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Health sector award set to highlight innovation

40 Under 40

Adelaide BioMed City will try to shine a light on South Australians leading multidisciplinary collaborations, as part of a new award for researchers driving innovation in the health sector.

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Known as the Discovery Award, the inaugural prize is one of eight individual awards presented to young leaders who exemplify their fields as part of InDaily’s 40 Under 40.

Adelaide BioMed City General Manager Yvette van Eenennaam said the prize aimed to recognise a South Australian, under the age of 40 as of July 1, who had led an innovative research project across industries to the benefit of the health sector.

She said leaders collaborating across emerging technologies, such as augmented reality, biomechanics, nanotechnology and robotics, would drive the future of the industry and should be recognised.

“Our future is dependent on young leaders … people who take the lead and take risks,” van Eenannaam said.

“That can be in the community locally, it can be creating new businesses but it can also be entrepreneurs and business leaders who are involved in large industry and research projects.

“It could be anyone who’s a researcher … it could be clinicians or other health and medical staff who are really influencing that innovation ecosystem.”

The InDaily 40 Under 40 panel judge said Adelaide BioMed sponsored the award in line with its mission to accelerate health innovation and act as a “gateway for industry, research collaboration and as a catalyst for research commercialisation”.

“Being an innovation district, for us it’s very important to attract talent – to attract global talent – our future is relying on it,” she said.

“Also to really recognise the leaders and talent that we have and celebrate their achievements.”

Van Eenannaam said while the award was not started as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19 had placed the health sector at the forefront of public consciousness and increased government industry-funding streams, driving innovation and commercialisation.

Adelaide BioMed City will present the Discovery Award at a gala event on June 10 at the Adelaide Convention Centre, where the 40 finalists will be named.

Nominations for this year’s InDaily 40 Under 40 Awards are now open, with applications closing on April 2.

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