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Welcome to MTP Connection


Welcome to MTP Connection, MTPConnect’s monthly e-newsletter dedicated to the Medtech, Biotech and Pharmaceuticals (MTP) sector.

MTPConnect is the Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals Industry Growth Centre, charged with driving innovation, productivity and competitiveness in the MTP sector by focusing on areas of competitive strength and strategic priority. The ultimate goal is to create sustainable employment, growth and wealth for Australia.

Innovation is critical to the Australian economy, and the MTP sector is among the most innovative in the global economy. From my 30+ years in the sector, I know Australia’s MTP sector has all the hallmarks of the high-skilled and innovation-based economy Australian needs. However, a number of barriers are currently holding us back, including funding constraints, regulatory requirements, lack of collaboration and lack of commercialisation and business-management skills.

To ensure Australia overcomes these barriers to seize commercial and entrepreneurial opportunities, MTPConnect has been established as a not-for-profit organisation, distinct from government, to champion an industry-led approach to the development of the MTP sector. MTPConnect sits at the nexus of the sector and is in no way intended to be a replacement for existing industry bodies. Rather, our job - as an independent organisation - is to complement the work of all sector participants by creating opportunities for cross-sector collaboration.

In the coming weeks we’ll be introducing our 10-year draft Sector Competitiveness Plan (SCP), which will outline immediate actions to strategically set the sector on a course to commercialisation and global success. To fully explain the draft SCP and seek your input, we are hosting a series of events around Australia in July and August. If you would like to attend, please see the events listed out below.

I hope you will join us as we endeavour to build on the sector’s achievements and collaborate further to increas the global competitiveness of Australia's MTP sector.

Kind regards,

Sue MacLeman
CEO and Managing Director of MTPConnect



In a series of events around the country, CEO Sue MacLeman and Chair Dr Bronwyn Evans will provide an update on MTPConnect’s recent work, as well as introduce the draft SCP to boost the competitiveness, productivity and innovative capacity of Australia’s MTP sector. 

Monday 25th July, 2016
5:00 – 6:30pm
Seminar rooms G29 and G30, New Horizons Building, 20 Research Way, Monash University Clayton Campus, Melbourne

Tuesday 26th July, 2016 
4:00 – 6:00pm
Flinders University at Tonsley, 1284 South Road, Clovelly Park, Adelaide

Wednesday 3rd August, 2016
5:00 – 6:30pm
Level 6 Seminar Room, Charles Perkins Centre, John Hopkins Drive, The University of Sydney

Monday 22nd August, 2016
IHBI Seminar room, Level 4, 60 Musk Ave, Kelvin Grove, Queensland University of Technology

We’re also planning events for Perth and Canberra in the coming months, so stay tuned!


MTPConnect in the news

Our CEO Sue MacLeman was recently interviewed by InnovationAus, talking about the achievements and challenges of the MTP sector and how MTPConnect will increase collaboration and commercialisation efforts. Read the full article here: Forging better MedTech links.


Industry Events

10th – 11th August: ARCS Scientific Congress Canberra

ARCS would like to invite you to participate as a partner and/or exhibitor at the Canberra ARCS Scientific Congress (ASC) to be held from 10 - 11 August 2016 at the National Convention Centre.   

The ASC is the premier event for those involved in research, development and effective utilisation of medicines and medical technologies. Sessions will be of relevance to scientists in industry, research institutions, government and academia involved in R&D, regulatory affairs, health economics, quality/GMP and related disciplines. 

Register here: ARCS Scientific Congress Canberra

15th August: MIME Wearables and Point of Care Biodiagnostics

Led by Professor Wenlong Cheng, the head of the Wearables theme at Monash Institute of Medical Engineering, there will be a number of leading academics speaking on emerging technologies that will underpin the next generation of wearable and biodiagnostic devices.

Registration is free for companies that register before 1 August by inputting ‘MIME16’ in the coupon box.

Register here: Monash Institute of Medical Engineering 

1st – 2nd September: Australian Medtech Innovation Showcase in Seoul

Austrade Seoul invites Australian medtech companies to meet with Korean industry at the 2016 Australian Medtech Innovation Showcase in Seoul on the 1-2 September.

Organised by Austrade, with the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the Korean Health Innovation Development Institute (KHIDI) the showcase will provide a platform for Australian medtech organisations to meet with Korean businesses that are interested in partnering with Australian technology and solutions providers. Registration closes on Friday, 29 July.

Register here: Korea Medtech Innovation Showcase

24th – 26th October: AusBiotech 2016

The AusBiotech 2016, Australia’s life sciences conference. AusBiotech 2016 will be held at the Melbourne Convention Centre from 24 – 26 October 2016.

Ausbiotech 2016 will discuss new and diverse topics vital to success in the global life sciences industry, explore current and emerging trends, breakthroughs and war stories from a range of areas. 

Register here: Ausbiotech2016


Connect with us

We are in the process of developing our new MTPConnect website, coming online soon. In the meantime, follow us on social media so we can keep you updated on news and events. We also invite you to be a part of the conversation!