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The Actuator Series is SPARK Co-Lab's newest offering, a series of free 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. 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.

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.. 

Confirmed session information until the end of May is now available, and session dates for the rest of 2018 will be published as soon as available. As a general guide, sessions will be held every second Thursday (breaking for school holidays) and will take place at UWA's new IQX Co-Working Space at 8 Broadway, Nedlands unless otherwise advised.

Thursday 3 May:  Market Assessment for Medical Researchers 
Thursday 17 May:  Marketing and Communications for MedTech Start-Ups
Thursday 31 May:  Non-Dilutive Funding for MedTech

Additional topics that will be covered in the future (dates to be confirmed) include:
Pre-Clinical Requirements
Clinical Trial Design
Working with your Tech Transfer Office

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.

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 topic expert, please get in contact with Course Director Celine Royet