Biotech Futures Challenge 2020- Victoria



The ARC Training Centre for Medical Implant Technologies (CMIT) in collaboration with the ARC Training Centre for Innovative BioEngineering and the Melbourne School of Engineering, Girl Power in Engineering and IT program at The University of Melbourne hosted the inaugural Biotech Futures Challenge 2020 - Victoria on 5 December 2020.


ARC CMIT worked with teams of Year 10 students from Victorian schools who are part of the University of Melbourne Girl Power Program. The teams were mentored by Research Fellows and PhD students of CMIT. The winning team will be joining the BioTech Futures Challenge hosted by the ARC Training Centre for Innovative BioEngineering at the University of Sydney on 8 and 9 February 2021.


Six teams of Year 10 students delivered impressive presentations that succinctly articulated the unmet need and provided inspiring solutions.





The judging panel comprised:

  • Prof. Peter Lee, Director, ARC CMIT

  • Prof. Andrea O'Connor, Head of Department of Biomedical Engineering, Melbourne School of Engineering

  • A/Prof. David Ackland, Deputy Director, ARC CMIT.



Prof. Peter Lee announcing the winning teams




Winning Team - Overall

Project: Biodegradable tennis balls



Congratulations to the winners!

Thank you to their mentor!




Winning Team - Best Report

Project: Reverse shoulder arthroplasty

Congratulations to the winners!

Thank you to their mentor!





Inspiring talk from Alina Tan


Alina Tan, biomedical engineering student from Melbourne School of Engineering at The University of Melbourne, sharing her student experience with the Year 10 students.





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