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MedTech’s Got Talent – MEET OUR MENTORS

21 September 2017

Medtronic are proud supporters of MedTech’s Got Talent – Australia’s largest largest medical device accelerator program. The program is a unique entrepreneurship challenge supporting emerging entrepreneurs to develop and refine skills in pitching a business concept, developing a technology roadmap and launching commercialisation activities for their medical technology innovations.

Two Medtronic team members have been identified as mentors for the 2017 competition. Meet them here:

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Ranjini Mathivanar, Pathfinder – Restorative Therapies Group, Medtronic Australasia Pty Ltd.

Qualifications: MBA, M.Phil (Masters by Research in Biomedical Materials).

Tenure with Medtronic: Two years.

What excites you about the future of MedTech in Australia?

We can improve the commercialisation of Medtech innovations with the involvement of key stakeholders – industry, incubators, financiers, universities/research organisations and government.

What skills can you offer to a mentee in the MedTechs’ Got Talent competition?

My experience co-founding a biomaterials start-up, more than 10 years in upstream and downstream medical devices marketing, 10 years in product development in cardiac pacemakers and defibrillators and a number of years consulting for start-up companies in Australia.

What will you be looking for in a mentee in the MedTechs’ Got Talent competition?

Passion, enthusiasm and energy.  A willingness to learn and leverage the experience and knowledge of mentors.

What is your advice to any/all participants in the in the MedTechs’ Got Talent competition?

My first piece of advice is to be clear about what problem you are solving; the size of the market; your target market; your value proposition and competitive advantage. My other piece of advice is to develop your elevator pitch.

By this time next year, what matter relating to healthcare would you like to see solved and/or part of public conversation?

Patient centred healthcare and how we deliver value to patients by collaborating with the key stakeholders in delivering health  – Government, Hospitals, Healthcare Professionals,  Insurers and Suppliers.

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James Britton, Senior Program Manager, Integrated Health Solutions & Value Based Healthcare, Asia Pacific.

Qualifications: Bachelor Industrial and Systems Engineering, MBA,  Harvard Business School – Executive Program – Value Based Healthcare, Lean Sigma Black Belt.

Tenure with Medtronic: Five years [firstly in the US, before relocating to Australia].

What excites you about the future of MedTech in Australia? 

I think there is a promising future for MedTech in Australia, particularly given the aging population, rise in spend of healthcare as a percentage of GDP and how geographically spread the population is. I believe Australia is a great testing ground for new innovations that will improve outcomes and reduce costs to the healthcare system, I think it’s exciting the positive impact we can have on patients’ lives across Australia.

What skills can you offer to a mentee in the MedTechs’ Got Talent competition? 

My first hope is to motivate the team to reach their own potential. I also plan to draw on my experiences working in healthcare across: Engineering [quality, manufacturing, R&D, ops/supply chain],

business development [project/program management, strategy, operating mechanisms], and innovation [new product development, business model innovation].

What will you be looking for in a mentee in the MedTechs’ Got Talent competition?

I will be looking for demonstrated teamwork, grit, whether they are open to advice/direction, and a depth of knowledge in specific area of innovation.

What is your advice to any/all participants in the in the MedTechs’ Got Talent competition?

Understand the patient / customer needs, and take regulatory, compliance, legal, quality in healthcare seriously.

By this time next year, what matter relating to healthcare would you like to see solved and/or part of public conversation?

Improved access to underserved populations, better measurement of clinical outcomes, the slowing of healthcare spend as a percentage of GDP.

Learn more about MedTech’s Got Talent by visiting medtechchallenge.com.

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