MedLab accelerator program (Oct 2018-Oct 2019)
After a gruelling 4-week selection process, Australia’s home of deep tech, Cicada Innovations, has welcomed the cohort of six talented medtech startup businesses including SDIP Innovations to its inaugural national medtech accelerator program, MedLab. Cicada MedLab is a four month structured followed by 8 months unstructured, mentor-driven accelerator for founders who are building high-growth medtech businesses. MedLab invests In Australia’s next generation of world-Class medtech business builders not only by providing cash, but also office space and access to networks of experts and mentors.
During the Australian Festival of Innovation in Singapore & ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations): Good Science = Great Business 2018, on 27–28 September 2018, the Australian MedTech Mission event took place. This event was organised by Austrade and MTP Connect.
Dr Maryam Parviz and Dr Iman Manavitehrani, who were sponsored by UNSW Tech Connect were among the 19 delegates from Australia that attended the event. Dr Parviz and Dr Manavitehrani represented SDIP (Safe Degradable Implant Platforms) Innovations, working on the commercialization of Biodegradable Materials for Biomedical applications.
The attendants explored collaboration and partnership opportunities between Australian start-ups and Universities with ASENA partners; the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology,Hon Karen Andrews MP, and the Singapore Minister for Finance, Heng Swee Keat.
Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research, the Hon. Brad Hazzard, announced the inaugural winners of two prestigious international commercialization scholarships; Dr Maryam Parviz and Dr Iman Manavitehrani.
This award enables SDIP`s founders to spend two years in San Fransisco at QB3, a life science innovation and entrepreneurship accelerator, the University of California’s hub. The scholarship will also cover product development costs, and will give the founders access to mentoring and networking opportunities.
The NSW-QB3 awarding ceremony on 28th May 2018. From Left to right: The Secretary of NSW Health, Ms Elizabeth Koff, Dr Iman Manavitehrani, Dr Maryam Parviz and the Honorable Brad Hazzard, Minister for Health and Medical Research.