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ACMD Challenge
Find the right project

ACMD Challenge is our seminar and workshop series designed to uncover unmet clinical needs and identify critical teams to advance projects.

We focus on fostering multidisciplinary collaborations, enhancing clinician-researcher engagement, and raising the profile of medtech, biotech and digital health opportunities in Victoria.

ACMD Challenge is Designed to

ACMD Challenge is our seminar and workshop series designed to uncover unmet clinical needs and identify critical teams to advance projects.

  • Create multidisciplinary collaborations
  • Improve engagement between clinicians and researchers
  • Identify project champions for medtech, biotech and digital health
  • Increase medtech, biotech and digital health opportunities
  • Create a portfolio of targeted investment opportunities
ACMD Challenge Program Stages
Seminar
The ‘pure science’ stage where new ideas are born and researchers contribute to an increase in knowledge and understanding.

The online Challenge Seminars help set the scene and feature keynote speakers from different perspectives on the clinical problem. Speakers provide context from a clinical, engineering or consumer experience. Topics cover key areas where an unmet clinical need could potentially be addressed by a biomedical engineering research project.

Anyone can attend
Workshop
Creating new ideas from multi-disciplinary collaborations focused on a well-defined clinical need.

Following the seminar, there is an in-person workshop with a set of Challenge questions. These are discussed in breakout groups during the workshop – one group per Challenge question. The questions are structured and designed to be open in nature; to explore new ways to address the issue. The aim of the workshop is not to solve the problem in one day, but to explore promising ideas. A facilitator will guide the discussion to workshop solutions to the question and identify a Project Champion and team.

EOI, a mix of disciplines & invitation only
Advance
The most promising ideas are discussed, and assistance is provided to advance them to become a collaborative project.

After the workshop, the goal of ACMD Advance is to discuss the most promising ideas and provide assistance to advance the concept to become a collaborative project. The ACMD team performs a feasibility check on the ideas with field experts and a series of follow-on sessions.

Review & progress ideas
Submit a ACMD Challenge Idea

We are seeking the input of leading clinicians to develop a list of key clinical challenges across all therapeutic areas. The ACMD team has created a survey to shortlist and identify priority topics for discussion.

Participate in a Workshop

The ACMD is planning more Challenge Workshops. To be involved, please submit Expressions of Interest to participate in our upcoming workshops.

The Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery Challenge Program acknowledges the support of the Australian Medtech Manufacturing Centre – a Victorian Government initiative.

You can learn more about the Australian Medtech Manufacturing Centre initiative here.

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