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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

2016 BioDesign Distinguished Speakers

We thank the distinguished speakers who shared their knowledge and experience with the class in 2016. They include:

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Andrew Batty

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Peter Blamey

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Q&A With Peter Blamey and Elaine Saunders

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Charlie Day discusses patenting and commercialization

  • Dan Galai, co-founder of Biodesign Israel and Abe Gray Professor of Finance and Business Administration, Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

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Dan Galai

  • Jordan Green, Business Development Director, Research Innovation & Commercialization, University of Melbourne.

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Jordan Green

  • Chaim Lotan, Chair in Cardiology (HUJ) and Co-founder of Biodesign Israel.

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Chaim Lotan

  • Tam Nguyen, Executive Officer of Research, St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne.

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Tam Nguyen

  • Professor Leon Mann, Director of Research Leadership Unit, Melbourne Research.

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Leon Mann

  • Philip Nowell, Founder & CEO of Ontogo. Former VP & Global Leader, Cook Medical.

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Philip Nowell

  • Simon Wilkins, Senior Project Manager, Carlton Connect at University of Melbourne

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Simon Wilkins

  • Tom Williams, Principal – InnovationConsult & BioMentoring Australia

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Tom Williams