Melbourne, February 12: The Andrews Labor Government today appointed the Innovation Expert Panel to strengthen Victoria’s position as Australia’s innovation and tech hub.

Victoria’s Lead Scientist Dr Leonie Walsh will chair the panel, with 14 other members including Mohinder Jaimangal, Director and Principal, Curve Tomorrow.

Mohinder is a University of Melbourne graduate of 2003 in Mechanical Engineering / Computer Science and Mechatronics.

Mohinder describes himself as a “Serial socialpreneur and robotics engineer with a love of Design Thinking and Agile Development”.

Mohinder has led many startups in the last 15 years and is currently focused on “positively impacting society through innovation”.

He is the co-founder and Director of Curve Tomorrow, a Melbourne-based technology company aimed at bringing digital health products to market by combining design with the latest technology and proven medical research.

Speaking at the PauseFest innovation festival in Melbourne, Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis said the Labor Government had secured some of the country’s leading innovators, company directors and CEOs, with women again dominating the panel’s make-up.

“This new Panel is not just about leading Australia on innovation, which we are, it’s about helping us become the number one tech destination in the Asia Pacific region.

“We are well on our way to building a very strong innovation system here in Victoria and this talented group of industry leaders will help strengthen our position as a serious global competitor.”

Two-thirds of the appointed panel are entrepreneurs with experience in turning bright ideas into commercial realties.

Jaimangal-AppMohinder as member of the Innovation Expert Panel will analyse and provide advice to the Government about new models for innovation, emerging trends and issues, disruptive technologies and their potential to impact business growth across all industry sectors.

Mohinder explained that his role would be to “provide innovation and technical analysis and advice to the Victorian Government with the aim to make Victoria a leader in innovation and commercialisation”.

But Mohinder is not only the serious techno. With a funny bone, he does not miss a chance. Explaining his current work and himself, he said – “Entrepreneur and robotics engineer with a love of UX and building products. Trying to disrupt healthcare every chance I get…”

Mohinder’s current start-up Curve Tomorrow is a technology company that is passionate about changing the direction of health.

Founded in 2009, in Melbourne, they expanded to Silicon Valley, California in 2014 and more recently to Perth, Australia.

“We are embedded within a world leading hospital working side by side with health professionals, researchers and patients”, he said.

The company has developed many apps to improve lives – health and wellness.

HeadCheck – a concussion checking support app was designed to help parents and coaches recognise the signs and symptoms of concussion in children and adolescents.

HeadCheck is endorsed by the AFL for use in junior football.

There are more apps like PEERS – an app for early detection of social disorders. The MCRI project received funding from the N.H.M.R.C. Development Grant program and will be available to health professionals in late 2016.


Ramakrishna VenuGopal

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