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.

The CSIRO is behind many breakthrough technology innovations, including WiFi. Matt’s team worked on a parts tracking system for radio telescopes and he saw how similar technology to be applied to the biomedical devices supply chain. Working with manufacturers, hospitals and technicians, the CSIRO’s 181st start-up to took shape and in July 2020, MYLM was launched.