Innovation in Medical Bionics – Bionics Institute

Innovation in Medical Bionics

Over 600 people attended the first national showcase, INNOVATION in AUSTRALIA, held on the 7th December 2011 in Brisbane, hosted by the Federal Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.

During his formal address, Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr said, “INNOVATION in AUSTRALIA showcases the kind of creative enterprise that is critical to our future as a dynamic, prosperous and outward-looking nation.”

Professor Peter Blamey spoke on innovation and commercialisation in the field of medical bionics (link to presentation). Peter was ideally placed to describe biotechnology success stories having worked on cochlear implants, hearing aids, and the development of spoken language in children with impaired hearing since 1979.

Peter is a co-inventor of over 20 patent and patent application families, many of which have been successfully commercialised. He invented of a low power digital amplifier which is used in millions of hearing aids, cochlear implants, and Bluetooth headsets worldwide.

The aim of INNOVATION in AUSTRALIA was to bring together innovation experts and representatives from successful businesses covering a wide range of sectors – from resources and energy to biotechnology. The overall theme was the importance of innovation as a means to drive job growth, international competitiveness, and ultimately a successful economy.

Senator Carr said, “Australia has a world-class research sector and we have always excelled at creating new ideas – but we need to do more and encourage innovation across the economy. This event demonstrates to customers the government support available and how businesses can access it.”
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