The Medical Device Commercialisation Training Program (MDCTP) is an initiative of NSW Health, delivered by world leading advanced technology incubator Cicada Innovations. The program is designed to accelerate commercialisation of medical technologies in NSW to bring lifesaving healthcare innovations to patients, hospitals and governments around the world.
The MDCTP offers an invaluable opportunity to NSW based medical device technologists to build knowledge, skills and network needed to successfully commercialise medical device technologies.
There are three courses available as part of the MDCTP to meet the needs of medical technologists at different stages of their journey that build upon each other; Ignition IP, Ignition Health and Ignition CORE (flagship course).
Applicants may apply from Startups, Universities, Research Institutes, the NSW Health System and Industry.
Ignition CORE is designed for healthcare entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds of medicine, engineering, science and business, and provides a tailored curriculum on how to transform their visionary concepts into viable businesses.
Since 2014, 50 graduates of Ignition CORE have launched 12 companies and raised nearly $20M to commercialise their ideas. Graduates of Ignition CORE are eligible for post-program support with the following awards available (total value $950K):
Through a series of workshops and events, Ignition CORE candidates will learn to “search” for the right business model for their technologies based on Lean LaunchPad methodologies and gain insights from over 30 mentors and domain experts on every facet of running a health related business:
The course is modelled on experiential learning and a flipped classroom approach to engage candidates with real world entrepreneurship. This involves experimentation; getting out of the classroom and talking to customer, partners and competitors.
Ignition CORE is structured in two parts; the “search” for the right business model and the ‘structural’ of aspects critical to medical device commercialisation. Candidates are expected to work in teams for the “search” component of the course, conducting customer interviews on the Team Lead’s technology, to develop skills to apply to their own technology. Candidates will work on their own technologies for the “structural” component of the course.
Ignition CORE requires a commitment of attending 1 full day per week for 12 weeks at Cicada Innovations in Sydney, up to 20 hours per week of customer interviews and homework and attending the graduation showcase in May 2018.
The selection process for Ignition CORE is competitive and shortlisted candidates will be required to attend an interview. Only 20 candidates are accepted per year and required to fulfil the following eligibility criteria.
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Free! There is no cost for participants or their institutions as the Medical Device Commercialisation Training Program is funded by NSW Health, Office for Health and Medical Research.
Apply for Ignition CORE 2018 below.
Ignition Health is a half-day training course for 12 weeks for researchers, clinicians and graduates interested in creating maximum impact through their medical technology or research. The course guides candidates through customer discovery in the “search” for the correct business model to achieve social, health and economic impact in the global marketplace. Ignition Health is based on Lean LaunchPad® methodology – based on the ‘search’ for the right business model using experimentation; getting out of the classroom and talking to customers, partners and competitors. The course goes beyond static case studies or fixed models and challenges candidates to create their own business models based on information derived from personal engagement rather than second hand market research.
Ignition Health 2017 is provided at no cost to participants or their institution.
Eligibility for Ignition Health requires applicants to either be a NSW based clinician, researcher or graduate interested in creating impact through their medical technology or research. Applicants need to commit to the half-day course for 12 weeks plus up to 10 hours of homework each week. Applicants do not need their own intellectual property.
Course Expectations and Culture
Developed by Jerry Engel and Steve Blank, Lean LaunchPad® (LLP) has been taught at Stanford, Berkeley, Columbia, UCSF and was adopted by the National Science Foundation to increase the economic impact of research. It emphasises experiential learning, a flipped classroom and immediate feedback as a way to engage candidates with real world entrepreneurship. Lean LaunchPad® has a strong focus on the SEARCH for the correct business model. This involves experimentation; getting out of the classroom and talking to customers, partners and competitors.
Getting out of the lab/building is what the SEARCH effort is about. It’s not about the lectures. You will be spending a significant amount of time in between each of the lectures outside the lab/hospital talking to customers and testing your hypotheses. If candidates can’t commit the time to talk to customers, then this course is not for them.
Startups communicate very differently to communication inside a university, lab or hospital. It is dramatically different from the university or hospital culture most of the candidates are familiar with. Feedback at times will feel brusque and impersonal, but in reality, is focused and oriented to create immediate action in time and cash-constrained environments.
Ignition Health registrations are now full.
Register your interest for Ignition Health 2018 below.
Ignition IP is a one-day workshop delivered together with Australia’s leading intellectual property firm, Davies Collison Cave, that focuses on intellectual property management strategies for medical devices. It is designed to equip candidates with the necessary knowledge to protect their intellectual property through trademarks, patents and design registration. Candidates will learn about the different types of intellectual property, protection strategies and how to speak about their medical research or technology without giving away their secret sauce.
Ignition IP workshops in 2017 are provided at no cost to participants or their institution.
Eligibility for Ignition Health requires applicants to either be a NSW based clinician, researcher or graduate interested in protection strategies for their medical device intellectual property.
Ignition IP courses run four times per year.
Next available Ignition IP course will be held at the Innovation Campus in Wollongong on 22 November 2017 from 8:30-17:00.
How is ‘medical device’ defined?
Any type of device, instrument, diagnostic, app, software or processing technology that aims to improve patient or health system outcomes. We do not accept pharmaceutical drugs.
What happens to my intellectual property during the course?
Non-disclosure agreements are signed by all parties involved in the course, and we do not require you to reveal any sensitive information. Background intellectual property remains with their original owners.
For further information please contact Michelle Chee via email@example.com. Applications will only be accepted via the application form and will not be considered if they are sent via email.