Accelerating Australia

Accelerating Australia is a national consortium of 21 biomedical research institutions, universities, healthcare providers and companies.

We boost biomedical entrepreneurship and translation of medical research through experiential entrepreneurial courses, brokerage and early stage commercialisation support services for our members.

We stand together. Team Accelerating Australia collaborates across sectors, organisations and disciplines to identify and reduce hurdles in our biomedical translation ecosystem to the benefit of all.

Our people are experienced research, clinical and industry professionals who are passionate about impact, innovation, knowledge, best practice and partnerships.


Most of all we believe in the ability of Australia to turn its leading biomedical research into new patient benefits, quality products and thriving companies.


Our universities and medical research institutes are carrying out world leading research. How can the clinical and economic impact of that research be realised more effectively?

Our society continues to suffer from unmet clinical needs. How do we better understand those needs so that we can strategically direct research towards addressing them, while maintaining the ‘blue sky’ research that may address future problems we have not even thought of yet?

The medical technologies and pharmaceuticals (MTP) industry has a critical role in both translating research and addressing needs. How do we improve researcher and clinician engagement with industry to enable this?

Hackathons, boot camps, accelerators and incubators, all offering to train people in innovation but how are they different and how do people know which is most appropriate for them? This is particularly important for the MTP sector as it is a highly technical and regulated environment.

What We Do

Experiential Training

Acknowledging the future: Addressing the Need. With the changing landscape of healthcare, health and medical research will, more than ever before, be required to integrate technology, systems and processes that don’t currently exist. 

Our hands-on, sandboxed courses prepare scientists, clinicians, engineers and business professionals to extend their focus beyond the university laboratory and accelerate the economic and societal benefits of medical research projects and biomedical expertise. These include:

The Adelaide Biodesign and Perth Biodesign courses, in which participants form multidisciplinary teams, and learn to create and develop new medical devices to solve unmet clinical needs and create a compelling business case.

The CERI “Entrepreneurial Mindset” and “Concept to Creation” courses which teach academics from all backgrounds how to think like an entrepreneur.

The MIME SPARK program at Monash University which matches clinician unmet needs with Monash researchers to create real life solutions.

Unmet needs collected
New quality medical technologies

Training scholarships

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Professional Mentors

If you have an experiential course or program that you believe would benefit the MTP sector and would like support from Accelerating Australia, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us here

Facilitating the Ecosystem

Accelerating Australia does not seek to duplicate the activities of others in the medical technologies and pharmaceuticals space. Rather it seeks to understand, map and complement them with the activities it directly supports, facilitating flow between different parts of the ecosystem to the benefit of all.


Accelerating Australia connects innovative ideas with the expertise and partners required to help bring these ideas closer to commercial and clinical realisation. These connections may come from inside or outside of the Accelerating Australia member base; the consortium’s aim is to leverage the full breadth of all connections for the benefit of all.

The expertise of Accelerating Australia’s core personnel, executive and mentor network spans industry and academia. They leverage this expertise for the purposes of advocacy and education to bridge the gaps between innovative ideas, proof of concept and commercial reality. 

For this purpose, Accelerating Australia provides advisory sessions to those who have a startup idea or existing startup business in the MedTech/Pharma industry and are unsure of next steps.

"Through their advisory service we've been able to pursue our research and development with greater confidence. We've been directed towards relevant biomedical research and counselled on performing our own clinical trials...and have been put in touch with key figures in our industry."
HUMM Technologies
Developing a wearable brain-computer interface for eSports
"Maud is extremely well connected in the industry and has been able to link me with the right people to provide technical expertise or discuss business opportunities"
Dan Binks
Sparkee, Serial Innovator
Who Benefits?

Medical researchers and engineers

working in a university or medical research institute are likely to have excellent knowledge of their chosen research field, as well as mentorship with respect to publishing papers, presenting at conferences and obtaining research grants. However, it is unlikely that they will have much interaction with mentors of, or have specific training in, how to translate their research out of the laboratory along the path to commercial and/or clinical impact, or be exposed to industry/clinical needs.



Business Professionals

for example doing their MBA in a university business school or working for a management consulting firm, are likely to have extensive expertise in business management, but they may not have foundational knowledge of scientific/engineering research or understanding of clinical questions.






working in a hospital will have frequent exposure to clinical needs, but they often don’t have the foundational knowledge of highly technical scientific/engineering solutions or the commercialisation pathways required to address these needs.


Industry and the Healthcare System

will benefit from having research move further along the translation pathway to points where they can engage, facilitate and benefit from medical innovation. Furthermore they will benefit from researchers focusing on addressing industry and clinical needs, whether with short, medium or long-term solutions.





Members of the Community

suffering from ill health, through to those funding medical research through the taxes they pay and donations they give, are all keen to see improved translation of medical research that has greater impact in a more timely manner.

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