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The SPARK Co-Lab Actuator Series Has Arrived! 

The Actuator Series is SPARK Co-Lab's newest offering, a series of free weekly interactive lectures, discussions and information exchange, that will run 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. 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.

Confirmed session information through until 17 May 2018 is now available, and session dates for the rest of 2018 will be published as soon as available. As a general guide, sessions will take place every second Thursday and will break for school holidays. 

Thursday 3 May:  Market Assessment for Medical Researchers (IQX, UWA Innovation Quarter, 8 Broadway, Nedlands)
Thursday 17 May:  Marketing and Communications for MedTech Start-Ups

Additional topics that will be covered in May and June (dates to be confirmed) include:
Non-Dilutive Funding for MedTech
Pre-Clinical Requirements
Clinical Trial Design

Register and sign-up for future invitations at our  Eventbrite page, which will be updated with venue and mentor details for each session as soon as these are confirmed.

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.