Revolutionizing Innovation: The Dynamic Synergy Between nCounters and the University of Melbourne

5 reasons why nCounters innovates through collaboration with the University of Melbourne.

  1. Biomedical engineering students understand the complexity of bringing a medical device to market that is of benefit and safe for the patient with minimal risk. The projects they are asked to complete at University are like the ones we do at nCounters.
  2. With minimal guidance and supervision, they’ve established hardware jigs to gather data from sensors and leveraged this data to formulate innovative algorithms.
  3. For some of the development, we ask the students to do this at the University where they have access to programs and hardware such as LabVIEW and Matlab. For a small business like nCounters, these programs are expensive and require specialist knowledge to use correctly. Once they used our PLLM (Portable Limb Load Monitor) in a paper they wrote evaluating the effectiveness of stand-up desks.
  4. They review the important stages of the design process. Less mistakes are made this way especially if the only time a review is taken is just before the release of a piece of hardware or software.
  5. With software prototyping, they will create the programming steps required to reach an optimal result.

Sometime in the future, I would like to work with more students and Dr Sam John, Head of Neuro-engineering to discover what brainwaves and EMG signals are associated with a fall.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) definition:  ‘A fall is an event which results in a person coming to rest inadvertently on the ground or floor or other lower level.’

At St Vincent’s Hospital alone there are over 150 falls per month.
Together, nCounters and the University want to tackle the BIG problems.

Peter Barrett

Peter Barrett


Peter designs and builds biofeedback products for gait and movement in the orthopaedic and stroke rehabilitation spaces. These devices are programmed for ease of use with built in help touch screens. In all cases data is transferred wirelessly to ensure patient safety.They can store and display data in real time so as to monitor the patient’s overall progress.

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