Challenge 3 – Bionic Implants and Organs

Tissue-engineered implants, bio-robotic organs, AI-enabled organ software and organoids that preface a future revolution in ‘whole organ engineering’ and regenerative medicine are a new frontier in bionic innovation.

Challenge 3 – Bionic Implants and Organs

How can you and your team make a difference? End-stage organ failure is a leading cause of mortality around the world. As a result, the need for novel therapies to treat patients with end-stage organ failure is very high.

The last ten years has also seen great progress in tissue engineering and biofabrication and the decade ahead will see wider surgical use of 3-D bio printed bone and tissue plus new bio-robotic organs and AI-enabled organ software. While the science behind many types of bionic implants and future options for ‘engineered organs’ is still developing, this is a very exciting frontier of bionics discovery and innovation.

The team that wins our Bionic Implants and Organs Challenge in 2021 will deliver a next generation bionics innovation in one of the following areas:

  • Implanted bio-robotic organs (IBROs) which integrate with the body by sensing in-body signals and acting to regulate biological and metabolic processes
  • AI-enabled organs or organ software that replace the functionality of a human organ with a potential mix of sensing, controlling and performing actions in line with patient choice
  • Early stage bionic organs and organoids that inform progressive work towards whole-organ engineering to replace traditional human organ transplantation.
  • Tissue-engineered implants – bone, vascular grafts, cartilage, and other bionic implants that interface with regenerative medicine.

Our 2021 Major Category Winner was awarded $50,000 plus Winners Mentoring and Acceleration

Our Early Stage Bionic Innovation Award Winner received $10,000 to progress their project plus Winners Mentoring and Acceleration

The clock is ticking to plan your entry for 2022. You and your team could win a great cash prize and expert advice to fast track your innovation! Queensland-led teams are invited to compete for these major Challenge Category Prizes.

Major Bonuses for National Bionics Innovation Prize Winners are:

– A $25,000 cash prize to expend on advancing your bionic innovation
– A chance to share in $25,000 of Morgans Financial insights, support and mentoring
– A potential ‘fast track’ to the final decision-making round of Antler’s acceleration program for start-ups (at the VC’s Sydney office).

This prize for the most outstanding project/team across all Bionics Challenge contestants could be awarded to an innovation in one of the four categories: Bionic Mobility. Bionic Senses, Bionic Implants and Organs; or Bionics, the Brain and Neurotechnology.

Project leaders of teams competing for the National Bionics Innovation Prize may reside in any Australian state/territory. All Queensland-led teams are eligible to compete for Major Category Prizes and the National Bionics Innovation Prize.

Our Winner 2021

Bionics Challenge 2021

Bionics Challenge 2021, delivered in partnership with the Motor Accident Insurance Commission (Qld) has provided over $300k in combined Cash Prizes, Mentoring and Acceleration.