BioDesign Sydney is a fast-paced, hands-on program for aspiring biomedical innovators and entrepreneurs with a drive  to improve the healthcare industry. Teams of 5 multidisciplinary participants with a creative and entrepreneurial mindset, after a period of immersion in a hospital department, identify unmet clinical needs and work towards innovative soloutions.

Who should apply?

The typical structure of a Biodesign Australia team includes passionate individuals with a clinical, engineering, business and/or research background but anyone can apply! BioDesign Sydney is open to people of all backgrounds and from all career stages; from postgraduate level through to established academic and specialist roles. If you have an interest in medical technologies, innovation, entrepreneurship or creative thinking, we want you to hear from you!



business professionals


What is the expected time committment?

Weekly class and workshop’s will be held on Wednesday’s from 1530-1830hrs. It is expected that you attend 80% of theses classes. In addition to this participant’s will need to commit extra time to work on deliverables and attend team meeting’s. It is estimated that participants will spend on average 8hrs a week on program commitments (including Wednesday classes)

The Team

Prof Paul Young


Director of Biodesign Sydney

Professor Paul M Young holds the inaugural Chair of Commercialisation in the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney. His focus is to translate basic and applied sciences into commercial innovations that have real world applications and to drive a culture change in entrepreneurship within the academic community. Paul is also a Professor of Respiratory Technology at the Woolcock of Institute of Medical Research and Director of a number of start-ups including Ab-inito Pharma Ltd and Oz-UK LTD

Prof Michael Wallach



Professor Wallach has over 30 years of experience in molecular parasitology with a wealth of experience in both academic and industrial science. In 2008, Michael established a new course in Bio-Innovation and Entrepreneurship where graduates work in small teams to form creative innovative ideas for medical health products. In 2013, he was appointed as the inaugural director of the SPARK Sydney program, which was established by UTS and the University of Sydney and played a key role in building SPARK Global.

Sean Harris

Program Coordinator

Sean has a total of 12 years nursing experience 6 of which at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital on the casual pool, giving him hands on experience on many ward’s and department’s within Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

Applications for BioDesign Sydney are now open.