2019 Conference

Medical Research Innovation Conference

“Aligning intent: working towards a more sustainable, efficient and effective medical research ecosystem”

NFMRI’s fourth conference, “Aligning intent: working towards a more sustainable, efficient and effective medical research ecosystem” will  take place on the 20th and 21st of November 2019 at Peppers The Sands Resort in Torquay, Victoria.

While our previous conferences sought to discuss key issues affecting the medical research and innovation sectors and to explore strategies and solutions to help build, support and grow the biomedical innovation sector in Australia, our fourth conference will hone in on the importance and benefits or aligning intent and working towards achieving the purpose of our donors and supporters.

The purpose of many organisations, including charities, relates to delivering better health outcomes for the community. The biggest funder of health and medical research in Australia is the NHMRC, which is also funded by the community through taxes. When asked, the general public believes that medical research should be funded because it helps save lives, improves health outcomes, finds cures and treatments for diseases.

The intent is clear and consistent.

However, is our community’s intent currently aligned with and being met by the medical research sector?

By accepting funding is there a social contract to prioritise intent.

This year’s conference will explore benefits, harm and wastage in the medical research ecosystem and how together we can lead cultural and systems change in order to do better. It will also focus on ways the sector can improve efficiencies and communication with various stakeholders, including the general community. Because success relies on harnessing many skills sets across various sectors including research, industry, investors, government and philanthropy, the conference will focus on the role each of these play in achieving outcomes.

Conference themes

Theme 1 – Exploring government funding programs and how they may influence researchers, their institutions and other funders.

Government funding underpins Australian research.  Research outcomes, measures and drivers of state and Commonwealth funding programs may differ from other funders.  The cogs however need to connect and work together to create effective and efficient opportunities to support research and deliver socioeconomic benefits for our communities.   This theme will explore drivers, measures, outputs and outcomes.

Theme 2 – The intersection between basic research and translation:  supporting success.

This theme will explore opportunities, challenges and pathways for success when moving beyond capacity building, blue-sky research and discovery to advancing research towards the delivery of community benefits.

Theme 3 –  Aligning expectations with funders, philanthropists and investors.

A risk for medical research is the loss of support from those who support them.  This theme will provide an opportunity to hear about motivations, intent, stories and experiences from those supporting and investing in medical research.

Who should attend our next conference?

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Management and executives from the following groups will benefit from attending the conference:

  • Philanthropists
  • Private and Social Investors
  • Government
  • Corporations and Industry Leaders
  • Researchers and Knowledge Commercialisation Specialists
  • Financial and Investment Services
  • Universities and Medical Research Institutes
  • Trusts & Foundations

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