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30th November 2015 BioBreakfast – Innovation Week 2015 Launch Breakfast

November 30, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm AEDT


Monday November 30th to Friday 4th December 2015
When: Monday 30th November
7:15am registration & buffet breakfast
Presentation 8:00am to 9:00am
Where: The Monash Conference Centre (MCC)
Seminar Rooms 1, 2, and 3
Level 7, 30 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Speakers: Hon Philip Dalidakis, Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade

Dr. Elaine Saunders, Managing Director, Blamey Saunders hears

George Charalambous, Director/Operations at Curve Tomorrow Pty Ltd

Dr Margaret Hartley, Chief Executive Officer, ATSE
Price: $50 for members and non-members
A limited number of special concessions tickets are available for students please email npitcher@biomelbourne.org for details and bookings.

All proceeds from this event go directly to fund Innovation Week 2015


Cancellation Policy:
Full refund given up to 7 days prior to the event.
No refunds within 7 days of the event.
RSVP: 24th November

About the Event

About the Event:

Innovation Week 2015 brings together Australian science, technology, innovation & entrepreneurship for a week of celebration, discussion and debate. A series of public talks, conversations and online activities will be held from Monday November 30 to Friday 4th December 2015 to promote scientific and technological innovation, with the official Launch of Innovation Week at this Breakfast event.

Support for innovation in Australia is critical to ensure economic and social outcomes, job creation and improving the quality of life for people. Building and maintaining a vibrant innovation ecosystem will ensure the future prosperity of our people, our industries and our nation. Innovation Week brings together leaders from science, technology and business to see ideas and discoveries return their full potential value to society.

Innovation Week is a new initiative led by the Australian Science & Innovation Forum (ASIF) in partnership with the Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering (ATSE) with support from the office of the lead scientist of Victoria and other sponsors, including the BioMelbourne Network

Join us for the opening of Innovation Week 2015 with Dr. Elaine Saunders (Blamey Saunders Hears), George Charalambous (Curve Tomorrow) and Fellows of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering to hear how the convergence of technology and health is creating a positive change for our society.

About the Speakers

Hon Philip Dalidakis, Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade
Dr. Elaine Saunders, Blamey Saunders Hears

Dr. Elaine Saunders is an award-winning businesswoman, audiologist and academic. She is co-founder of successful Australian tele-health company Blamey Saunders hears and Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology, Swinburne University. Her accolades include being named one of the AFR/Westpac 100 Women of Influence (2015), BioMelbourne Network’s Woman in Leadership Award (2015), the Melbourne Award for Contribution to Community (2012), the Victorian Pearcey Entrepreneur Award (2011), American Academy of Audiology’s Award for Achievement in Industry (2010) and was National Telstra Business Woman of the Year (National Corporate and Private Sector) in 2004.

George Charalambous, Director/Operations at Curve Tomorrow Pty Ltd.

George is a Director at Curve Tomorrow, a multi-award winning digital health company that solves challenging problems in healthcare. He is a passionate technologist striving to converge technology and health to make a positive change in our society. His background includes Information Technology, business and education that enables the collaborative development of innovative technology products in healthcare delivery and medical research. He has worked on several technology products ranging from an in-home rehabilitation platform to a social disorder assessment tool (e.g. autism, ADHD).

Dr Margaret Hartley FTSE
Chief Executive Officer, ATSE

Dr Hartley holds a BAppSci (RMIT) and PhD (Monash University). She joined the Academy as Chief Executive Officer in 2009 and leads the implementation of policy and strategy for the Academy.
Dr Hartley was previously the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing and the Director of the Office of Chemical Safety. She led the Department’s human health risk assessment of pesticides and chemicals as well as regulatory policy and environmental health policy. She oversaw regulatory compliance activities for narcotics, controlled substances, and drugs in sports and advised on chemical security issues.
Dr Hartley is a respected national and international leader and regulatory scientist with wide experience in leading and managing Australia’s chemical regulatory policy framework, and developing and implementing related human health policy. She led international harmonisation efforts in risk assessment methodology via OECD and WHO programs and was Australia’s Industrial Chemical Regulator from 1997-2006. She led a significant program for regulation reform and implementation of best practice regulation including developing community/industry/government partnerships on chemicals safety issues.
Dr Hartley previously held research and academic positions in Pharmacology and then Public Health and Epidemiology at Monash University and the ANU


November 30, 2015
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


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