Building Australia Through Innovation
Over 320 guests comprising med tech executives, researchers, clinicians, government staff and investors attended the Innovation Lecture.
The focus of this year’s event was to bring med tech leaders together to explore how Australia can accurately measure innovation, boost the med tech ecosystem and strengthen connections. Networking drinks followed the lecture which provided guests with the opportunity to forge partnerships and develop links with like-minded people.
Dr Andreas Fouras, CEO, 4DMedical
Kylie Walker, CEO, ATSE
Dr Jill Freyne, Deputy Chief Medical Scientist, CSIRO
Christine Williams, Former General Manager, Innovation Metrics Review
Through the Innovation Lecture series, the Bionics Institute aims to develop a shared understanding of what it will take to build Australia through innovation between:
– Med tech thought leaders
– Start-up founders and entrepreneurs
– Government agencies and peak bodies
– Impact investors, fund managers and VCs
– Healthcare and tertiary education leaders
– Trusts, foundations and philanthropists
– Business media.
Keynote speaker: Dr Andreas Fouras, CEO of 4DMedical
4DMedical was incorporated in 2012 to acquire the imaging platform XV Technology from Monash University, where it was originally conceived and developed by Andreas and his former research group.
4DMedical aims to change the outcome for patients with lung disease by revolutionising respiratory and ventilation analysis using this technology, which is the first FDA approved respiratory imaging system using algorithms to convert x-ray image sequences into four-dimensional data to enhance clinical management.
In May 2020, 4DMedical obtained FDA approval for its XV technology and in August 2020 completed an initial public offering (IPO) on the ASX, raising $56 million. The global market for respiratory diagnostics is currently estimated to exceed $US30 billion per annum.
After completing his PhD in engineering, Andreas rose to the position of Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Director of the Laboratory for Dynamic Imaging at Monash University. Andreas is now the founding CEO of 4DMedical, based in Melbourne and Los Angeles.
Keynote speaker: Kylie Walker, CEO of ATSE
Kylie is the CEO of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), where she works with expert Fellows to lead crucial national conversations and strategy towards a thriving, healthy and connected Australia supported by technology.
Kylie specialises in connecting technologists, engineers and scientists with governments, business, media and society – skills built over many years in senior federal communication and advocacy roles in the science, technology and health sectors.
As the immediate past CEO of Science & Technology Australia, Kylie led campaigns to increase investment in Australian research and development, and created the acclaimed Superstars of STEM program, championing Australian women in science technology, engineering and mathematics.
Kylie is also a visiting Fellow at the Australian Centre for the Public Awareness of Science. She was Chair of the Australian National Commission for UNESCO and in 2019, she was named in the 100 Women of Influence list by the Australian Financial Review for her work on improving equity, diversity and inclusion in STEM.
Panellist: Dr Jill Freyne, Deputy Chief Scientist, CSIRO
A highly experienced leader in digital health service delivery, Jill is recognised in Australia and internationally for her work in transformative health technology solutions.
She is passionate about improving equity and accessibility in the healthcare industry and has extensive experience in leading teams to devise sustainable health innovations.
Jill joined CSIRO in 2013 and has held a number of leadership roles in digital health research, working extensively with government and industry partners. She received her PhD in Computer Science from University College Dublin in Ireland and has held positions at the Clarity Center for Sensor Web technologies and IBM Research, USA.
Panellist: Christine Williams, Former GM, Innovation Metrics Review
Christine Williams is an experienced leader, economist, data scientist, risk manager, and company director. She has worked in innovation, as a research and development manager, and in the startup sector. She is currently a director of St John Ambulance Australia Ltd, a member of the University of Canberra Council, Chairperson of the Energy Safe Victoria Technical Advisory Committee, an Australian Institute of Company Directors ACT Division Council member, and works at Deloitte.
Her previous roles included being General Manager of the Innovation Metrics Review in the second half of 2018 and throughout 2019, heading the team reporting to Dr Alan Finkel (then Australia’s Chief Scientist), and Mark Cully (then Chief Economics of the Australian Department of Industry, Science and Resources).