The SPARK Co-lab Design Course was established in 2016 by SPARK Co-lab based on the Biodesign model. Inspired by what the SPARK Co-Lab Design Course had started, Perth Biodesign was formed by further adapting the Biodesign model, leveraging input from many domain experts across the sector and learnings brought back by the current Directors of Perth Biodesign from their 6 months of training at Stanford Biodesign.
We have developed expansive networks across government, industry sectors and research institutions and are grateful for their contributions, which have allowed us to foster and grow an innovation culture across the WA biomedical and health ecosystem.
The 2017, 2018 & 2019 course was funded by Accelerating Australia, which received funding from the MTPConnect Project Fund Program
The 2020-2021 programs were funded by the New Industries Fund, managed by the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation and our program partners: The University of Western Australia, Edith Cowan University, Curtin University, Murdoch University, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, Telethon Kids Institute, and Perron Institute for Neurological and Translational Science.
The 2022 programs have been funded by The University of Western Australia, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, WA Data Science Innovation Hub, WA Health Translation Network, Curtin University, Telethon Kids Institute, Perron Institute for Neurological and Translational Science, Ear Science Institute Australia, Australian Medical Association (WA) and The BridgeTech Program, as well as MTPConnect for the programs funded through the REDI Initiative of which Biodesign Australia is a partner (Biointelect Consortium, Wrays Consortium and Australian Clinical Entrepreneur Program).
Perth Biodesign owes its success to the generosity of the WA ecosystem. Our strategic advisory board, alumni fellows, business mentors and guest speakers provide invaluable knowledge and specialised guidance, enriching our programs and supporting our mission to advance health technology innovation.