New MDPP Directory Connects Australia's Medical Device Sector to Drive Innovation

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15 September 2020

The Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) today launches the first online Capability Directory, listing details of more than 2,600 Australian organisations relevant to the medical device industry, bringing together expert research, clinical and manufacturing capabilities of Australian organisations.

The directory will help innovators to connect with organisations so they can develop their idea ready for market. It can be used by businesses to identify research organisations who can help to develop new products, or by start-up enterprises looking for advanced manufacturers who can build new products.

MDPP Director Professor Karen Reynolds says this directory is especially helpful in the time of COVID-19.

“Our aim is to build on the current research and manufacturing capability across the nation and develop Australia’s position as a global leader in the growing medical devices market,” Prof Reynolds explains.

“Our new Capability Directory is going to make it a lot easier for innovators to tap into the rich sovereign ecosystem that exists here and get the support they need to develop, commercialise and locally manufacture a new medical device.

“As we move into a new era of adaptation and flexibility, driven by extraordinary challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic, manufacturers can pivot into new markets when given the opportunity and connections to do so and our Capability Directory can help.

“We experienced this firsthand when setting up a PPE testing facility with UniSA to support COVID-19 face mask testing facility for Australia.

“The connections to experts in materials science, medical device research, clinical validation and therapeutic product regulation in the directory made it possible to do so rapidly.”

MTPConnect Managing Director and CEO, Dr Dan Grant, explained the Directory had been commissioned because there was a need for a central repository of stakeholders in the medical technology sector.

“We need to integrate and connect the expertise we have across our nation to promote industry growth, and the MDPP’s Capability Directory represents a valuable resource for the medical innovation community who are creating high-tech medical devices to improve health and wellbeing,” Dr Grant added.

MDPP is an ideas incubator, fostering collaborations between researchers, industry, end-users and government to develop new medical devices and technologies with global market potential. 

The Capability Directory is funded by MTPConnect as part of the Growth Centre Project Fund Program.

Browse the directory or list your company here.