2015 MIME Seed Fund

The MIME seed fund was established to accelerate the development of new medical technologies that address significant unmet clinical needs. The 2015 MIME Seed Fund round was designed to lay the foundations for the collaborative framework of MIME, by encouraging early clinician involvement in identifying areas of significant clinical need, so that our research can be directed to areas where it can deliver greatest impact. The program aimed to build and strengthen collaborative relationships between MNHS clinicians in Monash's partner hospitals and researchers in the Faculties of Engineering and IT, as well as reaching out to researchers in other disciplines and partner organisations.

The 2015 MIME Seed Fund round proved to be an overwhelming success with approximately 80 applications for unmet clinical needs received as part of phase I of the program submitted by clinicians. As part of phase II of the program we received a large number of project responses from our researchers. As a result over $700 000 in seed funding was awarded.

We would like to thank all clinicians who submitted an unmet clinical need and all researchers who submitted a project proposal. We extend our congratulations to the successful project teams below. We look forward to the 2016 MIME Seed Fund round being as successful.

MIME 2015 Seed Funding Awardees

Clinical champion
Project title 
Short description
Researchers from Eng/IT
MIME 2015 Seed Funding Awardees
Cardiovascular and lung disease
Dr Greg Szto, Dr David Kannar
Blocked arteries
Develop novel bio-absorbable stents
Professor Nick Birbilis (ENG), Professor Chris Davies (ENG), Professor Laurence Meagher (ENG)
Dr Thilak Gunatillake (CSIRO), Dr Jerome Werkmeister (CSIRO)
Monash Health
Adjunct Professor Bruce Thompson
Asthma treatment
Development and testing of a nebulizer with “dial up” particle size control that can target small airways, improving the treatment of asthma
Dr Tuncay Alan (ENG), Associate Professor Adrian Neild (ENG)
Alfred Health
Musculoskeletal disease
Professor Flavia Cicuttini
Hip arthritis
Develop an assistive device to unload the hip joint, reduce pain and aid mobility
Dr Chao Chen (ENG)
Dr Anna Murphy (MH), Dr Hoam Chung (ENG)
Alfred Health
Professor Peter Ebeling AO
Develop wearable sensors to monitor forces at the hip and spine, to optimise exercise regimes to improve bone density
Dr Mehmet Yuce (ENG), Dr Jean-Michel Redoute (ENG)
Dr David Scott (MH), Professor Daphne Flynn (MADA), Mr Gene Bawden (MADA)
Monash Health
Dr Elizabeth Sigston
Materials for maxillofacial reconstructive surgery
Development of 3D printed materials for integration with bone in reconstructive surgery, particularly for repair required as a result of cancer
Dr Andrey Molotnikov (ENG), Professor George Simon (ENG), Professor Nick Birbilis (ENG) Professor Xinhua Wu (ENG), Professor Chris Davies (ENG)

Monash Health
Neural, vision and mental health
Dr Steven Miller
Persistent pain
Develop self-administered brain stimulation device for home-based management of chronic pain
Dr Andrew Nunn (ENG)
Professor Daphne Flynn (MADA)
Alfred Health
Trauma, emergency and intensive care
Professor Mark Fitzgerald
Chest trauma
Develop semi-automated device for emergency drainage of blood in the chest cavity (pleural decompression device)
Professor Wing Kong Chiu (ENG), Dr Chao Chen (ENG), Dr Scott Wordley (ENG)
Fei Bing
Alfred Health
Professor Mark Fitzgerald
Trauma resuscitation
Develop wireless heads-up display for real-time decision support in trauma situations
Professor Wing Kong Chiu (ENG), Dr Chao Chen (ENG), WH Ong
Professor Daphne Flynn (MADA), Mr Gene Bawden (MADA)
Alfred Health
Dr Daniel Croagh
Pancreatic cancer
Develop a small, handheld diagnostic device to isolate circulating tumour cells allowing non-invasive monitoring during personalised chemotherapy
Associate Professor Adrian Neild (ENG),
Dr Tuncay Alan (ENG)
Professor Brendan Jenkins (Hudson)
Monash Health
Professor Andrew Spencer
Multiple myeloma diagnostic tool
Develop a diagnostic test for detecting circulating tumour DNA for use in primary healthcare
Dr Andrew Rodda (ENG)
Dr Simon Corrie (ENG)
Alfred Health
Infectious disease
Professor Anton Peleg
Hospital-acquired infections
Develop surface coatings for medical devices that resist the attachment of organisms and establishment of biofilms, particularly antibiotic resistance biofilms
Professor Laurence Meagher (ENG)
Dr Ana Traven (MNHS), Dr Katherine Locock (CSIRO), Dr Yue Qu (MNHS)
Alfred Health
Dr Michelle Ananda-Rajah
Fungal diseases
Use of electronic surveillance and data analytics to improve clinical risk assessment and management of fungal diseases
Professor Geoff Webb (FIT), Dr Reza Haffari (FIT), Professor Tom Drummond (ENG)
Alfred Health
Dr Tony Korman
Infrared-based diagnostic tool for identification of early sepsis for point of use care (primary healthcare)
Professor Wray Buntine (FIT)
Dr Bayden Wood (SCI), Michelle Francis (MNHS), Dr Phil Heraud (MNHS), Mr David Perez Guaita (SCI)
Monash Health
Professor Euan Wallace
Still Birth
Development of a simple device to monitor and report on foetal movements, to be worn during late pregnancy
Professor Wenlong Cheng (ENG), Professor George Simon (ENG), Professor Geoff Webb (FIT)
Dr Stephen Wang (MADA)
Monash Health
Surgical training and instrumentation
Dr Neil Vallance
Laryngoscope development
Development of an improved laryngoscope
Dr Chao Chen (ENG), Dr Bernard Chen (ENG)
           Mr            Mark Harrison (SCI)
Alfred Health
Health systems ICT
Professor Eric Morand
Clinical research database
Develop web-based clinical research database to enable researchers to mine de-identified clinical data from electronic medical records
Dr Yuan-Fang Li (FIT)
Dr Yong-Bin Kang (FIT), Ms Suong Le (MH), Associate Professor Ronnie Ptasznik (MH), Professor James Cameron (MH), Mr Ian Larmour (MH), Dr Adam West (MH), Earl Blessing (MH)
Monash Health
Professor Eric Morand
(Morand, Ptasznik, Liu and Steinfeld)
Assessment and improvement of software for workflow management in hospital practice
Dr Joseph Liu (FIT), Dr Ron Steinfeld (FIT)
Associate Professor Ronnie Plasznik (MH), Professor Eric Morand, (MH), Ms Suong Le (MH), Earl Blessing (MH)
Monash Health