In June 2019, Professor Sally McArthur became the first senior University researcher to take part in AUSiMED’s Academic Israel Short-stays Program. The program, which was supported by the Besen Family Foundation, is fabulous vehicle for Victorian university leaders in the field of biomedical sciences to explore potential partnerships between Australian and Israeli universities, research institutions and medical technology companies.
Sally McArthur is Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Swinburne University of Technology; Director of Medical Device Partnering Program in Victoria, and a CSIRO Science Leader in Biomedical Manufacturing. Her research focuses on the development of 4D in vitro cell culture systems for applications in health and medical research.
After her AUSiMED trip to Israel, Prof McArthur reported, “The really exciting part was understanding where the gaps are. I met Israeli researchers looking for commercial partners and I was able to instantly connect them to Australian companies with med-tech manufacturing facilities looking for new products. There is an interesting dichotomy where researchers come to Australia for clinical trials because our clinicians are amazing and really well respected as leaders for medical device uptake and as key opinion leaders. Israel is recognised more for the technology and so the technology scouts from the big multi-nationals, that don’t come to Australia, go to Israel looking for technologies.”
Since her trip to Israel, Professor McArthur has been working with parties in Israel on creating a bridge for taking ideas from Australia and getting them early stage validated in Israel.