2016 BioDesign Distinguished Speakers

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

Andrew Batty
Peter Blamey
Q&A With Peter Blamey and Elaine Saunders
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.
Dan Galai
  • Jordan Green, Business Development Director, Research Innovation & Commercialization, University of Melbourne.
Jordan Green
  • Chaim Lotan, Chair in Cardiology (HUJ) and Co-founder of Biodesign Israel.
Chaim Lotan
  • Tam Nguyen, Executive Officer of Research, St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne.
Tam Nguyen
  • Professor Leon Mann, Director of Research Leadership Unit, Melbourne Research.
Leon Mann
  • Philip Nowell, Founder & CEO of Ontogo. Former VP & Global Leader, Cook Medical.
Philip Nowell
  • Simon Wilkins, Senior Project Manager, Carlton Connect at University of Melbourne
Simon Wilkins
  • Tom Williams, Principal – InnovationConsult & BioMentoring Australia
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Tom Williams

The 2016 BioDesign Class

BioDesign Melbourne was co-taught by Kwanghui Lim and David Grayden. The pioneering class of BioDesign students consists of five teams.

Team Navi:

01navi-p1280558-nometa-web-doneAlex Newton, Wei Sue, Bradley Bergmann, Shing Yue Sheung and Mubin Yousuf.


For over 60 years, umbilical venous catheters (UVCs) have been placed in critically ill new-born babies to provide a vital pathway for drug delivery. Despite frequent and widespread use, UVC insertions are performed “blind”, with no guarantee of correct placement during the procedure, potentially putting the patient’s safety at risk.

We create a device that identifies the UVC tip location to ensure correct placement. Development of this device not only reduces the time, resource and materials currently required for UVC insertions, but above all improves clinical outcomes for the patient.

Team Neuro:

02emma-p1280686-nometa-web-doneGerdus Buitendag, Evelyn Loveband, Nicola Ingram and William Abbott.


A way for stroke patients to undertake independent rehabilitation in hospital using a computer-based platform.


03swade-p1260870-swadeSarah Fink, Wei-shen Mak, Andrew Davey, David McAllister and Edward Green.


Nasogastric tubes (NGT’s) are used to both drain and supply food to the stomach in patients.  Each year nine million NGTs are used globally. However, NGTs are reported to be misplaced in 20 – 50% of placement attempts. If left undetected, misplaced NGTs may lead to severe harm or death. We have developed a medical device to improve the detection of NGT placement, along with a business plan for its potential commercialisation.

Team Pelt:


BoQu (Carl) Lin, Vanessa Pang, Samuel Ellis and Edward Tyndall.


Neonatal jaundice is a common disease in newborns. Newborns are treated with phototherapy to convert a component (Bilirubin) in their bloodstream. Current phototherapy devices using optical fibre are stiff and bulky, reducing parent-child interaction.

Through exploration (with nurses, clinicians and academics) of neonatal jaundice, a potential solution to enhancing parent-child interaction is through providing more flexibility and portability to current phototherapy devices. The prototype aims to address these needs through experimentations with current LED light technologies and battery alternatives, which provides similar or better light intensity. A business model was constructed to guide the prototype to commercialization.

Team Ni:

05p1280719-nometa-web-doneTim Allison-Walker, Chen Chen, Derek Sheen and Megan Kong.


Peripheral intravenous line placement and monitoring is thought of as a routine procedure. In neonatal populations, however, it is fraught with difficulty and danger, often leading to both short- and long-term complications and discomfort. Better methods and equipment are needed to improve outcomes.

This project aims to iterate on existing catheter-needle insertion devices with simple electronic sensor circuitry. This is achieved with a two-stage combination that provides feedback on the relative position of the needle and the cannula. Allowing the physician to make informed decisions during insertion will reduce procedure time and complexity, rates of bruising, and later extravasation that results from less-than-ideal line placement.