A comfortable, functional dialysis chair wins the $45,000 Sydney Research innovation challenge

The Big Idea 2019

June 2019

A comfortable, functional dialysis chair wins the $45,000 Sydney Research innovation challenge

A comfortable, functional dialysis chair wins the $45,000 Sydney Research innovation challenge

Professor Steve Chadban has won $45,000 in pre-seed funding with his Big Idea to build a comfortable and functional chair for dialysis patients.

Professor Chadban is the Director of Renal Medicine at Sydney Local Health District and Head of the Kidney Node at the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre.

He impressed the judging panel with his Deluxe Medical Chair, which he described as offering business class-level comfort and functionality for patients who spend hours undergoing dialysis several times a week.

Professor Chadban and his team asked patients, dialysis nurses and doctors what features they felt would make for a better chair. They then collaborated with an industrial design firm and a chair manufacturer to create a design.

Professor Chadban said he will use the prize money as well as $25,000 in professional services from engineering and commercialisation partner IDE Group to build a prototype then produce 100 chairs. The judging panel felt the Deluxe Medical Chair had significant commercial potential both locally and internationally and beyond dialysis to oncology and infusion centres.

To learn more about the Deluxe Medical Chair see https://www.slhd.nsw.gov.au/sydneyconnect/story-Dialysis-chair.html.

For the first time we also awarded a People’s Choice Award. Dr Shaheen Hasmat, a surgical resident at Westmead Hospital and PhD candidate at The University of Sydney, proposed the use of an implantable device to actively restore blink in patients with facial palsy. He was awarded pre-seed funding of $5,000 as well as $5,000 in professional services from IDE.

The standard of finalists in The Big Idea 2019 was extremely high and choosing a winner was extremely difficult.

The expert judging panel consisted of patent attorney Will Hird from Davies Collison Cave, Sydney Local Health District’s Chief Executive Dr Teresa Anderson AM and Chief Information Officer Richard Taggart, Sydney Research Executive Director Adjunct Associate Professor Vicki Taylor and Smitha Viswanatha, Quality and Capabilities Manager at IDE Group.

To learn more about all the finalists see the stories, videos and photos at www.slhd.nsw.gov.au/SydneyConnect.


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