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Michael is curious! And having visited many A/E Departments with rugby injuries he always wanted to know what went on behind the curtains in hospitals. This curiosity lead Michael to become a nurse and he started his training in 1994. Michael qualified as a registered general nurse in 1998 from St. Vincent’s University Hospital Dublin. He commenced working in the operating theatres and gained valuable insights into surgical care and the technical aspect of same, he spent 5 years in this area and during this time gained valuable experience in general, Genito-urinary, vascular, ENT and orthopaedic surgeries. He became involved in haematology and oncology at St. James Hospital where he added medicine to his knowledge of operating theatres and finished his nursing career in 2006 with gerontology. Shortly after finishing nursing Michael began his studies of Law at Griffith College Dublin where he graduated with an honours degree with a specialist interest in intellectual property. Following his graduation Michael became involved in the medical devices industry and worked as a product specialist with a custom surgical kit manufacturer and was responsible for all clinical aspects of the companies work and also in design of bespoke surgical drapes and angiographic consumable equipment. During this role he was the clinical lead in development of a medical device involved with operating room lighting systems. He then moved to a more education focused role with a large multinational pharmaceutical company and was responsible for educating clinical staff on the use of medication management systems, during this time he also developed intravenous consumables that directly answered clinical needs in the operating room. Michael then became involved in distribution of medical devices with large Irish distributors and had responsibility for bringing a new range of enteral feeding products into the Irish market, to assist with market penetration he developed a training programme with royal college of surgeons. He has also invented a medical device directly related to naso gastric feeding. Michael is a family man and enjoys showing his family the benefits of an outdoor lifestyle, he builds and paddles Canadian canoes in his spare time and also manages to keep a rose garden free of greenfly.


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.


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