ONE of Australia's most influential engineers has been given a national award for her significant and outstanding contributions to the Australian medical technology industry.
Flinders University Professor Karen Reynolds was presented the Medical Technology Association of Australia's Outstanding Achievement Award at the MedTech 2014 dinner in Sydney last night.
Professor Reynolds said it was a privilege to be recognised by her peers.
"Receiving this award shows that the vision shared by myself and others at Flinders University to encourage collaboration between industry and research institutions is valued by the industry," Professor Reynolds said.
She is the Founding Director of the Medical Device Partnering Program at Flinders University, which has assisted more than 150 companies and inventors since its creation in 2008.
By marrying clinical input from healthcare experts and industry based projects, the MDPP has helped develop medical devices that improve diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of patients, as well as granting disabled persons and the ageing community greater independence.
"It's an exciting time to work within the medical device and assisted living space, particularly in South Australia with the development of Tonsley as a health innovation precinct," she said.
"I am privileged to be surrounded by talented and inspirational researchers who are making significant contributions to society, from developing new methods for breast cancer detection to creating assistive living devices to enable people to live in their own homes for longer.
"Tonsley provides real opportunity for Flinders to develop, harness and direct these technologies, supporting the University's teaching and research strengths in engineering, clinical science, allied health, disabilities and device development, to bring widespread benefits in terms of community wellbeing - locally, nationally and beyond."
The Outstanding Achievement award follows Professor Reynolds being named South Australian Scientist of the Year in 2012, being elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences in 2011 and being awarded Australian Professional Engineer of the year in 2012. She was also named as one of Australia's 'Top 100 Most Influential Engineers' by Engineers Australia in 2012 and 2013.