30 September – 2 October 2014
Flinders University was selected as one of five Universities from across Australia to participate in a research mission to Singapore. Representing Flinders and the Medical Device Research Institute (MDRI) were Prof Karen Reynolds, Prof Mark Taylor, Prof John Arkwright and Ms Carmela Sergi.
Initiated by AusTrade the research mission was to increase bilateral relations and bring senior scientists and commercialisation experts together to network and explore potential future collaborations between the two nations.
The Australian team included senior academics and tech transfer specialists from QUT, Swinburne, UTS and Flinders, and a representative from the Medical Technology Association of Australia (MTAA). The Australian Commissioner of Trade in Singapore accompanied the Mission.
Spanning three days, the Mission included presentations and panel discussions involving Australian and Singapore University representatives, as well as visits to A*STAR (Agency for Science, Research and Technology), IMRE (Institute for Materials and Research Engineering), NUS (National University of Singapore), NITHM (Nanyang Institute of Technology in Health and Medicine). The Flinders contingent also used the opportunity to visit the University of Malaya and ‘Materialise’ – a 3D printing company based in Belgium and Kuala Lumpur who make biomedical 3D models to visualise and plan surgical interventions.