Medical Device Partnering Program

Enhancing collaboration for better knowledge transfer

The Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) supports the development of cutting-edge medical devices through unique collaborations between researchers, industry, end-users and government.

The program facilitates the development of medical devices by coordinating the efforts of key stakeholders. It provides a mechanism for the development of prototypes, proof of concept and/or commercialisation planning for potential Australian medical device products. We have a particular focus on finding solutions for clinicians, the ageing and the disabled.

Medical devices provide Australia with the opportunity to position itself in a growing global market, taking advantage of current research and manufacturing capability across the nation.


"The MDPP is possibly the best model for fostering University/Industry collaboration that I have encountered in an Australian University" - Dr Steven Farrugia (Vice President, Technology) - ResMed Ltd

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Plans for a National MDPP 

MDPP, in collaboration with partners MTPConnect, CSIRO, Medical Technologies Association Australia (MTAA) and the Small Technologies Cluster (STC Australia) are considering how the success of MDPP in South Australia could be expanded nationally.

As part of a 12-month project, from July 2017 - June 2018, the consortium will be reviewing the current operations of the MDPP and engaging widely across Australia to collaboratively design a new model.




 Watch this video to learn more about the MDPP and hear one example of how the MDPP assisted South Australian company NVT Systems Pty Ltd to develop a new product for their portfolio.

Latest news

November 2017

Excellence rewarded with Honorary Fellowship

MDPP Director, Professor Karen Reynolds named Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia in recognition of her innovative work in biomedical engineering and her significant contributions to the Australian medical device industry.

Click here to read the full article.


September 2017

Make no bones about it: new splint for fractured limbs to improve first response care in South Australia and beyond

An innovative, foldable splint for fractured limbs that requires no training to use and does not have to be removed during x-rays is set to become widely available to South Australians thanks to a local distribution deal.

Fluoro Medical, creators of the CAS Splint, has partnered with local company St James to distribute the device across South Australia to businesses, schools and the general public.

The CAS Splint is the first product to have been developed by local company Fluoro Medical, who received assistance from Flinders University's Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) to develop their new innovation.

Click here to read the full article.


Tell us what you think of the MDPP - take our survey now!

We're reviewing the MDPP, to improve the way we work and to think about new models when we consider rolling out MDPP nationally. Key to this process is gathering insights from our stakeholders, both those who have engaged in the MDPP and those who haven't. Jump online and offer your insights.

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Turning up the heat on hypothermia

July 2017 edition of MDPP Newsletter now available - click here 

Innovative Medical Device Partnering Program expanding into Singapore

Cancer detecting probe to transform surgical outcomes

Roadmap shows older people having time of their lives

Designing and manufacturing your medical device in SA

MDPP Director wins nation’s top biomedical engineering award

Hydration measurement device ready for market

New device puts pressure on DVT

Flinders Professor takes key seat on Federal Government Board

Flinders named key node for national Med Tech Growth Centre

U Stand Frame saves care workers backs and aids patient recovery 


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