2020 Medtech Actuator Menzies Science Fellows
Dr Jeremy Crook:
Associate Professor Jeremy Crook is Chief Investigator for the Synthetic Biosystems theme of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, and Principal Fellow at the University of Wollongong. Jeremy and his team’s research integrates front-line technologies stem cells, innovative biomaterials, 3D bioprinting and bioelectrics, and is establishing Australia’s position as a global leader in innovative tissue engineering and electroceuticals for advanced research and medicine.
How will this fellowship help me?
The Fellowship will be important to achieving my aspirations for translating what began as merely an idea conceived only 3 years ago by myself and team member Dr Eva Tomaskovic-Crook into a clinically useful medical technology. The concept was born out of a desire to develop a flexible and multifunctional platform for electrically stimulating cells and tissues, first and foremost in the lab, but also motivated by the possibility of adapting the technology for electroceuticals. The latter ambition has now become a priority and so the timing of the Fellowship couldn’t be better. It is an opportunity for me to learn from leading experts in MedTech commercialisation, as well as connect with others in the broader ecosystem. By increasing our commercialisation focus now, I hope to accelerate translation of a “first cab off the rank” so to speak, in the form of a world-first wireless electric nerve-guide for peripheral nerve repair.
I’m eager to better understand what it will take to move a medical technology innovation, and more specifically our particular innovation, through commercialisation and onto the market.
Learn more about Jeremy here
Dr Chris McCarthy:
Dr Chris McCarthy is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at Swinburne University of Technology. Since receiving his PhD from the Australian National University in 2010, Chris has been at the forefront of bio-inspired computer vision, in particular its application to sensory augmentation for low vision assistive devices; most significantly as part of Australia’s “bionic eye” project (Bionic Vision Australia) where Chris contributed significantly to the development and evaluation of pioneering algorithms aiming to enhance clinical benefits for retinal implant recipients. Chris has also led the development of a robotic aid for paediatric rehabilitation now deployed for use in Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital, and has contributed significantly to a range of industry—partnered projects spanning a wide range of sectors including health, agriculture and Smart Cities.
How will this fellowship help me?
As an academic researcher, I love solving problems but get most satisfaction in seeing theoretical solutions translate to real outcomes. This fellowship will give me the much-needed mentorship, focus and structured support I need to truly realise this for CueSleeve. It will take our device from proof of concept to a commercially viable product that is attractive to investors, has a business plan in place to get us there, and has high visibility within Australia’s vibrant Med-Tech sector. I am excited to learn about entrepreneurship and business from the experts, and to bring this project, already multiple years in the making, out of the lab and into the hands of people we believe it can truly benefit.
Learn more about Chris here