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Future Forums: Design and Innovation for Future Human Health

Presented by Museums Victoria


Mon 22 May 7:30pm - 8:30pm


Booking required


Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Museum, Nicholson Street, Carlton VIC, Australia


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Melbourne Museum brings together a panel of experts working at the intersections of design, technology and healthcare, to explore how award-winning design and emerging breakthroughs are pushing the boundaries to improve the future of human health, and the role design plays to help us live longer and healthier lives.

From wearables and implants to medical robots and advancements in artificial intelligence, members of the panel are just some of those at the forefront of the human health revolution, driving the latest innovations in medical technology design, health and wellbeing. How can these new advances in human health contribute to a thriving future for humanity, and how can we design the world we want from a human health and wellbeing lens?

This event will take place at Melbourne Museum and will also be streamed online. Book now to attend in person, or online via live-stream.

This event is presented in partnership with the Australian Medtech Manufacturing Centre (AMMC). Supported by the Australian MedTech Manufacturing Centre (AMMC) and the Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry & Regions of the Victorian Government.



Nicholas Opie, Chief Technology Officer, Synchron & Professor, Vascular Bionics Laboratory, The University of Melbourne

Professor Nicholas Opie BE BSc PhD MBA is a biomedical engineer and world expert in neural interfaces. He is Professor and Laboratory Head of the Vascular Bionics Laboratory, Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne, and an NHMRC Research Fellow.

Professor Opie has taken multiple numerous biomedical devices from concept to clinic, including a suprachoroidal retinal prosthesis (bionic eye) designed to restore sight to those with profound vision loss, and a motor neuron prosthesis (bionic spine) that is aimed at restoring independence, communication, and mobility to those with paralysis. He has published over 55 peer reviewed articles in journals including in Nature Biomedical Engineering and Nature Biotechnology, and has filed over 90 patents, and was awarded the 2021 NFMRI John Raftos AM Award for Advancing Innovation.

Prof Opie is the founding CTO of Synchron, a neural interface company based in Melbourne and New York and has raised over AUD$90M in both private funding and grants. Professor Opie designed and developed Synchron’s flagship product, the Stentrode™, listed in Time Magazine’s Top 100 Inventions of 2021.

Gary Haywood, Business Development Manager, Design + Industry

Gary Haywood is Business Development Manager for Design & Industry (D+I), Australia’s largest and leading product design and development studio. D+I’s team of over 45 designers and engineers conduct in excess of 150 development projects a year for global corporations, local enterprises and start-ups.

An experienced Product Designer and MBA, Gary has worked at the intersection of design-led innovation and business development for nearly 30 years.

Gary’s background extends across advanced and additive manufacturing to high-volume production, where he has actively managed the sourcing, technical development and commercialisation of solutions for markets from Medtech, Industrial, Automotive and Construction, Agriculture, Materials Handling and Packaging.

In his previous role at Design Victoria, Gary managed a design for business integration program and mentored senior business managers in the application of design best practice in their product, branding and digital strategies.

Jeff Malone, Chief Executive Officer, BioMelbourne Network

Jeff Malone has over thirty years of experience in business, export market development, product translation and design, commercialisation and manufacturing.

Jeff has worked in Australia since 2010, where he has established strong networks across the high-tech manufacturing, industrial design, research and commercialisation sectors, and has expertise in the medical, healthtech and defence sectors.

He is known and respected domestically and overseas and works as a mentor and advisor to global innovation ecosystems and accelerator programs. He has a reputation for bringing stakeholders together to build commercial networks, broker innovation and advocate on behalf of the healthtech industry.

Jeff joined BioMelbourne Network as the CEO in July 2020.Previously, he worked in a senior leadership role with Design and Industry, building new markets for Australian product development across the US and Southeast Asia. He was also the COO for Grey Innovation.

Before this, Jeff served as General Manager Australia with SRXGlobal, Australia’s largest medical and defence contract electronics manufacturer, which was awarded 2014 Large Manufacturer of the Year in Victoria.

Jeff spent the previous 20 years working in product design, market development, commercialisation and manufacturing in Mexico and South America, Thailand, China and Indonesia.

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