ROUND 3

2020

 This round is currently underway.

 

The 7 week placement commenced on the 28th of September and will conclude on the 13th November 2020 and connects 31 PhD students to 10 different organisations.  

6 of these organisations are working within the healthcare space and are receiving additional training and mentoring by Perth Biodesign. 

Monitoring babies and mothers currently requires guesswork due to deficiencies in monitoring technology, leading to world of stress, medical guesswork, litigation and poorer outcomes.

 

VitalTrace is developing a new technology for keeping mother and babies safe during labour and delivery. It provides continuous, accurate data about the baby’s status during labour, which allows Obstetricians to make informed decisions about management, intervene only when necessary and allows mothers to birth in the most natural way possible.

 

Our aim is to save babies lives and prevent unnecessary intervention in labour and delivery around the world.

This iPREP team received extra training by Perth Biodesign 

PROJECT TITLE

First end to end wearable fetal monitoring prototype

PROJECT SUMMARY

Activities include:

  • Embedded firmware, electronic engineering and software algorithm work

  • New product vertical work

  • Electrochemistry, R&D and Human trial work 

The students will received insight into medical device research and development, including considerations of IP, regulatory and reimbursement. They will learn the  entrepreneurial mindset and principles of lean-start up. There is the opportunity to conduct future trials, publications and possible patents. Most importantly, there is the opportunity to contribute to the development of a device that has been touted to positively affect millions of mothers and babies.

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ARTS AND HUMANITIES

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LIANZHI CHEN

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MEDICAL SCIENCE

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ROBERT ATKINSON

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MOLECULAR AND LIFE SCIENCES

PROJECT TITLE

Growing Mammalian Cells on a Bacterial Nanocellulose Cell Culture Scaffold and Associated Socio-environmental Issues with Cultivated Meat as an Alternative Protein Source

PROJECT SUMMARY

This iPREP project will be split into two main parts; growing mammalian cells on the BNC scaffolds and testing society’s perception and potential reaction to cultivated meat as a food source.

 

The anticipated outcomes of part one will be to successfully illustrate that mammalian cells will attach, proliferate and differentiate on the BNC scaffolds. Part two is more of an unknown maybe due to the “yuk” factor that seems to be present in society about growing meat in a lab. However, with the current pandemic and interruption in our food supply chains, people may be more accepting of this new technology.

This project will provide valuable data and reinforce the BNC scaffolding technology as a suitable cell culture scaffolding for cultivated meat. As cultivated meat is an emerging and rapidly growing global industry, there is and will be a massive opportunity for careers in this space.

Cass Materials make an affordable, edible high fibre cell culture scaffold for growing cultivated meat. Cell culture scaffolding (a type of cellular framework) is one of the major problems that the cultivated meat industry has to solve before achieving commercial success. Our BNC scaffolding technology made from nata de coco cellulose, an existing foodstuff and dietary fibre, will improve the nutritional value and scalability of cultivated meat. Food security has become a major priority of governments for planning a future, “a new world”, to grow and supply enough clean food for our population. Cultivated meat is one of these emerging and rapidly expanding global industries that can deliver an alternative protein source. The BNC scaffolding technology aims to introduce cultivated meat into Western Australia (WA), spearheading the state into the global cultivated meat industry. Being at the forefront of emerging technologies will give WA the ability to supply clean cultivated meat, whilst satisfying the high priority objectives of lowering carbon emissions, utilising less water and less arable land.

https://cassmaterials.com/cellular-agriculture/

 

https://www.cellularagricultureaustralia.org

 

https://www.gfi.org/cultivatedmeat

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QO9SS1NS6MM

Meet The Team

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THANH HOANG

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AGRICULTURE AND ENVIRONMENT

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TILSA GUIMA

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ARTS, BUSINESS, LAW AND SOCIAL SCIENCE

South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS), hospital and community-based public health care services to a population of more than 647,754, stretching 3,300 km2 across the southern half of Perth.  SMHS supports 25% of the state’s population and typically catering to older consumers.  The hospital networks consist of: Fiona Stanley Hospital, Rockingham General Hospital, Fremantle Hospital, Murray District Hospital and Peel Health Campus.

https://ww2.health.wa.gov.au/About%20us/South%20Metropolitan%20Health%20Service

https://www.facebook.com/SouthMetropolitanHealthService/?ref=py_c

https://www.linkedin.com/company/south-metropolitan-health-service

This iPREP team received extra training by Perth Biodesign

PROJECT TITLE

Artificial Intelligence for prediction and prevention

PROJECT SUMMARY

The project will have two areas of focus:

1. Hospital readmission reduction:

The purpose of this initiative is to improve patient outcomes by preventing unplanned readmissions, through the lens of medication safety and patient complexity. The iPREP Team will focus on data science and machine learning methods to facilitate automated identification and referral and to inform development of preventative models of care.

2. Radiology decision support for fracture management:

This initiative is part of a broader project to develop and implement AI decision support in the Radiology Department, including data linkage for predictive health analytics to improve efficiency and inform individualised treatment decisions and effective use of resources for best patient outcomes. The project is in an early, exploratory phase, using wrist factures as the use case, to inform both a strategic approach to implementing AI decision support and also identify feasible workflows for extracting and processing data required to develop localised AI tools.The iPREP Team will undertake literature review and market research and develop natural language processing and neural network prototypes for classification and identification of wrist fractures.

Meet The Team

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JAMIU EKUNDAYO

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WESTERN AUSTRALIAN SCHOOL OF MINES

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R DABARE

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IT, MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS

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PRATIMA JAIN

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BUSINESS

PROJECT TITLE

Emerald’s Real-World Evidence Clinical Care Model

PROJECT SUMMARY

This project will look at evaluation of cannabinoid medicines for treatment of chronic disease symptoms. Our subsidiary Emerald Clinics has established a clinical data registry of patients with chronic diseases including chronic non-cancer pain, cancer symptoms, insomnia, PTSD, Alzheimer’s Disease and neurological disorders.

 

To assist with analysis of the data registry, this
project will evaluate existing knowledge on treatment of chronic diseases with cannabinoid medicines.

 

This iPREP team is received extra training by Perth

Biodesign

Emyria Ltd (including Emerald Clinics) is an Australian publicly listed healthcare technology company, which operates clinics and facilitates access to new and emerging treatments generating clinical evidence on the safety and effectiveness of these new treatments.

 

Emyria has developed a real-world data model incorporating our network of clinical services to translate
real-world patient experiences into clinical evidence and accelerate access to new treatments in a safe, robust and ethical way. Our current programs include development of digital health technologies to improve patient monitoring and evaluation of new treatments for chronic
diseases. Our R&D collaborations include private companies and universities in Australia and US
on our data systems, integration and data analytics. Our customers include product manufacturers, insurers, government and employers.
 

Meet The Team

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GEORDIE MCLEOD

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MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES

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FAIZA OWAIS

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PUBLIC HEALTH

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SEBASTIAN ROTH

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BUSINESS

Singular Health is developing and commercializing tools to improve health outcomes, medical planning processes and quality of life through medical imaging visualisation and analysis.  In contrast to traditional medical image viewing formats (e.g. CT (Computerized Tomography), MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scans) that are usually visualised on a 2D screen, our proprietary software presents bioimages in fully interactive immersive models within our virtual reality platform.  The company is customizing tools for surgical planning in clinical practice (MedVR), education opportunities (Virtual Anatomy) and for other general applications (3Dicom Viewer). 

This iPREP team is received extra training by Perth

Biodesign

PROJECT TITLE

MedVR: automating image acquisition, transportation and mapping

PROJECT SUMMARY

At the core of the company’s offering is an integrated “surgery planning platform” that will seamlessly allow medical professionals the opportunity to (1) acquire standard images (i.e. CT and MRI scans), (2) process these and automatically map or segment specific anatomical features, (3) allow simulation and planning of the procedure and (4) present the pathology either in a 3D digital environment or as a physical 3D printed model. 

 

The key objective of this project involves developing elements of Step 1 and 2 of Singular Health’s Surgical Planning Platform.  Specifically, the development team will transpose the location and size of a specific tissue (or organ) made available in DICOM format, in its relative position of the body.  The practical outcome is a tool that will assist the physician visualize the tissue of interest, when using the optimum Hounsfield value range to view the bony structures without other soft-tissue structures present.

Meet The Team

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BENEDICTA SANTOSO

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MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES

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MD ZAKIR HOSSAIN

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ENGINEERING AND IT

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SOODEH TIRNAZ

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BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

PROJECT TITLE

Development of a commercialisation plan for a novel bacterial therapy to prevent ear infections in children

PROJECT SUMMARY

Respiratory infection is the leading global cause of illness and death. Each year, >4 million adults and 1 million children die from pneumonia alone. While vaccines offer protection from specific respiratory pathogens, many others have no preventative therapies. A treatment that confers broad protection against viral and bacterial respiratory infections, regardless of the pathogen, is of high value for reducing the global disease burden. We are developing goal a safe, non-invasive, low-cost prophylactic Bacterial therapy for respiratory infections in children and adults.

 

The iPrep Team will be tasked with the development of a commercialisation plan for this project, including:

- Target market identification

- Regulatory pathway

- Market intelligence

- Identification of Funding Sources

Through their participation in this project, the iPrep Student Team will gain a greater understanding of the pathways and requirements to commercialisation for medical research. The outcomes from this project will assist in bringing this research at Telethon Kids closer to making an impact in child health. Further, the knowledge and skills gained, including understanding regulatory pathways and developing market intelligence, can be applied to their current and future research and commercialisation projects.

Founded in 1990, the Telethon Kids Institute is now the largest medical research institute in Western Australia with more than 800 staff and students and annual revenues from grants, commercial partnerships and philanthropy exceeding $90 million. Focused on improving child health and development with a multidisciplinary approach, our technically diverse and skilled workforce is one of the Institute’s key strengths. Teams of basic scientists, clinical researchers, population scientists and clinicians combine to enable a life course approach to child health research across more than 700 distinct projects located across Australia and internationally. Our researchers also focus on applying that wide-ranging expertise to health issues affecting vulnerable populations, while our exceptional capacity in community engagement informs a focus on priority-driven research.

 

Telethon Kids is co-located with the Perth Children’s Hospital on the QEII Medical Centre campus. The Institute is an independent research institute with formal affiliation agreements with multiple Western Australian universities.

 

Telethon Kids also hosts a Digital Health Accelerator program to support capacity building in the development and translation of digital health opportunities. We have extensive experience in translating medtech and pharmaceutical interventions – including industry-sponsored trials – across a variety of diseases affecting children.

This iPREP team is received extra training by Perth

Biodesign

Meet The Team

SILVANO PATERNOSTER

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PHARMACY AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES

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FARZANEH ESLAMLOO

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BUSINESS AND LAW

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XINGANG LI

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MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES

CORE Innovation Hub is a collaboration and innovation hub focused on the resources and energy sector. We have hubs in the Perth CBD and Adelaide where we provide co-working/co-location services  to startups and industry as well as deliver growth building programs and skills pathways. We are a values-driven startup business (launched in 2016) with a small, agile team. We have partnerships with industry including Rio Tinto, BHP, Austmine, Minerals Council Australia and universities UWA, Curtin as well as CSIRO, which contribute and inform program content, activities and services. We value our connections and diverse community and a culture of entrepreneurship and accountability. Our industry upskilling pathways and skills marketplace development is our priority for 2020/21 and we are excited about contributing thought leadership in this space with a new digital skills assessment model for the sector.

PROJECT TITLE

CORE Skills Data Fitness Framework Model Development

PROJECT SUMMARY

We recognise that all organisations are ‘data organisations’; meaning that data is ubiquitous within a business, and as such is increasingly affecting all roles (from maintainer to engineer to management). This is also applicable to the resources and energy sector, specifically mining and oil and gas as it prepares to address Industry 4.0 challenges and opportunities. As the sector becomes more skilled in data science and related capabilities, it will require a novel framework of operation to help scale this capability across the organisation. As the oil and gas sector succeeded in assessing and managing “Fitness-To-Operate” in terms of safety, we are seeking to develop an analogous “Data Fitness” Framework to assess and manage an organisation’s data competence, which includes skills and behaviours, at all levels and across all roles.

 

We are inviting student experts to be part of researching and building a seed model of this framework with an industry partner (mining), which will include constructing and undertaking industry interviews and assessment of results. The student experts will be part of, and guided by, a small industry-research team including partners from UWA and Future of Work Institute at Curtin University.

Meet The Team

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FATEMEH NIKKHOU

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SCIENCE, HEALTH, ENGINEERING AND EDUCATION

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HAI MIN (RITA) DAI

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SCIENCE, HEALTH, ENGINEERING AND EDUCATION

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SANDRA CREWE

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BUSINESS AND GOVERNANCE

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ISABEAU TINDALL

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PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE

PROJECT TITLE

Recycle First Plan for the Bunbury Outer Ring Road

PROJECT SUMMARY

The primary deliverable of the iPREP project is an outline Recycle First Plan for the Bunbury Outer Ring Road (BORR) incorporating:

•           A 3R (regional roads to reuse) local roads plan focussed on construction and demolition materials

•           An environmental scan and mapping of shovel ready recycled materials and related products to BORR opportunities for rapid implementation,

•           Research on local construction and demolition waste specifications for the construction of roads

This iPrep project will provide iPrep students with hands on experience applying their skills to a real life major infrastructure project, the Bunbury Outer Ring Road, which is the largest regional road project the State Government has ever undertaken. The students will participate in industry workshops, be involved in the development of critical research tasks, and will have the opportunity to network with high level government and industry representatives. This will provide a unique opportunity directly relevant to their future careers.

The Sustainability Waste Alliance (SWA) has a goal of increasing waste diversion by 20% across the South West of Western Australia and the creation of at least 50 long term local jobs in the waste sector. The Alliance is made up of representatives from Main Roads WA, Bunbury Harvey Regional Council, the South West Regional Waste Group (SWRWG, comprising a dozen local governments), South West Development Commission, Regional Development Australia-South West, and the Noongar Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

 

The SWA innovation Hub is working to provide technical excellence, advice and focus on using recycled materials in roads and related infrastructure. It will provide the technical basis for the development of contemporary standards and specifications as guidance to drive rapid innovation and to provide information to increase confidence in the use of recycled materials in transport infrastructure in the South West and ultimately more widely. 

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ROBERT WEYMOUTH

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CURTIN UNIVERSITY SUSTAINABILITY POLICY

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MONA ARABSHAHI

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DESIGN AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

Unearthed is the largest community of startups, developers, and data scientists making the energy and resources industry more efficient and sustainable.

 

We have helped 20 of the industry’s largest companies to solve some of their most pressing engineering and data science challenges. We have reduced the use of water in tailings dams, the energy used in milling, and the number of holes drilled in exploration.
We have given away more than $1.5 million in prizes, connected hundreds of startups to customers, and created many technology jobs of the future.

Now we need your help to increase our impact and drive further sustainability in industry.

PROJECT 1 TITLE

Industrial Production Machine Learning 

PROJECT 1 SUMMARY

The iPREP team will contribute to development of a novel technology solution to enable scalable, reproducible, production machine learning for industrial enterprises.

Activities include:

  1. Research and document the machine learning pipelines of industrial partners

  2. Contribute to our Unearthed ‘competition’ ML pipeline design and development

  3. Produce scoring functions and code to automate scoring and validation of innovator submissions

PROJECT 2 TITLE

Assessing Environmental Benefits of Open Innovation Crowd Challenges to Industrial Enterprises

PROJECT 2 SUMMARY

The iPREP team will contribute to development of a methodology for estimating the emissions reductions equivalent or environmental impact of solutions. Activities include:

  1. Research and document best practices for emissions reduction calculation

  2. Propose an appropriate data gathering methodology

  3. Develop an impact assessment methodology and scoring system

 

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ROBERTO MINUNNO

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DESIGN AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

Customa Pty Ltd develops custom stoma inserts for patients to ensure a "snug fit" within the stoma and over the skin surrounding the stoma. This technology helps prevent stoma leakage, ballooning and coupling failure and improves the overall stoma appearance on the body.  

 

Each bespoke device is personalized and manufactured to fit the unique topography of an individual's abdomen.  

PROJECT TITLE

3D Printing Project  

PROJECT SUMMARY

Activities include: 

  • Identify scanner technologies and summarise the respective mode of operation

  • Prepare a description of the requirement to scan a stoma, process the digital image and 3D-print the mould for casting the Customa medical device. 

  • Process from scan into a useable computer file 

  • Review and prepare a report on 3D printing techniques, in the context of 3D-printing the mould for the Customa medical device

  • Outline requirements and process for obtaining FDA, TGA and CE approval

  • Identify and produce a descriptive table that list the properties of polymers used for medical devices

  • Produce a list of companies that produce stoma bags, base plates and accessories

  • Produce a list of stoma seals 

  • Produce a list of adhesives 

  • Prepare a list and download all patents and publications related to stomal devices

This iPREP team is received extra training by Perth

Biodesign

Meet The Team

EGHAN ARJOMAND

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MINERALS, ENERGY AND CHEMICAL ENGINEERING

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ASWIN RAJAGOPALAN

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MOLECULAR  AND LIFE SCIENCES