The Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) at Flinders University is an ‘ideas incubator’, which takes great concepts for new medical technology and finds the right mix of clinicians, academics and manufacturers to turn them into real products.
“We identify six to eight ideas a year that have the most potential to make a difference,” says MDPP Director and biomedical engineer Professor Karen Reynolds.
The program launched 10 years ago, when Professor Reynolds was becoming frustrated that new medical inventions “would end up sitting in the lab, not going anywhere”.
So, she created a ‘one-stop-shop’, bringing together inventors, end-users, medical researchers, clinicians and small companies to connect the dots and smooth the journey of exciting tech to market. Here’s a selection of the MDPP’s biggest successes.