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BioDesign 2021 Summary and Achievements

In 2021 David, Simon and Kwang proudly received the Norman Curry Award for Innovation and Excellence in Educational Programs on behalf of the BioDesign Melbourne Program. The Norman Curry Award is only one of five University-level Teaching Excellence awards and we are really honoured to receive it.

In addition, in late 2020 we were named one of three finalists for the Excellence in Student Engagement Award by Engagement Australia.

Thank you to everyone who helped make BioDesign a success.

BioDesign Awards

This year, two teams received prizes thanks to the Stephen Ho Innovation Awards, while another team won the prize for Best Business Approach awarded by the MBS SEMBA Class of 2003.

The BioDesign 2021 Cohort

The 2021 cohort consists of six teams, working on topics relating to patient monitoring, ultrasound, vision and neonatal care.

Team Vysum

Isaac Ho, David Lin, Aryan Motevali, Darren Tan and Lorace Zhang are the members of Team Vysum. They address glaucoma, an eye disease resulting in vision loss. Team Vysum developed The Occumate, a hardware-software solution transforming the way eye drops are delivered.

The team won one of two prestigious Stephen Ho Innovation Awards to help them commercialise their invention beyond the BioDesign course.

Team Vysum is a finalist in the 2021 Medtech Actuator Origin competition.

Team InCinta

Team InCinta consists of Monisha Gunawardana, Carol Gee, Tom Lee, Hansel Winarta and Tiasha Fernando. They offer accurate remote monitoring of foetal health, which helps expecting couples overcome anxiety and reduce hospital visits.

They won the Peoples’ Choice Award at the 2021 Endeavour Showcase.

Team Vause

Team Vause consists of Michelle Callow, Amanda Druk, Shelby Holland, Mara Quach and Alexandra Wigley. They are using machine learning to improve meningitis diagnosis. This guidance tool makes spinal taps more accurate, ensuring meningitis diagnosis is less error-prone in a tool that is both portable and low-cost.

Team Vause made it into the semi-finals of the Ericsson Innovation Awards 2021 and will be representing Australia in the competition this December.

At the Endeavour showcase, they won the MBS SEMBA Class of 2003 BioDesign Award.

Team Vause is a semi-finalist of the 2021 Medtech Actuator Origin competition.

Team spOsense

Thomas Clarke, Anna Eades, Mitchell Legg, Warne Lewis and Wenn Lynn are team spOsense. They have developed an innovative way to mesaure blood oxygen saturation in children, using a wireless sensor that is both child-friendly and helps clinicians streamline the monitoring process.

At the Endeavour showcase, they won the Telstra Digital Innovation Award.

Team Venosense

Team Venosense consists of Chun Yau Gan, Shanna Lam, Olivia Lang, Song Li and Michelle Waugh.

Their team is making great strides in transforming peripheral intravenenous visualisation, through the use of a 3d imaging system that will help improve the accuracy of cannulation procedures. Cannulation is one of the most widely performed invasive procedures in medicine, and their invention has the potential to make a significant difference to the patient experience and quality of healthcare.

Team Anura

Anura consists of Jessica Anderson, Rebecca McCormick, Phoebe Lewis, William Symington and Ela Venugopal. Their invention, CAHM, aims at keeping respiratory patients out of hospital through at-home monitoring of lung function.

At the Endeavour 2021 Showcase, they won an impressive number of awards:

  • The QinetiQ Endeavour Award,
  • The Endeavour Research Innovation and Commercialisation Prize,
  • Telstra Customer and Community Impact Award,
  • Telstra Excellence in Learning and Application Award,
  • One of two Stephen Ho Innovation Awards with significant funding to help them commercialise their project idea.

Anura is a semi-finalist of the 2021 Medtech Actuator Origin competition.

Thank you for supporting BioDesign 2021

We appreciate the extensive help of our guest speakers, community leaders, partners organisations and colleagues.

In 2021, we ran session in-person, hybrid and zoom-only. It was quite an adventure.

The teaching team (David Grayden, Kwanghui Lim and Simon Wilkins) would like to express our gratitude to everyone who contributed to making BioDesign2021 a success, including:

Guest Speakers

  • Callum Lawrence, Senior Project Officer, Innovation Initiatives at University of Melbourne.
  • David Harrison, Principal Consultant, DWH Consulting.
  • Dean Freestone, Co-founder and CEO, Seer Medical.
  • Elaine Saunders, Managing Director at Bingarra ScaleUp Solutions.
  • Esther Apos, Director at CMS Scidoc.
  • Fabian Lim, Industry Partnership and Commercialisation, Imperial College London. Formerly at University of Melbourne.
  • Guido Tresoldi, Liaison Librarian, University of Melbourne.
  • Jonathan Inglis, (MBA, MBS) for co-authoring and co-teaching the NAVi Case Study with Kwang.
  • Jordan Green, President and Founder, Melbourne Angels.
  • A/Prof Jia-Yee Lee, Associate Professor, Enterprise Fellow (Medtech), Melbourne School of Engineering at University of Melbourne.
  • Kyle Slater, CPO at Seer Medical and former CEO at nura.
  • Emeritus Professor Leon Mann, University of Melbourne, who taught our students how to create high-performing teams.
  • Leonore Ryan, Entrepreneur in Residence, TRaM Program, University of Melbourne.
  • Laxmi Pun, Melbourne Accelerator Project.
  • Lachlan Wilson, Patent and Trademark Attorney. Lead, Intellectual Property Team at The University of Melbourne.
  • Maria Pelipas and Makenzie Thomas from The Actuator.
  • Michelle Kleynhans, who returned once again to share real-world commercialisation knowledge.
  • Dr. Tam Nguyen, Associate Professor and Deputy Director of Research, St Vincent’s Hospital.
  • Dr. Vinayak Smith, clinician and scientist based at Monash University.
  • Warren Rudd, Co-founder of Curvecrete.

Panelists

  • Prof Andrea O’Connor, Dept of Biomedical Engineering.
  • A/Prof David Ackland, Dept of Biomedical Engineering.
  • Dr David Collins, Dept of Biomedical Engineering
  • Professor Glenn Hoetker, MBS.
  • A/Prof Jia-Yee Lee, Enterprise Fellow (Medtech), Melbourne School of Engineering at University of Melbourne.
  • Dr. Lionel Lam, Dept of Biomedical Engineering.
  • Dr. Katie Davey, Dept of Biomedical Engineering.
  • Prof Leigh Johnston, Dept of Biomedical Engineering.
  • A/Prof Kathryn Stok, Dept of Biomedical Engineering.
  • Dr. Sam John, Dept of Biomedical Engineering.
  • Vicki Allen, MBS Alumnae and representative of the MBS Semba Class of 2003 for serving on the pitch selection panel.
  • Dr. Vini Gautam, Dept of Biomedical Engineering.

Alumni

  • Alex Newton, Brad Bergmann, Mubin Yousef, Shing Yue Sheung, and Wei Sue from NAVi Medical Technologies for helping us throughout the term.
  • Ajit Ravindran, CEO of Lenexa Medical for tips on how to pitch and become investor-ready.
  • Elise Sutherland, CEO of Stelect for being a “live case” in class.
  • Josh Huang and James Lo from YABi Medical for helping our students learn about stakeholder analysis.
  • Reagan Susanto, Dylan Andrews and Yatin Saluja on Needs Analysis.
  • Richa Bhutani, Teri Nolan, Reagan Susanto and Dylan Andrews for helping us with the launch session.
  • All the alumni who came and supported us during the Session 12 NAVi case premiere.

Donors

  • Stephen Ho for very generously contributing time and funding towards the student teams, along with his daughter Tracy Ho for offering feedback to the teams.
  • Ian Kirk whose sustained contributions to MBS makes this course viable.
  • The MBS SEMBA class of 2003 for project funding and a commercialisation prize.

Thank you for supporting BioDesign 2020

Teaching BioDesign in 2020 was particularly challenging due to Covid19. We could not have done it without the extensive help of our guest speakers, community leaders, partners organisations and colleagues.

The teaching team (David Grayden, Kwanghui Lim and Simon Wilkins) would like to express our gratitude to everyone who helped including:

Guest Speakers

  • Annabella Newton, Senior Associate, Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick.
  • Chris Farley, COO – Design @ Planet Innovation.
  • David Harrison, Principal Consultant, DWH Consulting.
  • Dean Freestone, Co-founder and CEO, Seer Medical.
  • Denzil Furtado, Westpac Future Leaders Scholar, University of Melbourne.
  • Elaine Saunders, Managing Director at Bingarra ScaleUp Solutions.
  • Esther Apos, Director at CMS Scidoc.
  • Guido Tresoldi, Liaison Librarian, University of Melbourne.
  • Jordan Green, President and Founder, Melbourne Angels.
  • Jia-Yee Lee, Associate Professor, Enterprise Fellow (Medtech), Melbourne School of Engineering at University of Melbourne.
  • Kyle Slater, CPO at Seer Medical and former CEO at nura.
  • Liz Williams, CEO at Hemideina.
  • Leonore Ryan, Entrepreneur in Residence, TRaM Program, University of Melbourne.
  • Laxmi Pun, Melbourne Accelerator Project.
  • Lachlan Wilson, Patent and Trademark Attorney. Lead, Intellectual Property Team at The University of Melbourne.
  • Michelle Kleynhans, Head of New Ventures, MedTech Actuator.
  • Nick Opie, CTO and Founder at Synchron.
  • Paul Carboon, CoFounder, Chair and CEO Microbio, Business Development @ Outerspace Design.
  • Tam Nguyen, Associate Professor and Deputy Director of Research, St Vincent’s Hospital.
  • Warren Rudd, Co-founder of Curvecrete.

Panelists and Special Sessions

  • Prof Andrea O’Connor, Dept of Biomedical Engineering.
  • Professor Dan Galai and Nadav for the special joint session with Hebrew University Jerusalem BioDesign.
  • A/Prof David Ackland, Dept of Biomedical Engineering.
  • Dr David Collins, Dept of Biomedical Engineering
  • Professor Glenn Hoetker, MBS.
  • Dr. Hamish Meffin, Dept of Biomedical Engineering.
  • Associate Professor Jia-Yee Lee, Enterprise Fellow (Medtech), Melbourne School of Engineering at University of Melbourne.
  • Dr. Kathryn Stok, Dept of Biomedical Engineering.
  • Emeritus Professor Leon Mann, University of Melbourne.
  • Prof Sandra Kentish, School of Chemical & Biomedical Engineering.

Alumni

  • Alex Newton, Brad Bergmann, Mubin Yousef, Shing Yue Sheung, and Wei Sue from NAVi Medical Technologies for helping us throughout the term.
  • Eric Liew, Kulaghan Kumaradevan, Edward Buijs on Needs Analysis.
  • Elise Sutherland, CEO of Stelect for being a “live case” in class.
  • Alumni careers panel: Wei Sue (NAVi), Wei-shen Mak (Rakutan), Ned Tyndall (CSIRO), and Sarah Fink (OMX)

Donors

  • Ian Kirk whose sustained contributions to MBS makes this course viable.
  • Graham Beanland and family for funding prototyping expenses and the Graham Beanland Commercialisation Award.

BioDesign 2020 Summary and Achievements

The 2020 cohort consists of four teams, working on topics relating to patient monitoring, stroke rehabilitation and neonatal care.

Team YABi

Team YABi has developed an accurate and automated method for monitoring and escalating surgical drain output. This is valuable for patients recovering from surgery.

At the 2020 University of Melbourne Endeavour Exhibition, Team YABi won the prestigious Graham Beanland Commercialisation Award. They also won the QinetiQ Endeavour Award.

Somnus Medical

Team Somnus addresses postoperative oxygen desaturation in patients suffering obstructive sleep apnea, through the use of a wearable device.

Team Somnus were Runner Up for the Road to Endeavour Award, 2020.

Team BioStory

BioStory developed an innovative system for the early detection of sepsis in pre-term babies.

At the Endeavour Exhibition BioStory won the Telstra Customer and Community Impact Award and special mention for the Graham Beanland Commercialisation Award. It received the Peoples’ Choice award from Endeavour with over a thousand votes. BioStory also won 3rd place for the Road to Endeavour Video award.

Team ReCube

Team ReCube ensures continuity in stroke rehabilitation under the remote care of a physiotherapist by using a wearable sensor device.

BioDesign 2019 Summary and Achievements

The 2019 cohort consists of four teams working on high-impact projects to help pre-term babies, anaesthetists, rescuers and surgeons.

Team Cari

Team Cari has developed a better-fitting CPAP interface for pre-term babies in intensive care units. This reduces the risk of nasal injury significantly.

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Team Gadzet

Team Gadzet has created a comprehensive monitoring system that enables anaesthetists to monitor the site of drug administration and alert them if something goes wrong.

At the 2019 University of Melbourne Endeavour Exhibition, Team Gadzet won one of the two prestigious Wade Institute Entrepreneurship Awards.

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Team NeuroVIS

The team developed a system to address nerve damage during surgery. It integrates with existing surgical equipment to identify and provide in real-time information about the location of nerves to surgeons who can then reduce nerve damage during procedures.

Team Neurovis won three awards at the 2019 Endeavour Exhibition: the University of Melbourne RIC (Research Innovation and Commercialisation) Prize, QinetiQ Endeavour Award and the Wade Institute Entrepreneurship Award.

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Team Rescuent

A pocket PCR guidance device. It detects CPR compression and offers feedback to rescuers. This improves cardiac arrest survival rates with higher-quality CPR.

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BioDesign 2018 Summary and Achievements

Ventora

Team Ventora developed a prototype device to assist in measuring airway pressure in neonatal infants in intensive care who are receive assisted breathing via CPAP or high-flow.

The team is seeking to commercialise their device, after winning a place in the final five of MedTech’s Got Talent. Team Ventora joined The Actuator Accelerator in 2019. They  were also accepted into the Melbourne Accelerator Velocity program in 2019.

Amy Yu represented Ventora Medical in Shanghai at the #HiMed Accelerator and Innovation Centre opening ceremony/bootcamp and at the #Slush Shanghai Expo in 2019. Edward Buijs represented Ventora at the 2019 AdvaMed The MedTech Conference in Boston.

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InCora

Team InCora developed a prototype device to non-invasively measure pressure inside the head.

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Scionic

Team Scionic developed a prototype device to reduce Peripheral Intravenous (PIV) line complications for neonates in Australia and worldwide.

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Horizen

Team Horizen developed a prototype device to predict agitation in dementia patients. They won the People’s Choice Award at Medtech’s Got Talent 2018.

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SepsID

Team SepsID developed a prototype device to estimate risk of sepsis development in healthcare.

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BioDesign 2016 Summary and Achievements

Here’s a summary of the Biodesign 2016 cohort’s experience:

Achievements

The teams made outstanding progress during and after Biodesign Melbourne.

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Team NAVi won 2nd prize in the 2016/17 Victoria-China Sunan Cup.


NAVi Medical Technologies:

  • Winner of “Make Your Medical Device Pitch for Kids!” competition (US$50,000), Sep 2017 at the Fifth Annual Pediatric Device Innovation Symposium in San Jose, California, USA.
  • Winner of the Startup Victoria Healthtech Pitch Night ($150,000), Aug 2017. In addition, the team won the People’s Choice Award at the Startup Victoria Healthtech Pitch night.
  • Second place in Victoria-China Sunan Cup Startup Competition ($15,000), Sep 2017. The team won an additional $1,000 prize for being the most popular project.
  • Texas Medical Center Accelerator, TMCx (2017).
  • Winner of HealthTech Innovation Challenge 2017: Pitch Event ($20,000), Graeme Clark Institute and Melbourne Academic Centre for Health.
  • Obtained ethics approval to commence clinical research at Royal Women’s Hospital in Sep, 2017.
  • Featured in the Melbourne Business School Impact Report and Video, 2017 and 2018.
  • In 2018, NAVi joined the Actuator, Australia’s Medtech Accelerator
  • For updates visit https://www.navitechnologies.com/news-notes

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Wei Sue gave the winning pitch at the Startup Victoria Healthtech Pitching Competition 2017.

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Teams SWADE and Navi at the Sunan Cup Finals

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At the Sunan Cup Finals

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Most Popular team prize: announced at the Sunan Cup Ceremony

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Sunan Cup Awards- Teams SWADE and Navi

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Behind the scenes: filming the MBS Impact Video 2017


Team Neuro:

  • Won two awards at Endeavour: the Endeavour Wade Institute Entrepreneurship prize and the IEEE Award for Technical Innovation & Engineering Achievement.

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Team Neuro wins one of two Wade Institute Entrepreneurship Award


Team SWADE:

  • Final five at MedTech’s Got Talent ($20,000 prize plus an incubation process with mentors).
  • Finalist in Victoria-China Sunan Cup Startup competition (received $5000 prize).

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Sarah pitching at the Medtech’s Got Talent Finals.

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Teams SWADE and PELT – winners of $20k prizes at Medtech’s Got Talent 2016.

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Ed and Sarah receiving the prize for the at the Sunan Cup Awards Ceremony 2017.

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Sarah receiving the team’s prize at the Sunan Cup Awards Ceremony, 2017.


Team PELT:

  • Final five at MedTech’s Got Talent ($20,000 prize plus an incubation process with mentors)

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Teams SWADE and PELT – winners of $20k prizes at Medtech’s Got Talent 2016.

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Team PELT at Endeavour. Photo by Kwang


 

 

BioDesign 2017 Summary and Achievements

Stelect

The 2017 BioDesign class consisted of four teams. It is taught by David Grayden and Michael Vitale.

Team Lenexa

Working on a solution for surgical patients.

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Team members: Laura Dooley, John Negropontis, William Yang, Ajit Ravindran, Hiranya Perera, Martin Thompson.

Project:

Reducing pressure injury in patients on surgical tables.

Achievements:

Competitor in MedTech’s Got Talent
Winner, 2017 Endeavour Wade Institute Entrepreneurship Award
Winner, 2017 Endeavour Research, Innovation and Commercialisation Prize
Overall health winner, 2019 Bendigo Innovation and Invention Festival

Lenexa was accepted into The Actuator Accelerator in 2018, and raised $1m in grants and investments in 2019. They were also accepted into Melbourne Health Accelerator in 2019.


Team Vital5

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Team members: Vlad Litvenko, Tim De Rango, James Bennett, Naomi Wo, Edward Wong.

Project:

Patient monitoring system


Team RespiRate (now Curatek)

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team3-biodesign2017bTeam members: Hannah Merrigan, Reagan Susanto, Jason Chiang, Megan Astle, Lee Gibson.

Project:

Respiratory rate increase is the strongest predictor of hospital patient deterioration. Early warning of deterioration enables intervention, and prevents adverse events such as cardiac arrest, unexpected death and unplanned ICU admission. In addition to saving lives, early warning reduces costs to the health system. Despite its importance in triggering early warning systems, studies show that respiratory rate is the least accurately recorded vital sign, often excluded completely. We are developing a cost-effective, wearable sensor configuration to provide continuous monitoring of respiratory rate..

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Achievements:

Competitor in MedTech’s Got Talent
Merit Award, 2017 Endeavour Research, Innovation and Commercialisation Prize

Team Curatek was accepted into The Actuator Accelerator in 2018, and raised $200k in grants and investments (as of 2019) and are continuing to raise funding. They were also accepted into Melbourne Health Accelerator in 2019.


Team Stelect

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Team members: Elise Sutherland, Fay Gibson, Marc Stringer, Lizzie Griffiths, AR.

Project:

An accurate method for physicians to select the optimal stent length when treating patients with coronary stenosis to reduce the incidence of thrombosis and restenosis. In collaboration with cardiologist Prof Peter Barlis.

Achievements:

Won the top prize in MedTech’s Got Talent ($60,000 prize)
Awarded $7000 plus People’s Choice award of $1000 in Ernst & Young Beat the Panel

Stelect was accepted into The Actuator Accelerator in 2018, and raised over $1 million in grants and investments in 2019. The team was featured in the Melbourne Accelerator Gala dinner 2019 and both Elise and Fay have contributed as guest speakers at many events.

BioDesign 2016 at Endeavour

Our BioDesign teams exhibited their work at the University of Melbourne Endeavour Engineering & IT Exhibition event on 20th October 2016.

Three of the teams were featured on television by Nine News.

Congratulations to team Neuro. They won one of two Endeavour Wade Institute Entrepreneurship prizes. They also won the IEEE Award for Technical Innovation & Engineering Achievement.

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Team Neuro at the Awards Ceremony with Dean of Engineering, Prof. Iven Mareels, and Master of Ormond College & the Wade Institute, Rufus Black. Photo by Kwang.

Each team presented a demo and poster at their booth. It was a great chance to share their hard work and they received a great deal of interest among visitors.

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Team Navi at Endeavour. Photo by Kwang

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Team SWADE at Endeavour. Photo by Kwang.

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Team PELT at Endeavour. Photo by Kwang

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Team n.i. at Endeavour. Photo by Kwang

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Kwang at the SWADE booth trying an NGT. Photo by Team SWADE

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Prof Leon Mann visits team PELT’s Endeavour booth

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Mubin shows a demo at Endeavour. Photo by Kwang.

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Team Neuro wins one of two Wade Institute Entrepreneurship Award