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.


  • 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)


  • 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 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.

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.

Team Navi at Endeavour. Photo by Kwang

Team SWADE at Endeavour. Photo by Kwang.

Team PELT at Endeavour. Photo by Kwang

Team n.i. at Endeavour. Photo by Kwang

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

Prof Leon Mann visits team PELT’s Endeavour booth

Mubin shows a demo at Endeavour. Photo by Kwang.

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:

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.