MedTech Bites September/October 2022 edition - edited by Kate Harsant

Welcome to the Spring edition of Medtech Bites. This month, meet the minds behind RosterLab, a trio who have created an AI-driven app that takes all the pain out of complex nursing rosters (and can solve that extra-hard Sudoku for you while it's at it). RosterLab was initiated by Daniel Ge, Sunny Feng and Issac Cleland through the University of Auckland Velocity Challenge in 2020, and in this short while has raised $500K pre-seed funding as well as established themselves as having one of the best rostering solutions in the International Nurse Rostering Competition.

Deep tech company Alimetry recently received FDA clearance to start marketing their Gastric Alimetryᵀᴹ wearable in the US and we were lucky enough to be able to retrieve the news straight from the lab's mouth, so to speak (or should I say "so to woof")... In case you missed it last month, we link to an article by Rina Diane Caballar for a temperature check on NZ's booming medtech sector, thanks in part to the huge role that engineers play.

We are also excited to announce the recent release of New Zealand’s second Healthtech Insights Report. The Technology Investment Network (TIN), in association with the Consortium for Medical Device Technologies (CMDT), has released the report which offers a deep dive into the country’s largest tech industry sub-sector, Healthcare Technology. Order your digital download here/>. New Zealand’s Healthtech sector is now a 2.9Billion industry with 257 home grown companies. A significant portion of the healthtech export revenue can be attributed to Fisher & Paykel Healthcare but there is now a vibrant cohort of growing emerging companies following behind. The challenge is now scaling these companies.

A few updates on behalf of our friends over at the Ministry of Health:

  1. Health Sector Innovation survey. The Emerging Health Technology & Innovation team are interested in hearing from people working in or with the public health sector at a national, regional or local level – access the survey here.  One of team’s areas of focus is to help create and support pathways to bring technology and innovation into the health and disability system. The team would like to find out who their innovative colleagues are to connect, create a community of practice. The outcomes of the survey will also be presented at this year’s HiNZ Conference in December.
  2. The Emerging Health Technology & Innovation conversations are moving from Yammer to the HiNZ eHealth Forum. Over the past four years, the Data & Digital Emerging Health Technology & Innovation team have moderated a sector forum for people who have an interest in emerging technologies in healthcare. Recently this community has been moved over to the eHealth Forum, hosted by Health Informatics New Zealand (HiNZ).While both communities have their own focus & flavour, there is a lot of crossover between them in terms of people, idea and origins. Having one login makes it easier too! The eHealth Forum also hosts HiNZ subcommunities for CiLN, HISO, the medtech community, and Technical groups. Come join the conversation

As almost all covid-related restrictions in NZ have now been dropped, events around the country really are back in full swing - make sure you keep an eye on the Events section below to register for medtech related workshops, conferences, meetings and social events as we head into summer.

Kindest Regards,
Kate and Di


Bespoke Nursing Rosters in Minutes

Like many clever ideas, RosterLab started as a way of helping someone before morphing into a fully-fledged tool – in this case, nursing rosters.

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Alimetry by Ivar

Find out what has been happening lately with digital health company Alimetry through the eyes of an unlikely "employee".

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Medical technology holds the promise of delivering better care and improving patient outcomes through innovative devices, products, service and capabilities. And New Zealand's medical technology sector is booming, thanks in part to clever engineers and clever engineering.

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Article source: Rina Diane Caballar, Engineering NZ
Image source: Media from Wix


HEALTHTECH ACTIVATOR: Market Validation Workshop

Where: Auckland
When: October 20, 2022


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Where: Auckland
When: November 17, 2022

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Where: Rotorua
When: December 5-8 2022 

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BIOENGINEERING THE FUTURE: Auckland Bioengineering Institute 20th Anniversary Showcase

Where: Auckland
When: May 9-15, 2023 

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