Freehills Patent Attorneys sponsor the 3rd International Conference on Medical Bionics, Engineering Solutions for Neural Disorders

Date: 2013-09-19

Freehills Patent Attorneys is the dinner sponsor of the 3rd International Conference on Medical Bionics, Engineering Solutions for Neural Disorders to be held at Phillip Island from 17 – 20 November 2013.

The conference will bring together eminent and early career researchers, clinicians and industry representatives working in the diverse field of medical bionics.  The international and national speakers and delegates will bring expertise from disciplines as diverse as biotechnology, engineering, ICT, polymer science, nanotechnology and medicine.

This conference is the Institute's first scientific meeting since the international announcement of Australia's first bionic eye device, which was designed, produced and tested at the Bionics Institute. While showcasing the collaborative effort of the prototype bionic eye, the meeting will also cover the broad range of medical bionic devices.

The conference will explore the following themes: 

  • Medical Bionics Design, Development & Safety
  • Enabling technologies for medical Bionics: ICT; Smart materials & Smart Biology
  • Electrode-neural interface: Improving the efficacy
  • Drug delivery technology
  • Cochlear implants
  • Bionic Vision
  • Functional Electrical stimulation
  • Neurobionics: recording and stimulation in the central nervous system
  • Blue sky projects 

Our firm representatives at the conference will be: 



Thor North, Partner (Melbourne)

Thor has more than a decade in the patent profession building and managing patent portfolios for his clients. He has experience in the fields of signal processing in bionic prostheses, EEG and ECG signal analysis and acquisition; instrumentation technologies including X-ray and gamma ray detection; particle detection; ultrasonic systems; nanotech device fabrication and optoelectronic devices.



Jonathan Schnapp, Patent Attorney (Melbourne)

Jonathan is a patent attorney with a background in electrical and computer systems, specialising in biomedical engineering. His practice involves technologies such as, surgical and implantable devices, embedded software, and image and sound processing. Prior to becoming a patent attorney, he worked as an electronic design engineer designing embedded software and control electronics for high-sensitivity analytical instruments. Jonathan also led a design team at a leading medical device manufacturer.



Roger Henning, Special Counsel (Sydney)

Roger is a patent attorney and also has a decade of industry experience in the area of control systems and instrumentation. Roger’s experience includes patent applications across a wide range of medical diagnostic devices and related software systems, including bionic vision, diagnostic systems for cervical cancer and skin lesions, and monitoring of hypoglycaemia.

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