Medical and Assistive Devices – Transforming Ideas to Reality

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MDPP team Join MDPP and an expert panel on the process used to transform ideas to commercially viable products

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Thursday 06 August 2020 04:00 pm until Thursday 06 August 2020 05:00 pm (Add to calendar)
Darren Coomber - Strategic Relationship Manager, Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor (Industry Engagement)
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MDPP and La Trobe University
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Join MDPP and an expert panel on the process used to transform ideas to commercially viable products.

The Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) has a long history of helping innovators transform their great ideas into proven, life-changing solutions.

La Trobe’s Research & Innovation Precinct is pleased to host MDPP Victoria’s Regional Director Sally McArthur as she moderates an expert panel discussion on the process used to transform ideas to commercially viable products. The panel of inventors, entrepreneurs, clinicians and researchers brings first-hand experience on what’s required to vet and refine ideas, and how to fill gaps in knowledge by connecting to the research and development community.

Join this online discussion to hear entrepreneurs describe the journeys taken to develop their medical devices. Learn how to get started, what has worked, what hasn’t, and perhaps most importantly how to overcome challenges along the way.

MDPP Victoria is supported by LaunchVic.

About our Guest Speakers

Aaya Hakeem

Aaya is a physiotherapist armed with a masters in Physiotherapy Practice and a rich history in socioeconomically diverse communities and hospitals, allowing her to be well placed to empathise with patients and therapists. She graduated from La Trobe University in 2018, completing a project conceptualising a device that will allow patients to rehabilitate their knee with independence, after surgery. Realising the potential benefits for patients and therapists alike, she founded PhysiPal. Today, PhysiPal is a venture-backed, accelerator-supported medtech startup, dedicated to research and development of the solution.

Matthew Hoskin

Matthew is a board director and medtech development and commercialisation expert with over 25 years of experience managing businesses in the healthcare, medtech & biotech sectors, including Siemens Medical, Vision Biosystems, Leica Biosystems, Hospira, and Sienna Cancer Diagnostics.

He has lead small start-ups as well as large multinationals, and has been through and managed multiple mergers and acquisitions both from the acquired and acquiring company perspectives. Developing products from hardware devices, software, automation systems, and diagnostic assays, he has taken products from research, development, manufacturing, regulatory approval, reimbursement, all the way through to global market launch.

Dr. Nicoletta Frescos

Nicoletta Frescos is a lecturer in the Department of Podiatry, La Trobe University; Wound Clinical Trials coordinator for the Wound Clinic, Austin Health and health adviser for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. She is the Chair of Wounds Australia and executive board member of the Asia Pacific Association for Diabetes Limb Prevention. Nicoletta is a volunteer with Interplast Australia & New Zealand providing education on diabetes foot care and wound management to the Pacific Islands. Nicoletta has a keen interest in public health and health policy. Her clinical and research interests include the high-risk foot, wound management, chronic wound pain and interdisciplinary approach to wound care.

Dr. Vinayak Smith

Vinayak is a clinical research fellow at the Ritchie Centre at Monash University. Clinically, he is involved in the care of mothers and their babies during the course of pregnancy. A passion to improve this area of medicine, using medical devices, led him to undertake his PhD in clinical innovation management. His research interests include early medical device innovation, early health technology assessment and clinical strategy for novel medical technologies. In this process he has been involved in the invention and commercialisation of several novel devices. He collaborates at present with both industry and academia in the translation of novel technologies with the aim of improving their design, clinical testing and impact on healthcare outcomes.

About our Moderator

Prof. Sally McArthur

Professor Sally McArthur is the Regional Director for MDPP in Victoria. Sally is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Swinburne University of Technology and a CSIRO Research+ Science Leader in Biomedical Manufacturing. Sally is passionate about connecting great ideas for medical and assistive technologies with the research, clinical and commercial communities needed to bring them to life. With her background in biomaterials and materials manufacturing she has had long term experience working with industry to develop new products and processes for the medical device and biosensing sectors in the UK and Australia.

La Trobe University, Melbourne Campus



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