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The SPARK Co-Lab Actuator Series Has Arrived! 

The SPARK Co-Lab Actuator Series is officially underway following a successful launch event hosted by our partners the City of Perth at Council House.

The next session in SPARK Co-Lab's Actuator Series will be on the topic of Project Management for Medical Researchers:  from the Petri Dish to the Gantt Chart.  It takes place on Thursday 15 March from 5:30-7:30pm, at Edith Cowan University (Mount Lawley Campus, building 18, room 119).  Register your attendance at this and all our upcoming Actuator sessions on our Eventbrite page; follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn, and keep checking back for details of each weekly session as they are confirmed.

The Actuator Series is SPARK Co-Lab's newest offering, a series of weekly interactive lectures, discussions and information exchange, delivered free of charge, that will run throughout 2018It has been designed to provide medical researchers and early-stage entrepreneurs who already have great ideas with a guided pathway to securing a license or investment funding for their discovery.

On a weekly basis, participants will benefit from information-sharing, exchanges of opinion, lessons learned and other know-how from mentors and peers from across the many different disciplines required to succeed - from IP to regulatory affairs to stakeholder communications - delivered and facilitated weekly by experts from across Australia and internationally.

Generously supported by the City of Perth, the Actuator Series will be run free of charge, and will be open to anyone with an interest in strengthening Perth and Western Australia’s medical and biotech innovation capabilities, from students and researchers to start-up veterans.. 

While the curriculum of the Actuator Series has been designed to complement the SPARK Co-Lab Design Course, completion of the Design Course is not required to take part in Actuator, and nor is participation in the Actuator Series a pre-requisite to apply to the Design Course. Participants will benefit from exposure to industry-leading mentors, and form networks to help their research become realised, with the aim of building an ecosystem and forming bridges between universities, industries and investors.

If you are interested in learning more or getting involved as a mentor or in any other way, please get in contact.

​The SPARK Co-Lab Actuator Series will cover a broad range of topics relevant to start-up development stages from R&D to post-commercialisation, including a focus on investor pitching and entrepreneurial skills, for drugs, biologics and medical devices. 

Session information for March-May 2018 is now available. Our Eventbrite listing will be updated with venue and mentor details as these are confirmed.

Thursday 15 March:  Project Management for Medical Researchers (From the Petri Dish to the Gantt Chart)
Thursday 22 March:  How to Start a MedTech Company
Thursday 29 March:  Regulatory Affairs Strategy for Medical Devices
Thursday 5 April:  Regulatory Affairs Strategy for Pharmaceuticals
Thursday 12 April:  Engaging Investors for MedTech Entrepreneurs
Thursday 3 May:  Market Assessment for Medical Researchers