Stuart Dignam the new CEO of MTPConnect

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MTPConnect, the industry growth centre for the Medical Technology, Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical sector, has announced the appointment of Stuart Dignam as its new CEO.

Mr Dignam was formerly the organisation's chief operating officer and has been serving in the role of interim CEO since January this year.

Mr Dignam joined MTPConnect in August 2018. He previously held senior roles at CPA Australia and with the Queensland Government, including as deputy trade and investment commissioner for the Americas. He has also worked as a broadcaster for ABC Radio and as a government media and policy advisor.

MTPConnect chair Sue MacLeman said the appointment supports continuity and the expansion of activities currently underway.

“The Board is delighted to welcome Mr Dignam to lead MTPConnect’s next chapter as it continues to make a significant contribution to supporting innovation and growth in the medical technology, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals sector,” said Ms MacLeman.

“With $180 million in project funds under management, new programs in South Australia and Western Australia and new projects dealing with health biosecurity, diagnostic testing and workforce skills, our role in supporting the medical products sector has never been more important.

“Mr Dignam brings a wealth of experience in developing successful programs and his background and knowledge make him the right person to lead deployment of our suite of new initiatives,” she said.

Mr Dignam added, “I am committed to making a difference to the MTP sector in Australia which is such an important driver of jobs and economic growth.

“Since establishment in 2015, we have contributed to nearly $1 billion flowing into Australia’s medical products sector and with new staff coming on board and significant new projects to deploy, our team is focused on maintaining that track record of success.”