The Medical Device Partnering Program supports the development of new, high-tech medical devices through facilitating collaboration between researchers, industry, end- users and government, and undertaking rapid research projects that demonstrate proof of concept and de-risk ideas.

Projects respond to real-world problems, with the MDPP providing a platform for carefully identifying and assessing new product opportunities with clinical relevance.

Our team undertakes early-stage technical exploration and market research to demonstrate a product’s potential – providing practical assistance in taking ideas closer to market.

We bring together a network of stakeholders in this process, providing a solid foundation for industry growth.

What are the selection criteria for MTP Projects?

  • The product or concept must be a medical or assistive device;
  • The project must be commercially and technically viable and involve innovation;
  • The project must have a research component;
  • The MDPP must be able to add value to the product idea;
  • The project must be able to be completed within 250 hours;
  • The project must have a current or proposed connection in South Australia (e.g. development, manufacture or distribution);
  • The project must be proposed by a company or an individual who agrees to form such an entity.

The MDPP project process works as follows:

Inventors from research, industry and clinical settings are invited to submit their product ideas for confidential review and possible selection, for assistance through the MDPP. 

  • The MDPP Innovations Manager will review the product concept and conduct desktop market research to understand the product potential. They may also be able to connect the client to other resources and information.
  • Upon a positive eligibility assessment, the MDPP will facilitate a technical workshop whereby the applicant presents the project to relevant experts including academics, clinicians, manufacturers, end-users and/or commercial experts. This allows the MDPP and applicant to gather industry feedback to develop a product that would provide benefits over existing solutions.
  • Following the workshop, an application form will be jointly completed by the MDPP and the applicant and submitted to an independent Assessment Panel for approval (based on the selection criteria).
  • If the project is approved by the Assessment Panel, then a Letter of Offer will be sent to the client, together with an invoice for the AUD$5,000 (+GST) client contribution towards the project. For this cash contribution, the client receives project work valued at over AUD$25,000.
  • Each approved project will receive up to 250 hours of professional expertise which may include:

             - proof of concept research
             - prototyping    
             - product validation; or     
             - small clinical evaluation  

The applicant will also receive a 30hr market intelligence report, as well as introductions to potential manufacturers and commercial partners where necessary.

  • At the end of the project, all results, data, prototypes and intellectual property are released unencumbered to the industry partner, together with a plan for further research and development.

The MDPP has access to a diverse set of expertise from South Australia's three universities and other partners, including specialist research centres, business advisors, government agencies and local manufacturing companies.

Explore the MDPP process below.

What we do
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Anyone from health professionals and researchers to end-users and entrepreneurs can submit an innovative idea to the Medical Device Partnering Program. Our clients come to us with a problem, an idea for a solution or in some cases, a working prototype.


The MDPP Innovations team conducts confidential research on all submissions. This includes a review of the concept and research to understand the product’s potential. We’re able to quickly understand the need and market opportunity to then shortlist projects to go through to a workshop.


Our workshops are one of the most valuable aspects of the Program. Here we explore the idea and underlying problem to ensure the new product provides benefits over existing solutions. Participants may include research specialists, academics, clinicians, manufacturers, end-users and commercial experts. The workshop provides a clear path forward and can result in new product ideas or approaches being conceived.

Decision Making

Following the workshop, an independent Assessment Panel involving researchers, industry experts, clinicians and government representatives review the plan. We want to ensure every project we invest our time in has the potential to be developed into a marketable product.

Develop Solution

Each approved project receives up to 250 hours of professional technical expertise for a $5000 investment. This can include proof of concept research, prototyping, product validation or a small-scale clinical trial. We also provide a detailed market intelligence report and foster connections to potential manufacturers and commercial partners to further support our clients in taking their ideas to market.


We handover all results, data, prototypes and intellectual property to the client, together with suggestions for future R&D and funding opportunities. We believe through the Medical Device Partnering Program, clients have all the ingredients required to take their product to the next step!