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Innovate Health

Encouraging engagement, navigating commercialization and accelerating growth and uptake of digital health innovation in Australia

26-27 June 2019 | RACV Melbourne

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Hospital & Govt Rate available // See Pricing Below


Innovate Health is a unique platform for joining up stakeholders across the digital health value chain, showcasing exciting innovations and provoking discussion on how to promote the development and commercialization of digital health innovations in Australia.

It will bring together healthcare professionals, startups & entrepreneurs, health tech specialists, innovation leaders, government stakeholders, regulators and business leaders for thought leadership, networking and productive discussion.

The event will:

  • Facilitate networking between clinicians, industry leaders, investors, government and startups
  • Discuss real problems faced by the health industry and explore how digital health solutions might help address these challenges
  • Offer the opportunity for clinicians, industry, government and innovators to have real discussions about their needs, challenges and opportunities for collaboration
  • Discuss how to tackle the barriers and opportunities with developing evidence based digital health solutions and effective commercialization of these innovations
  • Offer insight from best practice digital health success stories which are truly having a positive impact on healthcare, health outcomes and satisfying the needs of clinicians and consumers
  • Provide a great platform for startups and innovators to showcase themselves in front of an audience of clinicians, potential industry partners and investors
  • Promote earlier clinician consultation, validation and buy-in for innovations, digital technologies and emerging startup solutions
  • Build and grow a network/community of digital health startups, clinicians, investors and industry leaders


Gary Morgan

Founder & Director, MPT Innovation Group

Dr Prem Pillay

Medical Director, Singapore Brain-Spine-Nerves Center

Dr Dan Grant

CEO, MTPConnect

Tony Wessling

Chief Officer Strategy & Transformation, HCF

Bronwyn Le Grice

CEO & Founder, ANDHealth

Associate Professor James Lind

Clinical Lead Health Improvement Unit, CEQ, Department of Health

Jason Chuen

Director, 3d Med Lab, Director, Department of Vascular Surgery, Austin Health

Dr Jasamine Coles-Black

Research Fellow, 3d Med Lab, Doctor, Austin Health

Dr Emma O’Brien OAM

Clinician Entrepreneur in Residence, Melbourne Health Accelerator @ The Royal Melbourne Hospital

Denis Morton

Chronic Disease Team Leader, Bayside Chronic Disease Team, Metro South Health

Dr Peter Chan

Intensive Care Specialist, Eastern Health

Angie Corbo-Lutowski

Pharma Informatics Business Partner - Commercial, Roche

Rupert Lee

General Manager of Partnerships and Clinical Use, Australian Digital Health Agency

Sue Dafnias

Vice President - Market Development & Strategy, Planet Innovation

Ethan McKenzie

Pricing and Tenders Associate and Pfizer Healthcare Hub Scout, Pfizer Healthcare Hub

John Henderson

Partner, Airtree Ventures

Krishan Thiru

Cluster Medical Director, Developed Asia & Country Medical Director, Pfizer Australia and New Zealand

Ritesh Patel

Business Consultant | Innovation, Corporate Ventures & Partnerships, HCF

Chris Kommatas

Head of Strategic Partnerships & Innovation Health Roundtable

Haley Peyton

Co-founder and Creative Director, Ediofy

Dr Julia Rhodes

CEO, Consentic

Sarah Cummings

Co-founder and CEO, Teach Ted

Tess van der Rijt

CEO and Founder, Patient Connector

John Webster

Founder and CEO, CoRoster

Robert Buehrig

CEO, Cogniom

Associate Professor Tam Nguyen

Deputy Director of Research, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne


Neurosurgeon, Executive Chairman, Anatomics

Dr Lee Walsh

Technical Lead (Digital Health) |Medical Device Reforms and Emerging Technology, Therapeutic Goods Administration

Dr David Hau

Senior Medical Officer, Devices Clinical Section, Medical Devices Branch, Therapeutic Goods Administration

Dr Ingmar Wahlqvist

Investment Manager, Brandon Capital

Rachel Yang

Investment Manager, Giant Leap Fund

Richard Tew

General Manager, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Australia and New Zealand

Jason Sun

CEO, Australia-China Health Accelerator (ACHA)

Mukund Narayanamurti

CEO, Asialink Business

Adam Wardell

Head of Strategy, Innovation & Business Development, Novartis

Michaella Richards

MD & Principal Strategist, The Friday Collaborative

Professor Mark Flynn

Executive Director, Better Health, Healthcare and Treatment, Global Impact Cluster, University of Newcastle

Professor Louisa Jorm

Faculty of Medicine, Director, Centre for Big Data Research in Health, PLuS Alliance Fellow, UNSW

Greg Mullins

Head of Policy, Research Australia

Phil O’Sullivan

Managing Associate, Allens

Roisine Warwick

Clinical Nurse Consultant, Diabetes Nurse Educator, Metro-south Health Service, Bayside Chronic Disease - Redlands

Councillor Philip Le Liu

Chair International Engagement, City of Melbourne

Libby O’Connor

Senior Trade Manager, Health, Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, Victoria


Sponsored By

PitchFest @ Innovate Health is an interactive, high energy platform for showcasing startup innovation and digging for pertinent details.

This is a dedicated opportunity for innovators to give a 5 minute pitch to a multidisciplinary panel of clinicians, investors, business leaders and mentors before taking 5 minutes’ worth of questions from the panel and audience. It’s a chance for startups to put their company on the radar of the right contacts and for established players and health professionals to identify and partner with innovative teams.

For startups this is a unique opportunity to pitch to a potential first customer, investor, clinician/frontline provider, and future commercialization partner.

** To qualify for a pitchfest spot, startups who apply must have MVP (minimum viable product), be turning over less than $1million a year and have been in business for 5 years or less **


  • Haley Peyton, Co-founder and Creative Director, Ediofy
  • Dr Julia Rhodes, CEO, Consentic
  • Sarah Cummings, Co-founder and CEO, Teach Ted
  • Tess van der Rijt, CEO and Founder, Patient Connector
  • John Webster, Founder and CEO, CoRoster
  • Robert Buehrig, CEO, Cogniom

A WORD FROM OUR SPONSORS: Pfizer Healthcare Hub

Pfizer recognizes the impact that digital technology is going to have on the way healthcare is provided across the world. To ensure that we can continue to deliver on our commitment to patients who rely on us, we are seeking innovations from the digital health ecosystem that complement our medicines and drive the best possible outcomes for patients throughout their journey.

Every relationship we build with a start-up is bespoke and aimed at matching Pfizer skills and capabilities against the challenges each start-up is facing to help them be successful with the ultimate aim of benefiting patients. The premise is that if innovation is a combination of invention and adoption there is plenty of invention available across the world, but many small companies struggle to get their ideas adopted.

Where big corporates such as us can help is driving adoption and scaling these solutions to ensure more patients can benefit.
Closer collaboration with entrepreneurs and the involvement of our colleagues from across the business internally in these projects is helping to drive a stronger culture of innovation within our organization, which is important if we are going to
be successful in this rapidly-changing world.

Two of our senior leaders are offering up their time to mentor and support the pitch winner, the mentors will be selected based on the needs of the winner and can be tailored to meet individual needs, whether this is for help with marketing, sales, general advice around approaching corporates, people management etc.

Blog articles

Commercialising Healthcare Innovation
The Australian healthcare sector is not short of innovation. In a single year, around 10,000 digital health apps will be added to the app store; almost as many pharmaceutical research papers will be published by academic journals; and the Australian medical technology (medtech) industry will gross upwards of ten billion dollars. Read more >>

What healthcare solutions does Australia really need?
In the context of future Australian healthcare, it is important that healthcare innovators don’t simply come up with solutions they think are good for problems they think exist. This is icare’s approach to stimulating and facilitating innovation in healthcare. Read more >>

Why we need greater collaboration between the health and tech sectors
Technology is a major player in today’s business landscape. Improved processes, seamless deliverables, and enhanced client experiences. Much of the reason industries can no longer go it alone. The key? Collaboration. Read more >>

The development of robotics and AI in the health sector
The future of surgery promotes a remarkable partnership between humans and machines. A collaboration seeing the impossible possible, transforming the medical world as we know it. Precision, efficiency, affordability, recovery – just the tip of the scalpel. Read more >>

Opting In to Innovate Health
The Economist featured an article focused on “Doctor You” and how data will transform healthcare. From better diagnosis, to management of chronic illness and artificial intelligence to identify cancerous tissue – the use of digital innovations to transform healthcare is here. Read more >>

Innovate Health Speaker Spotlight: Bronwyn Le Grice, ANDHealth
We spoke to ANDHealth’s powerhouse female founder & MD, Bronwyn Le Grice about ANDHealth’s purpose, her visions for innovation in the health industry and what it will take to create a cohesive and collaborative digital health industry. Read more >>

when & where

26 - 27 Jun 2019

RACV Melbourne
501 Bourke Street, Melbourne
VIC 3000
+61 3 9944 8888

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