Technology to

reinvigorate Melbourne

Australia is at the forefront of new technologies in personalised implants and biomechanics. Advances in computer aided engineering, patient-specific computer models and additive manufacturing have transformed outcomes for patients. Personalised medical devices such as dental braces, orthopaedics and maxillofacial implants, and artificial limbs are being used more than ever. However, there are challenges that limit their widespread use.

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Meet the panelists

Professor Sir Saeed Zahedi

Professor Sir Saeed Zahedi has over 40 years of experience in the field of prosthetics. He works for Blatchford, a global company who develops and manufactures orthopaedic products. He was responsible for the commercialisation of the first Intelligent Prosthesis in the early 1990s and the world’s first fully integrated limb system, Linx, in 2014. In 2018 Queens Birthday Honours List, he was named to receive a Knighthood for his outstanding services to Innovation and Engineering in the field of rehabilitation. Sir Saeed is a multi-award winning author and presenter of over 170 papers, books and scientific publications and over 60 patents. 

Associate Professor Andrew Bucknill

Andrew Bucknill is Head of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, he has an interest in hip and knee surgery as well as pelvic and acetabular trauma. Working exclusively at the Royal Melbourne site, he has driven forwards the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery to reorganise and develop the unit to improve quality of care and training. He is also an Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne, sits on the Melbourne Health Human Research and Ethics Committee and is international faculty for the internationally-renowned AO Foundation courses.

Eric Bert

Eric has 35 years of Disruptive Technology Management experience and leads 3DMEDiTech in the development of new solutions for personalised medical devices and COVID-19 testing. 

Eric holds a Bachelor of Science (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of Massachusetts and is a veteran of the 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing Industry. With broad global experience in medical device design, manufacturing and regulatory compliance, Eric is also the inventor of 3DMEDiTech’s world-leading COVID-19 3D Printed nasal and saliva swab devices and solutions.

Professor Peter Lee BEng PhD  (Chair)

Professor Peter Lee is the Director of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Training Centre for Medical Implant Technologies where he leads the largest industry-university-hospital partnership in Australia focusing on orthopaedic and maxillofacial implants. He is also the Chief Investigator in the ARC Training Centre for Personalised Therapeutic Technologies. He joined the University of Melbourne, Australia, as a Senior Lecturer in 2008, and was promoted to an Associate Professor in 2011 and a Professor in 2015.

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