About Perth Biodesign
The SPARK Co-lab Design Course was established in 2016 by SPARK Co-lab based on the Biodesign model, and in 2017 it was funded by Accelerating Australia Stage 1.
Inspired by what the SPARK Co-Lab Design Course had started, the Perth Biodesign course was formed by further adapting the Biodesign model, leveraging input from many domain experts across the sector and learnings brought back by the current Directors of Perth Biodesign from their 6 months of training at Stanford Biodesign. The 2018 and 2019 course was funded by Accelerating Australia Stage 2 who received funding from MTPConnect Project Fund Program. Over the 5 years, the courses have trained 254 aspiring biomedical entrepreneurs and created 26 biomedical technology opportunities.
The Directors of Perth Biodesign, Dr Matthew Oldakowski and Intan Oldakowska, are experienced biomedical engineers and entrepreneurs themselves, having co-founded one device on the consumer market and two more currently gaining investor funding.
In 2020-2021, the Perth Biodesign programs are funded by the New Industries Fund, managed by the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation and our program partners: University of Western Australia, Edith Cowan University, Curtin University, Murdoch University, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, Telethon Kids Institute, and Perron Institute for Neurological and Translational Science.