A Human Bionics LivingLab Community
With hubs of excellence in bionic innovation in Australia and around the world, Bionics Queensland’s goal is to showcase ‘what is possible’ to a wider community and draw innovation leaders across disciplines and borders into a new, exciting dialogue on human bionic innovation.
Busting the Silos of Endeavour
Linking people, ideas and technologies in new ways is the ‘secret sauce’ to accelerate bionic breakthroughs.
At Bionics Queensland, we see faces light up when ‘hot buttons of shared interest’ emerge across startups, clinicians and university researchers. It is time to ‘bust the silos of endeavour’ wherever possible to fast-track medical bionic solutions.
From 2022, we are engaging intensively with our university, hospital and corporate partners to build an alliance for change. Looking ahead, it is cross-institutional teams who share a passion to change lives who will deliver Australia’s ‘moon-shot’ innovations in human bionics!
Bionics Challenge 2022 is open!
This year’s Challenge delivered in partnership with the Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC) will see cash prizes of $240,000 (across Major Prizes and Early-Stage Bionic Innovation Awards. Complementing these funds to kickstart projects is our mentoring and commercialisation training program for winning Queensland-led teams.
A Student Bionic Innovation Challenge (providing a further $15,000 in cash prizes) will be held for the very first time, engaging young university innovators across Queensland.
The Morgans Financial National Bionics Innovation Prize for 2022 is again opening the doors for participation by bionics innovation teams Australia-wide. The winning team will receive $30,000 to progress their project, customised mentoring and commercialisation training plus a share in Morgan’s dedicated advice ($25,000 value) on financial planning and capital attraction.
This year, we are calling on all Queensland start-ups, R&D leaders and inventors with a bionic innovation that could change the lives of those impacted by trauma or injury (and related disabilities or disease) to jump right in to this unique competition.
If you have a great idea, device, implant or treatment to enable human mobility, restore or replace a human sense, a new or improved brain-computer-interface (BCI), neurobionic treatment or electroceutical; or a bionic implant / organ project, then this is your chance to win a share in our Challenge 2022 prize pool.
Making it Happen!
Our Bionics Challenge 2022 winners and aspiring start-ups will be introduced to ‘high value’ partners – investors, business advisors, designers, engineers, contract manufacturers and more.
We will provide cash prizes to our Bionics Challenge 2022 winning projects, but it doesn’t stop there! We will mentor, track opportunities and co-pitch with bionics start-ups for non-dilutive funds and continue to support Founders through their pre-seed round and subsequent capital raise.
We connect bionics R&D leaders, founders and start-ups with expert advisors, provide up-to-date insights on R&D grants, VCs and family funds, share updates on medical device regulations and more. When we don’t know, we will connect you to someone who does!
Celebrating success, failure and new ideas
Bionics Queensland works with R&D leaders and start-ups on projects at the cutting edge of science. We share the pathway to success and failure and a passion to find a new way forward.
Great ideas bubble up quickly in bionics where innovations are driven by a fusion of trends and technologies. Bold ideas and aspirations live at the ‘edge’ of AI, neuroscience, robotics, electronics quantum computing, regenerative medicine, nanotech and more.
It is natural to see projects fail, some falling short due to gaps in the science (e.g. our limited knowledge of the human brain), others failing for more practical reasons of time, leadership or funds.
This is the risk that we take in pursuing moon-shot innovations (and incremental breakthroughs) in human bionics. ‘Moonshots’ that deliver a tenfold impact on human health are a marathon not a sprint.
Failing fast is always the goal, with much to be learned and applied in a new or revised project by the team involved (and by others in our Human Bionics LivingLab Community).