MedTech’s Got Talent

In it’s 6th 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.

Johnny Mang (CIO)

Johannes Mang is a strategic business and product executive with over 14 years of experience in the interactive entertainment industry, the last 6 of which in GM and COO roles covering both live services and new product development. He has a background in strategy consulting and scientific research and holds a PhD in Computational Fluid Dynamics and an MBA from INSEAD.

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.

Jamal Elsheikh (MTGT Program Manager)

Being a founder of an award-winning start-up, Jamal is known to be a social entrepreneur and a visionary business leader. He holds an MBA degree from Monash University and a degree in Mechatronics Engineering from Glasgow Caledonian University.

Prior to joining the Actuator, Jamal spent over 7 years working for major corporations such as Philips and GE. Today, Jamal offers expert optimization insights and conducts business analysis processes for start-ups.

Sebastian Gomez (Finance Manager)

Sebastian had experience working for several companies in areas such as finance and strategy.
He is passionate about new technologies and disruptive technologies that can have a positive impact in people’s lives. He holds an MBA from Monash University and a post graduate degree in corporate finance.
He loves sports and social development projects.

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!

Meet our 2019 Sydney Rapid Fire Round Mentors

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

Warwick Shaw

Innovation and Customer Solutions Partner, Johnson & Johnson

Ann Damien

New Technology Associate, Cook Medical

Paul Moutzouris

CEO & Director, Ingenuity Electronics Design

Hayley Quinn

Commercialisation Leader (MCMS), Medtronic

Ben Cullen

Director, IDE Group

Dr Greg Roger

CEO, Vestech

Meet our 2019 Melbourne Rapid Fire Round Mentors

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

Michelle Kleynhans

Head of Programs, MedTech Actuator

Gary Haywood

Business Development, D+I

Andrew Crawford

Product Design Engineer, Tricycle Developments

Brody Payne

Senior Design Engineer, Outerspace Design

Jamal Elsheikh

MTGT Program Manager

Meet our National Gala Finals Judges

Gatekeepers to 5 x $10,000 finalist prizes and the glory!

Kathy Connell

Senior Director (New Ventures), Johnson & Johnson Innovation

Mark Muller

Director (Finance), Cook Medical

Prajni Sadananda

Strategy & Business Development Manager, Medtronic

Dr Mukesh Haikerwal AC

Chair, MedTech Actuator

Laura Anderson

Chair, LaunchVic

Luke Fay

Partner, Artesian

Denise Brotherton

Partner (Tax), EY

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