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Stephen is a Software Developer, leader of international engineering teams and builder of enterprise products for the past 12 years. He has expertise in creating ecommerce platforms for Fortune 500 companies in the Travel industry at Datalex. He designed, built and delivered an international trade and supply chain management cloud based product at Tradestream based in South Africa. He was also manager and director of the Tradestream Ireland office. He has experience working with startups consulting as VP of Engineering with CipherApps in the Wayra Ireland Accelerator to deliver an early stage beta for a realtime encryption service for data protection in the cloud. More recently, he scaled big data analytics teams working as Head of Engineering at Boxever to deliver enterprise SaaS predictive analytics to some of the biggest airlines and online travel agents across the globe.

Stephen gained his BSc in Computer Science from DIT, and completed his Executive MBA from UCD Michael Smurfit Business School where he specialised in entrepreneurship and innovation in the MedTech industry. He is excited by the BioInnovate programme opportunity and is looking forward to using his ICT and commercial background to explore innovations for unmet clinical needs.


Sean Cummins is a graduate of the BSc. in Product Design and Technology from the University of Limerick. He has worked for over four years with Cook Medical in Limerick as a Research and Development Engineer. During his time in Cook Medical, Sean predominantly worked on Peripheral Intervention related R&D projects. He has extensive design experience in both medical devices and automation. Focusing on usability and design for manufacture, Sean used human factors and ergonomics to develop a concept for a class III stent delivery system. The design has successfully made it to market and Sean is a named inventor on over 13 patent filings. Sean's design philosophy is not only to meet the expectations of the clinicians but to exceed them. He strongly believes that in order for a product to be successful, it must meet the needs of the patient, user and the market. Sean uses a practical approach to design through creating physical prototypes and user testing as well as analytical thinking with effective problem solving. His passion in the area of medical device design sparked his interest in the BioInnovate programme and he is looking forward to the experience that he will gain from the fellowship. In his spare time, Sean enjoys outdoor activities, motorsports and DIY.


Nigel graduated from Medicine in Trinity College Dublin in 2009. He completed Basic Surgical training and became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2012. He was awarded a Masters of Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons in 2014, his dissertation focused on the accuracy of Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Orthopaedics. He subsequently worked as an Orthopaedic Registrar in Dublin. He enjoys teaching and has undertaken roles as a clinical tutor in Orthopaedics at Cappagh Hospital and as an Anatomy Demonstrator in Trinity College Dublin. He is passionate about the application of technology in healthcare and has published peer reviewed research on internet search patterns and social media in relation to surgery. He hopes to cultivate his interests in creativity, design and technology in the innovative team environment offered by the BioInnovate Programme. In his spare time he enjoys photography, website design and surfing.


Omar is an academic cardiothoracic surgery trainee with over nine years of clinical experience. He graduated from Imperial College London in 2007 with a degree in both management and medicine. He became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2009, and was appointed to the London Deanery cardiothoracic surgery training programme in 2011 after being ranked in the top 5 candidates in the United Kingdom. He has led and collaborated on a number of research projects at Imperial with a focus on emerging technologies, healthcare outcomes and aortic surgery. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed papers in prestigious journals such as International Journal of Cardiology, Annals of Thoracic Surgery and Circulation: CQO. He has been invited to present at over 30 conferences nationally and internationally, and was recently awarded a prestigious scholarship to attend the MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp in Seoul, South Korea. Omar has a strong interest in the development of devices that reduce the invasiveness and morbidity associated with interventional cardiac procedures. By joining BioInnovate, Omar hopes to build on his clinical experience by developing expertise in the design and development of devices that lead to improved outcomes for patients suffering with cardiovascular disease.


Patricia has 10 years of experience working in the medical device industry. After graduating with MEng in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering from Queen’s University Belfast (2006), Patricia undertook a graduate rotation scheme in Boston Scientific. Throughout her 10 years Patricia has undertook roles in Process Development and Research & Development in the design and commercialization of peripheral balloon catheters, coronary artery stents and most recently as R&D lead on the development of a next generation transcatheter aortic valve system. As part of the aortic valve project Patricia spent 2 years in California with a newly acquired startup company where she gained experience in early medical device design and development including preclinical and First in Man trials as well as playing a key role in the design verification activities to support CE approval of the product. Patricia enrolled in the Bioinnovate workshops as part of a Boston Scientific team in 2015 where she gained an appreciation of the Biodesign process and followed up with an early design concept for a femoral artery closure device that was tested in a preclinical feasibility study. Patricia is excited to have the opportunity to complete the Bioinnovate Fellowship program in conjunction with Boston Scientific in the area of mitral valve disease. In her spare time Patricia enjoys travelling, cycling, hiking and yoga.


Elizabeth McGloughlinElizabeth graduated with an honours degree from UCD School of Medicine in 2013. She has subsequently gained clinical experience in Medicine, Geriatrics, Colorectal  Surgery and Emergency Medicine. Most recently Elizabeth has been working and training in Anaesthesia in the University Hospital Limerick. 

During her studies Elizabeth spent most of her spare time singing with multiple award winning choirs in Dublin including UCD Choral Scholars and New Dublin Voices. She also enjoys cooking and travelling. Always keen to find a creative solution to a problem, she is looking forward to the challenge of working in the entrepreneurial environment fostered by Bioinnovate.


Rory O'CallaghanRory O’Callaghan is a graduate of the MSc. in Medical Device Design from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. Prior to this he studied Industrial Design in the prestigious Umeå Institute of Design in Sweden and spent an Erasmus semester studying Interface Design in the Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel, Germany. Rory has a BEng. (Houners) in Product Design Engineering from Dundalk I.T. To date Rory’s most successful professional work has been on the Multihog MH90, a multipurpose utility tractor manufactured by Multihog in Dundalk, Ireland, where he worked as an employee from the companies inception in February 2008 until September 2011. 

Today Rory is working in Medical Design, where he believes design thinking and process are massively under-utilised and where design can make a huge contribution to the benefit of peoples lives. Rory’s approach is objectively design centric, which is an inherently human centred approach to Medical Design. He strives to find an equilibrium between this and the “risk-based” approach demanded by the medical device design industry. In January 2014 Rory founded Real Motives Design Limited and has since collaborated exclusively with Cook Medical on many design research projects focusing on Endoscopy. Rory has been Highly Commended by the Institute of Designers in Ireland for the Multihog MH90 and has a RedDot Concept award. When not in the studio Rory loves traveling, playing team sports and cycling, he has been known to occasionally brew ale. 


Tony O'HalloranTony has over 16 years of experience in product development within the medical device sector. Having graduated from GMIT with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Tony has held multiple design and development engineering roles at Medtronic Vascular, Vysera Biomedical and most recently Creganna Medical. During this time, Tony has worked in a design and program management capacity on the development and commercialisation of a diverse range of minimally invasive devices for the Cardiovascular, Gastro-Intestinal, Urological and Bariatric markets. Combined with his technical and program management experience, Tony has experience in regulatory submissions within multiple territories during his time with Medtronic and Creganna where he played a key role in the approval of numerous devices. Tony also has experience in mergers and acquisitions during his time with Vysera biomedical, where he played a key role in the preparation of the approval of the Vysera Anti-Reflux control valve and its subsequent purchase and licensing by Merit Medical. Tony has a great passion for the identification, development and commercialisation of novel solutions for unmet clinical needs and is excited to have the opportunity to be part of the Bioinnovate Fellowship programme.


Andrew BourkeAndrew is a results focussed Commercial Strategy Consultant with over 10 years’ experience in the medical device sector. During his career within the industry, he collaborated with multinational manufacturers such as Bard, Boston Scientific, Atrium and Applied Medical. Following a degree in Marketing from Dublin Institute of Technology, he developed in a number of positions including Area Manager, Surgical Sales Director and Cross Functional Strategy Development Manager, during which time he helped double M.E.D. Surgical’s revenue.  Upon completion of an executive MBA in UCD Michael Smurfit Business School in 2014, he established a consultancy partnership, working with 2011 NUIG BioInnovate Fellow, Ms Caroline Gaynor. During the last 15 months, he has successfully completed Feasibility Studies and Commercialisation Strategy Reports for NUIG, DCU and UCD Nova. Andrew’s key strengths are market analysis and strategy development, rationalising market reports, clinical papers and feedback from a vast network of key opinion leaders, to formulate individual strategic plans for SMEs and innovation research projects. His goal within the BioInnovate Program is to assist his team to develop distinctive, innovative, high potential medical technologies. Andrew is a keen cyclist and runner, and has raised over €25,000 for various charities over the last 6 years. He is a keen traveller and he recently helped to establish a microbrewery called Wood Key Brewing in Dublin, with its first beer, The Pilgrim, commercially available since June 2015.


Fergal Ward

Fergal has spent 12 years delivering innovative new products into global Blue Chip and Fortune 500 customers. Fergal has a passion for high-tech startups and has previously worked as an engineer, product leader, team leader and research director. Fergal has experience in innovating new telecoms platforms for Intune Networks and delivering disruptive telecoms solutions to some of the world's biggest telecoms operators. Fergal also has experience in innovating new enterprise SaaS and predictive analytics solutions for Boxever LTD and delivering into some of biggest airlines and online travel companies. Fergal graduated with Bachelor and Masters degrees in Engineering from DIT and in 2004 conducted research into the fields of wireless biomedical sensors. Upon completion of his degrees, Fergal undertook a research scholarship in NASA. Fergal completed the BioInnovate programme in 2016 and has since been successful in securing an Enterprise Ireland commercialisation grant to develop a solution for the global chronic pain markets.



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