Monash partners with Israel’s world leading Sheba Medical Centre to accelerate medical innovation and health service transformation

Back row (l-r), the Hon Ben Carroll, Victorian Minister for Industry and Innovation, Professor Yitshak Kreiss, Director-General of Sheba Medical Centre, Miriam Syber, Melbourne Biomedical Director, Israel-Australia Chamber of Commerce (IACC) and Victorian Government’s Tel-Aviv Trade & Investment Office. Front row (l-r) Professor Mike Ryan, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), Monash University, and Professor Eyal Zimlichman, Chief Transformation and Innovation Officer and Head of ARC Centre for Innovation, Sheba Medical Centre.

Monash University is teaming up with one of the world’s top research hospitals, Israel’s Sheba Medical Centre, to research and develop new medical technology, digital health innovations and models of care and facilitate their commercialisation, manufacture and adoption in health service environments to benefit patients and communities both locally and overseas.

Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Wednesday 15 March, the partners will focus on collaborative research and development programs in healthcare, including digital health; remote care; cardiovascular health; precision medicine; new therapies; devices and diagnostics; and healthy ageing.

An early activity will see the partners focus on cardiovascular research – supported by a $200,000 investment by the Victorian Government – in the Monash Victorian Heart Institute located within the newly-opened Victorian Heart Hospital on Monash University’s Clayton campus.

This funding builds on the $1.5 million Monash intends to invest over the first three years for broader activities under the MOU.

“Our new partnership with Sheba Medical Centre is another great example of how Monash University is investing in world-class partnerships to enable global research collaborations that can deliver health benefits for communities throughout Victoria, Australia, Israel and beyond,” said Monash’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise and Engagement) and Senior Vice-President Professor Doron Ben-Meir.

“Monash’s Clayton campus is already situated at the centre of a research and enterprise ecosystem, the Monash Technology Precinct, that brings together world-leading research institutes and infrastructure with multi-national, national and small to medium enterprises,” Professor Ben-Meir said.

Monash’s Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Science, Professor Christina Mitchell AO, said the collaboration with Sheba Medical Centre was a unique opportunity to accelerate the translation of health and medical research into real outcomes, policies and practices.

“This MoU, with an outstanding institution like Sheba Medical Centre, will further help us to scale up the translation of our research into innovations that improve patient outcomes and help our communities.”

The collaboration aims to work with industry partners to stimulate growth in the local medtech manufacturing sector, while also building new training opportunities for health practitioners and researchers.

“We will be working with Sheba Medical Centre to draw on their phenomenal experience and expertise in innovation to ensure that technological solutions developed locally and abroad are put into practice here to increase the efficiency and sustainability of our healthcare system,” said Professor Ross Coppel, Deputy Dean of Strategy and Innovation within the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.


About the Sheba Medical Centre

Sheba Medical Centre, based in Tel Aviv, is one the world’s leading research and innovation hospitals, and has been rated in the top 10 in the world by Newsweek for the past five years. It specialises in the use of artificial intelligence, robotic surgery, digital imaging, and telemedicine, developed through its in-house innovation hub.

About the Monash Victorian Heart Institute

Monash University is transforming the future of cardiovascular health – for Australia and for the world. We’re committed to shaping global knowledge about cardiovascular disease, including how to better prevent it, better detect it, and better treat it. And we’re applying this knowledge across every facet of cardiovascular care.

Across Monash we embed research, health care and discovery into our approach, and bring labside knowledge to bedside practice to drive tangible changes for patient outcomes for the betterment of all communities.

The Monash Victorian Heart Institute, located within the Victorian Heart Hospital, reflects our University-wide commitment to collaborative heart health solutions. We are focused on delivering excellence in research, education and training, to change the prevalence of cardiovascular disease in Australia.

Read thought leadership pieces about the University’s work with cardiovascular health.

About the Monash Technology Precinct

The Monash Technology Precinct and surrounding National Employment and Innovation Cluster is Victoria’s largest employment hub outside of the CBD, and one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems of globally-connected innovators and enterprise across future technologies, advanced manufacturing, health, sustainable development and education. Here, the collaboration between researchers, infrastructure and industry drives innovation and translation of ground-breaking research into commercial opportunities that deliver real impact to human lives.

Monash University is the driving force behind the Precinct and Victoria’s innovation success. It’s home to nationally significant research centres like the CSIRO, the Australian Synchrotron (ANSTO) and the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication, networks of major industry and commercial partnerships, talent and start-up generation, local and state governments.

The Precinct is a place where jobs, opportunity and people exist side by side. Its ecosystem and surrounding cluster contributes more than $10 billion to the economy each year, and supports 13,000 businesses and 95,000 jobs.