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John GaffneyJohn Gaffney was most recently Asst. Plant Manager with Hollister Healthcare, Continence Care Plant. John has extensive experience in leadership and people management in large multi-site plant operations incorporating R&D, global supply chain and shared services on-site. John’s career has predominantly supported growth strategies, compliance, restructuring and operational excellence. He has held senior positions in site leadership, operations management and quality assurance in medical device and supply chain / outsourcing over the past 25 years, notably Site Director with RR Donnelly Global Turnkey Solutions, Value Stream Manager for De Puy Johnson and Johnson and European Quality Manager with Oasis Europe. John is driven and passionate regarding innovation and operational excellence. John is a certified lean sigma Black Belt and has worked in advanced lean environments including a Shingo prize winning site. John has extensive design experience in both medical devices and automation. John’s career has focused on usability and design for manufacture and has supported product and process development and manufacture of class 2 and 3 medical devices. John holds qualifications in manufacturing engineering, quality assurance, innovation and technology management and lean supply chains.

Tim JonesTim has a BEng in Materials Engineering from Loughborough University and a BSc in Medical Device Innovation from DIT. Having cut his teeth in product design development as managing director of a start up in the UK, taking a product from initial sketch to commercialisation, he has spent the last 5 years working in Research and Development in Medtronic Cardiovascular in Galway. During this time, Tim has worked on a number of early phase development projects across structural heart, coronary and cardiac rhythm disease management. Working with cross functional and cross site teams he understands the complexities of the team dynamic and stakeholder management. He has been involved in new technology, cost saving and commercial products. Working on cutting edge micromould technologies for prototyping designs he has an eye for detail and understands the impact of the quality and complexity of manufacturing technologies within the medtech space. With a keen interest in additive technologies and the impact they have on the speed of product development, Tim continues to look for ways to efficiently accelerate the product development cycle. Having first looked at the BioInnovate program in 2012 Tim is excited to start working with a multidisciplinary team to learn from others and create something to benefit the medical industry. Outside of his professional life Tim has been heavily involved in the promotion of STEM in the west of Ireland over the past number of years and has led up a number of activities within schools and exhibitions in Galway County. He’s a keen football and squash player and freedives to unwind.

Richard ModleyRichard graduated from Birmingham University Medical School in 2006 with a Medical Degree and BSc in Behavioural Science. After his years as a junior doctor on medical and surgical wards, he has since worked as a psychiatrist in a broad range of mental health specialties. These include general adult, child and adolescent, older persons, rehabilitation, home treatment and eating disorders psychiatry. He also has experience with different disciplines of psychological therapies. He is a CAD and 3D printing enthusiast, having learnt these skills to design, prototype and bring one of his own product inventions to market. He looks forward to combining his passions of innovation, medicine, design, technology and business as a 2017/2018 BioInnovate Fellow. He is very excited about living in Galway. Richard’s other interests include film & cinema, philosophy, anything technology related, good coffee and socialising with friends.

Michelle TierneyMichelle is focused on applying her expertise to help identify and develop an exceptional and effective clinical solution that positively affects the health needs and well-being of patients. After graduating from Athlone Institute of Technology in 2008 with a BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Michelle went on to complete an MSc in Pharmacognosy at University College London. She subsequently undertook a research opportunity with the Irish NutraMara Marine Functional Food Research Initiative. Her research investigated key problems relevant to the extraction and application of seaweed-derived compounds for nutraceuticals. Michelle published numerous peer-reviewed articles based on her research and graduated from Bangor University with a PhD in Chemistry. Michelle made the move from academia to industry in 2013 by taking up the role of Pharmacologist at ICON, one of the top clinical research organisations globally. She has contributed to the enhancement of digital solutions used by pharmaceutical/biotechnology clients, and clinical trial investigators and participants. During her time at ICON Michelle contributed to various stages of product development, such as competitor analysis, strategy formation, user-centred design and operational considerations of product implementation. In 2017 Michelle completed a Specialist Diploma in Medical Device Science with NUIG and she is looking forward to building on that positive experience by taking part in the Bioinnovate programme. Michelle is eager to observe, first-hand, the clinical issues of today, and to work as part of a team to develop a solution that eases the burden on healthcare professionals while also improving the patient experience.

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