20 Industry Fellowships on Offer for the Australian Medtech and Pharma Sector

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16 September 2020

The Bridge and BridgeTech programs, today launched the applications for Industry Fellowships, supported through MTPConnect's REDI initiative.

Participants and alumni of the QUT-delivered Bridge and BridgeTech Programs, can now access commercialisation training and further their knowledge with hands-on experience at leading pharmaceutical and medical technology organisations.

A total of 20 industry placement fellowships are being offered each year over four years – 10 associated with the Bridge Program and 10 through BridgeTech.

Bridge and BridgeTech Director, QUT Professor Lyn Griffiths, said 183 people were currently going through the two programs this year and program graduates numbered more than 450.

“Bridge and BridgeTech are vehicles to enable more medicines and medical devices to reach the market, and it’s wonderful to see the commercialisation advances that are being achieved by those who have been through the programs,” she said.

“So far, participants across both programs have been involved in a total of 26 patents, 26 start-ups, 30 research and development contracts, 24 clinical trials, and six new product launches.

“The new REDI industry placement fellowships provide another valuable professional development opportunity to our Bridge and BridgeTech alumni and participants.”

Today, our Managing Director & CEO Dr Dan Grant joined an online webinar to launch the Industry Fellowships with Professor Griffiths, QUT Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation Executive Director; Erica Kneipp, ANU Head of Research Strategy;  Anand Gautam, Pfizer Worldwide R&D-Asia Pacific Executive Director and Head, Emerging Science and Innovation; Steven Kennedy, Cochlear Global Head of Regulatory Affairs.

The fellowships are provided through the $32 million MTPConnect Researcher Exchange and Development within Industry (REDI) initiative to drive medtech and pharmaceutical sector skills development and workforce growth. REDI is funded through the Australian Government’s Medical Research Future Fund.

Applications for the 2020 Bridge and BridgeTech Industry Fellowships are open until 16 October 2020. For details, visit, QUT