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Andrew is an engineer and an academic, with a strong background in research commercialisation. During his undergraduate degree he double majored in Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Queensland. After graduating with First Class Honours, he then received an Australian Postgraduate Award and went on to complete a PhD in Tissue Engineering at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology. Whilst in the final stages of his PhD, Andrew received a Commercialisation Training Scheme Grant that enabled him to complete a Graduate Certificate in Research Commercialisation. This provided the opportunity to work as a commercialisation analyst intern for one of Australia’s largest technology transfer companies, UniQuest, while also equipping him with a broad understanding of various elements of technology innovation. Upon completing his PhD, Andrew was offered a postdoctoral role in the Tissue Engineering Research Group in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), which is one of the largest regenerative medicine research groups in Ireland and has a strong focus on translational research. As a research fellow within RCSI, Andrew was primarily responsible for driving the technical and commercial development of a thin-film, collagen-based material for corneal regeneration. Under the supervision of Prof. Fergal O’Brien, Andrew ensured the progression of the technology from early conceptual stages, through to the development of a prototype material that has undergone preclinical in vivo testing and is continuing to progress on the path towards commercialisation and clinical implementation. In his spare time, Andrew likes knitting and cooking on the barbeque.

 

Sinéad is very driven and passionate about discovering unique and sustainable solutions to address some of the biggest needs in healthcare. She studied mechanical engineering in University College Dublin, where she later graduated with a Masters of Biomedical Engineering. During her degree she worked as an intern with Vasorum and also studied medical sciences at RCSI. Since then, she has held multiple positions within Stryker Instruments across their R&D facilities in Co. Cork and the United States. Her experience includes working on research, new product development, and manufacturing, with specific focus on design thinking and procedural innovation. Sinéad has worked on the launch of multiple products focused on cutting technologies for orthopaedic and neuro applications. In her spare time, Sinéad likes to stay active with swimming, cycling and yoga and also loves to travel.

 

Siobhán has over 15 years commercial experience in leading multinational companies including ICON Plc, Novartis, Wyeth and MSD, operating at both national and regional levels. She has extensive experience in strategy development, brand leadership and people management during periods of transformational change such as mergers and organisational restructuring. She commenced her career in clinical research when she joined ICON Plc in Sydney and upon returning to Dublin she was responsible for completing feasibility analysis and developing proposals for global clinical trials in multiple therapeutic areas. Most recently, as Sales & Marketing Lead in MSD, Siobhán established a new business unit for the fertility franchise across the Nordics, Baltics, UK & Ireland. In tandem, she returned to academia to complete an MSc in health policy & health services management in Trinity College Dublin. Her dissertation focused on the partnership between the health, academic and enterprise sectors in healthcare innovation. Siobhán graduated from University College Dublin (UCD) with a BSc in pharmacology and subsequently completed an MSc and PhD in cell biology and cardiovascular pharmacology respectively. In addition, she has completed postgraduate studies in food innovation and entrepreneurship in Galway Mayo Institute for Technology and Public Relations in the Public Relations Institute of Ireland. Siobhán is passionate about health and wellbeing and the ability of food, medicine and technological innovation to save and improve the lives of patients and their families. In her spare time, Siobhán enjoys travelling, music gigs, food and interior design, especially mid century furniture.

 

Having graduated from University College Dublin with an honours degree in Commerce, Alice completed a Masters degree in ECommerce in Bentley University in Boston. Over the following 10 years she has worked in a number of positions in the financial services sector including fund management, product development, compliance and investment for both the retail and private banking market. Always passionate about great, innovative, functional design, Alice has trained as a tailor, milliner and a goldsmith and is registered with the Craft Council of Ireland and the Irish Assay office. A stint volunteering in an African hospital inspired a change of career and after some time working with a medical charity, Alice decided to study medicine. Since gaining a medical degree she has worked in Nephrology, Plastic Surgery and Emergency Medicine. Alice is excited to be taking part in the BioInnovate fellowship. Through the process she hopes to use existing skills of commercial business practice and combine them with her knowledge of medicine. Through this structured creative process she wants to deliver better healthcare and improve the patient experiences and outcomes.

 

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