Successful medical device model expands in Asia-Pacific

SA Minister for Investment and Trade Martin Hamilton-Smith, left, Flinders Executive Dean , College of Science and Engineering, Professor John Beynon, Nanyang Technological University Singapore Institute for Health Technologies executive director Professor Russell Gruen and Singapore’s Senior Minister of State Ms Sim Ann.

An international node of the successful Medical Device Partnering Program based Flinders will be launched in Singapore.

The MDPP-Partnership 2025 memorandum of understanding with Nanyang Technological University Singapore aims to build additional research and development programs between Singapore and Australia through the commercialisation of research among agencies, academic institutions and the private sector.

Through the NTU Singapore partnership, the South Australian MDPP will expand its scope of research expertise and network of partners within the Asia-Pacific region; while Singapore’s medical device industry will benefit from a proven model for early concept development and evaluation.

State Government and Flinders representatives signed the agreement in Singapore during a week-long business mission which was organised as part of a wider SA program of engagement with South-East Asia.

The MDPP supports the development of cutting-edge medical devices through collaborations between researchers, industry, users and government.

The program provides a mechanism for the development of prototypes and proof of concepts, and assists with the commercialisation of potential Australian medical device products.

“Flinders University has established a long record of delivering real impact through successful commercialisation of medical devices,” Flinders Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Stirling says.

“This new partnership with NTU will expand our capacity to deliver life-changing medical technologies across the Asia-Pacific region.”

Trade Minister Mr Martin Hamilton-Smith says increased research and development collaborations in the medical devices space will add to the State’s expertise and world-class manufacturing potential.

“This is a growing sector for South Australia which will benefit both the State and Flinders University through improved research collaboration and the exchange of knowledge and skills with Singapore,” Mr Hamilton-Smith says.

NTU Singapore has an impressive track record globally, as it is ranked 11th internationally in the QS World University Rankings and fourth for Engineering and Technology.

It has strong international research partnerships with top institutions in the US, Europe and Asia, such as MIT, Stanford University, Caltech, Carnegie Mellon University; Cambridge University, Imperial College London; and Peking University, Tsinghua University. NTU also has close industry collaborations with leading industry partners such as Rolls-Royce, BMW Group, Siemens and Thales.

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