Speakers

       

Professor Li Bin

Director of Dept. of Hospital Management Research Centre of Shanghai 6th People’s Hospital & Director of Quality Control Centre of Management of Medical Equipment, Shanghai.

Professor Li Bin is Director of Dept. of hospital management research center of Shanghai 6th People’s Hospital Affiliated to Shanghai Jiao tong University, Director of Quality Control Centre of Management of Medical Equipment in Shanghai, Chairman designate of Clinical Engineering Committee of China Medical Association, Vice Chairman of clinical engineers branch of Chinese medical doctor association, Council Member of Chinese society of Biomedical engineering, Committee member of medical device classification technology of China SFDA, Member of the China national medical meteorology technology committee, Chairman of Medical equipment management committee of Shanghai hospital society, Honorary Chairman of Clinical Engineering Committee of Shanghai Medical Association, Chief expert of Shanghai Research Base for Clinical Engineering Technology of Hospital Management Institute of Ministry of Health, Standing committee member of Medical Engineering Committee of Chinese Medical Association, Purchase consultant for Shanghai Municipal Government, Member of China Clinical Engineering Expert and Member of China Association of Medical Equipment.

In his professional background he has two-year working experience in foreign-owned enterprises and received his professional training overseas in USA and Japan.

He worked for over 20 years as chief of the medical equipment management department and was in charge of device management and quality control of medical equipment in Shanghai for 12 years. Moreover he has been the author and co-author of six books, published over 50 articles in national statistical source journal and has undertaken 2 projects of key R & D projects of the State Ministry of science and technology.

 

Chris Jeffery

CEO and Co-founder, RER Labs

Winner Brisbane LMBA Young Entrepreneur of the year 2017

Chris comes from a diverse background, with qualifications in electronics, medicine and business. Initially undertaking an undergraduate degree in Electrical and Computer engineering gaining industry employment midway through the course and further going on to graduate with honours and the J.H. Curtis award from Engineering Australia for thesis of the year. 

On graduation Chris went on to work as a commissioned officer in the Australian Army with the task of managing and leading numerous army personnel and for the planning and execution of a large portfolio of technical projects. In 2008 Chris awarded the Army Capability Development award for work in developing an AI based software package to facilitate rapid deployment and in 2009 was deployed on operation Slipper and awarded the Australian Active Service Medal and the Operations Slipper Medal for his efforts.

In 2011 Chris started his studies in Medicine whilst undertaking multiple simultaneous research projects, graduating as a member the future leaders alumni. In 2012 Chris was awarded a full scholarship in the University of Queensland’s Medical Leadership Program and during these studies completed a Graduate Certificate in Executive Business focusing on Leadership, Strategy, Communication and Human capital.

Today Chris focuses his time as the CEO and Co-founder of RER Labs an engineering company focused on medical innovation, as a PHD candidate researching bionics at the Queensland University of Technology and as a Medical doctor working towards his aspiration of becoming an orthopaedic surgeon.

 

Professor Cliff Hughes

 

Professor Cliff Hughes AO is a Safety and Quality Consultant. He is the Immediate Past President of the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) after two years as President. He is chair of the Board Accreditation Council for ISQua.  He is Professor, Patient Safety and Clinical Quality, Macquarie University.  Formerly a cardiothoracic surgeon he was Chief Executive of the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission for ten years and has published widely on cardiothoracic surgery, quality and safety. He was Chair of the Australian Therapeutic Devices Evaluation Committee for 13  years and served for four years on the NHMRC Ethics committee.

He holds an Alumni Award from the University of NSW. He is an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO).  In 2014, he graduated from the University of NSW as a Doctor of Science. The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons awarded him the Sir Hugh Devine Medal in 2015.

He is a board member of the Medstar Institute for Quality and Safety in Washington DC Advisor WHO Policy Roundtable on Quality in Health Services, a Consultant in Quality and Safety, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital and Visiting Professor at Imperial College, London.

He is married with three adult children and ten grandchildren. His hobby is railways and he is a “qualified” steam train driver on the Bluebell Railway in Sussex, UK.

His clinical passion is patient safety, quality Improvement and the development of clinical leaders.

 

Mark Lesek

Mark is a Hobart welder who calls himself an “amputee with attitude” and has become one of the few people in the world to receive a prosthetic arm that can be controlled simply by thought.

Mark Lesek, lost his right arm in a car crash in Tasmania in 2003. Doctors told him he faced a long recovery and might never work again. He decided to prove them wrong.

After a long process of trial, error and what he described as scepticism from Tasmanian medical specialists, a prosthetic arm which uses US software, Melbourne University research and some parts built in Mr Lesek’s Tasmanian engineering workshop was implanted in June 2017 by a team of specialists at Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital.

Mr Lesek is the eighth person to receive a myoelectric prosthesis.

 

Stefan Mauger

Principal Research Engineer, Cochlear

Stefan’s PhD studies completed at the Bionics Institute were focused on development of the auditory brainstem implant. Specifically, characterising the brain’s responses, at a single neuron level, to brainstem stimulation. This research suggested changes to the present auditory brainstem stimulation strategy which is hoped to improve speech perception.

Since completing his PhD, Stefan has been working for Cochlear Limited improving the cochlear implant performance in noisy environments. Through noise reduction strategies we have been able to improve cochlear implant recipient’s ability to hear speech in noise significantly.

Dr Stefan Mauger from Cochlear was included in last year’s Engineers Australia list of ‘Most Innovative Engineers’ for his work on the Nucleus 6 SmartSound iQ sound processing suite.

 

Milica Talic

RA Consultant, Cochlear

 

With 30 years’ experience in quality assurance, clinical and regulatory affairs in the medical devices industry, Milica provides trusted consultation to executive teams on matters impacting global operations and growth.

Galvanising internationally teams to deliver challenging regulatory, quality and clinical projects, including major transitions aligning with shifts in regional distribution models, she balances the need for absolute integrity in the management of regulatory and clinical affairs with evolving commercial priorities. Skilled in protecting business growth and ongoing profitability, Milica uses an expert understanding of international regulatory regimes (APAC, ANZ & Europe) and relationships across the industry to ensure the proactive management of regulatory functions.

 

Professor Karen Reynolds

Dean (Research)

College of Science and Engineering, Flinders University

 

From Professor Karen Reynolds’ early life in England she was inclined towards uncovering how the world worked.

“When I was young, my sister and I were both given suitcases – my sister filled hers with dolls and clothes, and I filled mine with tools and followed my father around the house helping him mend things,” Professor Reynolds said.

By chance at 15 she stumbled upon a careers guide supplement in the Daily Telegraph describing biomedical engineering, and knew that was what she wanted to do, combining her innate interest in engineering with her unrelenting curiosity about health.

Managing Director & CEO of Andhra Pradesh MedTech Zone (AMTZ), Adviser for Health to Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, India and Executive Director of Kalam Institute of Health Technology (KIHT)

Advisor (Health), Government of Andhra Pradesh 

Managing Director & CEO, AP Med Tech Zone 

Executive Director, Kalam Institute of Health Technology 

Chairman & MD, Medi Valley Incubation Council 

Chairman, Indian Bio-Medical Skill Consortium 

Editor, Global Clinical Engineering Journal 

 

Gregg Suaning

Professor of Biomedical Engineering, The University of Sydney

Gregg J. Suaning is Professor of Biomedical Engineering with the University of Sydney. He has over a quarter of a century of experience in implantable neuroprosthesis research in both industry and academia helping the deaf to hear and the blind to see. He received his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from the California State University in 1986 and 1988 respectively. His Ph.D. in visual prosthesis from UNSW was awarded in 2003. He has been awarded with several international patents in the medical device field – primarily in sensory bionics. Gregg has authored over 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts, and has played a leadership role in in competitive research programs with funding in excess of $60M during his academic career.

The Detroit Institute of Ophtalmology bestowed the Bartimaeus Award to Prof. Suaning in recognition of his contribution to the blind community and perpetuating collegiality within the visual prosthesis research community. He and his team have won two Innovation Awards from the technology transfer department of the University of New South Wales. Gregg is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and has been an active contributor to the IEEE’s Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society since 1998, serving as Associate Editor for many years and as a member of the Conference Organizing Committee for the 2017, 2018 and 2023 annual conferences.

Through is work in industry, Suaning was part of a team that received the Australian Institute of Engineers ‘Engineering Design Award for Engineering Innovation’ and the Bradfield Award for ‘Engineering Works of Exceptional Merit and Community Worth’ for the Nucleus CI24M cochlear implant.

 

Lloyd Walker

Director Assistive Technology,National Disability Insurance Agency

 

 

Lloyd has over 20 years expertise in rehabilitation engineering – enhancing participation of people with disabilities and the aged. He has over 15 years of executive experience in both NGO and Uni settings. He is internationally recognised and has a significant network in the field of assistive technology. His focus is on empowering people through technology.

 

Gordon Wallace 

Executive Research Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science

Director of the Australian National Fabrication Facility, Materials Node

Professor Gordon Wallace is involved in the design and discovery of new materials for use in Energy and Health. In the Health area this involves using new materials to develop biocommunications from the molecular to skeletal domains in order to improve human performance. In the Energy area this involves use of new materials to transform and to store energy, including novel wearable and implantable energy systems for the use in Medical technologies.

He is committed to fundamental research and the translation of fundamental discoveries into practical applications. He is a passionate communicator, dedicated to explaining scientific advances to all in the community from the lay person to the specialist.

He was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia 26 January 2017.

He received Wollongong’s award for Innovation in 2017 and served as Wollongong’s Australia Day Ambassador.

Gordon was named NSW Scientist of the Year 2017.

He received the Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science and Innovation in 2016.

He was appointed to the Prime Ministers Knowledge Nation 100 in 2015.

Gordon is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), Institute of Physics, and Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI). He is a corresponding member of the Academy of Science in Bologna.

He has published more than 900 refereed publications that have attracted in excess of 35,000 citations; a monograph on Organic Bionics (published 2012) and recently co-authored an eBook on 3D BioPrinting He led the presentation of a MOOC on 3D Bioprinting on the FutureLearn platform.

 

Professor John Whitelock

The University of New South Wales

 

Professor John Whitelock’s areas of expertise: Glycomics, Mass Spectrometry, Proteoglycans, Tissue Regeneration, mast cell biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Cell Biology and Gene Regulation, Cardiology and Vascular Disease, Proteomics.