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Past Event

Future Forums: The Brave New Nexus of Design, Health, and Technology

Presented by Museums Victoria


Mon 22 May 6:00pm - 7:00pm


Booking required


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


Accessible bathroom All gender bathroom Assistance animals welcome Auslan interpreted

Design plays a central role in achieving positive health outcomes.  As one of the fastest growing players in the global MedTech industry, Victoria is gaining a reputation for its quality, innovation, and commitment to excellence in design. In this discussion at Melbourne Museum, Jeff Malone, the CEO of BioMelbourne Network, highlights the defining strengths of design within the expanding Victorian MedTech industry and how sector successfully combines human-centered design, interdisciplinary collaboration, and world-class artisan manufacturing to improve human health. Five designers and experts who are at the forefront of health and medicine projects showcase their leading innovations in new wearables, sleep technology, and patient-centered design in dynamic 5-minute presentations.

The event takes place at Melbourne Museum and is live-streamed online. You can book now to attend in person or online via the livestream. 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.


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  high-tech manufacturing, industrial design, research and commercialisation sectors. He has expertise in the medical, healt-htech, and defence sectors, and is known and respected domestically and overseas. Jeff  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. Prior to 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.

Leah Heiss, Associate Professor and Eva and Marc Besen International Research Chair in Design at Monash University.

Through collaborative projects, Leah Heiss has brought humanity-centred design to technologies for hearing loss, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, gut disease and loneliness. Her design work has been recognised with six Australian Good Design Awards (including the 2018 Australian Good Design Award of the Year) and the CSIRO Design Innovation Award. Projects she has led have been presented to the Victorian Royal Commission into Mental Health and informed the creation of Victoria’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Guidelines.

Leah’s design work is part of the Museums Victoria and Powerhouse heritage collections and has been exhibited internationally to audiences exceeding 700,000 people. Her Tactile Tools co-design method has been used to evolve new models of care for cancer care, low birth weight, eating disorders, aged care, voluntary assisted dying and acquired brain injury.

Dr Sophie Payne, Senior Research Fellow, Bionics Institute

Dr Sophie Payne is a Senior Research Fellow at the Bionics Institute and holds an honorary position at the University of Melbourne. She completed her PhD in neuroscience at the University of Western Australia before moving to the University of Melbourne as a Research Fellow. Her research vision is to progress a pipeline of electroceutical technology towards the clinic to provide clinical relief in a number of diseases including inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, type 2 diabetes and urinary incontinence. Her specialty is in the use of medical devices in the autonomic nervous system to treat disease.

Peter Vranes, CEO Nutromics

Peter Vranes is the co-founder and CEO of MedTech startup Nutromics. A serial entrepreneur with a track record of success, Peter is passionate about using medical technologies to create a more proactive healthcare system. He previously founded and commercialised several natural cosmeceutical skincare brands. His last venture was successfully acquired in 2013. He has a background in Chemical Engineering and specialises in developing brands, commercialising technologies, and scaling businesses.

Cameron van den Dungen, CEO of Sleeptite

Cameron van den Dungen is the CEO of Sleeptite and a Non-Executive Director of Forty Winks. For close to 15 years, Cameron has travelled the world searching for innovation and technology in sleep science and research. The basis for the search was to determine ‘what was next’ for the sleep industry, and how the bedroom would evolve as part of the connected home. Cameron uncovered gaps in the quality of the data collected by existing sensors, as well as a lack of research and understanding around how to measure ‘a good night’s sleep’. This led Cameron to create Sleeptite, an aged care focused health tech company designed to innovate health and sleep.

Pauline Newlove, Project Manager, Hyrdix

Pauline is a program manager with over 12 years experience across project management and mechanical engineering, predominantly within the Medical Device market.  

Having worked in both product development consulting and for R&D companies developing products for medical, industrial and consumer markets across the world. Pauline has a deep experience in applying innovation process to develop complex products from initial concept through to market launch.  

With a strong belief that playful exploration is a great way of opening our minds to new ideas and becoming more productive, Pauline employs a dynamic and creative approach across the product development journey, from innovation front-end through to solving intricate engineering challenges.  

Pauline’s holds a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Design, and Innovation from the Technical University of Denmark, as well as a number of patents from her career in product development. 

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