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.



December 2015

Flinders named key node for national Med Tech Growth Centre

Flinders University's leadership in innovative medical technology has seen it win a major role to grow links between industry and researchers, under the Federal Government's innovation agenda.

Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Christopher Pyne has announced Flinders will become one of two 'nodes' nationally of a new Medical Technologies and Pharmaceutical Growth Centre.

The MTPGC is part of the $225 million industry Growth Centres Initiative. Growth Centres will work to unlock commercial opportunities and drive innovation by building links between businesses and industry organisations and the science and research sector.

The Growth Centre node at Flinders will be co-located with the Medical Device Research Institute (MDRI) and Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) based at Flinders' Tonsley campus, where it will work side-by-side with industry partners and other research groups. The Centre will be headquartered at The University of Sydney.

To read the full release, click here


December 2015

MDPP Director joins Knowledge Nation 100

Flinders biomedical engineer and MDPP Director, Professor Karen Reynolds has been named as one of the Knowledge Nation 100, a group of visionaries, intellects, founders and game changers seen as the foremost contributors to Australia's knowledge economy.

Identified by the Office of the Chief Scientist, the Australian newspaper and the Knowledge Society, the Knowledge Nation 100 are described as the people "building the industries and infrastructure that will underwrite Australia's future prosperity". They were celebrated at a lunch in Sydney today attended by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Read the full article here.


September 2015

U Stand Frame saves care worker's backs and aids patient recovery

Helping patients and aged care residents to stand is all in a day's work for many healthcare workers, by it comes at a cost, with nursing assistants suffering one of the highest rates of work-related musculoskeletal injuries.

That's where the new lightweight, portable 'U Stand Frame', the most recent product to receive assistance from Flinders University's Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP), can make all the difference.

The product currently being manufactured in Adelaide, is the brainchild of Managing Director of INNOVO Healthcare, Allan Perriam, who, as a practising nurse, has firsthand experience of the dilemma faced by health care workers often caught between 'no-lift' policies and the immediate needs of those they care for.

Read the full release here.  


23 September 2015

Funding keeps Flinders at forefront of medical device technology

Flinders University's Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) will remain a driving force behind South Australia's medical technologies industry, thanks to an additional $250,000 in State Government funding.

Manufacturing and Innovation Minister Kyam Maher says the funding means the MDPP's role in managing the State Government's Medical Technologies Program (MTP) will continue until at least 2017.

"The MTP supports the development of early stage medical technologies that deliver better health outcomes," he says.

"Since July 2013, the Program has received more than 75 project enquiries, 12 of which have received more than $30,000 of research and development assistance from the University's MDPP."

To read the full release, click here.


26 August 2015

Laser Company Eyes the Future

Excerpt taken from article by Candice Keller.

An Adelaide-based medical laser company is now the world's leading producer of ophthalmic technology to treat major eye diseases including cataracts, Age Related Macular Degeneration and glaucomas, the top cause of blindness globally.

Ellex Medical Lasers Limited (ASX:ELX) dominates this niche sector of the medical technologies market that develops and manufactures lasers for the treatment of eye conditions, an independent report shows.

Although Ellex has a clear hold on the international market, the company continues to push the agenda to develop talent at home in Adelaide.

Through the Flinders Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP), Ellex and their joint ventures have provided industry driven projects, mentorship and guidance to the development of new products in their infancy.

The MDPP links research and development with manufacturing companies and clinical representatives to support the delivery of revolutionary products to consumers.

Click here to read full article.


29 July 2015

Great recognition for Flinders' Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP)

Dr Peter Binks, foundation director of the Wade Institute at the University of Melbourne, praised the Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) during an interview with 891 ABC Adelaide.

Click here to read the full interview.


10 July 2015

SA device removing need for x-rays released to international acclaim

A South Australian orthopaedic device which removes the need for multiple x-rays when fixing bone fractures has received international acclaim from orthopaedic surgeons throughout the world.

The Ezy-Aim Electronic Digital Targeting System - developed by Adelaide-based orthopaedics company Austofix, with assistance from Flinders University's Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) - provides surgeons with an effective device to assist them during the insertion of nails and screws when fixing bone fractures.

Follow the link to download the full Media Release - New SA X-ray technology receives international acclaim (PDF 115KB)

Image: L-R Mr Geoff Cottrell (Flinders University) and Mr Chris Henry (Austofix) with the EzyAim product.


MDPP hosts key compliance workshop for SA health tech industry

12 June 2015

Flinders University's Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) will host a two-day workshop for South Australian health technology companies at Tonsley this week.

With support from the Department of State Development, the workshop (11-12 June) delivered by BSI Group, will provide companies with an understanding of ISO 13485, the quality compliance measure for medical devices.

MDPP Director, Professor Karen Reynolds said the MDPP was providing a portal for South Australian health technology companies to access relevant information and resources, which in turn was helping to grow the sector.

To read the full article click here. 

  Photo: Shutterstock.

If you were interested in attending this event and would like to put your name on a waiting list for any future events of this kind, please email to submit your interest.


MDPP Networking event - Medial Device Regulation for SMEs - 25 May 2015

The MDPP together with the Medical Technology Association of Australia (MTAA) were pleased to hold the latest MDPP Networking Event yesterday afternoon (25 May 2015).  The 'Medical Device Regulation for SMEs' event held at Flinders at Tonsley, attracted almost 100 attendees including medical device companies, manufacturers, distributors, researchers and government representatives.

The event provided an opportunity to hear from two influential interstate stakeholders in the medical technology arena.  MTAA Chief Executive, Susi Tegen spoke about the association’s policy and advocacy agenda to provide support for SMEs operating in the medical technology space, whilst TGA National Manager, John Skerritt's presentation covered key areas such as understanding the regulatory frameworks applied to TGA decision making, the process of submitting applications to the TGA, understanding avenues for appeal, and the current environment with regard to the independent review medical device regulation

You can download PDF copies of the presentations below.



Flinders collaborate with Madders Patent & Trade Attorneys

31 March 2015

The Medical Device Partnering Program is pleased to announce their collaboration with Madderns Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys at Flinders University at Tonsley. 

Madderns Patent Attorney Chris Wilkinson will be based at Tonsley on a fortnightly basis to provide free intellectual property educational seminars and general intellectual property drop-in and initial consultation services to Flinders University researchers, MDPP clients and the wider Tonsley precinct community. From time to time other attorneys from the Madderns Team will swap with Chris or be called into to provide specific assistance as required.

This collaboration will allow the MDPP to further enhance its services to clients by providing specific IP resources to its clients and promote IP more broadly to the University and businesses located at Tonsley, to foster more interaction and collaboration between these groups.  


Flinders SimTools to enhance medical training experience

23 March 2015

A suite of diagnostic simulation tools has received expert help from Flinders University’s Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP).

With funding from the South Australian Government’s Medical Technologies Program, ‘SimTools’ received up to 250 hours of research and development assistance from the MDPP, modernising the software and providing a baseline for customised medical scenarios.

Developed by Dr Cyle Sprick, Director Simulation Unit at Flinders University, ‘SimTools’ is a suite of multiple replica diagnostic simulation tools that provide realistic feedback for training medical practitioners.

For the full story, click here.

To watch the Seven Network news report, click here.


Spinal procedure no longer such a pain in the back

3 March 2015

Researchers at Flinders University’s Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) will design a new medical device that could change the way spinal surgeries are delivered.

The MDPP researchers will design and prototype a surgical instrument which will enable bone graft delivery during minimally invasive spinal fusion procedures.

For the full story, click here.


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