Pitch perfect opportunity – closing soon


The BridgeTech Program specialises in the commercialisation of medical technology including medical devices and diagnostics.

Expressions of interest for The BridgeTech program, offering both free participation and access to a biotech product pitch competition, closes very shortly. The BridgeTech Program is convened and administered by the Queensland University of Technology and specializes in assisting mid-career scientists to hone their knowledge, skills and network associated with the commercialization of medical device and diagnostic technology.

The program has been developed with the support of the Federal Government’s MTPConnect organisation as well as a consortium of partners that include medical technology companies, universities and industry associations. Consortium members include Ausbiotech, Flinders University, Siemens Healthcare, Hydrix, Cochlear, the University of Western Australia, Magnetica, the University of Newcastle, MTAA and many others.

The program will offer 100 applicants a fee-free place based on an expressions of interest process closing on 8 June 2018.

The nationally run program will cover a range of topics of importance to professionals and academics seeking to commercialize their product. The program will focus on training related to the scientific, legal, financial, clinical, regulatory and reimbursement aspects of commercializing medical device and diagnostic technologies. Subjects to be covered include protecting intellectual property, structuring biotech financing, designing trials efficiently for the regulatory process and enhancing reimbursement returns.

The program will also provide access to speakers from global leaders from top-tier international medical technology companies. A key aspect of the program is the opportunity for participants to voluntarily submit an entry to the PitchTech Competition.  This component of the program will offer the top 4 pitches the chance to participate in industry-based internships and attend key sector conferences. The program is comprised of 4 online self-paced training modules as well as an occasional seminar series featuring key industry speakers. A three-day residential workshop is also part of the program and is designed to consolidate learnings and provide networking opportunities with some of the sector’s leading organisations.

This is a great opportunity to not only participate in a valuable networking and educational program, but also offers the additional opportunity to gain practical experience in developing a pitch and possibly taking that pitch through to the next level, if selected as one of the top 4 pitches.

But time is running out. Applications close on 8 June 2018. To apply fill out the expression of interest form and attach a two page CV via the BridgeTech webpage: https://research.qut.edu.au/bridgetech/eoi/. Enquiries can be directed to bridgetech.program@qut.edu.au or @BridgeTech on Twitter.