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Bio Technology : July 2009
AusMedTECH AusMedtech Vic Report The Victorian Branch of AusMedtech is pleased to welcome new committee members Alan Morris, Alyssa Grabb and Dr Hue-Trung Truong. Alan is an expert in human factors engineering and leads Invetech’s industrial design group. Alyssa is a biomedical engineer with a passion for medtech IP, while Hue’s background includes regulatory affairs, preclinical research in vision sciences and optometry. They join the team of Richard Walmsley, Rick Boykett and Andrew Campitelli. Luke Whelan and Mark White have resigned and the committee thanks them for their valuable contribution and support over the years. Continuing our business networking series on design and future manufacturing, the Invetech Innovation Tour attracted over 60 delegates, who enjoyed presentations from Dr Fred Davis, Andreas Knaack and Dr Lusia Guthrie, followed by tours of Invetech’s biomedical instrument manufacturing facilities. Dr Fred Davis, MD of Invetech, showed highlights of the Invetech journey in assisting companies from start-up, through to product development, manufacture and international success. Andreas Knaack, Director of Invetech’s Biomedical Instruments & Devices business group, provided insights into critical success factors for medical device developments. Dr Lusia Guthrie, CEO of Labtech Systems, illustrated key insights from the development of the company’s first product, launched globally in 2008 as the PREVI™ Isola. Invetech was engaged to develop robotic instrumentation incorporating the automation of microbiology processing and the PREVI™ Isola is now manufactured under licence by Invetech for global markets and distribution by bioMérieux. The Melbourne Zoo was a fascinating venue for our collaboration with Design Victoria and other export groups to present the Design Safari Series Seminar and Workshop. Participants learnt about the basic steps in getting ready for export and were provided practical advice while highlighting the link between good design and success in entering international markets. AusMedtech participated in the Austrade briefings on NHS UK Procurement Opportunities, Medica Germany 2009 and the Korean Medical Devices market, downloadable from www.austrade.gov.au/Event-presentations/default.aspx. Austrade invites you to the Australian National Pavilion at Medica 2009 which gives access to more than 90,000 global decision makers at the world’s largest medical industry tradeshow. They will launch the Australian Health and Medical 2010 Directory and AusBiotech members are 36 Australasian BioTechnology Volume 19 • Number 2 • July 2009 entitled to a 25% discount. For more information visit www.austrade.gov.au/medica2009. Victorian companies were well represented at the AusMedtech national conference in mid-June and contributed to sessions in design for manufacture, in-vitro diagnostics and commercialisation. In August a Singaporean trade delegation will visit Melbourne, interested in establishing linkages with Australian medtech manufacturers. Our business networking seminar in August will be at the Small Technologies Cluster and will be an opportunity to see the latest innovative companies there. AusMedtech now has a LinkedIn group, connect with fellow medtech members at www.linkedin.com to expand your networks. Victorian Directory of Medical Devices & Diagnostics AusMedtech is pleased to announce the launch of the Victorian Directory of Medical Devices & Diagnostics. Produced with the support of the Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development, State Government of Victoria, it is an example of the cooperative relationship between the medical technology industry and governments in Australia. The Department has also this year initiated a $28m competitive grants program, the Smart SMEs Market Validation Program, to help SMEs with innovative, commercially-oriented R & D tailored to meet the technology needs of Victorian public sector entities. The Directory is the culmination of comprehensive research into the Victorian Medtech industry and includes over 130 organisations involved in the design, R&D, manufacturing and marketing of medical technologies, classified both alphabetically and by application. Please take the opportunity to update or add your listing on www.ausbiotech.org/ausmedtech. For further information please contact Christopher Ozga on email@example.com.