In Case You Missed It: Here's what the MTPConnect team has been up to this week


  • 30 Nov 2018

Pictured: Dreamit Ventures Managing Partner Steve Barsh on his Sydney leg of the tour presenting 'Mind the Gap: From Seed to Series A' at Cicada Innovations.

Dr Dan Grant & Dr Alfredo Martinez-Coll

Steve Barsh Visit to Australia

Today marks the end of Dreamit Ventures Managing Partner Steve Barsh’s whirlwind five-cities-five-days tour of Australia. Alfredo and Dan have been showing Steve our best and brightest in Brisbane, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne; they met with start-ups, entrepreneurs and innovators looking to take their healthtech innovation to the next level - and industry, agencies and officials looking to help them. Steve’s presentations and conversations have been well received at each and every event around the country and we hope he comes back again soon.

A particular acknowledgment of Alfredo for his planning and coordination of the visit which has been stellar. We’re grateful to our all partners who’ve made Steve’s visit to Australia such a success:

  • The Precinct at Fortitude Valley
  • Brandon Capital
  • Advance Queensland & the QLD Chief Entrepreneur
  • Hacking Health Queensland
  • QUT Foundry
  • BridgeTech program
  • Translational Research Institute
  • MTAA
  • CEDA
  • Cicada Innovations
  • WA Government & Chief Scientist Prof Peter Klinken
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Accelerating Australia
  • CERI
  • MDPP
  • Flinders University New Ventures Institute
  • South Australian Government
  • Tonsley Innovation District
  • SAHMRI
  • MedDevSA
  • The Actuator
  • ANDHealth
  • LaunchVic
  • Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)
  • CSIRO
  • AustCyber
  • Victorian Government
  • Planet Innovation
  • Data61
  • Austrade

Clinical Challenges Roundtables

Our CEO hosted the final roundtables in Orthopaedic and Cardiovacular today at St Vincent’s Hospital to identify the unmet clinical needs in those areas. The discussions are designed to hear directly from clinicians to inform the second round of the BioMedTech Horizons Program.

Dr Sandhya Tewari - General Manager, International & Government

MTPConnect and Growth Centre visit to the University of Melbourne

The School of Business, University of Melbourne, hosted the Industry Growth Centres at a full day program. Representing MTPConnect, our GM of International and Government shared her perspectives on challenges for the MTP sector and detailed our work in supporting engagement with ITRP, CRC and other grant programs.

Visit of the Founder of SPARK Program to Australia

Sandhya met with the Founder of the SPARK program during her visit to Australia along with the representatives from Melbourne and Monash Universities. The national network for the SPARK Australia program via Accelerating Australia is a world best model

SME Export Hubs Program: Stage 2

Sandhya has been leading MTPConnect’s work around establishment of SME Export Hubs to create new opportunities for international market access. AusBiotech and RDA Brisbane (jointly with LSQ) have been successful for the SME Export Hubs Stage 1 and invited to submit the Stage 2 application. Applications close on 21 January 2019.

57th Australian Export Awards

This year's Export Awards were held in Canberra and featured 88 finalists across 13 industry categories. Sandhya was a judge of the Health and Biotech category. Aspen Medical won in this category as well as the Exporter of the Year Award.

Elizabeth Stares - Director Major Projects

Trade Barrier Registry

Elizabeth is leading MTPConnect’s work on a Growth Centre initiative to evaluate and ultimately enhance the Trade Barrier registry to help boost Australia’s exporting capacity. A user experience team has commenced work, looking at the current registry website and working with potential users on its best development. A number of MTP companies have provided input and feedback.

Showcase at Parliament House

Elizabeth has also been putting the finishing touches on the big Growth Centre Showcase, which will be held next week at Parliament House in Canberra. The Hon. Karen Andrews MP, the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, will be there, along with parliamentary colleagues from all sides of politics and other key stakeholders – it’s a great opportunity for us to showcase the MTP sector and all that we’re doing together to accelerate its growth.