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The Actuator Series is a series of free interactive lectures, discussions and information exchange running throughout 2018. It 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.

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 sessions on investor pitching and entrepreneurial skills for drugs, biologics and medical devices. 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 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.. 

As a general guide, sessions will be held every second Thursday (breaking for school holidays).

SPECIAL OFFSITE EVENT - 10am-2pm, Friday 31 August:  GMP Manufacturing Facility Site Visit (location:  PlusLife, Midland)
Thursday 13 September:  How To Develop Software For Medical Devices (location: IQX @ UWA)
Thurdsay 27 September:  MID TERM BREAK
Thursday 13 October:  In Vitro Diagnostics (location:  IQX @ UWA)
Thursday 27 October:  Engaging with Industry (location:  IQX @ UWA)

Register and sign-up for these and all future sessions at our  Eventbrite page, which will be updated with topic and speaker details for each session as soon as these are confirmed.​

While the curriculum of the Actuator Series has been designed to complement the SPARK Co-Lab Design Course and Perth Biodesign/Biodesign Australia, completion of Design or Biodesign is not required to take part in Actuator, and nor is participation in the Actuator Series a pre-requisite to apply to Biodesign. Participants will benefit from exposure to industry-leading mentors, and form networks to help their idea 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 topic expert, please get in contact with Course Director Celine Royet