The influence of Australian researchers to major advances in health is remarkable. Several of them have won a Nobel Prize for their contributions to the world, amongst them Barry Marshall and Robin Warren, awarded in 2005 for discovering the bacterium Helicobacter pylori and its role in gastritis.
At Prima HealthTech we know that technology is crucial for these advancements, that’s why it was vital and a pleasure for me to attend the Medical Research Week superbly organised by The Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR).
The Medical Research Week is a celebration of Australia’s contribution to medical research. Held the first week of June, it was comprised by a speaking tour by ASMR Medallist, public expositions, scientific meetings, public lectures and debates, radio shows, schools events, scientific meetings, and more.
As part of this commemoration, I was part of a group of delegates from Prima HealthTech who attended the Gala Dinner where the ASMR Medallist 2016, Professor Theodore Berger, presented his extraordinary project to develop a microchip-based neural prosthesis for the hippocampus, a region of the brain responsible for long-term memory.
Professor Berger, named as one of ‘The 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2013’, is the perfect example of bold commitment to improving peoples’ quality of life, and his words are prove of it when he says: “If you want to accomplish something extraordinary in science, you need to be unrelentingly courageous”.
Top leaders of the health and medical research field in Australia spoke to dozens of attendees. Mr Frank McGuire MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Medical Research; Dr Tony Willis, Executive director of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Research Programs; Dr Sarah Meachem, ASMR President, amongst others.
In this event I had the opportunity to talk to delegates about PROmptus™ Research, Prima HealthTech’s cutting-edge technology that is helping Australian health researchers to carry out their projects in a more efficient and cost-effective way.
I am especially proud of PROmptus™ Research given that it’s one of the products that we are now commercialising as a result of our shared value program ‘Prime Technology For Our Community’, whereby the company addresses societal issues while contributing to the business strategy. This reinforces our Corporate Social Responsibility philosophy and showcases the talent of our team.