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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.



Adrian RutledgeA dual qualified medical practitioner, with engineering technical background and business acumen. Adrian is a recent medical graduate of University College Dublin. Prior to studying medicine he completed a degree in electronic engineering at Dublin City University and subsequently pursued a masters degree in Management of Technology and Innovation from the Dublin Institute of Technology. Adrian took the decision to return to education and retrain for his medical degree following 5 years working as an engineer for a large multinational technology leader where he worked on delivering novel applications in wireless sensors and actuators technology. He brings a proven track history in engineering R&D with recent crossover in medical and surgical disciplines where he has presented both clinical and engineering research at local and international conferences. Adrian enjoys applying his engineering hat to medicine, hanging up his multimeter in place for his stethoscope. He has a passion for innovation and finding solutions to challenging complex problems. He is particularly interested in developing new approaches and technologies in the area of surgical innovation, robotics, tele-medicine and wearable medical devices. In his spare time enjoys car restoration projects and participating in triathlon events.


Alison Liddy

Alison is a both a qualified Chemist and Engineer. Having graduated with an honours Chemistry degree in 2003, she went on to pursue a Masters in Biochemical Engineering. During her studies, she completed research internships in both the US. and Germany. Following her Masters, Alison went on to work in the Roche Diagnostics R&D department in Penzberg, Germany that specialised in the purification of bio-therapeutics.

It was this interest that motivated her to complete a Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering on Multifunctional Chromatography Supports. She subsequently worked in Boston Scientific's R&D department in Galway, investigating new surface coatings for drug-eluting products.

Alison then joined Cook Medical in Limerick, where she was team lead on gastroenterology projects from design to manufacture of commercial products. She is the named inventor on eight US patent filings and she has presented her research work at international scientific conferences.

Currently, Alison is working on an Enterprise Ireland commercialisation fund at NUI Galway, developing a new technology for the treatment of Orofacial pain.


John EarlyJohn Early has considerable experience in the medical device industry and has held a number of management and director positions. He has worked for both indigenous and multinational medtech companies over the past twenty years. John started his medtech career with United States Surgical Corporation and was instrumental in establishing the company’s surgical stapling and minimally invasive technology in Ireland, Iceland, South Africa and UK. Following the acquisition of USSC by Covidien John oversaw the commercialisation and management of Covidien’s portfolio in the Irish Market. He then headed up the internationalization of Covidien’s neurosurgical and spinal business with responsibility for all markets outside of the United States.John was managing director for Oceana Therapeutics Inc., a start up company specialising in licensing, sales, marketing and channel management of niche technologies in the gastrointestinal and pediatric spaces. More recently John was VP sales and marketing for Trulife, an Irish manufacturing and marketing company operating internationally.John has a degree in Applied Sciences from DIT and a number of postgraduate qualifications including diplomas in Strategic management and International marketing from the Irish Management Institute


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