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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.


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