Our draft 2016 conference program is available for download below. We will keep updating this document as speakers are confirmed. Please note that speakers are current at time of publishing, but as always are subject to change due to last minute changes in availability.
This year’s conference will cover the following four themes:
Theme 1 – Thinking differently and being bold (18 October)
With a new national innovation agenda identified as a priority for Australia, new programs and initiatives were introduced in 2016. This theme will explore how government, academia, social and financial investors have responded to the challenges of delivering impact from medical research.
Theme 2 – Leading by example (18 October)
Whilst Australia ranks well in academic research and biotechnology in international measures, the Global Innovation Index shows that Australia is not performing well with “research efficiency” measures (i.e. the ability to convert our research into impact). This theme will provide an opportunity to discuss success and opportunities to help others do this better.
Theme 3 – Building innovation in Australia (19 October)
Most opportunities arising from biomedical research are of global significance, providing access to new medicines, diagnostics, devices and vaccines far beyond Australian borders. The ability for medical research to also create new jobs, industries and investment opportunities in Australia is also important.
This theme will explore the challenges and opportunities of how the R&D ecosystem can deliver greater impact at home as our medical innovation ecosystem matures.
Theme 4 – Partnerships and strategies for impact (19 October)
One of our favourite and recurring themes is to open up a conversation with investors (social and financial) to discuss not only why and what, but how they support, or don’t support medical research opportunities.
Aligning expectations and discussing the great, good, bad and ugly can help other investors and those seeking investment or support.