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Bio Connections Australia

Optimising Clinical Trials | Commercialising Great Science | Partnering for Growth

13-14 November 2018 | Pullman Melbourne on the Park

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Australia is well positioned to be a leading destination for early phase clinical trials, commencing over 1000 new trials each year. But how can we, and the rest of the world, further capitalise on this opportunity?

Bio Connections Australia is a brand new event designed to foster the growth of early phase clinical research in Australia. As a unique platform for networking and discussion, the conference will explore drug development, early phase clinical trials, translational research and expediting Australia’s great science into commercialisation.

Bringing together a mix of the nation’s industry executives, researchers, and academics, the two-day event will also be attended by international pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies looking to conduct clinical trial activity in Australia.

Conference agenda topics & features:

  • The opportunities and obstacles to early phase clinical trials in Australia vs International
  • Aussie biotech success stories & the path to commercial success
  • Optimising drug development in Australia
  • Global best practice tools & techniques for designing a clinical development programme
  • Leveraging Emerging Technologies Including Machine Learning & Deep Sequencing for Clinical Development
  • Medical device trials in Australia
  • Assessing partnerships in clinical trials
  • Translational research and expediting research into commercialization
  • Models for turning discovery into drugs
  • Finding the funding – navigating challenges and getting ahead of the pack
  • Government incentives for biotech, pharma and medtech companies in Australia
  • Recruitment and engagement in clinical trials across Australia
  • Mitigating risk and ensuring patient safety
  • Australia as a springboard into Asia – regional partnership opportunities
  • The regulatory environment in Australia & comparing international regulatory pathways
  • Governance, bureaucracy, ethics: How we cultivate innovation rather than stifling it
  • Driving greater collaboration across academia and industry

This exciting new event is currently in production, if you are interested in getting involved, please contact Frankie Brewer on



Packages Price
Two Day Conference$2795+GSTEarly Bird
Two Day Conference + Site Tour$3095+GSTEarly Bird
Extras Price
Dinner (13 Nov 2018) $150+GST
Packages Price
Two Day Conference$1795+GSTEarly Bird
Two Day Conference + Site Tour$2095+GSTEarly Bird
Extras Price
Dinner (13 Nov 2018) $150+GST

All prices are in AU$

Site Visit

Site Visit to BioFab3D@ACMD (, St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne
Thursday 15th November, 2018 | 10:00am-12:00pm

Located at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, BioFab3D@ACMD is Australia’s first hospital-based biofabrication, robotics and biomedical engineering research centre. Here, researchers, clinicians, engineers and industry partners are working to build biological structures such as cartilage, muscle, bone, nerves and organs: almost anything that requires repair through disease and physical trauma. Work is highly geared towards clinical translation and commercialisation.

On this tour, you will get a behind the scenes look at some of the most exciting biomedical research programs in Australia, including the development of a Biopen device for handheld surgical bioprinting (twice listed on the Timeline of Key Australian Medical Technologies), and the development of a robotic hand controlled by the patient’s thoughts.

More information can be found here: &

Provisional program for the visit:

– 10.00am Bus leaves the hotel

– 10:15am Arrival at the site

– 10:30am Presentation

– 10:50am Visit

– 11:40am Q&A

– 12:00pm Departure from site

Networking Highlights

  • Bio-A-Palooza – A not to be missed opportunity to mix and mingle over a beer or glass of bubbles
  • The Networking Dinner – Meet your partners and peers in one of Melbourne’s well loved venue
  • See the Sites! Check out clinical trial sites with our organised visits to Australia’s leading clinical trial sites
  • Networking Breakfast – Debrief on the previous day’s activities and make new connections over a coffee and your pastry of choice
  • Expert Clinics – A great opportunity for delegates to get 5 minutes of one on one airtime with a market or industry expert on clinical trials in Australia. It enables delegates to establish connections for future planning & gain new insights in a fast and efficient way.
  • Night at the Crown – Join us for a night of entertainment at the largest casino in the Southern Hemisphere


Xiaowei Shi

Executive Director, Clinical Operations, Asia-Pacific, BeiGene

Dr Dan Abrams

CEO, Cerebral Therapeutics, USA

Dan Grant

CEO, MTP Connect

Glenn Begley

Chief Executive Officer, BioCurate Pty Ltd

Gail Dawson

Director, Program Execution – Early Clinical Development, CSL

Karyn Joyner

Chief Operating Officer "Maridulu Budyari Gumal", Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE)

Kilian Kelly

VP Product Development, Cynata Theraputics Ltd

Dr. Tina Soulis

Chief Executive Officer, Neuroscience Trials Australia

Dr Megan Robertson

Director of Research - Research Directorate, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne & Chair of the Clinical Trials Ready Development Committee

Professor Sean Grimmond

Director of Cancer Research & Bertalli Chair of Cancer Medicine, University of Melbourne Centre for Cancer Research

Professor Andrew Davidson

Medical Director, Melbourne Children's Trials Centre (MCTC) Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Senior Staff Anaesthetist and Director of Clinical Research for the Royal Children's Hospital

Professor Nikolai Petrovsky

Founder & Research Director, Vaxine and Professor, Flinders University

Dimitar Sajkov

Associate Professor, Flinders University of South Australia, Senior Staff Specialist, Southern Adelaide Local Health Network, Research Director, Australian Respiratory and Sleep Medicine Institute

Tam Nguyen

Executive Officer Research, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne

Gordon McGurk Ph.D.

GAICD, Chair, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital HREC

Campbell Spence

R&D Tax Incentive Consultant

Anita Van Der Meer

Clinical Research Manager, Medtronic

Sharon Charles

Director of Medical Affairs, Mesoblast

Nicoletta Muner

Director, Global Regulatory Affairs, Clinuvel Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Kathy Harrison

CEO, Dimerix LTD

Mimi Tang

Founder & Chief Scientific Officer, Prota Therapeutics

Catherine Bourgeois

Vice President, Field Clinical Affairs, Emerging Markets & ANZ, Abbott

Roslyn Ristuccia

Co-Founder & CEO, ClinTrial Refer

Brett Roberts

Head of Strategic Partnerships, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Australia Pty Ltd

Dr Chris Nave

Managing Director, Brandon Capital Partners & CEO, Medical Research Commercialisation Fund

Ben Wright

Chief Innovation Officer & Head of Investment Strategy, Cicada Innovations

Professor Lisa Askie

Director, Systematic Reviews & Health Technology Assessment, Manager, Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry, NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney

when & where

13 - 14 Nov 2018

Pullman Melbourne on the Park
192 Wellington Parade
Melbourne, VIC 3002

Book Accommodation with Lido Group
For your convenience Lido Group will manage your accommodation needs. Click here or call on 02 8585 0808.


Still have a question?

Frankie Brewer
Conference Manager
+61 2 9080 4015

Samantha Lister
Sponsorship & Exhibition Manager
+61 2 9080 4432

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