From heart attack to supply chain innovation

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In 2016, Matt Shields, a 40-year-old CSIRO software engineer and elite athlete, was out running when he had a ‘widow maker’ (STEMI) heart attack. His chances of survival were slim, but thanks to his medical team and the availability of the right stent, he pulled through and committed to use his engineering skills to advance healthcare.

CSIRO is Australia’s national science agency and Matt’s team worked on parts tracking for radio telescopes. Matt saw how similar technology could be applied to the biomedical device supply chain and working with device manufacturers, hospitals and technicians, MyLM was born. In July 2020, MyLM was spun out of CSIRO as its own business.