2019 Biofabrication Conference

Thank you to all who joined us on Friday at our inaugural conference. From sponsors & collaborates to our fantastic keynote speaker Dale to clinicians & students interested in finding out more about . We had such an incredible day & we hope you did too!


Thank you to our valued colleagues, collaborators and industry, academic and government supporters for your attendance at the inaugural Herston Biofabrication Institute conference on Friday 22nd March.

375 attendees | 30 presenters | 12 Hospital of the Future fashion outfits | 4 Medical Device Design Innovation Challenge Teams |
What an amazing day it has been!

For its inaugural event opened by Queensland Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning The Hon Cameron Dick MP, the Herston Biofabrication Institute conference hosted over 375 researchers, clinicians, students, government representatives and industry partners at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Education Centre for a day of biofabrication building real world clinical impact.

More than 30 presenters from QUT, Metro North Hospital and Health and beyond contributed to scientific sessions on orthopaedics, burns, vascular surgery, urology and cancer care services, and to special sessions on virtual and augmented reality and 3D modelling.

The conference also featured a Hospital of the Future Fashion Collection, led by the QUT Faculty of Creative Industries and modelled by QUT, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and Redcliffe Hospital staff and students. Student Kate Sutherland took home the QUT Design Lab sponsored prize, selected by  QUT DVC for Learning and Teaching Professor Suzi Derbyshire and Executive Dean of QUT Faculty of Creative Industries Professor Mandy Thomas.

The Medical Device Design Innovation Challenge, sponsored by Cook Medical and supported by Konica Minolta, featured 4 teams of QUT engineering students who addressed real life design challenges proposed by Metro North Hospital and Health Services clinicians. Teams pitched their solutions to challenges in the space of burns, orthopaedics, nursing and vascular surgery to the audience and to judges Professor Mandy Thomas, QUT Executive Dean of Creative Industries, Dr Keith McLean, CSIRO Director of Manufacturing, Ms Ann Damien, Cook Medical New Technology Associate, and Mr Graham Fryer, QUT Vice President of Resources and Chief Financial Officer. Students Renee Nightingale, Coedi Martin, Erin Chapman, Haveena Anbatook and Emma Richardson took home the prize with their design to treat intracranial aneurysms, a challenge proposed by RBWH Neurointerventional radiologist Dr John Clouston.

The conference also featured 25 posters, and QUT IHBI Dr Edward Ren took home the poster prize sponsored by Konica Minolta.

Special thanks to our keynote speaker Mr Dale Trevor, Masters of Ceremonies Dr Catherine Ball for her energy and enthusiasm throughout the day, and to all sponsors – QUT IHBI, QUT Creative Industries, QUT Faculty of Science and Engineering, Metro North Hospital and Health Service, Cook Medical, Konica Minolta, 3D Systems, Materialise and Microsoft, and institute partners MTP Connect, Jamieson Trauma Institute, Herston Imaging Research Facility and the Clinical Skills Development Service for their support.

For the latest updates about the Institute, watch this space and make sure you follow us on twitter, for the latest updates on the Institute development, the handle is @BIOFAB_BNE.

We look forward to working with you, forming partnerships and collaborations and welcoming you to the Herston Biofabrication Institute when it opens in the coming months.

Best wishes,

Herston Biofabrication Institute Conference Organising Committee





When: Friday 22 March 2019

Location: Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Education and Conference Centre, Herston QLD

We are pleased to announce the Herston Biofabrication Institute inaugural one day conference on March 22, 2019 in Herston, QLD, Australia. The theme of the conference is ‘Building Real World Clinical Impact’. The meeting is highly relevant to scientists, clinicians and students interested in biofabrication, 3D scanning, 3D modelling, 3D printing, tissue engineering and augmented and virtual reality for healthcare.

The program includes clinical and academic presentations and demonstrations in all avenues of biofabrication, including orthopaedics, vascular surgery, burns and trauma, urology and cancer care services. The conference also features:

  • The Medical Device Innovation Design Challenge, where QUT students team up to address design challenge proposed by MNHHS clinicians.
  • The Hospital of the Future Fashion Collection will be presented by QUT Creative Industries students.
  • Awards will be presented to the winning team of the Medical Device Engineering Design challenge, and to the best Poster presentation.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Education Centre for an exciting inaugural Herston Biofabrication Institute conference.

Registrations Now Closed

Conference Program

Poster Presentations | View list here

Venue – Car Parking details



Inclusion, diversity and gender equity policy

The organisers strive to achieve inclusivity, diversity and gender balance in all aspects of the conference and are dedicated to providing a harassment-free environment for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form, and participants violating these rules may be expelled from the conference.