Welcome Message from the Chair of the BME IDEA APAC Steering Committee
Welcome to the Biomedical Engineering Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship Alliance 2022
Conference in Perth, Western Australia! In its 7th year, the conference will be held in Australia for the first time and promises to be an engaging event with organizers and delegates representing programs in Taiwan, Japan, Texas, Singapore, Israel and Stanford as well as across Australia.
Last year’s meeting hosted by Taipei Medical University Biodesign was a great success with programs sharing knowledge and best practices to continue offering our trainees rich educational experiences despite the challenging circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year the theme of the conference – Actionable Collaboration – is aimed at harnessing the enthusiasm throughout the APAC region for working together in mutually beneficial and sustainable collaborations. The agenda will also focus on sharing the latest in best practice in biomedical innovation education, discussion of the common challenges our programs face, and how we can tackle them individually and as a community.
We thank Biodesign Australia for hosting and providing financial support for this year’s event. We also thank the members of the organizing committee, as well as the delegates attending the conference, for playing a key role in strengthening the innovation education community in Asia Pacific. We wish you a wonderful conference and a bright, collaborative future ahead.
ADJUNCT PROFESSOR ANURAG MAIRAL – DIRECTOR, GLOBAL OUTREACH PROGRAMS, STANFORD BIODESIGN – CHAIR, BME IDEA APAC STEERING COMMITTEE
Welcome Message from the Hosts,
We would like to warmly welcome all our presenters and delegates to the BME IDEA APAC 2022
conference in Perth, Western Australia hosted by Biodesign Australia in collaboration with Taipei
Medical University. We are very excited to showcase our Australian medtech ecosystem as well as discuss in detail collaboration opportunities with our international colleagues representing programs in Taiwan, Texas, Japan, Stanford, Singapore and Israel.
The four-day program provides an excellent opportunity to delve into the details of these collaborations and commit to actionable plans for executing them going forward. In addition we will be sharing experience and discussing best practice on running biomedical innovation programs including discussions of program diversification to adapt to the local ecosystem, supporting teams through engagement with incubators and facilitating international advice for local teams.
We would like to recognise the traditional custodians of the land on which we will host the
conference, the Whadjuk Noongar people and pay our respects to their elders past, present and
MATT OLDAKOWSKI, INTAN OLDAKOWSKA, KEVIN PFLEGER – DIRECTORS AND CHAIR, BIODESIGN AUSTRALIA
The goals of BME IDEA are to:
Share experiences and best practices across biomedical engineering programs regarding teaching innovation, design, technology transfer, and entrepreneurship.
Discuss objectives, challenges, and opportunities for the advancement of these programs, including industry and academic perspectives.
Explore the potential for sharing resources and creating community-wide tools to promote innovation in biomedical engineering.