AusMedtech 2023 kicks off in Adelaide


Australia’s premier medical technology event, AusMedtech, starts tomorrow with more than 400 registered attendees.

Held in Adelaide from 24-25 May, the sixteenth annual AusMedtech national conference opens tomorrow to more than 400 registered attendees from across the medical technology sector representing 12 different countries including China, India and the United States.

Themed ‘Back to the Future’, the conference will be officially opened by the Honorable Chris Picton, Minister for Health and Wellbeing for South Australia, and Major Sumner AM (Uncle Moogy) at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

While therapeutics have traditionally dominated Australia’s biotech sector, medtech now eclipses it in terms of company numbers. Since 2019, the number of medtech companies in Australia has grown 49 per cent, with AusBiotech’s research showing that Australia is home to 577 medtech companies.

The breadth of opportunities available is reflected in the two-day conference that has been created by industry for industry, and includes more than 100 local and international speakers, with inspirational keynotes from industry leaders and panel sessions on the latest medtech advancements and trends.

Tracey Duffy, First Assistant Secretary, Medical Devices and Product Quality Division, Therapeutic Goods Administration, will discuss the challenges of regulating new and emerging technologies and what this means for Australian patients.

Chief Scientist for South Australia, Professor Caroline McMillen and the Honourable Stephen Dawson MLC, Minister for Innovation and the Digital Economy; and Medical Research, Government of Western Australia, will discuss state-government driven public policy and their role in policy development with Lorraine Chiroiu, AusBiotech CEO.

Other topics being explored include creating effective working relationships with investors, sensors and wearables, the medtech industry response to ChatGPT and LLMs, and the role of technology in the future of positive ageing.

Complementing the informative keynotes and panels, AusMedtech will feature the Early-Stage Innovation Forum, a rapid-fire pitch event featuring presentations from Australia's local research institutes, universities, hospitals and pre-series A companies in the areas of medical devices and diagnostics, digital health and enabling technologies. Presenters will receive feedback that’s critical to their commercialisation journey from an expert investor panel.

The AusMedtech conference dinner, the social highlight of Australia’s biggest week in medtech, will be opened the Honorable Susan Close, Deputy Premier for South Australia and Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Minister for Defence & Space Industries, Minister for Climate, Environment & Water, with Chris Bond OAM PLY, Australian wheelchair rugby player and Paralympic gold medallist, and Ross Pinder, Performance Insights and Innovation Lead, Paralympics Australia, to provide insights on why Paralympic sport is a rich environment for innovation in technologies during the conference dinner fireside.

Further conference details can be found on the AusMedtech website. In-person registrations remain open.

AusMedtech 2023 is supported by its host state partners Business Events Adelaide, the Government of South Australia, and Adelaide Convention Centre; event sponsors, exhibitors and the AusMedtech programme committee.