Macquarie, Fledge partner for student opportunities in medical technology
Macquarie University recently partnered with medical technology research hub Fledge Innovation Labs to provide its students with practical opportunities to advance medical technology research and gain access to the lab’s cutting edge resources.
Co-located with Macquarie’s School of Engineering, Fledge provides aspiring MedTech entrepreneurs with opportunities and access to its collaborative working spaces, laboratory facilities, scientific equipment and business support to develop real products that can be useful to the advancement of Medtech.
The company provides support to Macquarie students through mentorship by its network of expert MedTech advisors.
The addition of Fledge provides substantial quality to Macquarie University’s existing innovation ecosystem and the Macquarie Park Innovation District. Based on the Macquarie University Incubator distributed model approach, Fledge connects students to the practical aspects of MedTech and how to apply the knowledge they’ve learned in a collaborative environment to solve real-world issues.
“Macquarie University is extremely proud to welcome FLEDGE as its partner and we look forward to leveraging the many opportunities that this partnership will provide for the benefit of the community and our students,” said Macquarie University Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Engagement Professor David in a media release.
This partnership will leverage Fledge’s unique medical technology expertise and resources as it operates as the core within Macquarie’s innovation ecosystem. As Sydney’s only incubator that specialises in medical technology, the university will benefit greatly from its contributions.
Together, Fledge and Macquarie will advance their respective expertise in teaching and research in medicine and health sciences and the medical devices industry.
Macquarie students from the faculties of Medicine and Health, Science and Engineering, and Arts will be able to benefit from internship opportunities to gain hands-on experience, establish connections from Fledge’s extensive industry network, and increase their employability.
As of now 45 students in total, 25 from Macquarie, have made substantial contributions in developing Fledge’s innovative medical technology projects.
These projects include Vitamon, a real-time vital signs AI monitoring system for hospital patients, and VR-4-CP, a project that was led by Fledge in collaboration with a Macquarie undergraduate student with cerebral palsy and a PhD student, together they developed a non-contact VR interface for cerebral palsy patients.
Meanwhile, two Macquarie students completed their work integrated learning internships on the Respiration Enhancement and Support for Preterm Infants (RESPI) project which aimed to reduce the mortality rate of preterm infants in resource-limited countries.