Healthtech Week

11 June : Overview

NZ Research & Clinical Trials Opportunities Forum

Monday 11 June 2018 | Aotea Centre

1.00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Commercially sponsored & investigator initiated clinical trials for medical technologies are predominantly conducted to identify the safety and performance of devices and digital health in the treatment, prevention or diagnosis of disease. Clinical trials generate the evidence required for regulators and funders to introduce new technologies confidently into the market and ensure patient safety, often resulting in enhanced health outcomes for numerous patients.


To encourage stakeholders associated with medical device and digital health clinical trials to congregate and share knowledge in order to grow our NZ-based trials capability and enhance the lives of patients.


  1. Bring together multiple stakeholders involved in clinical trials to share expertise and experience. We will address the clinical trial marketplace, investigate opportunities and barriers for patients, clinicians, researchers, companies, and healthcare-funders as well as determine the importance of clinical trials in supporting NZ health outcomes and growing the economy.
  2. To explore the local clinical-trial ecosystem, identify gaps and understand the different pathways for medical technology trials compared to that for medicines.
  3. To give feedback and provide an opportunity for informed-consultation ahead of significant changes to local law around the NZ Therapeutic Goods Registration legislation and its impact on NZ based clinical trials.
  4. To better understand the value, quality and scope of technology clinical trials in providing data to support market-access both in the local market and world-wide. 

Final Programme

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Start End Title Speaker
1300 1310 Welcome Faye Sumner, CEO Medical Technology Association of NZ
1310 1330 Review of International Medtech Clinical Trials Conducted in NZ
Steve Hamilton, Vento Consulting
1330 1400

Establishing a Medical Device Trial in a NZ hospital for a Local Manufacturer

1400 1430 Bringing International Medical Device Trials to NZ
Dr Andrew Holden, Interventional Radiologist Auckland DHB
1430 1500 Access to NZ Hospitals for Clinical Trials
Dr Edward Watson, Director of the Auckland Cancer Trials Centre
1500 1530 Afternoon Tea and Exhibitor Networking  
 1530 1550 Reviewed Ethical Guidelines Philippa Bascand, Ministry of Health Ethics Committee
1550 1610 Proposed NZ Therapeutic Products Legislation & how could Clinical Trials be impacted?
Chris James Group Manager Medsafe Ministry of Health
1610 1630 Experienced NZ Manufacturer /Exporter will discuss developing a medical device in NZ TBC
1630 1700 Discussion Panel – Chaired by Professor John Windsor, Associate Director of MedTech CoRE & Director Surgical Translational Research Centre, Auckland

How can we improve access & enhance the environment to undertake clinical trials in NZ? Do we need a Clinical Trials Consortium to co-ordinate, prioritise and facilitate clinical device trials?
Dr Diana Siew, Associate Director MedTech CoRE & CMDT
Dr Robyn Whittaker, Associate Professor University of Auckland, CD Innovation Waitemata DHB
1700   Summary of the Day
Networking Drinks & Nibbles

Contact Information

For REGISTRATION queries please contact:

Victoria Jantke
Medical Technology Association of NZ
Tel:+64 9 917 3645
Fax:+64 9 917 3651

Venue Information

Aotea Centre
50 Mayoral Drive
Auckland City
Auckland 1010
New Zealand

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