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The SPARK program, initiated by Stanford University, California, promotes medical research that benefits patients through seed funding, innovative ideas and a program of mentoring and support for aspiring researchers. Its goal is to bridge the gap between academia and industry, basic science and the clinic, and between ideas and patient outcomes. SPARK has been incredibly successful at Stanford with over 50% of selected projects resulting in commercialisation.


SPARK has now expanded globally by sharing its methodology and increasing intra-country and international collaboration on developing scientific and medical innovation.


SPARK Global now operates in over 23 countries, and 70 universities. Learn more


SPARK Oceania


SPARK Oceania, managed by CIMR, is the Spark Global program run in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.


It comprises a 2-year educational and mentoring program for academics with projects of translational potential and is typically provided via the researcher’s university or institution.


Operating as a Not For Profit, all profits are reinvested into expanding its operations and optimizing successful translational medical research outcomes.


Since its launch in 2014, SPARK Oceania has provided mentorship and education to over 40 projects. These projects have progressed with significant success in the form of patents, clinical studies, licenses secured, and start-ups formed attracting over AUD$10 million in funding.


If your university or institute may be interested in starting a SPARK program, please contact us or find more information here.

CIMR is committed to the education of current and budding entrepreneurs of all ages, from high school students, to young researchers and established academics, in order to assist them develop novel ideas to complex problems – and commercialize these.

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