Oct 17, 2022

Meet the 2022 MedTech Actuator Origin Cohort

Meet the 2022 MedTech Actuator Origin Cohort

Meet the 29 impressive teams from across Australia selected for the MedTech Actuator Origin 2022. 

Over three days in Melbourne, emerging founders will dive into workshops and industry-led mentoring to help them turbocharge projects and build a strategy to get their ideas to market. The Origin cohort will be joined by the impressive 2022 MedTech Actuator Menzies Scholars. During the sprint, teams will be introduced to topics such as idea validation, intellectual property, pitching, pathways to market, business models, navigating Australia’s healthcare ecosystem, and funding for early-stage ventures.

Ten projects from Australia will be selected to pitch at the Origin Semi-final, along with three Semi-finalist teams from Japan, to secure their place in the Origin Final at the MedTech Actuator Showcase in December.

The Origin 2022 participants include clinicians, researchers, and students working on MedTech, HealthTech and BioTech innovations that will improve the lives of patients and impact clinicians’ workflows. These solutions span key areas in human health, including dental, oncology, IVF, mental health, cardiology, allied health and more.

Welcome to our Origin 2022 participants

We are excited to announce the 29 teams participating in the MedTech Actuator Origin intensive sprint and competing in the Rapid Fire Round. 

  1. 2Hip4U | Kate Gallagher | Designing custom-made clothing that is practical and comfortable for babies with hip dysplasia.

  2. AcuDent | Liam Murray, Aaron Binns, Anna Dai, Ashwin Ho, Ivy Weng| Developing a medical device to revolutionise the detection of severe gum disease.

  3. AdraCard| Liam Mahony, Lachlan Timms | Creating an alternative to the EpiPen that eliminates the burden of carrying your adrenaline.

  4. C-arm Angio Screens patient positioning| Tim Stewart | Developing patient positioning devices for intraop use in the Cath Lab and Radiology.

  5. Ello Medical | Maria Borsaru, Daniel Malkinson, Kai Van Lieshout, Jeremy Yeh | A centralised directory for hospital staff to reach available clinicians.

  6. Innova IVF | Dr Fabrizzio Horta, Dr Victor Cadarso, Prof Adrian Neild, Prof Beverley Vollenhoven, A/Prof Sally Catt | Simple, affordable chip technology to measure the energy of embryos in real time for IVF treatments.

  7. La Petite Médicale | Rochelle De Silva, Laura Harman | Preventing extravasation injuries in pediatric patients through monitoring of cannula position.

  8. Frame Health | Melinda Wassell, Marcus Yeo | Efficient, compliant and helpful note-taking software for great clinical outcomes in allied health.

  9. Hormoneo | Hope Newman, Olivia Voulgaris | Developing a continuous hormone monitoring device to boost IVF success.

  10. TENSible | Sean James Dominique, Victoria Shi, Gwyneth Chua, Akanksha Agarwal, Josephine Wong | A non-invasive electrical stimulation device that offers personalised chronic back pain relief.

  11. LYF: Leveraging In Vitro Gametogenesis (IVG)| Jenna Hall | Helping people start families on a timeline best suited to them using stem cell technology.

  12. Sensure Medical |Brandon Qilin Chen, Aaron Khoo, Daniel Bertone, Michael Qu, Sophia Hsiang | A novel way to improve safety and accuracy of injections through tip localisation.

  13. Noodles Medical| Christopher Ong Yean Hong, Cindy Millenia Hidajat, Robert Jenny, Rochelle De Silva, Simone Di Bisceglie | A self-use device to treat and monitor chronic pelvic pain associated with the high-tone pelvic floor.

  14. Acegirl |Desiree D’Cruz | Empowering women to thrive at motherhood and life by creating discreet wearable breast pumps.

  15. SenSur | Fateme Akhlaghi Bagherjeri | Creating a non-invasive point-of-care multi-marker biosensor as a cardiac diagnostic tool.

  16. Vertere | Urwah Nawaz, Kate Leone, Jacky Cai, Vishal Uppal, Sharjeel Nawaz | An all-integrative lateral rotation mattress combined with machine learning automated prevention of pressure sore development. We are building a low-cost disability friendly mattress that provides PwD autonomy over their sleep

  17. EnVi | Amin Abbas | Endometriosis imaging using ultrasound with inbuilt guidance and 3D reconstruction

  18. OncoSure | Benjamin Arya, Oliver Cucanic | Detecting cancer early. In the comfort of your own home.

  19. Living Lateral Australia | Anita Nikora | It is self-operated & raises a patient from lying on their back to seated on the side of their bed.

  20. Tupointo Health – The Helping Hand |Julian Bianco, Mark Perrott, Maggie Lam., Robert Tran, Shehan Wisidagama | Safe patient rolling and holding device for nurses to reduce workplace manual handling injuries.

  21. Aware Care Baby |Clive Kaicer, Jenny Kirschner, Sarah Hunstead, Robert Wise, Jon Seddon | To help parents make informed decisions about their baby’s safety in prams on hot days

  22. DocuMed | Andrew Xu, Gary Chen, Geetika Gupta, Jacky Chen, Sebastian Mensink, Sreshta Sheri | Enables doctors to remind patients of key information from outpatient consultations

  23. Smartheal | Santosh Kaur | SmartHeal allows you to replace paper rulers and dipsticks for wound measurement.

  24. EMR-AI | Taser Zoubi | Leveraging electronic medical records to improve the lives of Australians through the early detection of Osteoporosis.

  25. Kali Healthcare | Emerson Keenan | A digital health platform for pregnancy monitoring to provide better access to care

  26. Shrinker | Omar Ibrahim | Solving the problem any therapy seeker faces, not knowing if their prospective therapist will be a good personal match/fit, through Artificial Intelligence, genetics, and neuroscience

  27. VR for remote mental healthcare support | Shiva Pedram | Provision of mental healthcare through applications of VR for members of remote communities.

  28. Ophthalmoscope | Jacob Cook |  Patient-empowered retina analysis

  29. A-Eye | Mojtaba Golzan | A-Eye is a disruptive technology platform that detects signs of abnormal brain pressure through a simple eye scan

What is next?

The experience culminates in the MedTech Actuator Origin Semi-Finals on 27th October where teams will compete for a place in the MedTech Actuator Showcase. At the Showcase, teams will have the chance to win a share of the $10K prize pool, over $5k worth of in-kind support and gain access to fast-tracked entry into MedTech Actuator Accelerator 2023.

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