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Issue Two: 2 August 2016

MTP Connection

Issue Three: 30 August 2016


Meet our new executive team 

We are delighted to announce the appointment of three General Managers (GM’s) this week.

Timed with the call for feedback on the draft Sector Competitiveness Plan, the three new GMs will play a significant role in kick-starting the growth agenda for the sector.


Dr Alfredo Martinez-Coll

General Manager, Stakeholder Engagement


Dr Sandhya Tewari 

General Manager, International and Government

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Dr Melanie Thomson

General Manager, Education, Skills and Events

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CEO Sue MacLeman said she was excited to have attracted such an experienced and enthusiastic executive team to bring the MTPConnect mandate to life.

“These roles form the pillars of what we seek to achieve at MTPConnect - facilitating collaboration through new initiatives, driving education and up-skilling the sector, developing the right environment for growth and commercial outcomes,” Ms MacLeman said. 

The General Managers will commence in their roles on 5 September 2016.

For more information, see the press release here


Last chance to enter our Project Fund Program

With the MTP sector on the cusp of realising its full commercial potential, MTPConnect is kick-starting collaborative, industry-led projects through a dollar-for-dollar matched Project Fund Program.

Over the next four years, we want to invest in big, bold ideas to improve the productivity, competitiveness and innovative capacity of the MTP sector. We want to deliver results on a national scale that have sector-wide impact, including for SMEs.

We are looking for consortia large and small to creatively address some of the barriers to growth, as outlined in our 10-year Sector Competitiveness Plan, to share in a funding pool of $15.6 million.

Expressions of Interest (EOI) in the form of 10-page proposals are sought by 31 August 2016 with funds granted 30 September 2016. This is your chance to collaborate and help take the MTP sector to the next level.

For more information, you can download the Project Guidelines and Expression of Interest form here:

Questions and EOI applications should be directed to Elizabeth Stares, MTPConnect Chief Operating Officer.



Our MTPConnect ‘Collaborating for a competitive Australia’ roadshow tour has continued, with recent networking events in Sydney and Brisbane.

On Wednesday the 3rd of August, CEO Sue MacLeman and Non Executive Director Dr Nick Cerneaz, were joined by Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner, to introduce the draft Sector Competitiveness Plan. The audience were also treated to special presentations from the University of Sydney research community. Associate Professor Xiaoke Yi from the Institute of Photonics and Optical Science shared how she is developing a non-invasive sensing technique for glucose monitoring in people with diabetes that is highly accurate, fast, low-cost, pain-free and risk-free. Associate Professor Colin Dunstan also showed us how the Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials Research Unit is partnering with industry to advance 3D printed bioceramic bone implants towards clinical trial.


Our roadshow tour continued the following week in Brisbane, with events at the University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology. We were joined by Dr Chris Hart, Founder and Director of Oventus Medical Pty Ltd. He spoke about the collaborations the company undertook with CSIRO and Waterfall Group, to help develop and commercialise a suite of revolutionary oral devices that treat sleep apnoea.


Stay tuned! Our roadshow will soon be coming to Canberra and Perth.


Industry events


MTAA Annual 2016 Conference: The Blueprint for a Stronger Australian MedTech Industry.

27-28 September 2016​

Australian Technology Park, Eveleigh, Sydney

Bill Ferris AC, Dr Les Levin and Michael McQueen will be presenting their views on innovation and how to be part of the healthcare solution now and in the future.

Translational Research Excellence (TRX) Conference 2016

21 October 2016

QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Brisbane

Held in partnership with Life Sciences Queensland, the conference will explore translational research and collaborations across areas of human disease research, drug and diagnostic discovery and development, IT and bioinformatics.

Austrade: The 5th China Jiangsu Conference for International Technology Transfer and Commercialisation

 9-11 November 2016

Nanjing, China

Held every two years, the 5th China Jiangsu Conference for International Technology Transfer and Commercialisation (CITTC) is sponsored by China’s Ministry of Science and Technology and Jiangsu Provincial Government. The conference facilitates international technology transfer cooperation and the development of long-term strategic networks with Jiangsu R&D institutions and industry.

Advanced Manufacturing Summit (AMS)

15 - 16 November 2016
The Amora Jamison Hotel, Sydney

AMS 2016 will explore how advanced manufacturing can transform the Australian economy by developing more sustainable knowledge-intensive, high-value, globally competitive manufacturing industries and companies where Australia has a strong competitive advantage in manufacturing.

AdvaMed 2016 Conference

October 17-19 2016

Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, US

The AdvaMed 2016 conference is the largest annual medical technology-focused industry event on the US calendar. MTPConnect is working with BioMelbourne Network on this initiative.

International BioFest 2016

24 - 27 October 2016 

Melbourne Convention Centre, Melbourne

The event will be the largest-ever gathering in Australian life sciences, with three major conferences coming together in Melbourne. Secure an exhibition booth in the International BioFest exhibition area now.

Women in Pharma and Medical Leadership Summit 2016

15-17 November 2016

SMC Conference & Function Centre - 66 Goulburn Street, Sydney

The Women in Pharma and Medical Leadership Summit brings together some of the country’s finest front-runners in the sector to share valuable expertise gained over significant careers. The event will give delegates the opportunity to hear from leaders and experts, to discuss the issues that face them in the unique context of their sector and develop plans and goals for the future. 


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 invite you to be a part of the conversation!