MedTech’s Got Talent is a unique program to support promising medical technology (devices, diagnostics, bionics, eHealth/HealthIT, etc.) entrepreneurs with business concept pitching skills, technology roadmap development and launching commercialisation activities. The team assisting STC to guide these promising entrepreneurs are:
Product Development Mentors:
As founding director of Invetech, Alexander has been working in the field of process and product development and related R&D, for clients ranging from high tech start ups to “smoke-stack” industry global companies, for nearly 40 years. This has provided an exceptional base of practical experience on what it takes to progress new technologies to commercial success. He was part of the management team that led Invetech firstly to public listing (as Vision Systems Ltd) and then to its ac
quisition by the US Danaher group for over $800M. Alexander now divides his time between Invetech and Capstone, a firm that specialises in technology commercialisation and start-up ventures. He is an elected fellow of ATSE and an elected fellow of IEAust.
Mark Johnson has nearly 30 years of experience in product development and commercialisation. As founding Director of Outerspace Design, one of Australia’s largest industrial design consultancies, Mark has helped hundreds of Australian companies develop solutions for domestic and international markets. Taking a practical approach to working with and mentoring his 30-strong, diverse team of industrial designers and engineers, Mark is directly involved in product and packaging commercialisation, from concept development to project management, grants and funding. This has led to numerous patents and over 40 design awards in various industries including electronics, nanotechnology, medical devices and even pharmaceutical vending. An active member of the design community, Mark has lectured at RMIT, is a member of the Swinburne Product Design & Engineering industry advisory panel and longstanding member of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA).
Mr. Jefferson Harcourt is the Founder of Grey Innovation Pty Ltd. Mr. Harcourt is a Co-Founder of Verde Fund and Verde Capital. He has developed over one hundred products and in peak periods employed over fifty engineers, industrial designers and software developers. He serves as Executive Director of Verde Fund and Verde Capital.
He serves as a Director of Grey Innovation Pty Ltd. He serves as an Advisory Board Member of the Intellectual Property Research Institute … of Australia. He is a Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Erol is the co-founder and CEO of MiniFAB, founded in 2002 with Michael Wilkinson. Erol has successfully combined a distinguished academic career and entrepreneurial spirit, awarded Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Enabling Technology Entrepreneur of the year in 2012.
Erol has served on a number of Australian government committees, international program review panels and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).
Peter Lewis has worked in the technology industry across Australia, Asia and the United States over the past 25 years.
Peter is a Director of Hydrix – one of the largest & most experienced product development consultancies in the region. Hydrix specialise in the design, development and manufacture of the world’s finest medical & scientific, industrial & business technology products for our global clients.
Specialties: Builder of business, profile and revenue for technology companies in global markets.
Gavin started his career at JJM in 1997 as a Regional Business Director responsible for the company’s account with Health Care of Australia, the precursor of Ramsay. Having developed his experience through several roles with JJM in Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne, in February 2012 Gavin was appointed the Managing Director of Johnson & Johnson Medical in Australia and New Zealand.
Jordan is an experienced executive, entrepreneur, engineer, venture capitalist and Angel investor. He has over twenty-eight years of experience in growing and
A Silicon Valley software veteran, Jordan was a founding partner of one of the best performing venture capital fund managers in Australia, he is co-founder and Deputy Chairman of the Australian Association of Angel Investors and Jordan founded and leads Angel investor group, Melbourne Angels Inc.
advising technology oriented companies in Australia, USA, Asia and Europe.
David has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Computing) from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He has also completed the Advanced Business Management Program at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University in Chicago, USA.
David was appointed as Chief Strategy Officer in September 2011, having served as President of Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions (the Division responsible for bone conduction implants) since September 2005. David joined Cochlear Limited in December 2002 as Senior Vice President, Business Development.
Prior to joining Cochlear Limited, David worked with Accenture in strategy and operational consulting, and has extensive International and Australian experience in the healthcare, consumer products, utilities and financial services industries.
David was the Chairman of the Medical Devices Industry Action Agenda from 2005 to 2008. The Medical Devices Industry Action Agenda was an initiative of the Australian Government (Department on Industry, Tourism and Resources) aimed at maximizing the future growth and development of the Medical Device Industry in Australia. This appointment was made by the Hon Ian Macfarlane MP, Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources.
Senior Clinical Specialist, Asia Pacific Neuromodulation
As the Senior Clinical Specialist for Medtronic’s Neuromodulation business in Asia Pacific, Daniel Arthur works closely with the local clinical community to identify and evaluate potential product development and collaboration opportunities across the region. Based in Sydney, Daniel also acts as a key AP interface with the Bakken Research Centre (based in Europe) and key Medtronic Research and Development personnel operating out of Minneapolis.
Prior to joining Medtronic last year, Daniel was based at Caltech (Los Angeles) as a NASA engineer responsible for embedding smart sensing technology into a precision drill for the Mars Rover Mission. He has also worked in technical project management for Rio Tinto (Western Australia) related specifically to the management of technology transfer opportunities, and first entered the medtech industry as a biomedical engineer, responsible for the evaluation and development of emerging medical imaging techniques and biomedical analysis.
Daniel holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering and Master of Engineering from Curtin University, Western Australia and Cardiff University, United Kingdom.