Engineering our way to safer cancer biopsies
26 August 2014
Cancer detection may soon become more sensitive and safer, thanks to electronic engineering expertise from Flinders University's Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP).
The Hand Held Magnetometer Probe, developed by research scientists, Associate Professor Benjamin Thierry and Aidan Cousins from the University of South Australia, is an ultrasensitive magnetic probe which detects small amounts of clinically introduced magnetic material in lymph nodes.
Minister for Manufacturing and Innovation Susan Close said the probe provides a non-radioactive alternative for the patient and clinician and is used to determine whether cancer has disseminated through the body.
To ready the full story, click here.
Bringing dental x-ray technology into the fast lane
Dental patients and practitioners could soon benefit from a faster and more user-friendly dental x-ray solution, thanks to Adelaide-based radiographer Don Chorley.
Mr Chorley, a medical imaging technologist specialising in imaging of the craniofacial region, will be working with the Medical Device Partnering Program at Flinders University to address some of the limitations he has found with current dental imaging techniques.
To read the full story, click here.
Past event - Driving new Health Technology Innovation - Tonsley's Future
Tonsley is open for business.
Flinders at Tonsley will officially open in January 2015 - and on behalf of the Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) and the Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy (DMITRE), guests were invited to join us 'on-site' at Tonsley for a sneak peek. Held on 19 March 2014 at TAFE SA Tonsley, the program included.
With local medical device company, Signostics recently re-locating to Tonsley, this event provided a timely opportunity to listen to three speakers from industry, research and government, as they spoke about the prospects that Tonsley will provide for the health technology industry in our State.
Held on 19 March 2014 at TAFE SA Tonsley, the program included presentations by;
- Prof Karen Reynolds (Director, MDPP)
- Mr Andrew Dickson (Project Development Officer, Tonsley DMITRE)
- Mr Warren Ortmann (Chief Executive Officer, Signostics)
Prototype pillow to help reduce suffocation fears
People with epilepsy may soon be able to sleep a little easier, thanks to new research carried out by a team of researchers at Repatriation General Hospital and Flinders University.
The research, prompted by the Epilepsy Association of SA and NT and funded by the Medical Device Partnering Program, tested the effectiveness of a prototype anti-suffocation pillow designed to reduce the risk of suffocation which can sometimes occur as a result of an epileptic seizure.
To read the full story, click here.
State Government grants help commercialise medical devices
A medical device developed by former Adelaide Crows player, now orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Matthew Liptak, is one of two projects to receive support under the South Australian Government's Medical Technologies Program.
To read the full story, refer to the MTP News Release_Feb (PDF 106KB) .
Flinders road-tests new anti-snore pillow
Sleep researchers from Flinders University and the Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health are road-testing a new pillow that could help alleviate snoring for back sleepers.
Made by Adelaide-based pillow manufacturer TVS Foam Products, the TVS Snore No More Pillow is specially designed to reduce the volume and frequency of snoring for chronic snorers who primarily sleep on their backs.
To view the full story, click here.
To view the Nine Networks TV coverage, click here.
Past event - Global problems, local solutions, global markets
Together with AusBiotech, the MDPP held a free networking breakfast on Thursday 3rd October 2013, featuring guest speaker, Lusia Guthrie. Lusia is CEO & Managing Director of LBT Innovations Ltd.
LBT innovations is a local medical technologies company specialising in the automation of routine microbiology processing. The free event provided an opportunity for attendees to find out how LBT have successfully developed solutions to address global problems.
To view the program for the event, click here.
MDPP to deliver new Medical Technologies Program
Formally announced this morning (15 August 2013) in a release by Minister Tom Kenyon's office (Minister for Manufacturing, Innovation and Trade), the Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) has received funding for the next three years from the Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy (DMITRE) to facilitate the delivery of the Manufacturing Works, Medical Technologies Program.
South Australia's medical technology sector are set to benefit from the $750,000 funding commitment, aimed to support the development of new, high-tech medical devices.
To read the full media release, click here.
Under the Medical Technologies Program, companies, commercial enterprises or an individual who agrees to form such an entity, with a current or proposed connection in South Australia, can benefit from R&D assistance through the MDPP. With access to all three publicly-funded South Australian Universities, the MDPP can offer multi-disciplinary research expertise and state-of-the-art facilities for product development and testing.
Medical Device Research PhD Postgraduate Scholarship
The Medical Device Research Institute (MDRI) at Flinders University are pleased to call for applications to a PhD in Engineering (Research) postgraduate scholarship for a maximum period of three years with an annual tax free stipend of AUD$28,715.
The PhD project is part of a collaborative research project between Flinders University and ResMed, a leading developer, manufacturer and distributor of medical equipment for treating, diagnosing, and managing sleep-disordered breathing and other respiratory disorders.
Applications close on 31 October 2013.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Flinders Engineers Enable Independent Living
South Australia's ageing population and people with disabilities are one step closer to living with greater independence thanks to the work of electronic engineers from Flinders University.
Officially launched on Tuesday (August 13), the Retrofitted Electronic Aids project demonstrates that a range of readily available electronic and electro-mechanical products can be fitted to an existing house or dwelling for less than $10,000.
This demonstration project - undertaken by the Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) at Flinders University - has shown that off-the-shelf products such as universal remote controls, intercoms and voice recognition technology can be easily controlled by a person living with a disability, providing greater quality of life and independence.
For the full story, click here.
To view the ABC TV news coverage, click here.
Past Event - From Rags to Riches - the winding corridor to success
A MDPP Networking breakfast was held on 27th June 2013, showcasing StaminaLift International Ltd. who are a great example of how an idea combined with determination and stubbornness can result in world-wide sales and success. Peter March and Ken Bell from StaminaLift, a manufacturer of patient transfer systems for injury reduction in hospitals, explained how they have moved from humble beginnings to be the world-leader in hospital bed movers.
With assistance from the MDPP to independently validate the effectiveness of their powered bed mover, StaminaLift spread nationally from Adelaide and have now taken on the world, with sales in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Canada.
View the MDPP Networking Breakfast_From Rags to Riches (PDF 460KB) flyer for more information.
Learn more about the MDPP and hear one example of how we have assisted local company NVT Systems Pty Ltd to develop a new product for their portfolio. Click here to watch the video.
SA's Partnering Program drives innovation through collaboration
Professor Karen Reynolds was invited to contribute to the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) Focus Magazine (February 2013) on the Assistive Technology healthcare network. In this article, Karen provides a summary of the medical device industry and the MDPP model, outlining some of the outcomes and lessons learnt over the four years that the MDPP has been running. To read the article, refer to the ATSE publication.
MDPP Director awarded SA Scientist of the Year
Congratulations to MDPP Director, Professor Karen Reynolds, who was awarded South Australian Scientist of the Year for 2012.
For the full article, click here.
This is a fantastic achievement and adds to an already successful year, after being named one of Australia's top 100 most influential engineers by Engineers Australia magazine.
MDPP creates new touch screen vision therapy software
Research and development by Flinders University's Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) has resulted in a new touch screen therapy and assessment product for Adelaide-based vision rehabilitation company Neuro Vision Technology (NVT) Systems.
The innovative vision therapy tool will be used to evaluate and train people with a vision deficit caused by a brain injury or dysfunction.
To view the full release, click here.
To view the coverage by ABC News, click here.
Steering to Success
The MDPP is very pleased to announce the establishment of our new Steering Committee. This committee will support the expansion of the MDPP and contribute to strategies to establish and attract funding for a national Medical Device Partnering Program.
Members of the Steering Committee include:
- Prof Leanna Read (Chair)
- Prof Don Bursill (Chief Scientist, South Australia)
- Dr Anna Lavelle (Chief Executive Officer, AusBiotech)
- Prof Ross McKinnon (Research Director, Flinders Centre for Cancer Prevention and Control)
- Mr Len Piro (Executive Director, Manufacturing & Innovation, Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources & Energy, Government of South Australia)
- Prof Göran Roos (previous Adelaide Thinker in Residence, Manufacturing residency)
- Prof Greg Tegart (Chair, Health & Technology Forum, Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering [ATSE])
- Prof Karen Reynolds (Director, Medical Device Research Institute, Flinders University)
This group will provide valuable insight and experiences, as we build on our already successful program, bridging research and industry, and realising economic and health benefits for the nation.
Welcome to our new Innovations Manager
We would like to take this opportunity to welcome back Mr Darius Chapman as our new Innovations Manager. Some of you may remember Darius from his time with us in 2010. Darius is working with us on a part-time basis and will liaise with MDPP stakeholders (such as potential clients, researchers, clinicians, industry contacts) as the point of contact for new enquiries into the program. If you have an idea for a new medical device or need product evaluation and development, contact Darius today on 0498 247 000.
Brief background to Darius
Darius graduated from Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 2007. His research interests are in electrophysiology (specifically cardiac electrophysiology). Previously, Darius worked for St Jude Medical in a number of different positions such as Field Technician, Clinical Expert and Territory Manager.
Four MDRI members finalists in SA Science Excellence Awards
Four members of the Medical Device Research Institute (MDRI) have been recognised as finalists in their fields for the 2012 SA Science Excellence Awards, including Professor Karen Reynolds as SA Scientist of the Year. The winners will be announced at the Awards Gala Dinner on Friday 17 August.
Prof Karen Reynolds - SA Scientist of the Year category
Dr Paul Gardner-Stephen - Early Career STEM Professional - Natural and Physical Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics category
Mr David Hobbs - Early Career STEM Educator - Tertiary Teaching category
Dr Simon Williams - Early Career STEM Educator - Tertiary Teaching category
Click here for more information.
22 June 2012
Engineer in top 100 for influence
Professor Karen Reynolds has been named among Australia's 100 most influential engineers by Engineers Australia magazine.
For the full story, click here.
9 May 2012
Support for SME companies
This MDPP breakfast event showcased a range of opportunities available for SMEs to cash in on innovation. Guest speakers for the breakfast forum included:
- Allison Hayes, Manager Training & Innovation at NVT Systems, who explained how the MDPP developed new products and a competitive edge for their company
- David Scown, Director of Manufacturing at Jurlique, who spoke about Jurlique's experience with the Enterprise Connect Researcher in Business program
- Alex Demetriou, Senior Manager at KPMG, who spoke about the significant tax incentives available to eligible companies.
18 April 2012
Medical Device Research Institute (MDRI) officially launched
The Medical Device Research Institute (MDRI) was officially launched by Flinders University Vice Chancellor, Professor Michael Barber, at a small member event held on Wednesday 18th April 2012. The launch also included guest presenter, Dr John Arkwright, 2011 Eureka Prize winner from CSIRO.
The MDRI is a uniquely multi-disciplinary research institute, encouraging projects that have a common focus on delivering benefit through the application of various technologies to the medical and allied health sectors. The Institute's collaborative approach allows for the development and delivery of innovative solutions and services.
6 March 2012
Postpartum trials for new ultrasound device
An Adelaide ultrasound device is set to reduce invasive treatments for women after childbirth, thanks to a collaboration arranged by the Flinders University-based Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP).
For full article, please refer to the press release on Flinders Indaily .
10 November 2011
MDPP win B-HERT award
The MDPP, led by Flinders University, was named Best Research & Development Collaboration in the prestigious annual Business/Higher Education Round Table (B-HERT) Awards.
This is a real testament to the involvement of all partners across the collaboration.
For more information, please refer to the press release.
Karen Reynolds elected as Fellow of ATSE
Professor Karen Reynolds has been elected as a 2011 Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).
"It is an enormous honour to be recognised in this way by my peers", said Professor Reynolds.
This recognition follows a number of other recent achievements by Professor Reynolds, who was also last year's Australian Professional Engineer of the Year.
22 July 2011
MDPP help lay foundations for accessible housing
The feeling of community engagement and inclusion is extremely important to many, but perhaps none more than those living with a disability. Alongside this is a desire for independence.
The Woodville West Apartments development offers a new model for accessible housing that will enable those with a disability to live independently in an inclusive community.
The MDPP has been working closely with partner, Department for Families and Communities (DFC) on this exciting development.
For more information click here.
19 July 2011
MDPP Breakfast - Opportunities for innovation in medical device development from across the world
On Tuesday 19 July, the MDPP held a free networking breakfast 'Opportunities for innovation in medical device development from across the world'. Current Adelaide Thinker in Residence, Prof Göran Roos was the guest speaker and provided a comprehensive presentation about the future for medical device development in South Australia. With 70 attendees from industry, government and research institutions, the breakfast provided a great opportunity to gain a broad perspective of medical development in a manufacturing context.
Click here to download a copy of the Medical Devices (PDF 2MB) presentation by Prof Roos.
16 June 2011
MDPP Client, Staminalift Joins Forces with One of the World's Largest Hospital Bed Producers
ArjoHuntleigh, one of the world's leading medical suppliers has joined forces with Adelaide based power assisted bed mover StaminaLift in a national distribution agreement across Australia.
To read the full article, please refer to the StaminaLift Press Release (PDF 90KB) .
15 June 2011
Medical Device Commercialisation: European Strategies for Growth
On Wednesday 15 June, the Department of Trade and Economic Development - in conjunction with the MDPP, Australian Institute of Commercialisation and AusMedtech – hosted a free presentation with guest speaker, Mr Peter Feuereisel.
Peter is a biomedical engineer with significant worldwide medical device commercialisation experience.
In his presentation, Peter introduced some successful European commercialisation models and clusters, and provided advice on how to export to Europe and how to make use of Intellectual Property as a source of ideas.
Currently in Australia, he is on an exchange program, working with the AIC for the next 6 months.
To download a copy of his IP PowerPoint presentation, please visit the DTED website.
13 May 2011
Shopping simulator leads to better therapy for stroke victims
A virtual reality system that will enable occupational therapists at the Repatriation General Hospital to better assess stroke victims will be launched on today by Minister for Ageing Jennifer Rankine.
The Shopping Simulator has been developed by the Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) at Flinders University in collaboration with the Department of Rehabilitation and Aged Care.
For more information click here.
29 March 2011
DTED Launch New Commercialisation Program for SA Medical Device Companies
For more information click here.
15 March 2011
MDPP companies share bed
Through participation in the Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP), SA companies are benefiting from flow-on collaboration.
To read the full article, click here .
21 December 2010
Prototype clothesline reaches new heights
With advice and assistance from the Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP), a group of three Mechanical Engineering students from the University of Adelaide have developed a prototype 'Height Adjustable Clothesline' as part of their final year project.
To read the full article, click here .
29 October 2010
MDPP win 2010 TIA Excellence Award
The Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) won the Service to the Electronics and/or ICT Industry award at the 2010 Technology Industry Association (TIA) Annual Excellence Awards Gala Dinner on Friday 29 October. Congratulations to all MDPP partners!
To read the full article, click here.
22 October 2010
Hitching a lift to market
Makers of medical devices can benefit from expert assistance at any point in a product's path to market, as the inventors of StaminaLift can attest.
The Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP), based at Flinders University, has brought together groups of researchers to help the local company by independently validating the effectiveness of their powered bed mover.
21 September 2010
Re-Time glasses looking good with MDPP help
Moving from prototype to production can be a long and expensive exercise, particularly in the medical device industry. But with the right expertise on side, this process can be made easier.
The Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) has helped local company, Re-Time Pty Ltd, with a low cost market entry product that utilises existing safety glasses and incorporates new electronics.
13 September 2010
'War Stories - Lessons Learnt'
The MDPP networking breakfast, 'War Stories - Lessons Learnt' was held at the BioInnovation SA, Incubator Conference Centre on Monday 13 September 2010.
Guest speakers included;
Mr Stewart Bartlett, Signostics Limited
Ms Ann Angel, RianCorp Pty Ltd (download a PDF copy of this presentation RianCorp_Product Developement (PDF 410KB) )
Dr Meera Verma, Hospira Adelaide Pty Ltd
The event provided a unique opportunity to listen and learn from some successful companies who revealed the obstacles they have endured on their road to success.
MDPP Director, Karen Reynolds wins SA Professional Engineer of the Year
Professor Karen Reynolds was named South Australia's Professional Engineer of the Year for 2010, at the SA Engineering Excellence Awards dinner on Friday 10 September.
The Professional Engineer of the Year award acknowledges a professional engineer who has reached a high level of achievement and involvement in engineering and community affairs and who is an example of outstanding engineering practice, ethics and contribution to the community.
To read the full article click here.
MDPP finalists in the 2010 SA Science Excellence Awards!
Congratulations to the Medical Device Partnering Program, finalists in Excellence in Research Collaboration, SA Science Excellence Awards. It is fantastic to see this relatively young program recognised for encouraging closer links between industry, researchers and the community.
The award winners were announced at the Gala Dinner on Friday 13 August, Hilton Adelaide.
Click here for more information about the awards.
The MDPP would like to thank our partners once again for their support and contributions to the program.
22 June 2010
'Medical Device Service Provider Forum' - free networking breakfast
The MDPP held a 'Medical Device Service Provider Forum' and free networking breakfast on Tuesday 22 June 2010.
A number of South Australian service providers where invited to present a quick 1 minute overview of their company offering and 'special offers' to MDPP participants. Attendees were able to discuss their specific needs with the service providers during the networking session. This 'one-stop-shop' introductory session allowed attendees to learn more about how they can improve their business operation, product design and manufacture, intellectual property and regulatory requirements.
Refer to our 'resources' page for a list of services providers who also provide a 'special offer' to MDPP participants.
03 May 2010
Medical devices on the move
18 February 2010
'Leveraging Assistance - Maximise Your Investment' - free networking breakfast
The MDPP event 'Leveraging Assistance - Maximise Your Investment' was held at the Incubator Conference Centre on Thursday 18th February 2010.
This free breakfast allowed attendees to network with a variety of industry contacts and learn more about the different grant and funding opportunities specifically available to the medical device industry.
- Mr. Matt Herring, KPMG, R&D Tax Incentives (download a PDF copy of this presentation R&D Tax Incentives_KPMG (PDF 172KB) )
- Mr. Mike Burfield, Inventure, Commercialisation Australia grants (download a PDF copy of this presentation Commercialisation Australia_Inventure (PDF 334KB) )
- Ms. Carmela Sergi, MDPP, Benefits of working with Unviersities (download a PDF copy of this presentation Benefits of working with Universities_MDPP (PDF 640KB) )
2 October 2009
Launch of MANA (Memory, Appointment and Navigation Agent) Calendar
A virtual reality tool, developed by the Medical Device Partnering Program with input from Alzheimer’s Australia SA , is coming to the aid of older people with early onset dementia, improving their quality of life while giving their carers a little peace of mind.
15 September 2009
MDPP & SA Centre for Innovation Networking Breakfast
MDPP & SA Centre for Innovation recently held a free networking breakfast for industry contacts.
We had great attendance with approx. 60 people from a variety of backgrounds including representatives from companies, government departments, research, service providers and university contacts.
The response to the event was very positive and we would like to thank all those who attended and also those who provided feedback. We are working to incorporate all the suggestions put forward regarding future events, so watch this space for upcoming events!
The MDPP would also like to thank the SA Centre for Innovation for their contributions to the event.
21 July 2008
The potential for new, high technology industries to emerge in Adelaide's southern areas will be enhanced with the official launch today of the Medical Device Partnering Program.
17 December 2007
Flinders Medical Devices & Technologies awarded funds from the Premier's Science & Research Fund
Flinders Medical Devices & Technologies was one of only seven awarded a Premier's Science & Research Fund grant. The project, valued at $3.3 million, is to establish the Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP), which will accelerate the development of new medical devices in South Australia.