National Expansion of the Medical Device Partnering Program

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Founded by Flinders University, the Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) has been successfully operating in South Australia since July 2008. 

Building on this success, the MTPConnect funded project will support the MDPP team to pursue the expansion of the MDPP and establish partnerships with regional leads to attract get additional States’ support and to launch the to MDPP nationally. The project will also support the development of an online National medtech capability directory.

The MDPP invites inventors, clinicians and researchers with an idea for a new medical device or assistive technology to apply to receive up to 250 hours of technical expertise which may include proof of concept research, prototyping, product validation or small clinical evaluation. The successful applicant will also receive a product opportunity assessment (feedback from prospective end-users/market review) as well as introductions to stakeholders where necessary.

Outcomes: MTPConnect support of this project enabled MDPP to win a $2 million dollar project grant from LaunchVic to run the MDPP Ideas Incubator in Victoria for 2 years. MDPP consulted with 100 clients to provide detailed clinical, technical, and commercial evaluations of 131 different ideas/technologies. The team then delivered 47 workshops for the most promising ideas, progressing 7 new products with one at clinical trial. During the project MDPP launched a sector directory with over 2650 companies profiled, enabling sector collaborations. MDPP has continued to be supported through BTB, TTRA and REDI.

StateSouth Australia
Consortium leadFlinders University
Consortium members
Swinburne University of Technology, Queensland University of Technology, CSIRO, The University of Newcastle, FB Rice, Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick, Design & Industry Pty Ltd
Industry contribution
MTPConnect grant
Project duration
July 2018 - November 2020 (Finished)
Professor Karen Reynolds, Director MDPP,

For more information visit MDPP  |  Twitter: @mdpprogram  |  LinkedIn: Medical Device Partnering Program

Listen to our podcast that features MDPP Director Professor Karen Reynolds and Regional Director, Victoria Professor Sally McArthur talking about the program.