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Medical Device Commercialisation Training Program

Australian Technology Park is home to Cicada Innovations.

The Program is a unique career development opportunity focused on medical device development and commercialisation. The NSW Medical Device Commercialisation Training Program fulfils a commitment to build medical device commercialisation capacity in NSW and contributes to the discovery and application of new treatments and diagnostic techniques to improve patient outcomes.

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The Program was first run in 2014 and has been critical in developing the innovation ecosystem in NSW. The quality of the training is such that the Program has been awarded 12 credit points towards MBA Programs at UNSW and University of Wollongong. The newly expanded program will provide learning opportunities for up to 200 NSW-based medical device technologists, academics, and clinicians each year over the next four years.

Graduates of Medical Device Commercialisation Training Program have launched companies, engaged industry partners and raised more than $9 million in grants and private investment, creating job opportunities in Australia and abroad. The program has been particularly successful at encouraging women as entrepreneurs.

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Applications are currently closed and will reopen in November 2020.

Before you apply

For information about course eligibility and content, please visit the Cicada Innovations website.


Ignition CORE (flagship course)

Ignition CORE is an intensive twelve week course that guides clinicians and researchers through the complexities of translating their technology from the laboratory to market. The course empowers candidates on how to structure a startup and the customer development process. Elements covered in the course include customer discovery, the search for the correct business model, intellectual property, regulatory affairs, reimbursement, financial modelling, valuation, capital raising, governance, pitch crafting, and negotiation.

Ignition IP

A one-day workshop delivered with Australia’s leading intellectual property firm, Davies Collison Cave, is for candidates interested in protecting their intellectual property associated with their medical research or technology. Candidates will learn about the different types of intellectual property, protection strategies and how to speak about their medical research or technology without giving away their secret sauce.

Ignition Health

Ignition Health is a half-day, 12 weeks training course for researchers, clinicians and graduates interested in creating maximum impact through their medical technology or research. The course guides candidates through customer discovery in the “search” for the correct business model to achieve social, health and economic impact in the global marketplace. Candidates solve real world problem sourced directly from the State’s health system.

Training partner – Cicada Innovations

After a competitive tender process, Australia’s leading advanced-technology incubator Cicada Innovations, in partnership with the Office for Health and Medical Research, will deliver the Medical Device Commercialisation Training Program over the next four years. This Program is specifically designed to develop the commercialisation skills of innovators of novel medical devices, to keep research talent in NSW and ultimately deliver better health and economic outcomes.

About Cicada Innovations

Cicada Innovations is Australia’s leading incubator for advanced technology startups. The incubator is internationally recognised and jointly owned by four of Australia’s leading universities: Australian National University, University of New South Wales, University of Technology Sydney and University of Sydney.

Cicada Innovations partners with technical founders to help them scale and achieve global commercial success. Its portfolio currently has more than 70 companies across life sciences, hardware and enterprise software technology sectors. In the past 12 months alone Cicada Innovations has helped its portfolio of companies raise $79 million in public and private funding.

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2020 Graduates

  • Alessandro Simeoli, NSW Toll Ambulance Rescue Helicopter Service
  • Beena Ahmed, Say66
  • Kirrie Ballard, Say66
  • Jason Fairclough, Kangaroo Medtek
  • Jonathan Hribar, Blindness Assistive Technologies
  • Luke Gordon, University of Sydney
  • Nafiseh Mirabdolhosseini, Western Sydney University
  • Nicole Hasick, SpeeDx Pty Ltd
  • Ricky O’Brien, University of Sydney
  • Robert Walker, OCULENCE
  • Sarah Holland, The Black Dog Institute
  • Turaab Khan, Ischaemia Solutions

2019 Graduates

  • Ben Lindsay, Solushin
  • Rosa Miller, Solushin
  • Dr Benjamin Stephens-Fripp, University of Wollongong
  • Christian Legerer, University of New South Wales
  • Dr Dan Yang, University of Wollongong
  • David Wallace, Cerebro Biosystems
  • Jason Borrie, Frontier Genomics
  • Dr Jerry Zhou, Western Sydney University
  • Dr Jingjing You, iFix Medical Pty Ltd
  • Dr Joseph Dusseldorp, Syncricity Pty Ltd
  • Dr Nadi Sadr, University of Sydney
  • Dr Negar Talaei Zanjani, Western Sydney Local Health District
  • A/Professor Rebekah Moles, University of Sydney
  • Dr Shaheen Hasmat, University of Sydney
  • Dr Tracy Dudding-Byth, Hunter New England Local Health District

2018 Graduates

  • Dr Gordon Stevenson, University of New South Wales
  • Dr Iman Manavitehrani, Heart Centre for Children at Westmead Hospital
  • Dr Renxun Chen, University of New South Wales
  • Dr Kim van Schooten, Neuroscience Research Australia
  • Ameneh Sadeghpour, Allegra Orthopaedics Limited
  • Associate Professor Hamish MacDougall, University of Sydney
  • Dr Olga Shimoni, University of Technology Sydney
  • Buket Demirci, University of Technology Sydney
  • Dr Carmine Gentile, University of Sydney
  • Katherine Kawecki, Respia
  • Christian Reeks, Respia
  • Dr Helder Marcal PhD, Rheumedica® Pty Ltd
  • Kelly Berger, Confidential Pathology
  • Dr Kevin Chi-Ping Siu, Jellyfish
  • Dr Martin Engel, University of Wollongong
  • Stephen Towe, Leo Cancer Care

2017 Graduates

  • Thomas Millar
  • Burkhardt Schuett
  • Celi Varol
  • Tegan Cheng
  • Celeste Coltman
  • Sarah McDonald
  • Qiao Qiao
  • James Wright
  • Mohamed ‘Haroon’ Kasim
  • Nicky Agahari
  • Sankar Arumugam
  • Maryam Parviz
  • Saber Mostafavian
  • Jonathan Arthur
  • Nicole Cockayne
  • Ashkan Javadzadegan
  • Chelsie O’Connor
  • Alistair McEwan

2015 Graduates

  • Aiden O’Loughlin, University of Western Sydney
  • Annabelle Chan, University of Sydney
  • David Yeo, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
  • Dharmica Mistry, BCAL Diagnostics Pty Ltd
  • James Otton, Liverpool Hospital
  • Robert Gorkin, University of Wollongong
  • Josef Goding, University of New South Wales
  • Sandra Ast, AusSI Systems
  • Sean Pollock, Respiratory Innovations
  • Stephanie Watson, Save Sight Institute
  • Stephen Bradford, CSIRO/Garvan Institute of Medical Research
  • Yang Chen, Woolcock Institute

2014 Graduates

  • Alexander Baume, University of Sydney
  • Ali Fathi, University of Sydney
  • Bakul Gupta, University of New South Wales
  • Damian Conway, University of New South Wales
  • Evelyn Linardy, University of New South Wales/SpeeDx Pty Ltd
  • Farzaneh Ahmadi, University of Sydney
  • Gaetano Gargiulo, University of Western Sydney
  • Ilana Feain, University of Sydney
  • James Wood, Macquarie University
  • Kyloon Chuah, University of New South Wales
  • Linda Varadi, University of Sydney
  • Michael Weaver, University of Wollongong
  • Nicky Bertollo, University of New South Wales
  • Paul Breen, University of Western Sydney
  • Paul Keall, University of Sydney/Breathe Well
  • Roya Ravarian, Endoluminal Sciences
  • Ryan Pawell, University of New South Wales/Indee Pty Ltd
  • Rylie Green, University of New South Wales
  • Sheridan Gho, University of Wollongong
  • Simon Bone, University of New South Wales/SpeeDx Pty Ltd

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