MTAA Welcomes New Chair of MTPConnect

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MTAA CEO, Ian Burgess, has welcomed the appointment of the Hon Jaala Pulford as Non-Executive Director and Chair of the MTPConnect Board.

Ms Pulford served in the Victorian government as Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy until her retirement in November last year, during which time she led the establishment of mRNA Victoria and helped secure pandemic scale manufacturing capability for Australia through the partnership with Moderna. She was also instrumental in bringing BioNTech to Australia to deliver further R&D and manufacturing capabilities.

On behalf of the MedTech industry, Mr Burgess explained the relationship between the two organisations, saying “The establishment of MTPConnect was, and continues to be, a vital initiative to develop stronger connections between research and industry in the medical products sector. MTAA works closely with MTPConnect in several areas, including the Clinical Translation and Commercialisation MedTech Program.”

“Ms Pulford’s appointment is another excellent opportunity for the development of the medical device industry in Australia. Under her leadership, we expect to continue to develop new technologies and help build a more resilient and competitive medical products sector.” Mr Burgess said.

MTAA thanks Sue MacLeman for her service as MTPConnect’s inaugural CEO, then Chair since 2018. “We look forward to working with Sue in her role as advisor though the initial transition”, said Mr Burgess.