VPTN: Discover. Connect. Grow.

Expertise, technologies and flexibility to drive better health and manufacturing.

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8:30 am - 12:00 pm

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800 Blackburn Road, Clayton, Victoria


Discover. Connect. Grow. is a morning event for making new discoveries, connecting with technical experts and growing your network. It brings together researchers from industry and academia with the expertise flexibility and technology from Victoria’s open for access Platform Technologies. The unique event aims to introduce pharmaceutical, manufacturing and small devices industries to those who can provide flexible solutions using the latest technologies and state of the art equipment.

Last year’s Discover. Connect. Grow. attracted more than 140 participants from industry, core facilities and research institutions to hear about expertise and technology available for R&D. This year promises to attract many more researchers from the pharmaceutical and manufacturing industries as well as from academia, to meet with Core Facility Managers.

Keynote speakers:

Dr Phil Marley, Senior Manager of Innovation and Technology Research in the Victorian Government’s Department of State Development, Business and Innovation
Phil will discuss the State Government’s views on industry in Victoria and the plethora of programs supported by the State Government to enhance access to platform technologies.

Prof Susan Charman, Director, Centre for Drug Candidate Optimisation, Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Sue will discuss the merits of platform technologies in Victoria, the role they play in the innovation sector and the wealth of knowledge, expertise and technologies available locally.

Mr John Macdonald, Assistant Manager Victoria, AusIndustry – Business Services, Department of Industry
On 1 July 2014, the Australian Government introduced a new streamlined ‘Single Business Service’ to simplify and streamline the way Australian businesses access government information & services.  John will provide an overview of the Single Business Service and the new Programmes being delivered through the Department of Industry, and in particular, the new Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme.


Case Studies:

Prof Kate Smith-Miles, Director of MAXIMA, Monash University, and Luke Restorick, Head of Product Management & Innovation, Leica Biosystems Melbourne Pty Ltd:
Improving pathology testing through mathematics.

Mr Neil Anderson, Chief Executive Officer, Oventus Pty Ltd and Dr Darren Fraser, Research Scientist from CSIRO: 
Manufacturing tailored devices to treat sleep apnoea.

Prof Hugh McDermott, Deputy Director, Bionics Institute, and Mr Phillip Churchward, Chief Technical Officer, Global Kinetics Corporation:
A medical device for monitoring movement disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease.

Ms Melinda Ziino, Melbourne Node Manager, Australian Genome Research Facility (AGRF) and Dr Michael Wilson,  Senior Director, Head of Molecular Biology, CSL Research.
A next generation RNA and DNA sequencing pipeline developed by CSL in collaboration with AGRF and WEHI to support drug development 


Discover. Connect. Grow. will be open from 8:30am, with proceedings beginning at 9am.

Registrations are now closed.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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VPTN Networking Event



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