ACETIE Session 2 – Global Health Tech Innovation in an Era of Turbulence

11 Nov 2020

The Australia-China Economic Trade & Investment Expo returns online. Join us for the ACBC presentation on Global Health from 11.40am.

ACBC Victoria is pleased to again be a supporting partner of the annual Australia China Economic Trade and Investment Expo (ACETIE) with the theme of ‘Exploring Paths Beyond the New Normal’.

Be sure to check the ACETIE event page for a full list of speakers including The Hon Andrew Robb AO, The Hon Malcolm Turnbull, The Hon Martin Pakula MP, Mr Long Zhou, Chinese Consul-General to Victoria, Mr David Olsson, National President and Chairperson, ACBC and more.

Join us for this new format Virtual Conference including plenary, sector specific break-out sessions and more. ACBC Victoria is hosting a forward-thinking session looking at global health tech innovation in an era of COVID-19 turbulence.

Disruptions in health systems around the world are impacting the way we receive healthcare and aged-care in Australia is under the microscope. Victoria’s abundance in medical R&D, new IP and comprehensive health systems (ranked number 2 in the world) combined with China’s capital and market size provide fertile ground for innovation.

Join our expert speakers for a comprehensive review of Victoria’s unique positioning in global health tech as well as an in-depth panel discussion with Q & A.



  • Opportunities for healthcare in the current landscape in Australia and China.
  • Innovation in the future of aged care.
  • The role of service providers in realising innovation.
  • Capital investments and medical technologies.
  • Changing IP landscape in China vs rest of the world.



Dr Zachary Tan, Chief Strategy Officer, CancerAid; Research Fellow, Centre for Eye Research Australia

Zachary Tan is a medical doctor and Chief Strategy Officer at CancerAid, a leading digital health startup. At CancerAid, he is responsible for commercialisation, product, and evidence generation strategies. He is also a lecturer at the University of Queensland.
He previously practiced at Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital, where he worked towards ophthalmology specialist training and developed an artificial intelligence algorithm to screen pediatric eye disease. He remains an active academic, publishing in digital health and epidemiology.

Carol Allen, Aged Care Consultant; Board Member, The Bays Healthcare Group; Former Director, Sapphire Holdings Group

Carol worked for 4 years as the CEO of Sapphire International and has travelled regularly to China to assess opportunities to take the Australian Model of Care to Asia.
Carol worked in the health sector in South Africa before immigrating to Australia in 1980 where she worked in the Early Childhood sector for 19 years. In July 2003 she moved to the Aged Care sector to become a Director of Sapphire Care Holdings and GM of Premier Assisted Living, a company operating and managing 14 Aged Care facilities in Victoria. In 2006 became a Director of Blue Cross Community Care Services Group.

Michael Woods, CEO, NextMed Capital

Michael has a unique blend of commercialisation, strategy development, project management, financial discipline and investment banking experience gained through 20 years experience in corporate finance, infrastructure project financing, private equity, medical technology commercialisation and non-executive board of director roles around the world.
Michael is now bringing commercial creativity and financial discipline to the technology commercialisation and innovation ecosystem in Melbourne.

Moderator – Jason Sun, Chair, ACBC Vic Health & Medical Research Working Group; CEO, Australia China Health Accelerator

Mr Sun was one of the original founders of ACHA.  He joined the board and appointed as the Chief Executive Officer in 2018.  Mr Sun has more 20 years’ experience in many healthcare environments including: pharmaceutical, hospital, community health, eHealth, health insurance, industry association and government health department.
He is the current Chair of Health and Medical Research Committee at the Australia China Business Council and was the Head of Engagement (Greater China) at the Department of Health and Human Services.  Mr Sun has led a number of national and state wide programs, and was responsible for Victoria’s healthcare engagements with China.

Event Details

Date: Friday 20 November 2020

Event Time: 11:40am – 1:10pm AEDT

Conference Time: 9:00am – 6:00pm AEDT

Format: Virtual Conference

Cost: $10 (+booking fee) – whole day access

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