The MDPP is currently administering the Manufacturing Works Medical Technologies Program (MTP) on behalf of the Government of South Australaia.


The MDPP project process works as follows:

  • Inventors from research, industry and clinical settings are invited to submit their product ideas for confidential review and possible selection, for assistance through the MDPP. 
  • The MDPP Innovations Manager will review the product concept and conduct desktop market research to understand the product potential. They may also be able to connect the client to other resources and information.
  • To ensure the project yields a useful product, a workshop will be held involving relevant experts. Workshop attendees can include research specialists, academics, clinicians, manufacturers, end-users and/or commercial experts. This allows the MDPP and applicant to gather industry feedback to develop a product that would provide benefits over existing solutions.
  • Following the workshop, an application form will be jointly completed by the MDPP and the applicant and submitted to an independent Assessment Panel for approval (based on the selection criteria).
  • If the project is approved by the Assessment Panel, then a Letter of Offer will be sent to the client, together with an invoice for the AUD$5,000 (+GST) client contribution towards the project.
  • Each approved project will receive up to 250 hours of professional expertise which may include:

     - proof of concept research

     - prototyping

     - product validation; or

     - small clinical evaluation.

     The applicant will also receive a 30hr market intelligence report, as well as introductions to potential manufacturers and commercial partners where necessary.

  • At the end of the project, all results, data, prototypes and intellectual property are released unencumbered to the industry partner, together with a plan for further research and development.

The MDPP has access to a diverse set of expertise from South Australia's three universities and other partners, including specialist research centres, business advisors, government agencies and local manufacturing companies.

If you would like further information about the process, please contact us on
+61 8 8201 7942 or at