Medical device technologies win major innovation awards

Pioneering medical technologies developed at RMIT University have won top spots in the Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS "Victorian QuickFire Challenge: Driving Device Innovation".

Winners of the Victorian QuickFire Challenge celebrate at the award ceremony.

Johnson & Johnson Innovation LLC and the Victorian State Government announced the winners today, with RMIT research receiving two of the three awards.

The challenge recognises game-changing, early-stage medical device technologies, with the potential to make a major difference to people suffering from the world’s most pressing healthcare challenges.

Winning entries:

An ingestible electronic capsule that will help screen and diagnose gastrointestinal disorders, developed by a team led by Professor Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh at RMIT University will be taken to market through Australia-based Atmo Biosciences, with Chief Technology Officer, RMIT’s Dr Kyle Berean.

Stretchable electronics developed into wearable sensors that can track UV radiation and exposure, developed by an RMIT research team led by Associate Professor Madhu Bhaskaran. The team developed a transparent, unbreakable patch that can be potentially integrated with clothing or worn on skin.

US-based Spect Inc was also recognised for their advanced technology to prevent curable blindness.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President Research and Innovation, Professor Calum Drummond, said RMIT's success in the Victorian QuickFire Challenge was a tremendous accolade for the University's expertise and strength in research and innovation.

"We are really proud of our research teams that are coming up with such creative solutions to tackle many of the issues that face our society today.

"These new technologies demonstrate just how important applied science and fields including engineering and electronics will be for improving our health and wellbeing in the future.

“I congratulate the RMIT teams for these incredible breakthroughs that have been recognised on a global scale."

The winners were awarded grants totalling AUD$300,000, mentorship and coaching from medical device experts at Johnson & Johnson Innovation, and access to the Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS global entrepreneurial community.

Story: Kate Milkins

27 August 2018

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27 August 2018

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