A 7 week industry and PhD engagement program run in collaboration between iPREP WA (Industry and PhD Research Engagement Program) and Perth Biodesign to support the training of PhD students in healthcare innovation based on Stanford Biodesign methodology. iPREP WA is the only established program in Australia with the unique attributes of using multidisciplinary teams of PhD students to work on industry-defined real-world problems with clear benefits to universities, students and industry.
The iPrep Biodesign teams spend 7 weeks working on an industry problem in the healthcare sector and receive weekly mentorship on learning and applying the Biodesign process.
Participation in the program provides PhD candidates with excellent networks and contacts in industry plus skills in project management, team work, design thinking and leadership as well as the opportunity to solve real problems in healthcare.
Health-related organisations benefit from value-for-money consultancy, innovative solutions to business problems, increased engagement with all five universities to optimise knowledge translation, and the potential to recruit outstanding PhD graduates.
“What a difference 6 weeks of iPREP placement have made. The program enabled me to firstly recognise the skills acquired through my PhD and understand their transferability and applicability in fields outside my PhD specific area of interest. The iPREP program also equipped me with the skills to pursue career opportunities outside academia. Most importantly, by participating in this placement, in a field that required different skill sets to complete the project, I recognised my true passion.”
- Wissam Chiha, iPREP Biodesign graduate
The New Industries Fund is managed by the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation