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November 2017

Towards a National Medical Device Partnering Program

Events were held in WA, NSW and Victoria where participants heard a summary of outcomes from the recent review of the MDPP and learnt about plans for expansion of the program.

An event will be held in Queensland in the new year.

You can keep up to date with our plans for a National MDPP - just sign up to our mailing list.

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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.


October 2017

MDPP Networking Event: The Future of Surgery - new developments and innovations

On 23 October MDPP guests heard from two renown speakers:

  • KATHY CONNELL, Senior Director, New Ventures - Johnson & Johnson Innovation provided insight into J&J's priorities for partnering, outlining the process involved and sharing examples of successful medical device collaborations
  • PROFESSOR GUY MADDERN, RP Jepson Professor of Surgery, University of Adelaide and Clinical Director Surgical Services, Central Adelaide Local Health Network provided an insight into the future of surgery - outlining new developments and innovations.


 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 first aid company St James to distribute the device across South Australia to businesses, schools and the general public.

The Splint is also being manufactured locally in the City of Port Adelaide at Enfield and is expected to generate up to 20 new employment opportunities in northern Adelaide over the next three to five years.

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 full article. 


August 2017

Turning up the heat on hypothermia

Blood clots, infections, heart attacks and the spiralling financial costs associated with surgery-related hypothermia could be reduced thanks to a leap forward in the technology used to prevent it.

It may not be the most well-known surgical complication, but hypothermia affects more than 30% of patients undergoing major surgery.

It also costs the healthcare sector tens of millions of dollars.

The adverse effects of surgery-related hypothermia prompted Australian surgeon Dr Peter Santa Maria to invent a new device called ‘FloTherm’, which gently heats the soles of the feet and behind the knees to warm blood circulating around the body during surgery.

The device not only reduces the risk of hypothermia, but also gives surgeons better access to other parts of the body, as the feet are far away from the site of most surgeries.

Click here to read the full article.


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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. You can be kept informed as this project develops. Just sign up to our mailing list.


25 July 2017

Innovative Medical Device Partnering Program expanding into Singapore 

The South Australian Government has witnessded Flinders University sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Nanyang Technological University Singapore (NTU Singapore), to create an international node of Flinders' successful Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP).

The MDPP-Partnership 2025 aims to build additional research and development programs between Singapore and Australia, through the commercialisation of research among agencies, academic institutions and the private sector.

Through the partnership, the South Australian MDPP will expand its scope of research expertise and network of partners with the Asia Pacific region; while Singapore's medical device industry will benefit from a proven model for early concept development and evaluation.

Click here to read full release.

 [L:R Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith MP, Flinders Vice-President and Executive Dean, Prof John Beynon, NTU Institute for Health Technologies Executive Director Prof Russell Gruen and Senior Minister of State, Ms Sim Ann]



June 2017

Cancer detecting probe to transform surgical outcomes

A cancer detecting probe that can improve clinical outcomes for patients is being brought to clinical trials thanks to assistance from Flinders biomedical engineers supported by State Government funding.

The device – an optical fibre probe that identifies cancerous tissue in real time by measuring pH levels of tissue – helps surgeons precisely remove cancerous tissue while sparing the healthy tissue surrounding it.

A major improvement on current methods, which rely on lab testing of tissue after surgery, it is expected to also improve aesthetic outcomes for patients while significantly reducing revision surgeries.

The State Government funding, from the Medical Technologies Program, enabled Dr Erik Schartner and Professor Mark Hutchinson from the University of Adelaide’s ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics to work with biomedical engineers from Flinders University’s Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP).

Click here to read the full article.


19 June 2017

MDPP Event: Designing and Manufacturing your medical device in SA

On 19th June the MDPP held a networking event to showcase some local manufacturers' capabilities and services. The event included presentations from Hydrix Pty Ltd, Entech Electronics Pty Ltd and Axiom Precision Manufacturing, followed by opportunity to network with fellow industry colleagues.

If you are looking for a particular area of expertise but dont know where to start, contact the MDPP today and we may be able to introduce you to a number of relevant service providers.


Roadmap shows older people having time of their lives

A national report launched in Canberra by the Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt shows how rapid and continuous growth of new technologies is radically transforming the lives of older Australians for the better.

Researchers at Flinders University report that technology considered rare just a decade ago has become the new normal, changing aged care by allowing people to spend years longer in their own homes while accessing unprecedented levels of health care – all enhanced by access to a rapidly increasing range of life improving services ranging from gardening to art classes.

The new Technology Roadmap for Aged Care in Australia, commissioned by the Aged Care Industry IT Council (ACIITC), will be music to the ears of most Australians, who time and again have made clear their desire to enjoy a high quality of life in their own homes as they age.

Click here to read the full article.


March 2017

"Show me the money"

The MDPP in collaboration with TechInSA presented a showcase of medtech funding and support programs.

Guests heard from a variety of speakers about the support that is available for medtech companies, what grants are available to help commercialise medtech products, achieve growth and increase competitiveness. 

Click here to view the evening's presentations - Show me the money (PDF 4MB)


 November 2016 

MDPP Director wins nation's top biomedical engineering award

Flinders University’s Professor Karen Reynolds has been awarded Engineers Australia’s top award for biomedical engineering at a gala awards ceremony in Brisbane.

Professor Reynolds received the David Dewhurst award in recognition of her internationally significant contribution to Australian biomedical research, through a range of projects including Flinders’ Medical Device Partnering Program, which is preparing for a national roll-out.

Click here to read full article.


October 2016 

Funding puts Flinders at centre of new wave of technology

Flinders University’s Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) is poised for a national roll-out thanks to funding from the Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals Industry Growth Centre (MTPConnect).

The MDPP, already a major player in helping to bring South Australian medical technologies to market, now has its sights firmly sent on bringing together research, clinical and industry partners in a streamlined process for collaboration and product development across Australia.

Click here to read full article.


Researcher’s win a trail blazer for ‘Winnovative’ female engineers

Professor Karen Reynolds, the driving force behind Flinders University’s Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP), has been recognised as one of South Australia’s most innovative women after winning the Engineering category in the 2016 Women in Innovation (Winnovation) awards in Adelaide.

Professor Reynolds developed the MDPP, an innovative model for collaboration between researchers, end-users and commercial partners, to help catalyse the medical technology industry in South Australia.

Click here to read full article.


Hydration measurement device ready for market

Hydralert, a device which measures and reports a person’s hydration level in real time, will be released and trialled at the Mining Emergency Response Competition competition in Perth later this year.

Prototyped in 2014 through the MDPP, Hydralert was developed by occupational hygienist Ryan Wynch, who had witnessed the effects of heat stress on underground miners in far north Western Australia, and wanted to find a way to encourage individuals to better manage their hydration levels.

Click here to read full article.


July 2016 

'Collaborate to Innovate' networking event and unveiling of the MTPConnect Hub at Flinders University

The MDPP were pleased to hold a networking event to hear from past MDPP clients on their experiences and learnings on engaging with a University and how this has influenced the progression of their medical device or assistive technology. 

We have heard time and time again that successful medical technology innovation is difficult to achieve in isolation.  We are looking at how industry and researchers benefit through the simple act of collaboration, and how this engagement can be facilitated.

The event included the offical unveiling of the MTPConnect hub at Flinders University and provided an opportunity to hear from Sue MacLeman (CEO, MTPConnect) on what is MTPConnect and how its draft "Sector Competitiveness Plan" will boost the competitiveness, productivity and innovative capacity of Australia's Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals sector.


June 2016

New device puts pressure on DVT

A new South Australian ‘intelligent compression’ device could help to save people from pulmonary embolism linked to deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a condition that kills more than 2,000 Australians every year.

The device, being developed by Arkwright Technologies Pty Ltd at Flinders at Tonsley, provides precise pressures to the lower legs to protect against deep vein thrombosis during surgery. It can be reconfigured to deliver compression to patients with varying physiological conditions to promote circulation and lymphatic drainage.

It’s one of two new projects to receive research and development assistance from Flinders University’s Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP), funded by the South Australian Government’s Medical Technologies Program.

The second project to receive funding in the latest round of MDPP State Government funding is a ‘nasal delivery device’ to allow quick delivery of pain relief and other medications in ambulatory, pre-hospital and emergency market, as well as in the home setting.

According to Antony Condina, the CEO of novel device company The Green Dispensary Pty Ltd, its manufacture locally could also mean more jobs for South Australia.

Click here to read full article.

Click here to view TV coverage by Nine news.


May 2016

Establishing a Sustainable Telehealth Business Model in Australia

The Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) at Flinders University were pleased to host a networking event on Monday 9th May. 

Frost & Sullivan presented on 'Establishing a Sustainable Telehealth Business Model in Australia', followed by a panel session to specifically discuss 'Ageing and Technology'.

The event bought together stakeholders from industry, research, clinical and government, and also provided a unique opportunity to network with delegates from a Finnish Health Tech Business Delegation visiting Adelaide (looking for opportunities/partnerships, and for some, potentially locations to establish regional headquarters).

Download a PDF copy of the presentation here. Sustainable Telehealth (PDF 1MB)


April 2016

Flinders Professor takes key seat on Federal Government Board

Flinders Medical Device Research Institute (MDRI) Director, Professor Karen Reynolds has been named alongside seven high profile experts to form the newly announced Australian Medical Research Advisory Board (AMRAB).

Approved by Prime Minister the Hon Malcolm Turnbull, the advisory board comprises leading experts in medical research and innovation, health policy and commercialisation.

The AMRAB will guide priorities for the Federal Government’s Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), one of the most important initiatives in Australia’s history to ensure Australia stays at the leading edge of medical science and contributes to transform the health of our nation.

Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, said the eight-member board will advise the Government on how funds held in the MRFF should be allocated.

“Through their expert and independent advice to the Government, the Advisory Board will play a key role in delivering on the MRFF’s agenda to support our world-class researchers and reinforce our nation’s great research reputation,” Minister Ley said.

“The MRFF is the single largest investment in medical research ever made in this country and a core part of the Australian Government’s health reform and innovation agenda.

It is expected the MRFF will eventually provide around $1 billion a year in additional funding for health and medical research.

MDRI Director, Professor Karen Reynolds said it is an honour to be named amongst such a high calibre group.

“The Board brings a breadth of skills, experience and leadership of relevance to medical research. I look forward to contributing towards developing Australia’s strategic research and innovation priorities in this area”, said Professor Reynolds.

The Advisory Board will develop the Australian Medical Research and Innovation Strategy every five years, and associated Australian Medical Research and Innovation Priorities every two years. It will also provide advice to the Health Minister on other matters that relate to use of funding from the MRFF.

This appointment follows a number of other notable positions for Professor Reynolds, Director Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering Board; Member, South Australian Science Council; Chair, National Panel for Biomedical Engineering Education and Research, Engineers Australia and Member, Advisory Committee on Medical Devices, Therapeutic Goods Administration.


March 2016

'Avenues and considerations for entering global markets'

The MDPP were pleased to hold a breakfast event on Thursday 17th March 2016.  MDPP guests heard from start-ups and established medical device companies who shared their experiences on entering new markets.

The audience heard of the lessons learnt, success/perils and experiences from local medical device companies as well as experts who helped explain some of the considerations and avenues for exporting health technology products overseas.

Panel members included:

  • Mr Allan Perriam - Director - INNOVO Healthcare Allan is the inventor of the U-stand Frame, a mobility assistance device that hands the control of sit-to-stand transfer back to the user.  In 2015, Allan was selected to 'pitch' his product as part of the 2015 Global Startup Spotlight at the Aging 2.0 AgeTech Expo in San Francisco, USA. 
  • Mr Chris Henry - General Manager - Austofix Pty Ltd Chris Henry is the General Manager of Austofix, a leading South Australian company specialising in the development of orthopaedic trauma implants and instrumentation.  Chris will share some of Austofix's experiences and strategies for entering the Middle East with their trauma medical device products.
  • Mr Ben Olsen - Managing Director - Re-Time Pty Ltd This Flinders start up was launched in 2012. Their first product, Re-Timer, helps frequent flyers and shift workers adjust their sleep cycle. They are an export success story with 85% of local production being sent to 40 countries. The USA, China and Netherlands are their largest markets.  Ben will share the challenges he faced taking a prototype from sleep lab to world markets.
  • Mr Todd Martin - Director - Eagar & Martin Pty Ltd When operating in global markets it is important that you have adequate protection for your product and this protection can vary from country to country.  Todd will share some insider tips for navigating the U.S. patent process specifically.
  • Patrick Kearins - State Director, South Australia - Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) Find out how Austrade can assist you with strategies and market entry assistance, to take your products to the global market.  


January 2016

Revolutionary portable splint to be made in South Australia


A South Australian-made foldable splint is the latest product to benefit from the State Government-funded Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) at Flinders University.

Manufacturing and Innovation Minister Kyam Maher says the ‘CAS Splint’, made by local company Fluoro Medical Pty Ltd and set to be launched later this year, will be manufactured in large quantities in South Australia.

“The splint features an innovative design to stabilise and support injured limbs. It’s also waterproof and compact enough to fit into an everyday first aid kit,” he says.

“The company says the project could create up to 25 jobs during the next three to five years.

MDPP Director, Professor Karen Reynolds, says experts from Flinders University’s Medical Device Partnering Program will run trials of the splint, which will help Fluoro Medical through the final development phase.

“The MDPP will undertake an end-user trial and survey to validate the current design of the splint and make recommendations for design modifications as required,” says Professor Reynolds

Click here to read the full release


Another MDPP success

Mobility aid worth getting out of bed for

Article by Andrew Spence, The Lead SA

A simple contraption to help the sick, frail and elderly get out of bed is set to take off on the lucrative American mobility aid market.

Allan Perriam worked as a nurse for 10 years in Australia where expensive hoists were used to lift patients off of beds.

"I just saw that as undermining the rehabilitation process and undermining the independence of the patient so I thought 'there's got to be a better way", he said.

Perriam set up his own company Innovo Health Care and moved to South Australia in 2014 to manufacture his simple device, the U Stand Frame.

The metal frames, which sell for $480, are loaded behind patients and anchored to the floor so patients can then use the handles to pull themselves up off the bed.


The U Stand Frame was launched in October 2015 after a clinical trial run by Flinders University [Medical Device Partnering Program] at a hospital, rehabilitation centre and an aged care facility in South Australia.

Click here to read full article.




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