About the Webinar
Thinclab Adelaide and Thinclab Canterbury are hosting the first webinar in their Trans-Tasman series: Innovation in the Health & Med Tech Sectors.
Get the lowdown on the ThincLab network and what they are doing to grow international businesses from Canterbury. Hear experts from Adelaide and Canterbury bring their perspectives on innovation and technology in the healthcare sector, for a discussion on opportunities presented by 2020.
Hear from experts Dr Jonathan Hall – Co Founder, Life Whisperer; Aisha Sirop – Commercialisation Manager, The University of Adelaide; Anya Hornsey – Innovation Director, Via Innovations (Canterbury District Health Board); and Jamie Cairns – CEO, Taska Prosthetics.
About the panellists
From the Australian side:
Dr Jonathan Hall – Co Founder Life Whisperer
Dr Jonathan Hall is one of 10 MIT Tech Review Innovators U35 (APAC), and InDaily 40 Under 40 awardee, and Entrepreneurial Awardee for SA in 2019, with PhDs in computational physics and embryo nanotechnology.
As a co-founder of the businesses Presagen and Life Whisperer, our ventures have been changing the way health and medical information from around the world is connected, using artificial intelligence, to build globally scalable and unbiased medical products across all industries in healthcare.
Life Whisperer provides a new clinical support application to improve pregnancy rates for infertile couples undertaking IVF.
As part of this work, we have achieved Startup of the Year, Machine Learning innovation of the Year, reached the finals in TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Australia, and named Global Winner – One to Watch’ for the APAC region at Talent Unleashed, whose judges included global innovation giants Richard Branson and Steve Wozniak.
Aisha Sirop – Commercialisation Manager, The University of Adelaide
Aisha is presently a Commercialisation Manager at The University of Adelaide.
Before joining The University of Adelaide she spent 6 years in the commercialisation of environmental and bioremediation technologies at Flinders University’s commercialisation agency; and 6.5 years in the commercialisation of medical devices at the Medical Device Partnering Program at the Tonsley Innovation Precinct and AusHealth focusing on early stage product development for clinicians and SMEs in the MedTech sector.
She has been part of The University of Adelaide’s e-Challenge judging and mentoring team for 9 years and is currently assisting researchers, students and companies with the development and commercialisation of novel solutions for all sectors.
From the New Zealand side:
Anya Hornsey – Innovation Director, Via Innovations
Anya leads a small innovation business team at Canterbury District Health Board. The team has a core focus on fostering innovation within the Canterbury Health System and is the first point of contact for innovations developed at Canterbury DHB.
Prior to joining Via Innovations, Anya spent 15 years in the technology startup sector, many of those as an investment manager for a company that commercialised inventions from New Zealand universities. She has also been the CEO of an earthquake engineering startup.
Jamie Cairns – CEO Taska Prosthetics
Jamie Cairns is the CEO of TASKA Prosthetics, a medical device company that designs and manufactures a market-leading myoelectric prosthetic hand for an international client base. Jamie has a successful track record of commercializing new technologies and in leading high-growth technology companies.
He has both public and private sector experience gained through organisations such as Snap, The Colocation Company, Vodafone, CropLogic, and the UK Ministry of Defence, and has capital markets experience culminating in public listing (ASX).