Medlab: Commercialisation 101

Nurturing the next wave of Australian medtech and biotech innovators. Supported by the REDI initiative, powered by MTPConnect.

About the Program

Designed and delivered by industry and commercialisation experts, Cicada MedLab workshops develop the fundamental research commercialisation skills of scientists, researchers, clinicians, and budding entrepreneurs in medtech and biotech.

Cicada Innovations will deliver Cicada MedLab: Commercialisation 101 across Australia, starting in August 2022.

This training is supported by the REDI initiative, powered by MTPConnect, made possible by the MRFF.

What is involved?

Over the course of the 2 day workshops, participants will understand how to identify and address unmet clinical needs, clearly articulate and pitch their idea, identify and engage with customers, validate market need, understand their market opportunity, and start building a basic business model.

Who is it for?

Any Australian with a potential solution in the medtech or biotech space will benefit from a Cicada MedLab: Commercialisation 101 workshop. You could be a researcher, scientist, clinician, entrepreneurs, or intrapreneaur working on solutions across diagnostics, medical devices, digital health, therapeutics, and pharmaceuticals.

Dates & Locations

Cicada Innovations will deliver Cicada MedLab: Commercialisation 101 workshops across Australia, starting in August 2022. 

  • 9th-10th August in Perth

  • 23rd-24th August in Melbourne

  • 6th-7th September in Adelaide

  • 20th-21st September in Sydney

  • 11th-12th October in Brisbane

All workshops will be fully catered and will take place at a central city location.

How to apply?

You must apply to be part of the workshops via a short application form. This is so our team can assess you are the right stage in your journey to get the most out of the workshops.

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What does it cost?

Accepted applicants are required to pay the $200 (GST inclusive) fee to secure their place in the course. 

You managed to cover a lot of information in only 2 days - it’s definitely a course that should be mandated for anyone starting to think about developing their own medical or life science technology.  

Everyone walked away ready to network and bring their ideas to life.

Polina, Inventia Life Science

Cicada MedLab

Australia has a strong pedigree in medtech and biotech research but getting new technology to market is a long and often complicated process.

At Cicada Innovations, we believe a good idea can come from anyone and anywhere. For over 20 years we’ve been supporting researchers, practitioners and innovators through our programs and community, to bring to life ideas that benefit everyone.

With this program we are bringing our extensive experience and networks together to equip the medtech and biotech community across Australia with the core skills required to commercialise research into validated solutions for unmet clinical needs.

We are excited to be bringing our extensive experience and networks together to equip the medtech and biotech community with the core skills required to commercialise research.

– Sally-Ann Williams, CEO Cicada Innovations

FAQS

Who can apply?
Anyone with a medtech or biotech idea!

How developed does my idea need to be?
We accept ideas at every stage - from a concept on a post it note to people undergoing prototype development. This is workshop is about giving yourself a kickstart and spending 2 days dedicated to developing you solution. Our facilitators are commercialisation experts and regardless of where your idea is at, they will guide you towards the next step.

What if I’m not sure my idea will work
That’s totally okay! The first step towards success is usually failure - and in your commercialisation journey proving what won’t work can be just as valuable as proving what will.

My idea isn’t a medical device - will this workshop still be valuable for me?
Absolutely - these workshops aren't just for people whose idea is a device. Our workshops are suitable for anyone whose idea is in diagnostics, therapeutics, devices, software as a medical device, or pharmaceuticals.

I’m not ready to start a business yet - is it too early for me to attend?
Commercialisation isn't just for the entrepreneurs among us. Whatever your discipline and wherever you work - understanding the considerations taken when commercialising a new product is advantageous.

Not only will you know how to take an idea further when you have one, but the next time you're hustling for more funding or new equipment, you'll have a better understanding of how to prove the commercial value of your work.

Cicada MedLab: Commercialisation 101 workshops were well planned and the facilitators have years of real experience which they are able to distil and teach you succinctly, without all the waffle. They help you really focus on your purpose, business idea, and next best steps. 

— Merran, Touchstone Life Care

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