Transform Healthcare Through Digital Innovation
The digital age provides a unique opportunity to alleviate many present-day healthcare challenges. Professionals who can inject highly effective digital approaches can dramatically improve healthcare. Explore how technological advances are revolutionising patient care, learn the Biodesign needs-driven innovation process and improve patient outcomes.
What are the Participants Gaining?
Knowledge of the digital health sector
Knowledge of innovation methodologies such as human centred design thinking to create concept solutions in digital health
Agile and rapid prototype development skills, including low-fidelity & high-fidelity design
Creation of a clickable digital health solution prototype
An introductory understanding of the different aspects of digital health commericalisation
Deep connections into the digital innovation ecosystem
Soft skills such as teamwork, leadership and conflict management by working in a multidisciplinary team environment
Who is Benefitting?
This course has been specifically designed for:
Software developers and IT professionals
Postdoctoral researchers and academic staff
However, we have welcomed all aspiring entrepreneurs and innovation staff with a passion for digital health
How is it Working?
The program duration is 4 months and requires an overall time commitment of 8 hours/week.
This commitment is inclusive of weekly in-person sessions delivered by Perth Biodesign course faculty, our partner, Skills of the Modern Age, and a variety of subject specialists for 2 hours on a Wednesday evening. Please refer to Our Team to read about course faculty.
Prior to weekly sessions, participants are placed in multidisciplinary teams and are assigned mentors to provide expert guidance. Participants will also spend 10 hours in selected WA public hospitals to investigate and gain an understanding of unmet clinical needs.
What Is The Process?
Meet the Teams and Mentors
Team 1: Waitless
Team 2: Matilda
Team 3: Tria Health
Team 4: Bunji
Our Management Team
Dr Simon Graindorge
Dr Simon Graindorge is the Chief Operating Officer at OncoRes Medical and also Entrepreneur in Residence at IP Group Australia. Simon has spent almost 20 years as an investor and operator in medical device and digital health companies in the UK.
He has extensive experience as both an operating executive and board director investing in, building and growing start-ups, early stage and emerging growth companies based on early-stage, deep technology innovations across healthcare. Before joining IP Group Australia as an Operating Partner, Simon was a Partner in the UK life sciences team at IP Group plc, leading investment strategy and portfolio in medtech and digital health/healthtech. Over the last decade he has invested in and helped build companies like Tissue Regenix Group plc, Oxehealth, Creavo Medical Technologies, Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc, Ibex Innovations and Pancregenesis.
Simon joined IP Group from Ceramex Ltd, a corporate spin-out of the Hexadex Group and was previously an Executive Director at Tissue Regenix Group plc. Simon holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Western Australia, and Bachelor degrees in both Mechanical Engineering and Chemistry, and is also a Chartered Engineer.
Richard Macliver is the Innovation Lead at the Child and Adolescent Health Service which provides health and care to the children and adolescents of Western Australia including the world-class Perth Children's Hospital and accounts for over 6,000 staff. Richard has worked across the healthcare innovation spectrum ranging from a digital therapeutic start-up reversing type two diabetes globally with world-leading clinician Michael Mosley to working as a strategy consultant at PwC in large healthcare technology providers. Richard was the inaugural co-director for the Perth Biodesign Digital Health Accelerator last year.
Richard is skilled in human-centred design, communication, and health technology development to understand complex problems and design solutions that improve the experience and outcomes of clinicians and patients. Richard applies these skills to assist clinicians and healthcare innovators to develop innovative solutions to tackle the biggest challenges facing patients, families, clinicians and health systems.
Richard is passionate about growing the healthcare innovation ecosystem in Australia and in Western Australia through empowering local clinicians and changemakers to collaborate to solve the biggest challenges facing our health systems and patients.
Oliver is a founder, investor, and educator, with over seven years experience working across technology, investment, strategy, and growth. He has worn multiple hats, including Director, Growth Lead, Facilitator, Mentor, and Product Manager. As a result, he has been lucky to learn from and collaborate with hundreds of innovators, founders, corporate leaders, and investors from across Australia, Canada, and the US.
Driven by his passion for tackling big problems, Oliver has worked throughout the innovation ecosystem, including developing programs for the first Indigenous Angel investors, early-stage Founders, and Health System Innovators; to building a co-working and performance space for Regional Creatives.
His interest in healthcare was sparked during his participation in Perth Biodesign for Digital Health 2020, where he and his team sought to solve the problem of finding the psychologist that's right for you. Their solution, Charli, was recognised as the winner of the 2020 Perth Biodesign program and 2020 Freo Startup Fest.
Currently, Oliver invests and connects Founders to their first cheques with the Perth Angels Investor Group, guides the next generation of Digital Health companies with Perth Biodesign's Digital Health program, supports the growth of the Child and Adolescent Health Service's innovation function and empowers artists across Western Australia as the Chairperson of Regional Arts WA.
Michelle is the Biomedical Innovation Program Manager, responsible for managing the Perth Biodesign programs.
Michelle has 9+ years of experience in the Western Australian healthcare and education technology sectors. She completed a Bachelor of Pharmacy at Curtin University in 2010 and has worked across many public hospitals as a senior clinical pharmacist.
Michelle was formerly the Research Partnership and Engagement Manager at Cinglevue International, a research-led education technology solutions provider, responsible for advancing strategic research by enabling collaborative research initiatives with universities, research partners and stakeholders.
Michelle has also completed postgraduate qualifications in fitness, based on her strong personal interests in sport. Michelle’s broad range of work experience allows her to provide new and innovative perspectives in research, engagement, innovation, promotion and educational technology.
“The digital health course has been a fantastic opportunity for me to learn how to recognise and think of ways to challenge the status quo in the medical system. It was great fun working with the team to come up with our "solution" and being exposed to the business side of med-tech was a valuable learning process"
- 2020 Digital Health Course
"Thank you to the whole Biodesign Team who are passionately dedicated, supportive and never ceased to encourage and inspire me. This was a thoroughly enjoyable and well organised course that I would recommend to anyone interested in Digital Health'
- 2020 Digital Health Course
Administered & Sponsored by
Perth Biodesign for Digital Health was initiated as a result of seed funding from the X-TEND WA program, New Industries Fund
The New Industries Fund is managed by the Department
of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation