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Innovate Health

Innovate Health is about bringing together clinicians, tech innovators and business leaders to drive collaboration on the development, commercialization and uptake of emerging technologies which benefit the health industry.

26-27 June 2018 | InterContinental Melbourne

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This event is about accelerating the growth and uptake of digital health innovations, encouraging widespread engagement and navigating successful commercialisation journeys across the health industry 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. It will showcase emerging digital technologies for the health industry, encourage meaningful communication and collaboration, explore crucial go-to-market steps and learn from digital health success stories.

Crucial to the event is ensuring that emerging innovations really meet the needs of clinicians and healthcare professionals and address ongoing health challenges in Australia.

The event will:

  • Offer the opportunity for clinicians and innovators to have real discussions about their needs, challenges and opportunities for collaboration
  • Explore the latest and greatest digital innovations which are truly having a positive impact on healthcare, health outcomes and satisfying the needs of clinicians and patients
  • Provide a great platform for startups and innovators to showcase themselves in front of an audience of clinicians and investors
  • Facilitate networking between clinicians, industry leaders, investors, government and startups
  • Bring international medtech investors, industry partners and startups to Australia to explore the opportunities and make new connections
  • Promote earlier clinician consultation, validation and buy-in for innovations, digital technologies and emerging startup solutions
  • Build and grow a network/community of medtech startups, clinicians, investors and industry leaders


A/Prof Ian Scott

Director of Internal Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Associate Professor of Medicine, The University of Queensland & Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine, Monash University

Associate Professor James Lind

Clinical lead HIU, Clinical Excellence Division, Queensland Health & Director of Access & Patient Flow, Gold Coast Hospital

Christopher Kommatas

Innovation Manager | Accelerator Director, The Royal Melbourne Hospital & North Western Mental Health & Melbourne Health Accelerator

Bronwyn Le Grice

Managing Director & CEO, ANDHealth

Professor Erwin Loh

National Chief Medical Officer and Group General Manager of Clinical Governance, St Vincent's Health Australia

James Dromey PhD

Chief Operating Officer, Murdoch Children's Research Institute


President, Australasian College of Health Informatics, Director of Research, Outcome Health, Adjunct Associate Professor in Health Informatics, University of Melbourne, Adjunct Associate Professor in General Practice, Monash University, Chair, Digital Health Committee of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine

Associate Professor Bernadette Richards

Associate Dean, Research, Director, Research Unit for the Study of Society, Ethics & the Law (RUSSEL), Adelaide Law School, The University of Adelaide

Dr Rob Grenfell

Health Director, Health & Biosecurity, CSIRO

Yasser El-Ansary

Chief Executive, Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association

Olaf Zalmstra

General Manager Assets, Services & Projects, MiCare, VIC

Gary Morgan

Director, MPT Innovation Group

Patrick Reid

Group CEO, IRT

Dr Tony Shaw

Senior Associate, Allens

Amy Barouch

General Manager Strategy, icare

Cathy Ryan

Group Manager, Health Funds, St John of God Health Care

Anne O’Neill

Director, Office for Health and Medical Research, NSW Ministry of Health

Adam Wardell

Head of Innovation & Strategy, Novartis

Ingmar Wahlqvist

Investment Manager, Brandon Capital

Ian Burgess

Chief Executive Officer, Medical Technology Association of Australia

Dr Michael Costello

General Manager of Innovation and Gateway Services, Health Direct Australia

Dr Daniel Grant

Ph.D., M.B.A., Pro Vice-Chancellor Industry Engagement, La Trobe University

Dr Lee Walsh

Senior Engineer, Laboratories Branch, Therapeutic Goods Administration

Dr Dean Moss

CEO, UniQuest

Dr Ian McGrath

Senior Lecturer in the Applied Health Cluster, RMIT

Emma Hossack

President, Medical Software Industry Association

Duane Attree

Chief Executive, The Health Roundtable

David O’Driscoll

Director of Innovation, Australian Digital Health Agency

Dr Mark Flynn

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

Brian Funston

Executive Manager - Qantas Loyalty Ventures, Qantas

Krishan Thiru

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

Sarah Davies

Trusts & Foundations Coordinator, Royal Melbourne Hospital Foundation

Julian Salabank

Group CEO, Ignite


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 medtech 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.


Please welcome our Judging Panel:

  • Adam Wardell, Head of Strategy, Innovation and BD&L, Novartis
  • Ingmar Wahlqvist, Investment Manager, Brandon Capital
  • Bronwyn Le Grice, Managing Director & CEO, ANDHealth
  • Sarah Davies, Trusts & Foundations Coordinator, Royal Melbourne Hospital Foundation
  • Krishan Thiru, Cluster Medical Director, Developed Asia & Country Medical Director, Pfizer Australia and New Zealand
  • Julian Salabank, Group CEO, Ignite
  • Moderator: Christopher Kommatas, Innovation Manager, Accelerator Director, The Royal Melbourne Hospital & North Western Mental Health

Submissions for the PitchFest are now closed. We will be reviewing each submission with a panel of experts and creating a shortlist of successful pitching companies over the next couple of weeks. Final pitch speakers for the PitchFest to be announced soon!

PitchFest Sponsored by

We’re now delighted to announce our PitchFest speakers for Innovate Health PitchFest 2018!

PitchFest Speakers:
Kyle Berean, CTO, Atmo Biosciences
Louis Island, Director, My Life Health Services
Dr Andrew Yap, CEO, Medtasker
Tori Fox, CEO & Co-Founder, Siara Health
Dr Raghav Murali-Ganesh, Co-Founder, CancerAid
Christian Orb, Commercial Director of Australia and New Zealand, DermaSensor
Dr Jonny Lo, CEO & Founder, Onboarded
Barry Nguyen, Co-Founder & CEO, Phyto, Inc.
Hugo Rourke, Co-Founder, Perx Health

Blog articles

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 2018

InterContinental Melbourne the Rialto
495 Collins Street
Melbourne, Victoria Australia 3000
Phone: +61 3 8627 1400

Book Accommodation with Lido Group
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Frankie Brewer
Conference Manager
0439 780 927

Danielle Newman
Business Development Executive
+61 2 9080 4432

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