SPARK Monash

The SPARK Monash course is run by the Monash Institute of Medical Enginering (MIME) and based off the original Stanford SPARK methodology. 

SPARK Monash provides research teams at MIME with an expert-guided pathway, assisting them in developing their technology with a commercially focused outcome.

How does it work?

Research teams that have previously received funding through the MIME Seed Funding program are invited to pitch for a spot in SPARK Monash. 8 teams were accepted into the first 2017 intake and took part in an intensive two day bootcamp. Over the next two years, teams are matched with industry experts and personnel with experience that addresses knowledge gaps in the team. Teams attend regular milestone meetings and receive milestoned seed funding to support their technology development.

Faculty

Laurence Meagher

Professor Meagher is responsible for the science leadership of the Monash Institute of Medical Engineering (MIME) as well as leading an academic research group and teaching in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Laurence leads MIME research teams in multidisciplinary, clinically focussed translational research, as well as being responsible for science planning, strategic development, industry engagement and the initiation of new research and PhD programs. His research group has a particular focus on bioactive surface coatings for medical devices and other applications. Laurence received his PhD from the Australian National University, carried out postdoctoral studies at The University of Melbourne and was a Senior Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO for 16 years.

Erick Villaceran

Erick is the partnerships development officer at Monash University, having previously graduated from Monash with a Master’s degree in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Along with Premila, Erick is involved in overseeing the set up of Accelerating Australia supported programs in Melbourne.

News

Australian Biomedical Innovation Celebrated Globally as an Example of Collaboration

Australian biomedical innovation training programs have been recognised on a global stage, with Team Australia invited by the founders of the Stanford SPARK program to present at the SPARK Global meeting in Berlin, Germany.

SPARKing the skills to take research to industry

PhD student, Anqi Li has been selected to take part in the prestigious SPARK Biomedical Innovation and Entrepreneurship training course in Berlin, Germany this month.

MIME SPARK: Turning MedTech Ideas Into Reality

Six teams of flourishing biomedical innovators at the Monash Institute of Medical Engineering (MIME) have this month begun the process of turning their world-class research into real world medical devices and diagnostics.

Get in Contact

If you have any questions about the SPARK Monash course or are interested in providing your expertise to our teams as an industry mentor, we would love to hear from you!