Healthcare industry innovator returns to Swinburne
Monday 23 May 2016
- MedCorp Technologies develop wearables for healthcare
- The start-up is joining Swinburne's Innovation Precinct
- Founder and Director graduated from Swinburne in 2013
MedCorp Technologies, a start-up medical device company developing wearable technologies for the healthcare industry, is joining Swinburne’s Innovation Precinct.
Founder and Director, Jacqueline Savage, graduated from Swinburne in 2013 with a Bachelor of Engineering (Product Design) (Honours), specialising in biomedical technologies.
To commercialise her final year project – MedPro, a wearable patient monitoring and drug infusion device – Ms Savage founded MedCorp Technologies.
As she considered the possible market for MedPro, Ms Savage came to realise the scale of her proposition was too ambitious. She has since refined the device to focus on the commercialisation of the core technology – a minimal viable product detailing a core body temperature monitoring sensor.
To help develop the sensor, she brought in a friend from her university days, James Bell, a final year student in Swinburne’s Robotics and Mechatronics program. The pair is now working to hone the device, using the facilities in Swinburne’s Factory of the Future.
Ms Savage in Swinburne's Factory of the Future.
“I want to use what I've learnt to develop products that contribute positively to society. I hope to improve the medical industry through product innovation,” Ms Savage says.
She is also teaching final year Product Design Engineering students at Swinburne.
“We are very excited to have MedCorp Technologies on campus as a start-up within our Innovation Precinct,” Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Development) Professor Aleksandar Subic says.
“Jacqui is a home-grown entrepreneur who topped her course. After spending a couple of years working in industry, she is now working at Swinburne to translate her innovations into commercial products that she has conceptualised while studying here.”
Ms Savage has received numerous awards, and was Runner-up in the 2015 Med Tech’s Got Talent competition. Most recently she was honoured with the Emerging Leader award at the BioMelbourne Network Most Valuable Women in Leadership Awards 2016.
She believes strongly in the importance of a vigorous design process in the development of medical devices – that a product is not just finding a solution to a problem, but also improving the end user’s experience.