Call for SPARK entries
PhD students and Early Career Researchers (<5 years post-PhD) are invited to apply for this year's SPARK Biomedical Innovation and Entrepreneurship Training Course, which aims to advance biomedical research discoveries into promising new treatments, by fostering the next generation of biomedical entrepreneurs.
PhD students and Early Career Researchers (<5 years post-PhD) are invited to apply for this year's SPARK Biomedical Innovation and Entrepreneurship Training Course Travel Scholarships. Two places have been reserved for University of Melbourne researchers for the course, which aims to advance biomedical research discoveries into promising new treatments, by fostering the next generation of biomedical entrepreneurs. It will take place in Berlin in July.
SPARK began as the Stanford SPARK program in 2006 and has been adopted in 12 countries. Stanford is synonymous with Design Thinking, which is all about impact on the end-user of a service, product or process.
For more information, see the FAQs below.
The deadline for applications is 1 June, with successful recipients announced by 6 June. The course commences on 16 July.
MDHS is working closely with Accelerating Australia (an MTPConnect-funded consortium) to bring SPARK to the University of Melbourne. Watch this space.
What is SPARK?
The Stanford SPARK program is a tried and tested program to advance new biomedical research discoveries into promising new treatments for patients. SPARK emphasises new ways of thinking to bridge the gap between bench and bedside.
It was created in 2006, based on the experiences of Stanford Professors Daria Mochly-Rosen and Kevin Grimes in taking a novel therapeutic from the laboratory through the translational process.
The program is now run in more than 12 countries as a model for translational research.
SPARK will be coming soon to the University of Melbourne in 2018. Watch this space!
What is the goal of SPARK?
The program develops skills in design thinking, brainstorming, product development and commercialisation for unmet medical needs. It trains researchers to become more creative, innovative and savvy in translational research in biomedical sciences.
What is SPARK looking for?
We are looking for the next generation of biomedical entrepreneurs with projects that solve significant clinical problems through research-based approaches.
Dr Premila Paiva