Webinar: Technology Overpowering Disability

Date posted 27 July 2020

Join moderator Professor Steven Prawer from University of Melbourne for a webinar hosted by Technion Australia and the University of Melbourne to hear from two leading scientists and inventors discussing how they navigated the path from discovery to commercialisation.

Event details

Date: Thursday 6 August 2020
Time: 7 pm to 8.30 pm
Cost: Free
Audience: Victorian medtech companies
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About the speakers

Amit Goffer

After experiencing a tragic accident that confined him to a wheelchair, accomplished inventor and entrepreneur Dr. Amit Goffer immediately started to develop alternative modes of transport to the traditional wheelchair.

In 2001 he created the ReWalk system, the first commercially available exoskeleton. Due to the severity of his injury, Dr. Goffer couldn’t use it himself, but hundreds of thousands of people could benefit from it. More recently, he developed UPnRIDE to provide full mobility in a standing position in almost any urban environment. That is something that Dr Goffer, as a quadriplegic, has benefited from.

Jim Patrick

Jim Patrick AO is the Vice President and Chief Scientist Emeritus at Cochlear. Cochlear is among Australia’s most iconic brands and has given deaf people the gift of hearing for almost 40 years. Cochlear designs, manufactures and distributes innovative hearing implants.

Jim has been involved in Cochlear implant research and commercial development since 1975, when he joined Graeme Clark’s research team. In 1981 he moved to Sydney as a member of the Cochlear “Tiger Team” inside the Nucleus group, developing a ‘clinically applicable’ Cochlear implant. He has been a member of Cochlear’s leadership team having at different times responsibility for R&D, Clinical Research and Manufacturing. Jim is considered a world authority on Cochlear implants.


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