BioForum – Advancing Non-Animal Models in Biomedical Research

When:  Feb 29, 2024 from 04:00 PM to 06:45 PM (ET)

Join us for an exciting discussion about the transformative potential of non-animal models to study complex biological processes, advance science and generate over $1.5 billion in revenue and over 5,000 jobs in Australia by 2040. 

Learn how human-derived models such as 3D-cell cultures, organoids and organ-on-chip technologies and microfluidic platforms offer valuable alternatives in research, drug discovery programs and preclinical trials, where traditionally animals are used. We will also discuss the implications of this advancement for both our healthtech sector and local economy. 

Be informed about: 

  • Non-animal models – the what, why and who 
  • Economic opportunities – investment incentives, global competitiveness and job creation 
  • Challenges and solutions – non-animal model limitations and improving reliability  
  • Support – partnerships, regulation and infrastructure 
  • Ethics – aligning research with evolving societal values.

What to expect: 

  • The latest updates from industry experts 
  • Engaging information for diverse audiences 
  • Dynamic panel Q&A session 
  • In-person networking opportunities with peers. 

Who should attend: 

  • Professionals seeking to improve knowledge and foster connections  
  • Scientists and clinicians engaging in research, disease modelling, drug discovery, preclinical and clinical trials 
  • Biobank representatives, grant funding bodies, regulators and policy makers. 

Event details:

Date: Thursday 29 February 2024

Time (AEDT):
3:45 pm: Guest arrival and registration
4:00 pm – 5:45 pm: Presentations and Q&A
5:45 pm – 6:45 pm: Networking

Hybrid – In person and online
ACMI, Swinburne Studio, Federation Square, Melbourne 3000

Facilitator: Christos Papadimitriou, CEO and Managing Director, Tessara Therapeutics Pty Ltd

Professor Carl Kirkpatrick, Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Centre for Medicine Use and Safety, Monash University

Laura Thomas, Strategy Manager, CSIRO

Dr Ella Robinson, Senior Impact and Ethics Analyst, Australian Ethical

 Jeff Malone, CEO, BioMelbourne Network

In-person: Members $85; Non Members $175
Online: Members $25; Non Members $45

This event is kindly sponsored by the State Government of Victoria


Cancellation Policy

In-person registration:
Full refund given up to 7 days prior to the event
No refunds within 7 days of the event

Online registration:
Full refund given up to 3 days prior to the event
No refunds within 3 days of the event

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ACMI, Swinburne Studio
Federation Square
Melbourne, VIC 3000