Celebrating the Success of Inaugural National Bionics Innovation Leaders’ Summit

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Just over one week has passed since our first-ever National Bionics Innovation Leaders’ Summit, and we are still buzzing over the extraordinary conversations and opportunities which emerged from the day.

Around 100 esteemed guests from universities, hospitals, clinical settings, the financial world, charities and government came together in Brisbane – defying the Optus network outage, airport chaos and more – for an incredible day of knowledge-sharing and idea generation. The interest and excitement of Summit attendees in crafting a National Roadmap for Medical Bionics Innovation, Commercialisation and Growth was palpable.

As always, there are many people to thank when bringing together an event of this scale. First and foremost, we extend our sincere gratitude to QUT and Professor Yuan-Tong Gu (Head of School, Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering, QUT) for the inclusion of this event in the CBT Symposium 2023, and our lead speakers and Panel Discussion Chairs – Dr Robert Klupacs (CEO, Bionics Institute), Professor Marcus Watson (Enterprise Senior Fellow Medtech, University of Melbourne), Petra Andrén (Sydney-based innovation thought leader and investor) and Mathilde Desselle (GM, Herston Biofabrication Institute).

Featured (L-R): Dr Robyn Stokes; Dr Joe Dusseldorp; Petra Andrén; Mathilde Desselle

Together we have started an incredible Australia-wide collaboration to tap our nation’s stand-out opportunities in bionic mobility, bionic senses, neurotech and neurobionics and bionic implants and organs.

We could not be more excited for what lies ahead and look forward to sharing more on the outcomes of the day with you in coming months.