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NFMRI Medical Research Innovation Conference Research with Purpose 2021

NFMRI Medical Research Innovation Conference Research with Purpose 2021 - Has Ended

 23 Nov, 2021 - 25 Nov, 2021
 Tue 2:00pm - Thu 2:30pm
 26 Corlette Point Road
  Corlette, NSW
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NFMRI’s fifth conference, “Research with Purpose 2021”, will take place on the 23rd- 25th of November 2021 at The Anchorage Hotel & Spa in Port Stephens, New South Wales. The three-day event also includes our 2021 Awards Dinner, set to take place on the evening of the 24th November 2021 at the same venue. At our Awards Dinner, we will announce successful applicants with funding commencing in 2022 and share some of our success stories.

For a limited time, we are offering grant-making charities who offer competitive grants to external organisations, two registrations for the price of one full registration (only available with early bird registrations). Simply register one individual under a grant-making charity registration and email the details of the second individual to:

About the Conference

The purpose of many organisations, including charities, relates to delivering better health outcomes for the community.

When we ask the general public why they think medical research is important, they will often refer to saving lives, improved health, cures and treatments for diseases.

Research translation is critical for taking research out of the lab and delivering on the expectations of communities, grant makers and governement.

The intent is clear and consistent.

Is our community’s intent currently aligned and being met by the medical research sector, government, employers and funders?

Can we help build a culture that supports all the components required for research translation?

It takes more than research to achieve success. Success relies on harnessing many skills sets (e.g. legal, financial, business development and policy) across many sectors including research, industry, investors, government and philanthropy.

By accepting purpose focused funding, is there a social contract to prioritise intent?

This year’s conference will explore the medical research ecosystem and how together we can lead cultural and systems change to better support research translation.

Who Shoud Attend?

Management and executives from the following groups will benefit from attending the conference:

  • Philanthropists
  • Private and Social Investors
  • Government
  • Business and Industry Leaders
  • Researchers and Knowledge Commercialisation Specialists
  • Financial and Investment Services
  • Universities and Medical Research Institutes
  • Trusts & Foundations

Conference Program

Our draft 2021 conference program is available on our website here.

The speakers listed are accurate at the time of publishing, but as always are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances or last minute changes in availability.

The profiles of our speakers can be found on our website here.

Conference Objectives

1. Provide an overview of the current medical research funding system;

2. Better equip key stakeholders to understand and facilitate research translation;

3. Explore opportunities and strategies to help build and grow the biomedical innovation sector in Australia;

4. Showcase examples of innovators who have successfully commercialised their research;

5. Foster a culture of learning and continuous improvement by showcasing leading examples of collaborations and partnerships;

6. Set out approaches on how to 'think outside the box' and lead change via bold actions; and

7. Build a strategy for the future that will not only help advance the biomedical innovation sector, but also help stimulate the local economy.


Due to COVID regulations, registrations have been capped to 80 guests. As there are very limited spaces available, we recommend that those interested register as soon as they can in order not to miss out. This year, to simplify registrations we are offering full registrations only. These include complimentary access to the welcome networking function on the 23rd of November, the Awards Dinner on the 24th of November and the closing networking function on the 25th of November.

Early Bird Registrations (close 6pm, 1 Oct 2021)

Full conference registration (23-25 November 2021), including awards night dinner and networking functions = $890 ($979 incl. GST)

Two registrations for the price of one for grant-making charities.

Non-Early Bird Registrations

Full conference registration (23-25 November 2021), including awards night dinner and networking functions = $1,150 ($1,265 incl. GST)

Delegate Etiquette Policy

As this conference is as much about education and learning as it is about strategy and impact, a strict non-solicitation policy is in place. Under no circumstances are individuals to be approached for funding or support of any kind. Attendees soliciting for support may be asked to leave.

Conference Refund and Cancellation Policy

All refund requests must be made in writing to Refund requests will be granted as follows:

In the event that COVID-19 restrictions require NFMRI to cancel or postpone the event, or if a delegate is unable to travel to and from Port Stephens, NSW to attend NFMRI’s conference due to state government border closures, a full refund of the conference registration fee will be offered. NFMRI is not liable for any transaction fees charged by your bank or credit card company.

Accommodation and travel cancellations are not the responsibility of NFMRI. Guests should refer to the terms and conditions of their individual travel providers. The Anchorage Hotel & Spa’s terms and conditions can be found here.

For general cancellations the following will apply:

Requests received by close of business on Friday, 15 October 2021: a full refund is applicable less an administration fee representing 20% of the original registration fee

Requests received after Friday, 15 October 2021: refunds are not permitted, substitution only.


Sharing a registration is not permitted.

All requests for registration transfers must be received in writing by NFMRI to

Substitutions are only permitted with prior agreement from NFMRI.

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