Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Minister for Emergency Services; Innovation and ICT; Medical Research; Volunteering

    McGowan Government’s Innovation Seed Fund awards $8 million across 17 health and medical innovation initiatives

    3/07/2022 12:00 AM
    • McGowan Government's inaugural Innovation Seed Fund 2022 has funded 17 innovations to a total of $8 million
    • Novel ideas have the potential to improve the health and wellbeing of Western Australians in several fields
    • The Innovation Seed Fund is part of McGowan Government's Future Health Research and Innovation Fund initiative

    The McGowan Government's inaugural Innovation Seed Fund 2022 will see 17 innovative medical and health research projects share in $8 million of funding to help improve health and medical outcomes for Western Australians.


    A med-tech company striving to ease a common cause of complications and pain in a patient's hospital journey is one of the 17 projects to share in the $8 million, funded through the Future Health Research and Innovation Fund initiative.


    West Leederville-based VeinTech Technologies has been granted $500,000 to develop its prototype VeinWave, a portable device small enough to fit in the palm of a hand, that promises to make intravenous cannulation easier and more effective.


    Other promising prototypes include 'PainChek' for children with disabilities who are unable to communicate that they are in pain.


    "What the Doctor said" is another innovation which aims to provide accessible and personalised home-care advice on opioid medication, sent to the phone of hospital outpatients.


    The McGowan Government's Future Health Research and Innovation (FHRI) Fund is providing support to innovators to develop and commercialise ideas, create high-level health sector jobs and enhance the production/manufacturing capacity in our State.

    The Innovation Seed Fund helps nurture health and medical innovation and bridge the gap by offering innovators funding to develop their idea and build sustainable businesses.

    More information about the Innovation Seed Fund 2022 recipients can be found on the FHRI Fund News and Events website.


    Comments attributed to Medical Research Minister Stephen Dawson: 


    "The McGowan Government has moved to establish an innovation seed fund to drive prototype development and fast track these ideas to market.


    "This vital investment supports local innovators but will also help drive health and medical innovation to improve the health and wellbeing of the Western Australian community.


    "The Innovation Seed Fund provides an opportunity to diversify the WA economy and create health and medical innovation jobs. 


    "As a government we want to improve the sustainability of the WA health system and position WA as a key player in health and medical research innovation."


    Minister's office: 6552 5800


    Innovation Team LeadResponsible EntityProject TitleFunding Awarded
    Mr Nikhilesh BAPPOOVeinTech Pty LtdDeveloping a commercialisation-ready and clinically compatible prototype of the VeinWave to reduce cannulation insertion failure500,000
    A/Prof Jenny DOWNSTelethon Kids Institute on behalf of the Centre for Child Health Research, UWADetecting pain in kids who can't tell you it hurts: PainChek® for children with disabilities392,820
    Dr Sarah DOYLEWhat the Doctor Said Pty LtdAn innovation to provide personalised, mobile-accessible discharge instructions for opioid medications for patients attending the emergency department, ambulatory care and hospital outpatients department at East Metropolitan Health Service462,332
    Prof Wendy ERBERThe University of Western AustraliaPrecision Diagnostics for Blood Cancers499,632
    Prof Sue FLETCHERMurdoch UniversityModulation of the Autophagy Pathway to treat Neurogenerative Diseases497,956
    A/Prof Juliana HAMZAHCurtin UniversityNovel medicine to improve blood circulation in patients with peripheral artery disease496,715
    A/Prof Tim INGLISThe University of Western AustraliaFAST STRIDES: Flow cytometry-assisted Antimicrobial Susceptibility Test Software to Translate Innovative Diagnostics for trEating Sepsis497,190
    Prof Terrance JOHNSTelethon Kids Institute on behalf of the Centre for Child Health Research, UWARepurposing ion channel drugs to treat brain cancer499,406
    Prof Yogesan KANAGASINGAMMedivitals Pty LtdAI based remote monitoring platform with medical grade wearable bioband technologies383,250
    A/Prof Anthony KICICTelethon Kids InstituteMaking bacteriophage therapy a reality: Implementation of a novel treatment pipeline to treat antimicrobial-resistant infections500,000
    A/Prof Joost LESTERHUISTelethon Kids Institute on behalf of the Centre for Child Health Research, UWAActivating the power of anti-cancer immunity using small molecule drugs496,351
    A/Prof Joost LESTERHUISTelethon Kids Institute on behalf of the Centre for Child Health Research, UWAIntraoperative immunotherapy to prevent cancer recurrence after surgery497,156
    A/Prof Samuel LUNDINBiotome Pty LtdDevelopment of Helitope, a precision immunological diagnostic to determine gastric cancer risk497,000
    Prof Bill MORGANAECONA Pty LtdOcuLinx™: A portable hand-held device for non-invasive measurement of intracranial pressure via the eye500,000
    Dr Matthew PAYNEThe University of Western AustraliaRefining a novel molecular diagnostic test for prediction of women at high risk of preterm birth357,017
    A/Prof Ming YEWInnova Medical Pty LtdTaking the Fuss out of Pus: A novel medical device for the percutaneous treatment of skin abscesses in an ambulatory setting498,973
    Prof Minghao ZHENGThe University of Western AustraliaBio-textile collagen rope as a novel substitute to autografts for Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) reconstruction484,396