The MTPConnect Podcast


Welcome to the MTPConnect Podcast Series, we're so happy you can join us.

Over the coming weeks and months, we'll be connecting with the people and issues shaping the medical technology, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals (MTP) sector in Australia and globally. We'll speak with our project partners, discuss the latest MTP and STEM trends and challenges as well as check in with what the MTPConnect team is up to.

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Part 2: Australia’s Position to Tackle Antimicrobial Resistance

  • 18 March 2020

Australia is stepping-up to the global challenge to tackle Antimicrobial Resistance, and this week our podcast takes you to a keynote presentation by our Director Stakeholder Engagement for Queensland Andrew Bowskill at the DMTC Conference in Canberra. Andrew’s key message? We need a new approach to commercialising novel antibiotics now to save lives. Our thanks to DMTC’s CEO Mark Hodge and the team for hosting MTPConnect and giving us the platform to discuss this important global health challenge. 


Spotlight: How Tele Trials Are Giving Rural Cancer Patients Access to New Treatments with COSA

  • 12 March 2020

What is a tele trial and how do patients get access to these in regional Australia? The podcast team chat to Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA)’s CEO Marie Malica and Professor Sabe Sabesan the Director of the Department of Medical Oncology at the Townsville Cancer Centre, about the impact of a pilot project where clinicians and industry work together to give patients in regional and remote areas access to the latest cancer treatment trials and why this new approach is a game-changer for these patients; which is partially funded under the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (DISER)’s Industry Growth Centre Project Fund Program.


Tackling a Global Health Challenge in Antimicrobial Resistance

  • 04 March 2020

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is recognised as one of the world’s most pressing global health priorities according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Hosts Stuart Dignam and Dr Dan Grant speak to a leading researcher in this field, Professor Adrian Towse from the Office of Health Economics in the UK. They discuss the importance of Australia’s position in the fight against AMR and how important it is to continue finding novel antibiotics and prevent the transmission of emerging superbugs.


Diving into Deep Tech with Cicada Innovations

  • 27 February 2020

What is deep tech? We find this out in this week’s edition of the MTPConnect podcast, where host Shannan Osrin chats to Cicada Innovations CEO Sally-Ann Williams. They discuss investment, translation and commercialisation and partnering opportunities with Cicada, companies that have been through the Cicada MedLab accelerator program and Sally-Ann’s decade-long career at Google Australia. 


Meet Dr Amanda Caples - Victoria’s Lead Scientist

  • 20 February 2020

In this week’s edition, we profile Victoria’s Lead Scientist, Dr Amanda Caples. We explore her career in research, industry and the public sector, look at her work to amplify STEM education in primary, secondary and tertiary education, and discuss exciting new opportunities for Australian innovators in space healthtech through the Australian Space Agency.


Australia’s Novel Response to the New Coronavirus

  • 11 February 2020

In this week’s special edition of the MTPConnect podcast, we look at the critical role being played by Australian scientists and researchers as part of the global response to the Novel Coronavirus public health emergency. With thousands of people infected worldwide, and the number of deaths already surpassing 900, the race is on for a vaccine – and it’s here that Australia is playing a critical role. We meet two leading researchers in this area – Professor George Lovrecz from CSIRO and Professor Trent Munro from the University of Queensland’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology who discuss their work with the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the status of the vital research.  


Funding on Offer Through the Biomedical Translation Bridge Program

  • 07 February 2020

Round two applications for funding through the Biomedical Translation Bridge program will open shortly.  In this episode of the MTPConnect podcast, we bring you our Round 2 Information Session recorded from Melbourne. Hear from MTPConnect’s Dr Dan Grant and our partners; BioCurate’s Dr Tifelle Reisinger, UniQuest’s Dr Mark Ashton and the Medical Device Partnering Program’s Dr Andrew Milligan. They share their learnings from Round 1 and what they will be looking for in Round 2. 

Stay tuned for news on when Round 2 opens for applications.


Digital Health – The Future of Tomorrow

  • 29 January 2020

For this edition of the MTPConnect Podcast, we speak to Arthur Ong, Head of Product Management at Curve Tomorrow, the award winning digital health and technology company on a mission to impact 1 billion lives. We discuss digital health trends, their work with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute & AFL to create the HeadCheck app for concussion management, pitching digital health innovations and more. 


Travel to the Borders of Knowledge: Meet Professor Fiona Wood AO

  • 22 January 2020

Happy New Year and welcome to a new season of the MTPConnect Podcast.

For this edition, we introduce you to a new host, Caroline Duell, and to a very special guest – renowned burns surgeon, researcher and medtech innovator Prof Fiona Wood AO from WA. Fiona takes us through her start-up journey to develop the world’s first spray-on skin, the importance of asking why, and how science is improving burns treatment.


Spotlight: Unpacking the ‘India Opportunity’

  • 13 December 2019

MTPConnect with support from Asialink Business and Austrade released our new report ‘Frugal Innovation in Medical Devices and Technologies: The India Opportunity’, the first research of its kind to highlight the growing opportunities for future-focused Australian medical technologies businesses looking to tap into the growing healthcare market in India.

We hear from MTPConnect’s Managing Director & CEO Dr Dan Grant and a panel of industry experts who ‘unpack’ the India Opportunity in a discussion led by Asialink Business CEO Mukund Narayanamurti.

  • Dr Pradeep Philip, Partner at Deloitte Access Economics 
  • Sabeen Shaikh, Managing Director of Crescent Strategy Consulting 
  • Associate Professor Ruth Webster, Global Head of Medicine, George Health Technologies at the George Institute for Global Health


West Tech Fest – Inspiring Innovation In WA

  • 06 December 2019

For this edition of the MTPConnect podcast, host Shannan Osrin takes you to the West Tech Fest in Perth. Now in its eighth year it continues to bring together local founders, innovators, researchers and industry to further strengthen the Australian startup ecosystem. Carlo Bellini is a medical doctor turned business strategist, executive coach, and speaker. His boutique firm, HIP Consulting (Health Innovation Performance) works at the intersection of leadership, health, business, and innovation. He advises leaders that are looking to move the needle, from working with startups to multi-billion dollar corporations and governments. 

Dr Carlo Bellini facilitated a West Tech Fest panel with Dr Kate Brooks (MTPConnect), Dr Kath Giles (OncoRes Medical) and Dr Marcus Tan (HealthEngine) about disruption in healthcare technology in Western Austalia. We get Kate’s and Carlo’s thoughts following their on stage discussion.


Building Project Success Through Translation

  • 29 November 2019

The BioMedTech Horizons Program is focused on supporting translation of Australian medical technology innovation to address key health challenges. MTPConnect convened our Round 1 BioMedTech Horizons Program recipients together in Melbourne for a chance to hear about all projects underway, swap ideas on challenges being faced and gain advice from commercialisation experts. Listen in to Carina Biotech’s Professor Jane Rathjen, Griffith University’s Professor David Lloyd and Professor Randy Bindra, and Garvan Institute of Medical Research’s Professor Luke Hesson. The episode also features MTPConnect Managing Director & CEO Dr Dan Grant and intellectual property expert Rob McInness, Principal at Rob McInness IP Advisory.


Movember @ Mo-nash – Raising Awareness for Prostate Cancer Research

  • 21 November 2019

The Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI) located at Monash University’s Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences in Melbourne gives early-to-mid career researchers the opportunity to study and tackle global health priorities, like BDI Research Fellow Dr Mitchell Lawrence’s research into Prostate Cancer. Home to more than 700 researchers, 120 research groups and 200 international research collaborators, BDI Deputy Director Professor Dena Lyras gives us insight into the direction of the Institute to provide avenues for researchers to excel and realise opportunities to connect with industry to further their biomedical breakthroughs. And hear about the payoffs for researchers competing in the BDI’s ‘So You Think You Can Pitch Showcase’, on again in December. 


Reflections of a Senator - Arthur Sinodinis AO

  • 15 November 2019

In a special episode, we sit down with Senator Arthur Sinnodinos AO for his last interview before leaving the Senate to become Australia’s next Ambassador to the United States of America. He reflects on his 30 year career in public service - as a Senator for NSW, Prime Minister John Howard’s Chief of Staff and Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science – and discusses the future of genomics, regenerative medicine and why sharing our personal health records can be life-saving.


From Uni to Industry - 2019 Bridge Program Symposium

  • 08 November 2019

The MTPConnect Podcast team was on the ground at the 2019 Bridge Program Symposium in Melbourne late last month, speaking with bright and emerging research talent, Bridge consortia members from Australian pharma companies about its training program to enable successful commercialisation of Australian pharmaceutical research. Hear from QUT Executive Director Professor Lyn Griffiths, Amgen Director Access, Value and Policy Sean Lybrand and some Pitch winners heading to the US on an R&D tour of American pharma industry; Pradeep Pillai (James Cook University) and Kate Samardzic (University Technology, Sydney). We cover a wide range of topics for budding researchers including what a career in big pharma could look like, how to pitch for research dollars and much, much more.


Meet Our Guest of the Chair - Dr Parisa Glass

  • 30 October 2019

In a special episode, the MTPConnect Podcast brings you inside a Board meeting in Sydney with our Chair Sue MacLeman and the inaugural Guest of the Chair Dr Parisa Glass, Executive Director at The George Institute for Global Health. Sue explains how the initiative came to be and Parisa provides some of her learnings from her first Board meeting.


Spotlight: Anatomics Opens New 3D Printing Facility in Melbourne

  • 16 October 2019

The MTPConnect team was on the ground for the launch of Anatomics new 3D printing polymer laboratory at the MAKE Incubator in Melbourne where Federal Minister for Health Hon Greg Hunt MP was on hand to cut the ribbon and open the facility. He stayed to chat about the importance of the pioneering polymer implants in treating patients in need of vital reconstructive surgery. We also spoke to Anatomics CEO and surgeon, Paul D’Urso about the impact of BioMedTech Horizons funding in helping him reach this milestone.


MTPConnect Launches in Queensland

  • 11 October 2019

MTPConnect is officially open for business in Queensland, after the launch of our new offices at the Translational Research Institute in Brisbane! Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Hon. Karen Andrews MP was on hand to open our offices and announce the IMNIS Regional Queensland Initiative that will see six PhD students from James Cook University and six students from CQ University have access to industry mentors in their university program. IMNIS Executive Director Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea AM, IMNIS mentor Kym Baker from Patheon and IMNIS mentee Nick Lee were also there to share the impact of IMNIS on their professional journeys.


Part 2 - The 2019 MedTech Conference

  • 02 October 2019

The MTPConnect podcast team bring you more on the ground conversations with international delegates and our Australian companies at the 2019 MedTech Conference in Boston. Check out Dr Kath Giles and the OncoRes Medical team and Macuject’s Devinder Chauhan. JP Morgan's Mike Gietl, Evidence Matters' Leslie Wise, Nine Point Medical's Eman Namati and Austrade USA’s Elizabeth also share their experiences, observations and advice on getting Australian medtech into the US market.


Opening up International Markets: On the Ground at the 2019 MedTech Conference

  • 25 September 2019

The 2019 MedTech Conference is underway and the MTPConnect team is on the ground in Boston to bring you exclusive chats with Australian delegates like Bionics Institute’s CEO Robert Klupacs and international participants like Finland’s Marcello van Rossum from the Helsinki Business Hub. 


Introducing Noisy Guts – an Australian Nobel Laureate’s take on MedTech Commercialisation

  • 19 September 2019

We have a Nobel Laureate in the house for this week’s MTPConnect Podcast. Professor of Microbiology at UWA - and 2005 Nobel Prize winner - Professor Barry Marshall joins the MTPConnect team, along with Dr Josephine Muir, the CEO & Co-Founder of WA start-up, Noisy Guts. On the agenda - medtech innovation, the challenges of translation and how AI is changing everything.


Making Connections at the 2019 MedTech Conference

  • 05 September 2019

The 2019 MedTech Conference is fast approaching and Melbourne-based Hydrix will be there are part of the Aussie delegation. We chat to the company’s Director of Business Development Richard Stephens about his plans and expectations for this years’ conference. 


Why Australia is a Go-To Destination for Clinical Trials

  • 29 August 2019

The MTPConnect Podcast team recently caught up with Pfizer Ventures Managing Partner Dr Barbara Dalton to talk about Australia’s strengths as a destination to conduct clinical trials. Dr Dalton discusses what’s so attractive about Australia to international companies and we explore the potential to grow the export earning potential of our clinical trials ecosystem.


Spotlight: Enhancing Australia’s 3D Bioprinting Capabilities with TRICEP

  • 22 August 2019

Wollongong, south of Sydney, is famous for beaches, rainforests and increasingly its world-leading 3D bioprinting facility, TRICEP. In this episode of the MTPConnect podcast series, we tour TRICEP, speak with its Director Professor Gordon Wallace and Dr Stephen Beirne and delve into the world of cellular engineering and bioprinting.


Kath & Kate - Enhancing MedTech Innovation in WA

  • 15 August 2019

MTPConnect is thrilled to be supporting Western Australia’s burgeoning life sciences sector which is producing standout startups like OncoRes Medical. In this episode we meet their Managing Director and CEO Dr Kath Giles and introduce the new Director of Stakeholder Engagement at the MTPConnect WA Life Sciences Innovation Hub, Dr Kate Brooks.


On the Ground at the ARCS Australia Conference

  • 09 August 2019

The ARCS Australia conference, supported by MTPConnect, has wrapped up for another year. It brought together key leaders in the MTP sector - and we chatted with many of them in this episode of our podcast series.


Spotlight: MTP skills and manufacturing capabilities with TRI & Vaxxas

  • 30 July 2019

The Translational Research Institute and Vaxxas are supported by MTPConnect through the Growth Centre Initiative to increase Australia’s skills and capabilities in manufacturing. This week, we’re in Brisbane where our COO Stuart Dignam chats to TRI’s Michelle Richards and Vaxxas’s Charles Ross to discuss the impact of their projects.


Spotlight: Therapeutics and the Importance of Cancer Research

  • 19 July 2019

Brett Carter is the CEO of the Cancer Therapeutics CRC and he joins us in the MTPConnect podcast studio to chat his team’s work, their project to build a comprehensive drug discovery library and the growing importance of cancer immunotherapy.


Bionics in Boston: Join our delegation to the 2019 MedTech Conference

  • 10 July 2019

The Bionics Institute has signed-up to join MTPConnect’s delegation to the 2019 MedTech Conference in Boston in September -- and you can too. CEO Robert Klupacs chats with us about the benefits of being part of the Australian delegation. He also shares his insights on how to take advantage of the conference and strategies for building connections and opening-up new market opportunities. 


Exploring Emerging Megatrends to Innovate Your Health

  • 03 July 2019

In this episode, we take you to the Innovate Health conference and our Managing Director & CEO’s keynote address. Dr Dan Grant traces the history of megatrends in health and medical research and explores the emerging megatrends set to disrupt healthcare — all discussed in our new Sector Competitiveness Plan (available to download now).


From Queensland to Iceland and Back: Spend a Day in a Life Sciences Life

  • 26 June 2019

WuXi NextCODE Chief Strategy Officer Alex Fowkes joins MTPConnect Managing Director and CEO Dr Dan Grant in the our podcast studio to talk about his career in life sciences which has seen him traverse the globe. Alex shares insights into how far Australia has come, what the future may look like in life sciences and the rise and rise of areas like precision medicine and genomics.


Advancing STEM Education with BioEYES

  • 19 June 2019

BioEYES is an internationally-recognised STEM education program through Monash University’s Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI) and the Australian Regenerative Medicine Insitute (ARMI). Monash BDI Outreach Education Coordinator Laura Reid takes BioEYES to primary and secondary schools across Victoria, opening kids’ minds to the power of STEM - and the magic of zebrafish. 


The Lowdown – everything you need to know about the Biomedical Translation Bridge program

  • 14 June 2019

The $22.3 million Biomedical Translation Bridge program opens for applications on 1 July. MTPConnect and our BTB partners BioCurate, UniQuest, the Medical Device Partnering Program and the Bridge and BridgeTech Programs took to the stage at the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre for an Information Session on how you can apply to the program and more!


Opening Up International Markets: On The Ground at BIO 2019

  • 07 June 2019

MTPConnect has been on the ground in the city of Brotherly love, Philadelphia as part of the big Australian delegation to the 2019 BIO International Convention. It's the world's biggest gathering of the biotech and pharma sector and in this episode our COO Stuart Dignam and our Managing Director and CEO Dr Dan Grant take you inside BIO, bringing you interviews with some of the key people. 


Meet MTPConnect's Chair - Sue MacLeman

  • 29 May 2019

In this episode, we introduce MTPConnect’s inaugural CEO, now Chair – Sue MacLeman. Sue steps into the MTPConnect podcast studio to reflect on her career, how being a mentor for IMNIS has made her positive about the future of STEM professionals and to discuss the way forward for MTPConnect and the sector. 


Oranges and Lemons - and the World’s First Clinical Trial

  • 20 May 2019

To mark International Clinical Trials Day, we’ve brought together a high powered panel to explore why clinical trials are so important to patient health - and national wealth.

Our CEO Dr Dan Grant is joined in the MTPConnect podcast studio by special guests CT:IQ Program Director Leanne Weekes, GSK Australia’s Head of Clinical Research Carrie Bloomfield and from California, Deep 6 AI Vice President Eric Gildenhuys.


Spotlight: Preparing for BIO 2019 with AusBiotech

  • 15 May 2019

As AusBiotech prepares to lead the largest ever Australian delegation to the BIO International Convention in Philadelphia, its CEO Lorraine Chiroiu joins MTPConnect CEO Dr Dan Grant in the MTPConnect Podcast studio to give you tips on how to maximise opportunities from the mission. 


Spotlight: Boosting Mentoring in MedTech and Pharma

  • 08 May 2019

Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS) Executive Director Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea comes into the MTPConnect Podcast Studio to discuss the importance of mentoring in career development and how IMNIS is working to boost mentoring opportunities across Australia. MTPConnect CEO Dr Dan Grant also joins us and shares his experiences as a mentee. 


Spotlight: Partnering For Medical Device Success

  • 01 May 2019

In Melbourne for the official launch of their Victorian office, the Medical Device Partnering Program’s Director Professor Karen Reynolds and newly appointed Regional Director for Victoria Professor Sally McArthur stopped by the MTPConnect Podcast Studio to discuss all things partnering, trends in medical devices and what they hope their expansion into Victoria will hold.


Spotlight: Building a Bridge Towards Commercialisation

  • 24 April 2019

How does Australia get better at commercialising its world-class research? QUT Executive Director Professor Lyn Griffiths leads the Bridge and BridgeTech programs which help mid-career entrepreneurs and scientists with practical skills on pharmaceutical and medical technology commercialisation. She came into the MTPConnect podcast studio to chat about strategies for enhancing the commercialisation pathway.


Opening up International Markets: How to Break into the United States

  • 12 April 2019

For medtech, pharma and digital health innovators, cracking the US market can make all the difference for a business venture.

It’s equally parts lucrative and challenging.

We invited Frank Jaskulke, VP Intelligence at the Medical Alley Association in Minnesota, and our very own GM Stakeholder Engagement Dr Alfredo Martinez-Coll into the MTPConnect podcast studio to break down the do's and dont's of a US market entry strategy.


Spotlight: Take a Tour of St Vincent’s BioFab3D Lab

  • 03 April 2019

Join MTPConnect for an access-all-areas tour of the St Vincent’s Hospital BioFab3D lab in Melbourne. Centre Manager Cathal O’Connell is our guide as we explore the BioFab3d@ACMD and BioPen projects, both supported by MTPConnect.


Opening Up International Markets: On The Ground in Hong Kong

  • 27 March 2019

MTPConnect is participating in AusBiotech's Australian delegation to Hong Kong and Shanghai for the third Asian Investment Series. Our CEO Dr Dan Grant was on the ground in Hong Kong to discuss the importance of building relationships with Chinese companies and investors, the burgeoning potential of Asian markets and the potential for foreign direct investment into Australia's MTP sector.


Spotlight: Health Innovations are on the Horizon

  • 20 March 2019

Healthtech start-up Health Horizon has developed a unique platform to track development of Australian health innovations. Their project was supported through the MTPConnect Project Fund Program. Co-Founder Mathew McGann joins the MTPConnect Podcast with Director Major Projects, Elizabeth Stares, to tell us more about the platform and how consumers have come to appreciate it.


Breaking News: $150M Stem Cell Research Injection

  • 13 March 2019

Today, the Australian Government announced a $150 million injection for the establishment of the Stem Cell Mission to boost health and medical research in Australia. The announcement was made by the Minister for Health Hon. Greg Hunt MP - MTPConnect was on hand for the big news and to catch up with the Mission's Co-Chairs Professor Melissa Little and Professor Mark Kendall.


Spotlight: CCRM AU & Future Therapies

  • 07 March 2019

Silvio Tiziani is the CEO of CCRM Australia and the Director of ARMI at Monash University. He chatted with us about CCRM Australia’s work in the regenerative medicine sector and what role it plays in advancing the future health of patients in Australian and globally.


Venture Forward

  • 28 February 2019

Lisa Suennen – known by her Twitter followers as the Venture Valkyerie – recently visited Australia from the US. She’s an entrepreneur, a Group Leader of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips looking after its Digital and Technology businesses and Founder of CSweetener. Lisa joined ANDHealth for its recent Digital Health Summit and Women in Digital Health luncheon to talk about entrepreneurship, venture capital, gender equity and the future of digital health.


Episode 1 - BTB & CRC-P

  • 19 February 2019

In this first episode of the MTPConnect Podcast Series, we are joined by our CEO Dr Dan Grant and GM Stakeholder Engagement Dr Alfredo Martinez-Coll. We delve into many of the big issues for the Australian medtech, biotech and pharma (MTP) sector including, digital health, precision medicine, regenerative medicine. We also look at what it takes to craft and develop a successful grant application to take your innovation to the next level. Even the Minister for Health Hon. Greg Hunt MP stops with a big announcement to boost research and commercialisation.