MedTech Bites Nov/Dec 2018 – edited by Jeanette Donnelly
The year has whizzed by and we have come to the final newsletter for 2018 which covers our November-December issue. First some reflections on two events that we have just completed.
The CMDT study delegation to Hangzhou in November hosted by our partners, Beyond Capital, really brought home the need for our research and start-ups to have easier access to clinical, business and investment partnerships in export markets of interest. Local knowledge is so helpful to navigate the intricacies of these networks. There is a lot of effort in Hangzhou at present to grow into a medical innovation hub and it now has a vibrant start up community not just working in medical devices but also digital health. From these visits and through Beyond Capital, we now have some good contacts for Hangzhou to share with those interested. There is also the University of Auckland’s Innovation Institute China that can be tapped into.
Also in November was the MedTech CoRE’s Annual Principal Investigator’s Planning Forum. This year it was hosted by Victoria University of Wellington. One of the action items out of that is a roadshow to update the CoRE community and others interested on our Seed Funding as the processes have been refined over the year. So watch out for these in early 2019 in preparation for our March/April funding round. In conjunction with the CoRE Forum, was a joint networking session with the Wellington Health Tech Network Group with a panel discussion. A takeaway was that the new therapeutic products legislation is expected shortly which includes medical devices and device trials. MedSafe are looking for feedback from the sector.
Now with the calendar looking more calm, what is in store for the CMDT and MedTech CoRE in 2019?
Healthtech Week in June this year was an opportunity to get the MedTech Sector together and one of my highlights was the increased professionalism in the pitches made from the research groups and start-ups for the Healthtech Innovation Awards. I am looking forward to the 2019 Healthtech Week when Spot Check and Surgical Design Studio, winners of the Best Start Up Opportunity and the Best Translational Research Project, respectively, come back to share their year. From the sidelines looking in, I do know that both are tracking really well!
With the current changes in the global regulatory environment, including NZ, the Healthtech Week committee are looking at some keynote speakers to address the European and NZ legislational changes in 2019. These will be important for NZ medtech companies to come to grips with. The 2019 Healthtech Week will be 1-5 July.
The other big ticket items already on our calendar are more TIKI Tours which are our signature pop-up showcase of NZ medtech innovations, the MedTech CoRE Day in conjunction with Healthtech Week, and a Regenerative Medicine Workshop around scaffold technologies and orthopedic applications. MedTech Conversations, our monthly get together for CMDT and the CoRE communities continues in 2019 with the first meeting in March.
On behalf of the CMDT committee and the Management Team of the MedTech CoRE, I would like to thank all of you who are part of our network and have continued to support our initiatives. I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and happy holidays.
Dr Diana Siew
CMDT Co-Chair &
Associate Director MedTech CoRE