NFMRI Medical Research Innovation Conference
$330 – $1,155
NFMRI Medical Research Innovation Conference

NFMRI Medical Research Innovation Conference

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Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Merivale Street

South Brisbane, QLD, Australia

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About the Conference

NFMRI’s second annual conference, “Supporting Biomedical Innovations: Getting Innovations on the Right Track”, will take place on the 18th and 19th of October 2016 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Queensland.

"Proudly supported by the Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland initiative"

Our 2016 conference will focus on exploring strategies and solutions to help build, support and grow the biomedical innovation sector in Australia. It expands upon key conversations from our first conference in 2015. It will bring together local and international experts to explore four key themes focused around how private and social investments in medical research, together with different strategies and bold actions, can lead to the advancement of biomedical innovation.

The program will also examine how we can increase Australia’s capability and capacity to deliver results all whilst growing the local economy. This includes building a culture and funding ecosystem where industry, government, academia, venture capital and philanthropy converge to support innovations from beginning to end. Delegates will leave the conference with a better understanding of how to improve collaborations and how to build relationships between research and industry.end. Delegates will leave the conference with a better understanding of how to improve collaborations and how to build relationships between research and industry.

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

The final conference program is available for download on our website here. 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 current speakers can be found on our website here.


Conference Outline

'Supporting Biomedical Innovations: Getting Innovations on the Right Track' will explore four themes to build a system wide understanding of opportunities and challenges of delivering impact from biomedical research.

Theme 1 – Thinking differently and being bold (18 October)

Panels and presentations under this theme will set the scene and will aim to provide a current overview biomedical research in Australia, including our global innovation position, funding mechanisms and models.

Theme 2 – Leading by example (18 October)

This theme will explore how improvements in policy and support could help deliver impact from biomedical innovations. It will also highlight the challenges and opportunities to fill the innovation pipeline.

Theme 3 – Building innovation in Australia (19 October)

We will explore the role collaborations and partnerships play in advancing innovation, and explore how these can take place with global stakeholders, industry and government.

Theme 4 – Partnerships and strategies for impact (19 October)

This theme will demonstrate the importance industry and venture capital play in translation and commercialisation. We will also explore how philanthropists can make a difference through private and social investments.


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, 16 September 2016.  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. 

Grant making charities that complete a short survey on their giving will receive a 25% discount code valid for general early bird rates only. The short survey can be found on our website here: After completion the code will be visible and available for use by all employees of that charity.

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 

 Refund requests will be granted as follows:

  • Request received by close of business on Friday, 16 September 2016: a full refund is applicable less an administration fee representing 20% of the original registration fee 
  • Request received after Friday, 16 September 2016: 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 
  • Substitutions are only permitted with prior agreement from NFMRI

Eventbrite credit card processing

Fees to attend our event will be charged in Australian dollars and can be paid via Visa or Mastercard. However, since credit card charges for Eventbrite orders are processed in the U.S., your bank may charge an additional overseas transaction fee. Unfortunately, Eventbrite has no control over or notification of when these charges are applied. As such, we recommend that you contact your bank or credit card company beforehand for more information. 


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