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2019 NFMRI Medical Research Innovation Conference

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Peppers The Sands

2 Sands Boulevard

Torquay, VIC 3228


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About the Conference

NFMRI’s fourth annual conference, “Aligning intent: working towards a more sustainable, efficient and effective medical research ecosystem”,will take place on the 20th and 21st of November 2019 at Peppers, The Sands Resort in Torquay, Victoria.

Why do we support medical research? What does success look like and how can we improve our culture and systems in order to do better?

The purpose of many organisations, including charities, relates to delivering better health outcomes for the community. The biggest funder of health and medical research in Australia is the National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC), which is funded by the community through taxes.

When we ask the general public why they think medical research is important they will often refer to saving lives, improved health, cures and treatments for diseases.

The intent is clear and consistent.

Is our community’s intent currently aligned and being met by the medical research sector?

It takes more than research to achieve success. Success relies on harnessing many skills sets (e.g. legal, financial, business development and policy) across many sectors including research, industry, investors, government and philanthropy.

By accepting funding is there a social contract to prioritise intent.

This year’s conference will explore benefits, harm and wastage in the medical research ecosystem and how together we can lead cultural and systems change to do better. It will also focus on ways the sector can improve efficiencies and communication with various stakeholders, including the general community.

Conference themes

Theme 1 – Exploring government funding programs and how they may influence researchers, their institutions and other funders

Government funding underpins Australian research. Research outcomes, measures and drivers of state and Commonwealth funding programs may differ from other funders. The cogs however need to connect and work together to create effective and efficient opportunities to support research and deliver socioeconomic benefits for our communities. This theme will explore drivers, measures, outputs and outcomes.

Theme 2 – The intersection between basic research and translation: supporting success

This theme will explore opportunities, challenges and pathways for success when moving beyond capacity building, blue-sky research and discovery to advancing research towards the delivery of community benefits.

Theme 3 – Aligning expectations with funders, philanthropists and investors

A risk for medical research is the loss of support from those who support them. This theme will provide an opportunity to hear about motivations, intent, stories and experiences from those supporting and investing in medical research.

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Who Shoud Attend?

Management and executives from the following groups will benefit from attending the conference:

Private and Social Investors
Corporations and Industry Leaders
Researchers and Knowledge Commercialisation Specialists
Financial and Investment Services
Universities and Medical Research Institutes
Trusts & Foundations

Conference Program

A draft program will be available on our website in early 2019. We will keep updating this program as speakers are confirmed. The speakers listed are accurate at the time of publishing, but as always are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances or last minute changes in availability.

The profiles of our speakers will be found on our website here once confirmed.

Conference Outline

'Aligning intent: working towards a more sustainable, efficient and effective medical ressearch ecosystem' will explore four themes to build a system wide understanding of opportunities and challenges of delivering impact from biomedical research.

Conference Objectives

1. Provide an overview of the current medical research funding system;

2. Explore opportunities and strategies to help build and grow the biomedical innovation sector in Australia;

3. Showcase examples of innovators who have successfully commercialised their research;

4. Foster a culture of learning and continuous improvement by showcasing leading examples of collaborations and partnerships;

5. Set out approaches on how to 'think outside the box' and lead change bia bold actions; and

6. Build a strategy for the future that will not only help advance the biomedical innovation sector, but also help stimulate the local economy.


Early bird registrations are now open on Eventbrite and close at 6pm on Friday, 18 October 2019. As there are limited spaces available, we recommend that those interested register as soon as they can in order not to miss out. This year, we are offering discounts for full time students and grant making charities on early bird rates only.

Delegate Etiquette Policy

As this conference is as much about education and learning as it is about strategy and impact, a strict non-solicitation policy is in place. Under no circumstances are individuals to be approached for funding or support of any kind. Attendees soliciting for support may be asked to leave.

Conference Refund and Cancellation Policy

All refund requests must be made in writing to conference@nfmri.org.au

Refund requests will be granted as follows:

  • Request received by close of business on Friday, 18 October 2019: a full refund is applicable less an administration fee representing 20% of the original registration fee
  • Request received after Friday, 18 October 2019: refunds are not permitted, substitution only


  • Sharing a registration is not permitted
  • All requests for registration transfers must be received in writing by NFMRI to conference@nfmri.org.au
  • Substitutions are only permitted with prior agreement from NFMRI

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