Capability: Digital Health, BioTech and MedTech forum launch

James Riley
Editorial Director

There is nothing like a pandemic to shine a light on the vulnerabilities and complexities in the global health and medical supply chains.

Australia has tremendous capability across the BioTech, pharmaceutical and MedTech sectors, and has enjoyed considerable success as an exporter of products and IP. But the pandemic exposed supply chain challenges and put a spotlight on building domestic capability. It also highlighted the strength of Australian research. will host the Capability Papers: Digital Health, BioTech & MedTech forum in Melbourne on October 5. This is the third in a series that focuses on Australian capability and global supply chains.

The forum is being held in the lead up to the launch of The Capability Papers – an 80-page tabloid newspaper-sized publication containing 60,000 words worth of policy and position papers on Australian industrial policy, with a focus on commercial opportunities to build domestic capability.

There is no denying that Australia’s research and development capability is world-class. But what of the commercialisation of this IP? And do we have the right policies in place in relation to our domestic production capabilities, particularly in the case of anti-viral drugs.

The Capability Papers: Digital Health, BioTech and MedTech forum brings together leaders from government, corporates, researchers and entrepreneurs. These are the stakeholders who are driving policies aimed at bridging supply chain challenges and maximise returns to the Australian economy.

Confirmed speakers for this important event include:

  • Professor Warwick Bowen, Director, the ARC Centre of Excellence in Quantum Biotechnology and Professor, School of Mathematics and Physics, University of Queensland
  • Professor Susie Nilsson, Research Director, Biomedical Manufacturing, CSIRO
  • Professor Paul D’Urso, Executive Chairman, Anatomics
  • Ben Constable, Managing Director, Lumira
  • Nicholas Hunt, Co-Founder and CEO, Endo Axiom
  • Professor Joanna Batstone, Director & Professor of Practice, Monash Data Futures Institute, Monash University
  • Damien Millen, Chief of Staff, ANDHealth
  • James Riley, Editorial Director,, Moderator

The Capability Papers: Digital Health, BioTech & MedTech forum will be held at the Victorian Connected Health Innovation and Commercialisation Centre on the morning of October 5. The half-day forum starts with an 8am breakfast networking session and concludes at 12.30pm. You can reserve your tickets through Humanitix here.

“Australia has incredible talent in the digital health, BioTech and medical technology sectors, and Melbourne really is the centre of research activity in this country,” said publisher Corrie McLeod.

“Our focus in hosting the Capability Papers forums has been to encourage discussions about domestic capability and where there are commercial opportunities to join global supply chains,” she said.

“But it is also about supply chain risk and identifying where Australia needs to put its resources to build domestic capability.”

The Capability Papers: Digital Health, BioTech & MedTech forum is sponsored by the national science agency CSIRO and the digital health commercialisation powerhouse, ANDHealth.

The Capability Papers: Digital Health, BioTech & MedTech forum is an event. You can reserve you seat through Humanitix.

Do you know more? Contact James Riley via Email.

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