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BioForum – Made in Australia: Victoria’s Rapid Response to Manufacturing Demands During the Pandemic

August 20, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm AEST

Throughout the response to COVID-19, the sector has witnessed extraordinary demand for personal protective equipment, hospital beds and medical equipment. Furthermore, the pandemic has highlighted the need for, and importance of, keeping advanced manufacturing capabilities grounded in Australia while reducing the sector’s reliability on overseas components and expertise.

This BioForum, sponsored by the State Government of Victoria, will provide an insight into the sector’s rapid response, led by Grey Innovation, to the demand for emergency ventilators and will explore the collaboration, design, manufacturing and supply chain factors that led to the production of the NOTUS emergency ventilator in such an expeditious time frame.

We will also have a broader discussion on advanced manufacturing and how the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that Australian manufacturers can fill gaps in supply chains. We can make a wide range of products from complicated medical devices such as ventilators through to relatively simple medical products such as face masks, and everything in between.

We have demonstrated that our ability to manufacture these products is not a limiting factor.  And this same principle applies to a wide range of products, not just those that are in high demand during a pandemic but any medical product that may be considered essential and may not be available for import for any reason.  Stuart Elliot, Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Planet Innovation will discuss how Governments can boost local manufacturing by providing positive incentives for health purchasing to buy a portion of goods locally.

The presentations will be followed by an opportunity for audience Q&A to the panel

Event details

Date: Thursday 20th August 2020
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm AEST
Format: This event will be delivered on a virtual platform – you will receive a link to join via confirmation email prior to the event.
Registration: BioMelbourne Network Members: $35; Non-members: $45
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Jefferson Harcourt, Executive Chair, Grey Innovation

Louisa De Vries, Engineering Supply Manager, Grey Innovation

Serena Ross, General Manager, Circuitwise Electronics

Stuart Elliott, Co-CEO and Co-Founder, Planet Innovation

Read more about our speakers below.

Cancellation Policy: 
Full refund given up to 3 days prior to the event.
No refunds within 3 days of the event.


Thanks to the State Government of Victoria for sponsoring this BioForum.


Jefferson Harcourt, Executive Chairman, Grey Innovation

Jefferson has over two decades of experience in the development and commercialisation of cutting edge technology and the creation and operation of technology companies. He has established commercial operations in Australia, US, Asia and Europe, building both R&D and sales businesses in these jurisdictions. Jefferson sits on a number of company boards, both listed and private, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He also sits on the Victorian Government Innovation Taskforce and helps government shape policy around the technology and advanced manufacturing sector.

Louisa De Vries, Engineering Supply Manager, Grey Innovation

Louisa is an engineer with over 20 years’ experience and a passion for manufacturing, innovation and technology. Louisa has led a range of complex engineering projects, including the development of a predictive maintenance platform for rolling stock to an award-winning ingress/egress modelling project at GM Holden. Most recently, Louisa has led a project with Bosch to provide test boxes for the Grey Innovation led NOTUS Emergency Ventilator Program, successfully delivering 60 test boxes in an impressive 10 weeks.

Serena Ross, General Manager, Circuitwise Electronics

Serena Ross is the general manager of Circuitwise Electronics. She has extensive experience in manufacturing, having worked in the electronics industry for over 15 years. Serena has a degree in business and has particular expertise in procurement, traceability and management required for Printed Circuit Board Assembly. This expertise extends to ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 quality systems and their implementation for high reliability applications such as medical devices and mining equipment. Serena is passionate about medical device manufacturing, working closely with multinational medical clients to ensure their products are brought to market with the highest reliability to ensure optimum patient care.

Stuart Elliott, Co-CEO and Co-Founder, Planet Innovation

Stuart is a technology innovation expert and business leader with over 25 years’ experience and world-class expertise in the field of advanced technology product development and commercialization. Stuart has been the CEO of Planet Innovation since its creation in 2009.
Prior to forming PI, Stuart held senior innovation and R&D roles for global biomedical companies initiating, defining and managing the development of medical diagnostic products.
Stuart holds an Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Melbourne and MBA level training in finance, marketing, strategy and leadership.


August 20, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
$35 - $45
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