Flinders’ expanding reach to innovative industries and institutions in other countries has been underlined by the recent visit of Swedish health industry innovators and researchers to the Medical Device Research Institute (MDRI), located at Flinders at Tonsley, on 7 March 2019.
Professor Karen Reynolds, Director of the MDRI, and Stretegic Research Professor Anthony Maeder (Co-Director of Flinders Digital Health Research Centre) hosted a delegation that was headed by Ambassador of Sweden to Australia Mr Pär Ahlberger, who first visited the MDRI at Tonsley in late 2015 and remains greatly impressed by its function and achievements.
The Swedish delegation is focused on implementing research and new technology in healthcare and the home, along with new methods for measuring the impact of translational research, innovation systems, science and business and research funding.
As well as discussing the MDRI and Medical Device Partnering Program with Professor Reynolds, the delegation also visited the Global Centre for Modern Ageing (part of the MAB at Tonsley), followed by tour of the Tonsley site with Renewal SA.
Delegates including senior researchers and University leaders from Stockholm (Karolinska) and Gothenburg (Sahlgrenska and Chalmers) were particularly interested in how the MDRI’s industry engagement model could be applied in Sweden.
The Swedish representatives and Flinders are keen to continue discussions, and Professor Maeder now plans to include a visit to Swedish institutions when he travels to Europe later this year.