Four key areas of innovation driving us forward…
A Human Bionics LivingLab Community
With hubs of excellence in bionic innovation in Australia and around the world, our goal is to showcase what’s possible to a wider community and draw innovation leaders across disciplines and borders into a new, exciting dialogue on human bionic innovation.
Busting the Silos of Endeavour
Linking people, ideas and technologies in new ways is the ‘secret sauce’ to accelerate bionic breakthroughs.
At Bionics Gamechangers Australia, we see faces light up when ‘hot buttons of shared interest’ emerge across startups, clinicians and university researchers. It is time to ‘bust the silos of endeavour’ wherever possible to fast-track medical bionic solutions.
We are engaging intensively with our university, hospital and corporate partners to build an alliance for change. Looking ahead, it is cross-institutional teams who share a passion to change lives who will deliver Australia’s ‘moon-shot’ innovations in human bionics!
Bionics Challenge 2022
This year’s Challenge was delivered in partnership with the Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC), delivering cash prizes of $240,000 across Major Prizes and Early-Stage Bionic Innovation Awards. Complementing these funds to kickstart projects is our mentoring and commercialisation training program for winning Queensland-led teams.
A Student Bionic Innovation Challenge (providing a further $15,000 in cash prizes) was also held for the very first time, engaging young university innovators across Queensland.
The Morgans Financial National Bionics Innovation Prize for 2022 again opened the doors for participation by bionics innovation teams Australia-wide. The winning team received $30,000 to progress their project, customised mentoring and commercialisation training plus a share in Morgan’s dedicated advice ($25,000 value) on financial planning and capital attraction.
In 2022, Australia rose to the challenge as we called on startups, R&D leaders and inventors with a bionic innovation that could change the lives of those impacted by trauma or injury (and related disabilities or disease).
Anyone with a great idea, device, implant or treatment to enable human mobility, restore or replace a human sense, a new or improved Brain-Computer Interface (BCI), neurobionic treatment or electroceutical; or a bionic implant/organ project, was in with a chance to win a share in our Challenge 2022 prize pool.
Making it Happen!
Our Bionics Challenge winners and aspiring startups are introduced to ‘high value’ partners – investors, business advisors, designers, engineers, contract manufacturers and more.
Bionics Challenge 2022 winning projects have been awarded cash prizes, but it doesn’t stop there! We mentor, track opportunities and co-pitch with bionics startups for non-dilutive funds and continue to support founders through their pre-seed round and subsequent capital raise.
We connect bionics R&D leaders, founders and startups with expert advisors, provide up-to-date insights on R&D grants, venture capitalists and family funds, share updates on medical device regulations and more. When we don’t know, we connect you to someone who does.
Celebrating success, failure and new ideas
Bionics Gamechangers Australia works with R&D leaders and startups on projects at the cutting edge of science. We share the pathway to success and failure, and a passion to find a new way forward.
Great ideas bubble up quickly in bionics where innovations are driven by a fusion of trends and technologies. Bold ideas and aspirations live at the edge of AI, neuroscience, robotics, electronics quantum computing, regenerative medicine, nanotech and more.
It is natural to see projects fall short due to gaps in current knowledge or science, with others failing for more practical reasons of time, leadership or funds.
This is the risk that we take in pursuing innovations and incremental breakthroughs in human bionics. ‘Moon-shots’ that deliver a tenfold impact on human health are a marathon, not a sprint.
Failing fast is always the goal, with much to be learned and applied in a new or revised project by the team involved (and by others in our Human Bionics LivingLab Community).