The health-related startups emerging in Australia from scientific research

David Burt

David Burt, CSIRO‘s Executive Manager ON Innovation Program, was recently interviewed in Business Insider about some of the health-related startups coming out of scientific research in Australia, including Cardihab.

Cardihab’s Digital Cardiac Rehabilitation platform was scientifically validated in a world first, randomised controlled trial (RCT) by researchers from CSIRO and The Prince Charles Hospital via the Australian E-Health Research Centre.  The ON Accelerator program was an important step in commercialisation as it provided an opportunity to pursue customer and investor interest in the research.

If you’re a founder looking to launch your health-related startup, the ON Innovation Program could be for you.

Cardihab featured in Qantas Spirit of Australia Magazine

Qantas Spirit of Australia Magazine

Cardihab has been recognised as one of the leading digital health platforms emerging in Australia in the November 2017 issue of the Qantas Spirit of Australia magazine.

The QBusiness section feature article describes how Cardihab’s evidence-based cardiac rehabilitation product was developed from world-first research conducted in Queensland by the Australian E-Health Research Centre. Cardihab then completed the CSIRO ON and HCF Catalyst startup accelerator programs, and recently gained investment from investors including Uniseed and Slingshot Investments.  The article includes interviews with CSIRO Chief Executive Officer, Dr Larry Marshall, and Cardihab Chief Technology Officer, Simon McBride.

The Spirit of Australia magazine is available for download at, with physical copies on board Qantas flights and in lounges during November 2017.

“On the road again” for ACRA

Cardihab CEO Gus Taddeo & vendor exhibit at ACRA NSW/ACT 2017 annual scientific meeting

The Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association (ACRA) is one of the leading organisations for cardiac rehabilitation professionals in Australia. ACRA has a vibrant membership who are enthusiastic about professional development and their enthusiasm is shown in the quality, frequency and attendance at education events.

Cardihab is proud to have sponsored the ACRA 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting and we’re “on the road again” and sponsoring, exhibiting and speaking at three State education events over two weeks. Our road trip started last week with a vendor exhibit and sponsorship of the ACRA NSW/ACT conference in Sydney.

This week Cardihab is in Melbourne for the Victorian ACRA Education Day, where we are a Bronze sponsor and exhibitor, and on the Sunshine Coast for the ACRA Queensland/Heart Foundation Secondary Prevention in Cardiology Symposium where we are a Silver sponsor, exhibitor and invited speaker.


Cardihab featured on Sky News Business

Cardihab Director and Uniseed CEO Dr Peter Devine was recently interviewed on Sky News Business. Uniseed is a venture capital fund operated in partnership by the Universities of Melbourne, Queensland, New South Wales and Sydney, and the CSIRO. The fund has a mandate to commercialise partner research by targeting investment in highly promising technologies. Dr Devine describes why Uniseed invested in Cardihab and its plans for growth.

Cardihab Cardiac Rehab App spun out of CSIRO eHealth division

Brisbane, Australia, September 19th 2017: An Australian solution to dramatically improve recovery from a heart attack today became reality.

Cardihab’s technology platform was developed by scientists at the Australian eHealth Research Centre (AEHRC), a joint venture between CSIRO and the Queensland Government. Cardihab was spun-out from CSIRO after raising venture capital investment of $1.35 million in the new company.

In Australia someone has a heart attack every nine minutes, however less than one third of survivors follow through with cardiac rehabilitation, resulting in up to a 50% chance of being readmitted to hospital in the following year.

Cardihab is a smartphone app connected to a clinic based portal, used for remote patient management following a cardiac event. The app gives clinicians the ability to deliver more convenient, flexible and engaging cardiac rehabilitation meaning better outcomes for patients, clinicians and health service administrators.

Cardihab’s model of care is backed by a randomised control trial that was conducted by CSIRO and the Metro North Brisbane Health and Hospital Service, and published in the international journal Heart. The trial demonstrated that the Cardihab model of care was clinically equivalent to normal care, but significantly improved patient uptake, adherence and completion of cardiac rehabilitation.

Cardihab was able to demonstrate there was no additional benefit for patients who receive face to face care, compared to patients whose cardiac rehabilitation was carried out by a clinician remotely.

Cardihab Chief Technology Officer Simon McBride was part of the team that has been developing and trialling the technology while undertaking research at the AEHRC. “Today’s investment gives us the platform on which to build the company and make a difference to the lives of millions of Australians,” McBride said.

Of the $1.35million invested in Cardihab, $500,000 has come from Uniseed, a venture fund operating at the Universities of Melbourne, New South Wales, Sydney, Queensland and CSIRO.

The remaining investment is made by private cardiology groups, and existing Cardihab shareholder Slingshot Investments as manager of the Slingshot Venture Fund.

Cardihab benefited from participation in CSIRO’s AcceleratiON and Slingshot’s HCF Catalyst accelerator programs and is led by recently appointed CEO Gus Taddeo, who was formerly Managing Director of Cook Medical Australia.


Cardihab a Gold Sponsor at ACRA 2017 conference

Cardihab is proud to announce its Gold Sponsorship of the Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association 27th Annual Scientific Meeting to be held at the Rendezvous Hotel Scarborough in Perth, Western Australia, from the 7-9 August 2017.

The ACRA 2017 program includes a world class list of speakers including Associate Professor Tom Briffa (University of Western Australia), Professor David Dunstan (Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute), Dr Rolf Gomes (Heart of Australia) and many others. Cardihab is hosting a breakfast symposium on digital cardiac rehabilitation (7:30-8:15am, Tuesday 8 August, Preston BC room), sponsoring the Health Technolgies workshop (3:15-4:15pm, Tuesday 8 August, Mentelle room) and exhibiting throughout the conference.

Registrations are now open and we look forward to seeing you in Perth!

Cardihab™ on show at Cardiac Nurses Conference 2017

Cardihab is delighted to be a major sponsor at the upcoming Australasian Cardiovascular Nursing College Conference. ACNC 2017 will be held in Brisbane on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th of March.

Cardiac rehabilitation features strongly in the program including a key presentation by Robyn Gallagher – President-elect of the Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association – entitled "The future of cardiac rehabilitation – how can health technology be harnessed?".

Cardihab™ will be on show in the exhibition with Simon McBride and Craig Newton demonstrating how Cardihab's Digital Cardiac Rehab solution can increase uptake, adherence and completions. We look forward to seeing you there!