding, whilst BioCurate and UniQuest will together do the same for therapeutics.
MTPConnect, the Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals Industry Growth Centre, will administer the BTB Program.
MTPConnect CEO Dr Dan Grant said the partners bring decades of industry-based experience and an enviable track record in research translation to the program.
"By joining forces with BioCurate, UniQuest and MDPP we've created a powerful partnership venture that brings national reach, industry capabilities and expertise and commercial know-how to the task of boosting translation of Australia's healthtech research," Dr Grant said.
"Under the Biomedical Translation Bridge (BTB) program, projects for new therapies, technologies and medical devices will be eligible for up to $1 million over a period of up to three years to support translation of Australian medical research through to the proof of concept stage.
"The BTB program has a strong commercial imperative, driving development of research initiatives to improve the health of Australians that also generate commercial returns to help create the high paying jobs of the future."
"MTPConnect will also partner with the Bridge and BridgeTech programs from the Queensland University of Technology to provide opportunities for skills development to applicants, further enhancing the commercialisation advice and nurturing we can provide to BTB applicants."
Read the full MTPConnect media release here.
The Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) is an ideas incubator - fostering collaborations between researchers, industry, end-users and government to develop medical technologies with global market potential.
MDPP is unique in its focus and the way that it operates. It works at the very early stage, turning ideas into proven concepts. It has reliable processes and tools that enable partners to rapidly work together under low risk conditions. It is able to leverage a diverse range of expertise to contribute to product conceptualisation, including health professionals, manufacturers, engineers and service providers. The focused scale of a 250-hour project, combined with a product opportunity assessment, delivers tangible outcomes for clients.
Visit www.mdpp.org.au for more information.
The Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) is excited to welcome the newest members of the MDPP team, based in our new Victorian office.
Thanks to support from LaunchVic, the state government agency charged with growing the Victorian startup ecosystem, the MDPP has expanded into Victoria, with the new team based at Hawthorn.
Led by Swinburne University of Technology, the Victorian MDPP partnership brings together CSIRO, The University of Melbourne, Monash University, RMIT University, Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) and BioMedical Research Victoria. It leverages the proven model and processes developed and implemented by Flinders University across 10 years.
Regional Director of the MDPP in Victoria, Professor Sally McArthur, is thrilled about the announcement of her new team.
“We have attracted some great talent to the team, each member bringing experience and knowledge that will enable us to support and build the medtech sector in Victoria”, says Professor McArthur.
“Victoria already has excellent research expertise and an entrepreneurial clinical community. With the new MDPP team now on board in Victoria, we are equipped to work together with our partners and wider network to connect stakeholders, untap ideas and rapidly progress new product opportunities in the Victorian medtech sector”.
National MDPP Director and Founder, Professor Karen Reynolds, says this significant milestone will allow the MDPP to make even more impact across Australia.
“The MDPP has been operating in South Australia for over 10 years, and over this time, has developed a proven model with outstanding results for the medtech industry. With the addition of the team in Victoria, we now have people ‘on the ground’ to benefit the State and sector in Australia more broadly”, says Professor Reynolds.
The national expansion of the MDPP has been supported by MTPConnect and the Growth Centres Initiative.
The MDPP Victoria team includes:
The MDPP will officially launch the Victorian node with an event to be held in the coming months.
Learn more about the team here.
South Australia’s position as a leader in medical technology innovation has been cemented thanks to $1.5 million in State Government funding.
Launched in South Australia in 2008, the Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) was founded by Flinders University and is based in the laboratory facilities at the Tonsley Innovation District. Since its inception, the MDPP has played a critical role in driving early stage development and manufacturing of innovative medical and assistive technologies.
Minister for Industry and Skills David Pisoni said the funding will boost the state’s growing medical technology sector and encourage greater collaboration between industry and researchers to help turn ideas into investable technologies for global markets.
“Our $1.5 million investment confirms South Australia is home to the national Medical Device Partnering Program and highlights our state’s position as a national leader in medical technology development and commercialisation,” said Minister Pisoni.
“Over the next five years, the program will support approximately 30 projects, creating up to 15 medical technology start-ups and knowledge-based employment opportunities in South Australia.
“We want to grow the state’s medical technology pipeline to help existing companies and start-ups leverage and connect with research and commercial expertise, clinical and health professionals and manufacturers to rapidly develop ideas and bring them to market.
“The medical technology sector is thriving and we want to give South Australian businesses and manufacturers every opportunity to develop new capabilities to tap into these opportunities.”
Read the full story here.
Announced this morning by MTPConnect CEO Dr Dan Grant, the Medical Device Partnering Program is one of three key life sciences projects to have been awarded new funding.
The funding from MTPConnect, the Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals Industry Growth Centre, will enable the MDPP to continue our ambitious pledge to expand the MDPP nationally.
Professor Karen Reynolds, Director of the Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) says her ambition has always been to create a national program.
“This new funding from MTPConnect will allow us to build on our successes in South Australia and pursue the expansion of the MDPP on a national scale," Professor Reynolds explained.
"The support will allow us to formalise partnerships, establish a comprehensive national capability directory and create extensive training materials, with the aim to commence operations of a national MDPP in 2019.”
The Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) will expand its operations beyond South Australia into Victoria, thanks to support from LaunchVic, the state government agency charged with growing the Victorian startup ecosystem.
Announced officially this afternoon by the Hon. Philip Dalidakis MP, Victorian Minister for Trade & Investment, Innovation & the Digital Economy, Small Business, and Dr Kate Cornick, CEO of LaunchVic, the MDPP will receive $2 million funding over two years to deliver the program in Victoria.
The Victorian MDPP partnership is led by Swinburne University of Technology and brings together CSIRO, The University of Melbourne, Monash University, RMIT University, Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) and BioMedical Research Victoria. It leverages the proven model and processes developed and implemented by Flinders University across 10 years.
National MDPP Director and Founder, Professor Karen Reynolds, says this first important step in national expansion will deliver significant benefits not only to South Australia and Victoria, but will add impetus to medical technology research in Australia as a whole.