MedTech’s Got Talent

In it’s 5th year, MedTech’s Got Talent is Australia’s largest medical device accelerator program. The program is a unique entrepreneurship challenge supporting emerging entrepreneurs to develop and refine skills in pitching a business concept, developing a technology roadmap and launching commercialisation activities for their medical technology innovations. There is no charge to participate, and participants tap into real resources (money, expertise, network) to ideally position themselves for start-up success.

The Actuator

The story of The Actuator reaches back to 2005, with its foundations proudly rooted in STC Australia – a deep tech, state-based incubator located in Melbourne, that went on to become Australia’s most successful deep-tech commercialisation centre. Over a 12-year period, STC successfully enabled the commercialisation and exit of 54 companies, raised over $400 million in capital, created 800 jobs and worked strategically with over 1000 Australian startups.

Building upon this history and unrivalled track-record of achievement in stimulating high-tech and medtech ecosystems, drawing on and strengthening our successful team and capability, and augmenting our proven approach, The Actuator was launched in 2018.

The Actuator, a not-for-profit entity, is Australia’s premier medtech commercialisation initiative – priming, augmenting and developing our state-based innovation ecosystems through a nationally-focused strategy.

The Actuator employs a unique, powerful and differentiated approach that:
• is industry-led;
• activates players across the entire innovation spectrum;
• augments local ecosystems; and
• fosters an unwavering technology commercialisation focus.

Wherever an idea or venture is on the commercialisation pathway, The Actuator has a program designed to smooth its journey and accelerate its development, setting a new standard for medtech commercialisation, and catapulting Australia into its rightful place at the head of the global innovation race.

Meet our Actuator Rockstars

Our rockstar team are passionate, seasoned entrepreneurs, with significant experience in catalysing and supporting new MedTech ventures. They have a proven track record in nurturing fledgeling entrepreneurs into successful MedTech companies, so are certainly well equipped to take your startup from napkin sketch to seed investment.

Dr. Buzz Palmer (CEO)

Buzz is a passionate technologist, and one of Australia’s leading and most visible voices in entrepreneurship and MedTech innovation. He is a dynamic business leader with a stellar track record of entrepreneurial success in medical technologies and biotech. Buzz enjoys mentoring early stage companies execute on their strategy and venture investment...but be willing to buy him lots of tea.

Dr. Vishaal Kishore (Deputy-CEO & CSO)

Vishaal is an expert in health system innovation and transformation. He is Professor of Innovation & Public Policy at RMIT University – where he works on major healthcare and urban innovation initiatives. He also regularly advises governments, NGOs and corporates in respect of strategy, public policy and innovation.

Harvard-trained, Vishaal has served as Deputy Secretary at the Department of Health & Human Services; Director for government strategy within EY’s management consulting practice; and an M&A lawyer at Mallesons and Freehills.

Remco Marcelis (CFO)

Remco is an experienced entrepreneurial CFO/COO in dynamic changing businesses. He has worked both sides of the street - in venture capital firms and in venture-backed companies - so you can be sure that he knows his stuff. Remco is also an avid bitcoin enthusiast on the side, and has raised and invested nearly $40 million.

Michelle Kleynhans (Head of Programs)

Michelle is a passionate technology nerd who loves working with startups that are solving global MedTech challenges. She is always up with the latest trends, and loves a good chat/brainstorming session - especially if good food is involved!

Kaushalya Gunatilaka (Head of Business Development)

Kaushalya is passionate about improving the healthcare of humans and likes to be at the forefront of innovation in the sector. She works closely with industry experts to understand the latest opportunities and challenges, and implements strategic, effective and innovative solutions.

Dr. Joelle Hawa (MTGT Program Manager)

Joelle worked for over five years in the Levant region as a product specialist and professional educator in the medical devices industry. She is currently completing her doctoral studies at Swinburne University of Technology. Her research focuses on the MedTech innovation system in Melbourne, particularly, the area of financing the commercialisation of medical technology innovation. Joelle is also a sessional teacher in entrepreneurship and innovation at Swinburne University of Technology.

Meet our Melbourne Rapid Fire Round Mentors

Mentoring from the best product developers and commercialisation experts in industry.

James John

Senior Consultant, Planet Innovation

Adrian Crouch

General Manager, Procept

Paul Carboon

Business Development Manager, Hydrix

Roger Knight


Rod Wiebenga

Head of D+I, Melbourne

Dr Vishaal Kishore

Deputy CEO & CSO, The Actuator

Meet our Sydney Rapid Fire Round Mentors

Mentoring from the best product developers in industry.

Rosalyn Harcourt

Customer Solutions Partner - Enterprise Medical, Johnson & Johnson Medical

Prajni Sadananda

Manager - Business Development & Strategy, Medtronic

Ann Damien

New Technology Associate, Cook Medical

Paul Moutzouris

CEO & Director, Ingenuity Electronics Design

Benjamin Ford

R&D Manager, Ingenuity Electronics Design



Dr Buzz Palmer

CEO, The Actuator

Meet our Industry Mentors

Mentoring from the best in industry.

Caroline Carnegie

Partner (Corporate), K&L Gates

Elane Zelcer

Accelerating Commercialisation

Steven Wulff

Partner (IP), K&L Gates

Matt Godden

Managing Director, Australian Healthcare Solutions

Michelle Gallaher

The Social Science

Dr Greg Rogers

Founder & CEO, Vestech

Michelle Carr

MM Consultants

Nick Connell

Consultant, Brandwood Biomedical

Nairy Baghdikian

Director, Cogentum

Derek Carroll

Partner & Creative Director, Truly Deeply

Rachel van Ketwich

Grant Ready

Carolyn Crawford

F2F Communications

Meet Our Startups

These startups are doing cool things. And they are MedTech’s Got Talent alumni.


Adaptive Headphones

Synchron Med - Smart Stent

The first endovascular neural interface


Pathology specimen 3D scanner

MedCorp Technologies

Drug delivery and monitoring wearable


Re-imagining the Cochlear implant

Stat Innovations - Eyenaemia

Anaemia diagnostic app


A sensor system for walking frames to prevent falls for seniors


Clinical task platform


Cloud-based stethoscope and non-contact thermometer


Telepresence robot to help people with disability


Preventing cancer treatment side effects

Horus AI

Improving healthcare with artificial intelligence solutions


Sensor enabled nasogastric tube and monitoring system