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BioBreakfast – Disruptive and Emerging Technologies for Healthcare – AI and Robotics

August 8, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am AEST

This breakfast will explore ‘disruptive and emerging technologies’ for the future and will talk about the shifts that may make healthcare delivery better, safer and faster.  It will also address the question if patients, healthcare providers and consumers are ready to embrace AI and robotics. What is the data, what are the facts and what are the benefits and is trust and the human factor really a challenge?

Our speakers will be sharing their views on AI and robotics and what it means for patients and those delivering healthcare as well as how important it is for the State of Victoria and Australia to be taking proactive action in this space. We will be joined by speakers from both industry and surgical perspectives and will hear about the cutting-edge Australian Medical Robotics Academy – the only centre in Australasia & the Pacific to provide future-focused robotic surgical training. We will also hear about artificial intelligence platforms which support a range of different machine learning approaches and what that means in a clinical context and how artificial intelligent software is monitoring drug usage out of automated dispensing cabinets in Hospitals.

Following our speaker presentations our panel discussion will be facilitated by CSIRO Data61’s Head of Product, Jane Scowcroft. Jane will be working with our speakers to explore some of the following questions and providing the opportunity for the audience to add theirs.

• What are the ‘disruptive and emerging technologies’ for the future of health and does the use of artificial intelligence and medical robotics make healthcare delivery better, safer and faster?

• Are patients, healthcare providers and consumers ready to embrace disruptive and emerging technologies?

• And what does the data show, what are the facts, what are the benefits and is trust & the human factor really a challenge?

• What is happening with the Australian Medical Robotics Academy?

• What does this mean for the sector, Victoria and Australia?


Event details

Date: Thursday 8th August 2019
Time: 7.20 am – Registration; 7.30 am – Networking Breakfast; 8.00 am to 9.00 am – Presentation and Panel Discussion
Venue: Supper Room, Melbourne Town Hall, 90-130 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Cost: BioMelbourne Network Members – $75, Non Members – $150 (Prices include GST)

Speaker details below.


This event is sponsored by

Dr Briony Norris, Urological Surgeon, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Eastern Health, Ballarat Health Services and The Australian Prostate Center

Dr Briony Norris, MBBS, FRACS (Urol) is a urological surgeon at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Ballarat Health Services and The Australian Prostate Center. After completing her medical training through the University of Melbourne in 2006, she pursued a career in urology and attained her FRACS in Urology through the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2016.

Briony developed a keen interest in robotic surgery and furthered her training with an international fellowship in robotic surgery and endourology at the New York University Langone Medical Centre in New York. She has presented at local and international conferences and has been published in many peer- reviewed journals. She specialises in robotic and minimally invasive surgery.

Brent Barnes, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, LBT Innovations

Brent is a global business executive and medical technology enthusiast. He has broad experience in regulated Class I, Class II and Class III medical devices (implantable devices and Artificial Intelligence automation in healthcare), and in 2016 became CEO and Managing Director of LBT Innovations.

Prior to this, Brent spent 11 years as a Senior Executive in a variety of roles at Cochlear Limited (ASX:COH), the global leader in implantable hearing devices. During his tenure with the company, he lived in the US, Singapore and Sydney, overseeing a range of global business functions. During this time, he was the Director Asia Growth Markets & Operations for Asia Pacific, growing the implantable hearing market across 12 countries in Asia over five years.

In addition to his roles with LBT, Brent is a non-executive director of Connek Pty Ltd, a telecommunications company that sub-contracts specialist services to leading blue chip telecommunications companies working on the national rollout of Australia’s National Broadband Network.

Andrew Finster, Business Manager and co-owner, Meditec Pharmacy Automation

Andrew is the Business Manager and co-owner of one of Oceania’s largest pharmacy automation businesses. With solutions operating in every State, Territory and District Health Board (DHB), Meditec has helped drive large-scale change and significant innovation in how pharmacies pack, store and manage medications in both Retail and Hospital environments.

Prior to joining Meditec, Andrew worked in banking and management consulting. While in banking, Andrew was responsible for the retail strategy for one of Australia’s big-four. This role saw Andrew have responsibility for both the customers experience through to overall strategic positioning that included acquisitions. The management consulting experience saw Andrew work in various locations across Australia (Sydney, Brisbane and Perth) and the world (Tokyo, New York, London and Hong Kong) and work on various CEO-level projects that ranged from large-scale cost-cutting and mergers-and-acquisitions to business transformations.


August 8, 2019
7:30 am - 9:00 am
$75 - $150
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Melbourne Town Hall, 90-120 Swanston St
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
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